Hello there Desi Brides!
A lot has happened over the last few weeks since I got back from India but I’ll update you on that in another blog post this week but what I wanted to talk to you today was top shopping tips in India – whilst its still really really fresh in my little head!
My India trip was nothing short of amazing. Its the trip every Asian bride dreams of, picking her stunning wedding outfits, exquisite jewellery, beautiful shoes, bags and so much more!
And although it was super amazing it was crazily hectic and very overwhelming at times. I think the sheer noise in India and the traffic and pollution contribute to the all round crazyness. I was really lucky I had a month in India and I still felt like I needed more time and I really don’t know how brides do all of their wedding shopping in 2 weeks but I found that because I was very organised and had a clear plan of what I wanted to get when even when I was planning my trip in the UK this made it all the more easier for me.
I’m not going to lie to you Desi Brides – there will be fuck ups in India – why? Because that’s the nature of the beast. You’re dealing with a country and people where customer service can sometimes be non existent and lets face it, it is corrupt. OK maybe I’m making it sound like lots of dodgy dealings go on, but what I would say is, do expect delays, muck ups and just trust your instinct and be super super thorough and organised and tell them exactly what you want (by them I mean the shops, tailors and anyone else you are purchasing from)
Here are some pics of the trip 🙂
Make a plan in the UK before you go
I had my plan months in advance of my trip. I pre booked my tickets to Delhi whilst I was in the UK with help of my lovely cousin so we knew exactly what dates we were going where and this was all done whilst I was still sat in the UK, and to be honest this made me feel a lot more relaxed.
Don’t be ashamed to haggle. It’s the norm. We saved sooooooooo much money by haggling on everything we could! Some stores will fob you off and say they have a fixed price, but still push! I recon we must have saved around £500-£700 through haggling. For example my wedding outfit we saved a whopping £200 alone! That’s a lot in a so called fixed price store. To the shops you are Miss money bags so they will always try the highest price first.
Don’t tell them the date you are leaving – tell them 3-4 days before
This is super important. I had lots of bespoke outfits made and I basically told the shops I was leaving India on the 25th Feb when in actual fact I wasn’t leaving till the 2nd March – phahahaha. This will ensure some buffer time and less drama and stress! They may be final outfits you get towards the end of your trip but make sure you ask about couriering, but I really wouldn’t leave anything in India outfit wise because you just don’t know how it will turn out.
Try on every single outfit
Yes every single one. That’s what I did and boy were there some blips. Nothing major but I found a suit with machine oil on it and some that hadn’t been altered correctly. It does add on extra time but you need to be 110% happy with all your outfits.
Don’t just stick to one tailor at first
There is massive danger if you do this because you may not even like the tailoring of that specific tailor. Give some lower budget suits to a selection of tailors and then figure out which one you like best. I found an amazing tailor in Phagwara and ended up getting the majority of my outfits tailored there so make sure you test the water.
Tell them straight up you want the good shit
I lost count of the times the shops brought out the crap shitty outfits at first. I really don’t know why they do this. They either don’t know your taste or they are trying to sell you the stuff that hasn’t sold, but be blunt and say you want the new collection, the good stuff, the stuff that makes you go WOW I want that!
Tell them price range/occasion
When we went into the shops we told them we were looking party wear above 10,000 rupees. OK the danger may be that you don’t want to give a price range, but in the long run it saves you time as they get all of the good stuff out first and you purchase quicker!
So this was just part 1 Desi Brides and I hope it helped! Look out for part 2 later this week!