Indian weddings are lavish and so is the wedding shopping. It is very easy to go over board and spend much more than you expect to. Small expenses when clubbed together may add up to be huge if they are not planned for. Here are some tips on how to go about compiling your wedding shopping list.
Indian Bridal Shopping
The first thing would be to fix on a budget for your entire shopping. The next step would be to divide and allocate the budget to the various functions you plan to have. This can be based on your preference, like for example, your mehendi outfit may be the most important to you or you may want a particular designer to design your wedding outfit hence you can allocate a larger amount towards these function while you can cut down on something else.
You need to make a separate shopping list for every function. Though some things would be common to all lists like – outfits, jewellery, and footwear other things like accessories, make-up and other knick knacks may vary from function to function. Your honeymoon shopping would include a range of casual dresses and some formal wear as opposed to the rest of the wedding shopping.
We suggest you plan your wedding shopping well in advance as it is a very important part of the wedding. You can start as early as a year in advance. If you have time on hand, and if your budget permits you, we suggest you plan a little shopping trip around India. This could include various places around the country where certain things are manufactured. Like for example, if you are looking for silk sarees you can pick them up from Banaras or Chennai, visit Kerala for traditional temple jewellery or Rajasthan for kundan jewellery. This may turn out to be a little cheaper as you are picking it from the place where it is manufactured and also you have a numerous options as opposed to a select few which may be retailed at stores in major cities. This trip can also help you in selecting stuff for your new home.
Scout a lot of places before you make your final choice. A smart thing to do is try and pick up things which can double up, like jewellery which can be worn two ways or has multiple add-on elements.
You can also note down certain stores which you prefer for picking up particular stuff. This would make it easier when you actually step out. It would save a lot of time and energy. For things you are unsure of you can always get help from your wedding planner. Make sure you understand exchange and refund policies and file all receipts just in case you need to refer to them.