Wedding Lehenga: how much should you spend?
By Mallika Singhania
Every daughter is her daddy’s little princess, but that does not mean
that she can break his bank account especially over a single wedding
lehenga. You can still look like the belle of the ball on your special
day without spending meaninglessly and by keeping some things in mind.
Established versus Upcoming designer
Do not choose a high-end, “known” designer to create your lehenga only
because the glossy magazines tell you to. Just like any other item
that one buys, a premium designer will probably be more expensive than
an upcoming one, because of the brand value, and not necessarily
because they are giving you more of your money’s worth.
With hectic schedules, established designers are sometimes not able to
give you adequate attention and you end up wearing something that you
did not order. Often, a lesser known designer is more careful in
keeping your interests; hence he/ she may give you more time and
If you are a long-time customer of a premium designer or a Page 3 or
Bollywood Diva—you’ll get all the attention and exclusivity from an
established designer—else you can never be sure of your lehenga
remaining exclusive for you. It is a known fact that established
designers make lofty promises to their unsuspecting customers. And
inevitably you will find your super-expensive design hanging on a shop
window or being worn by another bride- sometimes, even before your own
Most business-savvy designers unnecessarily over-charge for wedding
lehengas, by jamming it with embroidery, crystals and bead work. This
makes the piece look gaudy, and you look like a bride caged behind
yards of cloth. A perfect lehenga should be a backdrop for your face,
and not hog all the attention, while your beauty is left unnoticed.
Don’t let the outfit weigh you down
Big Designers quote hefty prices while boastfully telling you how
weighty your lehenga is, and hence priced at such astronomical
figures. They are totally missing the point here. We do not want our
lehengas to be heavy. The last thing one wants is to be bogged down by
heavy outfits, on one’s most special day. One should be most careful
about the dupatta not being too heavy, as you would be carrying all
the weight on your head- making it an excruciating exercise.
An ideal ensemble
The other disadvantage of an over-dose of work on the lehengas is that
it doesn’t look pleasing to the eye. An ideal ensemble should have two
heavy pieces, and one light piece. One can go for a heavy choli and
lehenga, and a light dupatta, or a heavy lehenga and dupatta, and a
light choli. A lot of people are now choosing light cholis, and
lehengas, with heavy dupattas- which also brings down the price of the
Whatever you decide on, make sure you choose an outfit that you can
wear even after your wedding on other occasions. Unless you have loads
of money to spend on, don’t make your lehenga a “once-in-a-lifetime”
wear. Choose versatile lehengas that you could combine with different
dupattas for functions, later on.
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Mallika Singhania is an author of multiple shopping guides for various
cities in India. She is now running a site called, www.indianhanger.com, which features the latest trends by Indian
designers for clothing and accessories. Since Mallika is so closely
involved with the Indian fashion industry, she will give you regular
tips on bridal and occasion wear.