As you know I am quite the organised petite princess (OK only my friends call me that)
But as my loving fiancé kindly pointed out to me a few weeks ago, I have left one of the most important things of the wedding till perhaps the last moment.
I know what you’re thinking. What could that possibly be Sharn? Well my lovely, its my lehenga.
I have left it quite late for a few reasons…
MY WEIGHT – Yes I know you are tired of hearing about it but I have left my lehenga shopping late because of me dropping inches (Whoop Whoop) and with 4 months still to go, a girl can drop more inches right? Hell yeah she can! And also I’ve learnt from my engagement dress saga that dropping inches at your last dress fitting is never a wise move, because what you end up with is an entire day running around the boutique with the tailor in the back room adjusting and sewing your dress 5 times over that very same day. The experience wasn’t as magical as I expected when the lovely shop assistant turned round and said you have dropped 3 inches off your chest. Lovely as it was to hear those very words, this equalled a major dress drama 2 weeks before my engagement. Something I really didn’t need. It got to a point where me and my bridesmaid were in the boutique till 8pm and the tailor was literally and I mean literally stitching and sowing my dress ON me. It all panned out ok in the end but I am not, I repeat I AM NOT going through that again and especially for my dreamy wedding lehenga. It’s meant to fit like a glove right?
BRIDAL TRENDS – OK I am not a massive believer in bridal trends as I feel your outfit should be a representation of you and it should be just as unique as you but there are trends that come and go, so yeah I wanted to hold out to see if there was a trend that I could incorporate into my loving dream out.
MY HUGGGEEEEEE INDIA TRIP – This is another biggie for me. I think UK bridal shopping just isn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong there are lots of big boutiques in the UK which will create something beautiful but I just don’t think its for me. There are a few reasons for this, and I will probably upset a few people but I am just being honest.
I feel like the designs aren’t that original. There are some amazing pieces I have seen here, but I am talking overall when I compare it to the designers in Delhi the India designers are just something else. I have done tons and tons of research and spent endless hours on the internet but I just don’t think I have found the ONE in the UK. I probably haven’t looked hard enough but that’s just the way it goes. I think Ladypool Road in Birmingham is good for bridal shopping and I haven’t hit up the shops in London, probably because I knew this big India trip was in the mix and just knew I would find something there.
Below is a few pics of some amazing pieces I have seen in India….
Jade by Monica & Karishma
Papa Don’t Preach
Price is also another big factor. I’ve got a decent budget and when it comes to my outfit I’m not being stingy but I know in India the costs are much cheaper so why would I pay over the odds here?
I think in general I got really put off last year because I rang this big designer boutique up, you would have heard of them they are the biggest in the UK and the lady on the phone was so mean to me and so horrid, and then they tried to be all nicey nicey when she had realised I had the budget to spend! Sorry pal too late by then, you’ve been an absolute cow! So after that I really couldn’t be bothered to make appointments and all that shizzle.
I did however go to Ekta Solanki’s studio a few weeks ago and Sunita and Ekta were both very lovely. Their collection is beautiful but for me I really want to see what’s out there in India so I have opted against it for now. But that could change!
My fave from Ekta’s collection was the piece below
The biggest thing I have been worried about is the whole weight drama but my lovely fashion blogger friend Nina has assured me that I can get it altered from a good tailor here in the UK and he has encouraged me to go to India and get my outfit from their because I will be spoilt for choice tand the selection/variety is amazing.
I am uber pumped for my India trip – can’t frikken wait. It’s been 4 years and I cannot wait to see my family. I can’t also wait to share my bridal shopping guide for when I get back with all you lovely #DesiBrides
Wish me luck!