I bet by now you’ve all seen NRI Bride Gurpreet’s (@currentlystuckintheloop) Rimple & Harpreet Lehenga pictures somewhere on the internet. She wore this gorgeous rose pink bridal lehenga by Rimple & Harpreet for her Chandigarh Wedding. The minute we spoke, I knew I wanted her to narrate all about how she went about finding her dream lehenga.
For those of you’ll unaware, I wrote another post on Gurpreet’s wedding shopping in Delhi. She had 2.5 days to complete all her wedding shopping. That included picking out her wedding lehenga, sangeet lehenga and also trying out other function outfits. In case you want to know how she managed her wedding shopping, check out this post below:
If you are an NRI Bride, you know time is not your best friend. You cannot really spend a lot of time window shopping, or browsing through multiple stores. You have to sort of pick and choose your options way before even planning out your wedding shopping day.
Bride Gurpreet’s Plan For Her Wedding Lehenga Shopping
- Wanted to wear a pink lehenga
- Wanted to be a Sabyasachi Bride
Photography Credits: Beginnings for you, MUA: @dollyouup_bys Jewellery by @jagdishjewellerschandigarh
Gurpreet initially wanted to be a Sabyasachi bride. So going to a Sabyasachi store was her first stop. She knew she had to look there before heading over to any other designer stores.
Also on her list were Rimple & Harpreet, Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre and few other designers. Based on her research, she knew Mehrauli market has all of these designers with their flagship stores in one place.
The other thing on her wishlist was to wear a pink lehenga. She didn’t want to opt for traditional reds, and had made up her mind to go for pink. That was it. No other big points on her wishlist.
If you too are coming from outside India for your bridal shopping, keep your wish lists as generic as possible. If you pin point on specific needs, then finding ‘the’ lehenga becomes that much more difficult. That unless you know exactly the outfit you want. Then, it’s problem solved.
Coming back to bride Gurpreet, the minute she started her lehenga shopping, the first store she went to was Sabyasachi in Mehrauli.
Gurpreet’s Sabyasachi Store Experience
- Amazing options for menswear
- But no customisations
- Every outfit you’ve seen before on brides, on Sabyasachi’s Instagram page
Gurpreet picked this gorgeous red Sabyasachi sharara for her mehendi ceremony
Gurpreet had a fantastic experience at Sabyasachi store. If I remember correctly, her exact words were: Every bride should walk in there just to experience the place, the service, and admire the outfits, irrespective of whether you’re shopping or not.
The minute she walked into the store, she instantly found lehengas that she loved. Most of them she had seen before. There were gorgeous pieces on display. But the ones Gurpreet loved were not in pink.
She checked with the store, and they said customisation in terms of changing colour was not an option. So that was that. Gurpreet knew then and there that she couldn’t be a Sabyasachi bride.
Other Stores Gurpreet Visited For Her Bridal Lehenga
- Om Prakash Jawahar Lal & Asiana Couture in Chandni Chowk
- Tarun Tahiliani, Anita Dongre in Mehrauli
Gurpreet also checked out a bunch of stores at Chandni Chowk for her wedding lehenga. She didn’t want to wear a designer replica. She wanted to wear an original design. But Chandni Chowk didn’t work out for multiple reasons:
- Even designer replica outfits were expensive. Some went all the way upto 4.5 lakhs!
- Gurpreet didn’t see that many original designs.
- Many designers at Mehrauli had good original designs in the same price bracket of INR 3-5 Lakhs
Given all this, Gurpreet decided to head back to Mehrauli for her bridal lehenga shopping.
Rimple and Harpreet Store – First Impressions
- Fresh, New Lehengas – never seen before styles
- Mix of both modern and traditional outfits
Groom’s outfit: @sabyasachiofficial Chura and Kalira: @omsons_bridal_store, Groom’s wedding kalgi- @outhousejewellery
The first thing Gurpreet felt when she walked into Rimple & Harpreet’s store was seeing so many new lehengas on display. Outfits she had not seen before. In fact Gurpreet mentioned that if any of you brides wants to wear a design that’s not previously seen on the internet, then check out this designer duo’s collection.
