Amidst all other work, I snuck out today for a couple of hours to go visit the Celebrating Vivaha Wedding Exhibition. The exhibition started today and is going to be there till sunday at JW Marriott, Juhu. This was a bridal exhibition in the real sense.
Let me start with the bad things first. Also, because there were just two points that I didn’t like in the exhibition.
a) The crowd
Sarojini Nagar, Chandini Chowk, Dadar station…get the point? The minute I stepped into the hotel, initially I thought considering it is in JW Marriott, the experience will be super pleasant. But I was in for a rude shock. The place was jam-packed, which also incidently speaks volumes about the exhibition…but still…
I think its super annoying when you’re actually looking to buy an expensive piece or for that matter trousseau outfits, and you have to deal with clothes thrown here and there, people stamping your feet and designers having no time to give you any ‘bhav’. Yes, all of this happened.
So my suggestion – don’t bother looking fabulous at the exhibition, wear something super comfy and wear SHOES !!! All these townie women with their pointy shoes just ruined the experience. I couldn’t enter most of the stalls to check out the stuff…it got really difficult. Nobody was willing to move.
The best thing to do is – ask for prices from people standing around…if you think its worth it and you want to look through options – only then push through the crowd to enter the stall…There is no easy way in or out. You will end up wasting a lot of time. And let me tell you, there are a ton of stalls that are a must visit….
Also, tomorrow is going to be saturday, so all the best 😀
b) Less economical options
I saw gorgeous lehengas – like fall in love at first sight from a kilometer distance. Then you move through the crowd to get your hands on the fabric, ooohhh its amazing…then search for its price tag…and boom….move to next stall. All the awesome wedding lehengas were upwards 70,000 and so. If that is your budget, you are definitely going to have a super tough time shortlisting your lehenga. But for those, looking for economical 30-40k lehengas, one really had to search through the stalls. Don’t worry, I found few gem of stalls at the exhibition… Read on….
Guys, visit this stall first. The only problem is it is the stall right at the exit inside a room…they have one of the biggest spaces at the exhibition.
Why should you see this first? -> They have stunning options in Bridal Lehengas at even under Rs.35000. This is by far the most economical of the stalls. In fact, I fell in love with a bright majenta pink lehenga which was priced at just Rs.29000.…If I hadn’t picked my wedding lehenga, I would have definitely picked this one up…Do have a look…if it is not sold (surprisingly), then may be you can have it 🙂
I had never heard of them before even though they are in the Santa Cruz lane near Seasons, Roopkala etc. The reason is they are wholesalers who have recently started their retail selling option. In fact there store is above Roopkala on the 3rd floor, but they have no banner, no hoarding nothing…so no way of knowing.
I also saw a lot of heavy work anarkalis, but personally I felt they were a tad too unbelievably expensive. Their Anarkalis were all priced above 50k !
You must-must-must visit this stall.
In case you are not able to get in touch with them at the exhibition, you can visit them at their store outlet as well. But they invite by appointment only.
Address: Le Magasin, 3rd Floor, Near Podar School, SV Road, SantaCruz (W) [email protected], Te;” 022-26000088
#2 Paridhi – Pooja Jain
I loved the satin fabric that this designer had used on her outfits. What you can find here are gorgeous floor length satin tunic- kurtis for like 8000+. I think they are a little too pricey, but there were people who were trying the outfits on in front of the whole crowd. It was insane. The fabric felt amazing on the skin – as I could hear one say 🙂 Think animal print colors like leopard prints, blues mixed with pinks and greys and things like that.
One could see a lot of stone embellishment work on the designers outfits.
This is THE lehenga stop at the exhibition. My goodness – what gorgeousness…also at a gorgeous price. Everything was like upwards 70k in bridal wear. But each piece was worth ogling at. Gota Patti Lehengas on the other hand were above 1 lakh 🙁 but definitely one of a kind pieces.
I think even if you’re not buying the stuff from there, its still worth looking around their stall for a good 15-20 mins. They also had kurtis, and designer heavy sarees but everything was quite pricey. Some cotton kurtis were like for 7500 and they were just kept in a box like they were on clearance sale. I thought they were like for Rs.750 but no 🙄
For me, their stall gets the most gorgeous award. They even had show models dressed in their outfits. What dolls, I tell you. I asked one of their models by mistake thinking she was the designer, if they have a store – she first blurted out Lonavala 😆 and then corrected herself. It was quite funny at the time.
