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Deepa Sasan

Dubai-based Deepa Sasan got married to London-based Sukul Bagai at the Vasant Continental, Delhi. “For six months, Wedding Planning was a full-time job for me and my mother”, says the self-confessed shopaholic who travelled to many places for wedding purchases.

Deepa shares her experiences with WeddingSutra

Regal Sharara for Ring ceremony
For the Ring ceremony, Deepa wanted a very regal look for which Neeta Lulla created a princess-style Sharara in a mixture of colors. Says Deepa: “It is the most glamorous outfit I have ever worn in my life—a purple and emerald green top with a double dupatta. When Neeta told me about the colors she was using, I was a little apprehensive, but when I saw it, I couldn’t stop admiring it!” She teamed this with an elaborate Polkhi set made by her family jeweller.

‘Punjabi Kudi’ look for the Mehendi
For the Mehendi, Deepa’s good friend, a Pakistani designer created an orange Patiala suit with hand embroidery, gota work and a lilac dupatta. Says Deepa: “For all the other functions, my look was very elegant, so I wanted a very different look for the Mehendi—relaxed and fun.”

Red Anarkali by Varun Bahl
Deepa was sure she wanted a red outfit for her Sikh wedding. She asked Delhi designer Varun Bahl, to create a traditional ensemble with inspirations from his latest show at Fashion Week. “The Anarkali was heavy but the net dupatta was light—with some gold and gota work. The velvet bustier was embellished with Swarovski work.”

A Steal from Sagar Couture
When Deepa was window shopping at Linking Road, she walked into Sagar Couture since a sale was on—she chanced upon a gorgeous yet reasonably priced pink lehenga. She picked it without a second thought and wore it for the Reception.

Neeta Lulla is the Best
Deepa says: “Neeta is one of the most experienced designers, and when you interact with her, you get a lot of insights. Its amazing how quickly and well she understands your needs and tastes. I contacted her via email, and received a response from her office in 24 hours. Neeta spent a lot of time with me, explaining all the details—when I went for the trial, the outfit was so perfect, it didn’t need any alterations. She gave me advice on footwear, hair and makeup. And her staff was very helpful and courteous. For any bride who wants a Bollywood-style outfit, my simple advice is ‘Go to Neeta Lulla and no one else’.”

Deepa’s tips for Brides

  1. Get your dresses to match your jewellery. I showed Varun Bahl the jewellery, after which he decided on the embroidery and cut of my wedding ensemble.
  2. Vidya Tikari did my makeup and hairstyling for all the functions. She is not only an amazing artist, but she’s also fun to work with. She gave me the understated look I wanted, and all her competent assistants did a great job with makeup for my near and dear ones.
  3. Must-visit places for brides in Mumbai: Sagar Couture and Neeta Lulla for Designer wear and the Sagar Store for their fabulous, budget-friendly fabrics. Zaveri Bazaar for silverware.
  4. Must-visit places for brides in Delhi: South Extension market for clothes and Karol Bagh for wedding packaging material.
  5. Make sure you hire a good photographer. I spent a lot of time on and chose a photographer whose work is showcased there.

Shreya Sen
Picture Perfect