Lets talk bridal jewellery Desi Brides.
I’ve always been a sucker for big bold and beautiful jewellery and all my friends and family know that I definitely won’t go anywhere without statement earnings and a funky ring.
I knew the sheer importance of Asian wedding jewellery. For me wedding jewellery not only completes your wedding day look in the most beautiful way but it can make or break your outfit and selecting the right jewellery for your dream day shouldn’t be a decision you take lightly.
To be honest my Asian wedding day jewellery selection stressed me out 🙁
So I did a bit of research before I went to India back in February earlier this year – if you missed my wedding shopping tips you can catch them here but I knew that of course I couldn’t pick my bridal jewellery until I had my all important wedding lehegha.
So I got the wedding lehegha of my dreams in Delhi (more about that in a different post) but the jewellery selection was really playing on my mind towards the end of my India trip. I went to a few boutiques in both Punjab and India and felt very uninspired and the jewellery just looked really tacky and cheap!
On my last day in Punjab my cousins forced (OK well they didn’t actually force me) but really “encouraged” me to buy this bridal set from Punjab. My gut feeling at the time was it looked a bit tacky but when I tried it on it did really suit me. Its those typical situations, you are not sure if you should buy something so you kind of panic and then just buy it for the hell of it! I’m not sure what I was quite thinking but I did buy it. In the back of my head I knew once I got back to England I still had 2.5 months till the wedding so surely I would find something there?
I tried on my wedding lehegha a few times when I got back to the UK (I’ll write about that in another post) but basically yeah I when I tried on my jewellery with my lehegha the most annoying thing happend. A piece of the necklace broke – FUMING! I should have trusted my gut and not purchased it – to be fair it was only around £50 but that wasn’t the point!
So I manicly started researching jewellery pieces and I had a few recommendations from a few friends (which you recieve when you book my full wedding planning package).
I went through one lady who was so lovely and she sent me about 30 different images but I knew that I had to have my chunni and top with me so I wasn’t just guessing if my jewellery would suit. So Tip number 1 Desi Brides, always make sure you take your chunni and top with you – its so important!
My budget for my bridal jewellery was up to £200. I really didn’t want to go over this limit and I thought I could get something quite nice within this budget.
A friend of mine recommend Avari Couture in Wembley. I had a quick look on their website and I really liked the look and feel of their costume jewellery. I’ve never been a fan of those typical shops in Birmingham/Southall but Avari Couture looked like a pretty boutique to me so I was both relieved and pleased.
I instantly called them up to book a consultation and basically to find out more info. The lady who answered my call was really lovely. She recommended that I came in during the week as it was quieter and that they could match costume pieces to my bridal outfit. I asked my bringing in my chunni and top and they said that was no problem.
So me and my bridsmaids went on our Avari Couture outing about 2 months before the wedding.
When I arrived at the boutique it looked very plush indeed. The boutique was adorned with gold walls and statement gold mirrors along with beautiful mirror tops. I was sold.
Eugh but then came the issues. I asked the staff member where I could get changed into my gold top and she said that there were no changing room facilities available. I was like huh? I explained to them that the lady I spoke to on the phone said that this wouldn’t be a problem and they were adamant that there policy was not to allow customers into any of the rooms as the jewellery could fall on them and they wouldn’t be covered. OK that’s fair enough I thought but why was I given the wrong info on the phone? I was really angry as I had just driven 2 hours from Swindon to be told this. In the end they said I could use one their rooms to get changed and by this point I was pretty annoyed.
Because my lehegha was a pure gold sequin top and a coral and mint green legenga with a pink and coral chunni it was always going to be tricky challenge to find the right costume jewleery. With so many colour combinations, tones and cuts it was so hard! Every piece I tried just didn’t look right or suit me. I knew I defintely wanted a tikka and because my face is so small I knew that perhaps a matta patti would be way too overpowering. I was completely right! I didn’t really find the staff helpful at all and then kept bringing out the wrong colours of jewellery after us repeatedly telling them they we didn’t want coloured stones.
It was actually my lovely bridesmaids who scoured the whole boutique trying to find the right piece for me – something they defintely shouldn’t be doing as this should always be the job of any staff member in any boutique.
Nevertheless I found “THE ONE”! As soon as I put the pearl and gold encrusted earnings and necklace on, one of my bridesmaids had a few tears in her eyes. I think that was a sure sign it looked good and even when I put it on I knew it really was the one. So there’s a tip Desi Brides – Always Always trust your gut instinct! And I was right about the tikka as well, it looked perfect on me.
So the cost was £240 just within my budget so I was very pleased.
All in all Avari could definitely improve on their customer service but when it comes to style and quality there are defintely no complaints there. As soon as you looked at my bridal set you could see that it was of amazing quality and there definitely weren’t going to be any breakages there!
So there you have it Desi Brides, the moral of the story is make sure you don’t settle for anything less than the “one” and do your research thoroughly and ALWAYS ask to take your chunni and top to your chosen jewellery boutique.
I’ll leave you with some pretty images 🙂
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