Address: 901, Vastu Precinct, Lokhandwala Complex Road, Andheri (W); Tel: 9820320259/ 9820694244
#4 Sapna’s Design Studio
I loved their velvet tops with super flared satin skirts. They even had velvet tops covered with gorgeous embellishments – fully customizable as per requirement. Compared to other stalls, I felt they were still giving good stuff at a decent price. Their anarkali-lehenga-crop-top-skirt format could be easily chosen for any pre wedding functions like cocktail dinners or so. Priced around 10k+
I especially loved the idea of embellished capes with full flared skirts. Do check it out if you are visiting the exhibition.
I loved the Lehengas at this stall too. Their price range started upwards 35k but there were definitely some good picks from their collection. These days my eyes are stuck on Raw Silk Lehengas – I think they just look effortlessly beautiful – studded or without…and these guys had just that. Some seriously gorgeous pieces at their stall. And from the looks of it, they seemed pretty famous and familiar…as people were whispering about their stuff…
I also saw a lot of florals at their stall. Florals are like everywhere, so escaping here as well. These were priced in the 15-20k range.
Address: Malad – Gangore Bridal Studio, Shop No. B-18, Gini Apt, off Rani Sati Marg, Malad (E) Ph: 022-28799247
Vile Parle- Gangore Bridal Studio, Shop No. B-19/20, Amrapali Shopping Centre, Juhu Scheme, JVPD Ph: 022-26183783
#6 Priti Patel
She had some nice lehengas but the price range I thought was a little steep for the look of the outfit. The range started upwards 50k. I found the stall to be so-so. But nevertheless, you can definitely have a look.
#7 Madhu S & #8 Nita Shah
Both these stalls had the most gorgeous suit sets at the exhibition. All the dupattas were leheriya with heavy work border. Full dulhan heavy look. Real cute stuff. I couldn’t even enter the stall – forget actually able to look through designs. The place was jam packed as hell. I had to ask an aunty the price of the outfits because I couldn’t reach them myself. So anyhow, full suit sets were priced at starting Rs.9500 or so I was told.
They had beautiful collection of light lehengas – perfect for pre wedding functions like mehendi and sangeet ceremony. They DO NOT have bridal lehengas. I saw some real nice pieces – like love the pieces types for like Rs. 16000 which I felt was a fair enough deal.
I saw a lot of cape styled fusion wear lehengas. I personally loved a dark navy blue full gown with cape with just the right touch of gold embellishments. Was stunning. They also do full customization which was really nice. Appointment only.
Address: Goel Enterprise, 201 Vishwananak Apt, Chakala Road, Andheri (E) Ph: 9870362263, 9820645250
#10 Chamee and Palak
I know I know…I should have written about them first, but their collection was so expensive at the exhibition. Everything was like 75k, 88k, 125k and so on. But heavenly pieces. So stunning I can’t even begin to explain. One of my close friends had bought her wedding lehenga from this duo, and she bought it for like under 60k. It definitely looked gorgeous and rich, so I always had it in mind that may be they might have in that range. But not at this exhibition 🙁 sadly…
#11 Vaishali Das
Looking for some super heavy work blouses to go with different plain shaded sarees? Then this was the stall for you. Super expensive, a saree blouse set cost an eye popping figure like 18000 bucks. But they were definitely eye catchy for sure.
#12 Nona’s Exclusif
This stall is my personal favorite. I had bumped into them at the Sutra Wedding Exhibition earlier this year. I was almost going to buy my Wedding Lehenga from them. They have gorgeous collection of pastel shades gota patti suit sets and lehengas. What I love about their collection is that you get a lot more for the price. Their dupattas are full jal work in gota patti…absolutely gorgeous colors. Their shararas were reasonably priced around 20k or so. Do not miss this one.
P.S. This is probably the fasted I have written a post -> 1.5 hours – personal record :-D, just wanted to share the info ASAP with you guys. So prior apologies for any errors on my behalf. Will fine tune the content tomorrow 🙂