There were beautiful pieces on display. Not all of them were the quintessential heavy traditional Rimple & Harpreet Lehengas. Gurpreet also found a bunch of modern, contemporary looks in the collection.
Lehenga Trials At Rimple & Harpreet
First up, Gurpreet tried Rimple and Harpreet’s iconic brown traditional bridal lehenga with the red bandhani dupatta. Gurpreet had seen this lehenga on brides, as well as on Rimple & Harpreet’s online page.
But the minute she tried on the lehenga, Gurpreet felt the outfit colours and the overall look didn’t suit her that much. So next up, she tried a powder blue lehenga.
It had an off shoulder lehenga blouse, with frill net on the bottom of the lehenga skirt. The minute Gurpreet tried it on, it was instant love. She loved how the outfit looked on her, the fit and the flare of the skirt. It wasn’t too traditional, it was modern, yet wedding ceremony appropriate. Everything was perfect. The only thing that she wanted to find out was, can it be done in pink?
Things To Know About Shopping At Rimple & Harpreet
- Rimple & Harpreet Lehengas are quite heavy (in general)
- They do complete customisations
- Budget for bridal wear starts from 3 Lakh+. You can get a gorgeous piece under 5 Lakhs
Mom and Sister’s outfits – @manat.thedesignco
Gurpreet loved the powder blue off shoulder lehenga. However, she wanted to see if it can be done in a pink shade. Designer Rimple suggested a shade of rose pink for the same lehenga. There was also few other customisations like changing up the lehenga blouse style. Gurpreet went ahead with a more traditional lehenga blouse design that was heavy work, with sleeves.
Gurpreet’s bridal lehenga budget was upto 5 Lakhs. This particular lehenga fit right in that range. So the decision was made. Gurpreet went ahead and booked the outfit.
In case any of you’ll are wondering what Rimple & Harpreet Lehenga costs, then check out the link below:
How To Sit In A Heavy Lehenga?
Since her lehenga was quite heavy, the girl at Rimple and Harpreet actually taught Gurpreet on how to sit on the floor, and get up without needing anybody’s help. Gurpreet had a Gurudwara wedding, so she had to sit and get up multiple times during the wedding.
The trick told to her was to sit side ways and not in a palti. This way when you get up you are on your knees and you can get up straight without any help.
Process of Shopping At Rimple & Harpreet
- You need to pay 50% advance for booking the outfit
- Designers will then sketch and send you a swatch of the outfit for confirmation
- At the store, designers also help with their suggestions on type of jewellery and makeup that would go with the outfit.
Since Gurpreet was a NRI Bride, she moved back to Sydney after booking her Rimple & Harpreet Lehenga. Soon after, the designers sent her a swatch of the design that would be done on her lehenga. The swatch is basically the embroidery work done on a butter paper, showing the colours and work that would go up on the outfit.
Designers Rimple & Harpreet shared two sets of swatches with Gurpreet. One had gold work done, the other was silver based. Gurpreet went ahead and selected the gold work on her rose pink lehenga.
The day Gurpreet came in for her fittings, the designers also suggested the kind of jewellery to opt for with her lehenga. They helped her like personal stylists giving her all the inputs on which jewellery labels to check, what kind of makeup to go for and so on.
The whole process of breaking down the final look made it easy for bride Gurpreet to picture how the wedding day would turn out like. Based on Rimple and Harpreet’s recommendations, Gurpreet checked out a bunch of jewellery labels and finally picked her wedding set from Jagdish Jewellers Chandigarh.
Gurpreet’s Gorgeous Bridal Shots in Rimple & Harpreet Lehenga
Bridal entry umbrella: @Pataaree, Decor: colors_aweddingdesignco