Oh, and I will get you the makeup, shoes, and clutch included too. *pinky swear*
My mind is constantly struggling – is it possible, not possible. But my brain has given the ultimatum, if the budget is 10k then it has to be done. Right? To be honest, its not the most difficult budget to work with. Sure, online (or for that matter in stores) you might not find as many options in 10k as you would have hoped for but there is always a jugaad possible. *Always*
In weddings, by default the focus is always on the bride, but its the sister who is the cynosure of all eyes on the main days. She is the bubbly chirpy little bird flying around the entire venue whether doing some last minute odd jobs, socialising with the guests, keeping the bride cool or just being the life of the party.
So, if you are a sister of the bride or groom, wondering how to manage looking like a total pataka within your budget, I am here to help you with that. First things first, a rough budget breakup to get started:
Outfit ideas for the sister
You can either go for a floor length anarkali, or a fusion gown or go for the most loved outfit choice – Lehengas. I am a complete budget person myself, so I know that the minute you go to a shop with a budget of say 4-5k or so, the stuff that comes up is really really bad. Like not at all worth it.
Luckily for us, there are a lot of new outfit styles that have come up in the wedding circuit which are super trendy and in these days. One such hot favourite is the kurta lehenga style. If you try buying a kurta lehenga online, a good one that is…it will easily cost you upwards 15k, and in some cases all the way till 30-40k !!
The thing about kurta lehengas is that they are super easy to DIY and and you can get yourself a designer looking piece for as low as 1/3rd the price. I’m not kidding. They are really versatile. Wear it separately as crop top skirt, or use the kurta in a normal salwar suit and so on. You can do n number of permutations with just one outfit.
But if you still want to go the mainstream way of buying a readymade piece in this budget, then fret not. I have some gorgeous options for you. Have a look.
6YCollective is probably one of the only genuine websites for budget lehengas. Their lehengas are price around 7k so you can check those out as well. These gowns are perfect for the sangeet or cocktail night where you as a sister want to be fuss free, so you can dance the night away. The contrasting colours of the outfit look beautiful and all you got to do is add some statement jewellery to go with it.
If you want something a little more jazzed up, a little more designer centric – like a full on pataka lehenga look, then check out some of these options below:
If you are not too comfortable about renting out an outfit, then I would seriously ask you to consider getting one stitched by your local tailor. I know haww. What a waste, but to be honest, you can get away with a much better rich looking outfit than putting that much money onto a readymade outfit.
Banarasi and Raw Silk brocade lehengas are totally in these days, and you can get the material either by borrowing an old almost torn saree from your mothers/grandmothers closet…add a few jazzy elements like border, latkans and use the pallu for the dupatta border and blouse. Its a simple hack, and ask the tailor to stitch you a full flared circle lehenga. They understand those terminologies, and they will charge you hardly like 1000-2000 bucks.
If you don’t want to ruin a saree, then let me tell you buying raw silk fabric is pretty inexpensive. Think 150-250 bucks a meter. You need close to 4 meters at max for a lehenga, because raw silk has a nice fall, so you don’t need all that much fabric.
Accessories for the sister of the bride/groom
#1 Pom-Pom jewellery
Since this is a budget friendly post, let me share some super cute, easy on the pocket accessories options with you all. You can pom-pom jewellery, they are so in right now. Super colourful, and perfect for the spring summer weddings, you will definitely pop among the crowd if you wear some oversized pom-pom jewellery.
Where to buy: Lajpat Nagar, Kinari Bazar in Chandni Chowk
Budget: Not more than 150-200 bucks.
#2 Chaand Baalis & Jhumkas
You get so many of these artificial jhumkas and chaand baalis everywhere these days. The bigger the better. If you don’t want to make too many purchases, go for the standard gold ones with pearls on the bottom and kundan work like the one above. They go well with everything.
Where to buy: Lajpat Nagar
Budget: Not more than 200-300 bucks.
#3 For Maang-Tikkas and other statement jewellery
There is a lane in Lajpat Nagar in Central Market and Bhuleshwar (if you’re in Mumbai) which sell the most beautiful artificial jewellery at crazy reasonable prices. No matter what colour your outfit is, and what style or design jewellery you are looking for, you will find the stuff here.
# Wedding Shoes
Juttis look adorable, and while I am not suggesting you actually buy the ones I have linked above, you can find similar ones in the local stores for much less. The ghunghroo and the pom pos ones look super cute and as a sister of the bride/groom, it will suit you perfectly.
If you choose to not buy a designer jutti it should cost you anywhere between 500-800 bucks at most.
# MakeUp & Hair:
Tip: Don’t utter the word sister of the bride/groom. Just call it a regular function makeup and hair and see what the price quoted is. Nowadays the trend is to opt for a natural look, best if you break it down to your MUA about it taking less efforts, and just focus on getting that killer hairstyle in place.
I have given a budget of 1k for hair and makeup, which is a stretch given no MUA will do it or that price. But the idea is for you to move things around to accommodate the budget. So if you are able to crack your outfit for say a bit lesser, then maybe you can use that extra cash on your grooming.