The Poll: Whose Your Dream Bridal lehanga Designer?

by Mehak Shahani on October 24, 2012

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I would have to say Anamika Khanna or Sabyasachi or Tarun Tahiliani. I cant choose, but maybe Tarun Tahiliani, simply because there are so many Sabya copies floating in the market but its hard to replicate a Tarun. I also saw the MOST gorgeous ink blue and hot pink lehenga from Anamika Khann which almost made me want to get married again. Cost : 5.5 Lakhs. Phew. Whose yours? Poll the answers and elaborate in the comments

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azra October 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Manish Malhotra <3 <3

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Frances October 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I’ve thought about this for YEARS, and I’ve come to the conclusion that what we want in a bridal lehenga isn’t designer, or colour, or fabric, or work but a vibe: fashionable, or glamorous, or demure etc. What I most want from my lehenga (other than wearability, no multi-kilo loads for this girl) is timelessness. It isn’t a very exciting trait, but I’m not a very exciting person. Plus, I’m 5’10″, and curvy. That’s plenty exciting already ;-)

At this point in time, I think I’d be delighted with a brocade blouse, and an umbrella-style skirt with a wide border. Ideally, it would evoke (in spirit, if not form) these paintings :

http://www.cyberkerala.com/rajaravivarma/rrvhtm24.htm

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Raja_Ravi_Varma,_Lady_with_Jewels.jpg

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Mehak, congratulations on the bridal shopping service! It’s lovely to see you doing well.

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mehak October 25, 2012 at 10:00 am

Well said.
Thats true- i want a lehenga that i can wear 20 years from now, and still feel like its classic piece!

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gunjan October 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

MANISH MALHOTRA… or Vikram Phadnis. :D

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sparkles_pink October 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Hi Mehak, i’m actually getting married next year october , and i really want to invest into a good beautiful designer lehenga, not paying 5.5 at-least but something more apt and less. I’m in love with all the Manish Malhotra designs , and could you please tell me , what his lehengas cost? i even love sabyasachi designs and abu sandeep is my all time favourite, if you could gimme an estimate for their designs would be great, i’d love to hear all the suggestions. thank you :)
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mehak October 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

HI sprakles_pink= MM lehengas cost upwards of 3.5-4 Lakhs.
Sabysachi is around the same price, and abu sandeep is around the same price as well
You can probably get really really light lehengas from them for 2 Lakhs but honestly theyr not worth it because theyr too light for wedding wear.

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Shikha October 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Sabyasachi
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ramya October 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

from manish malhotra.
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N Nair October 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Vikram phadnis :)

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Maitri October 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Anjalee & Arjun kapoor <3

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mehak October 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

Oh i love anjalee and arjun ! Shouldv put that n the list- they would probably be my dream engagement designer but i didnt like thir recent collection at all!

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shruti October 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm

whose- kiska
who is-kaun hai

:-D

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Chunchun October 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm

my favorite bridal designer is Ritu Kumar which isnt on the list

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Sukanya October 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Anamika Khanna followed ny Tarun Tahilani
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Crazy Indian Bride October 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm

If I could have it my way :
My wishlist would be:

Vikram Phadnis : for bridal lehenga (like the one soha ali khan wore!)
Sabyasachi for the vidai wali saree
Anamika for Sangeet (to dance in)
Rohit Bal for engagement (for the drama)
Nikasha for mehendi (for the colors)

:D
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mehak October 25, 2012 at 11:46 am

Nikasha for mehendi for me too! LOVE !

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Karishma October 25, 2012 at 3:03 am

I guess I should start learning more about designers and their work.. :/
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Vaishnavi October 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

I would love me some beautiful, rich kanjeevarams…and because I dont know any designer who’s done that…I’d take Nalli’s & Deepam’s from Chennai. They offer some amazing designs!!

How did you like Payal Pratap pink brocade jacketed look the most and Jpy Mitra’s black-gold one piece @ WLIFW…instant love!!
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StrawberryPulp October 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

Despite the innumerable copies, I still can’t get over the vibe that a Sabyasachi has – it still somehow manages to be the most appealing despite being the most common..

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FashionPhD October 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

my own! and some indian hndlooms!
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Bhumika M October 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Well. To be honest, mostly I DISLIKE designers and their nonsense bling. But this is my list:
1. Ritu Kumar (My bridal lehenga is a Ritu Kumar :) )
2. Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla (Their work is splendid)
3. Tarun Tahiliani (His work is not consistent though)
4. Manish Malhotra (Because despite the bling his creations are classy and Oh so la di la)
5. Sabyasachi (for lighter functions, I love his color combos)

As mentioned earlier, one looks at what they want from a lehenga. For me the outfit should be timeless and practical. I always assumed I’d wear a traditional Kanjee or Benarsi for the wedding but unfortunately I faced immense problems with getting an udoni along with it. So lehenga it is.

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SD October 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I love Anita Dongre.. I find her designs classic and beautiful, without being too bollywood-esque!

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Neha October 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Sabyasachi…

And luckily for me, I am wearing a sabya on my wedding. yayyy !!!!! After having gone to alll these designers showrooms, I can tell you that sabya is actually ‘value for money’. I am not wearing a lehenga on my wedding, rather a beautiful heavy anarkali (its a gurudwara wedding), coral colour, cost- 1.6 L. Sabya has fairly heavy lehengas between 2-2.5L as well, and for 3-4L his lehengas are supppperr heavy (if thats your taste!).

On the other hand, all of the designers in the poll START at 3.5-4. MMs latest bridal pieces start at 5.5 and Abu sandeep’s showrooms most bridal pieces are between 6-9 L. Incidentally I had gone to see anarkalis and whether lehengas can be converted into anarkalis (with the same embroidery etc). TT’s lowest (not very heavy) anarkali which was showed to me was 2.2 L.

So given all this insanity- its amazing to have a sabya anarkali (and believe me it is BRIDAL) for 1.6L is pretty damn good !

But yes, after Sabya- and if have the heart to shell out so much- MM. super glam, lovely colours et all.

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Shikha October 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Wow Neha, Congz!!! do share you pictures would like to see you anarkali suit
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mehak October 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Dont you think its reaching crazy levels? The prices i mean.. I saw a TT lehenga that was stunning for 12 Lakhs !!
!2 bloody lakhs !! No fabric is as expensive and no embroidery is as time consuming to cost even 1/5th that amount. lets face it- the making cost for these pieces will never ever be more than 80K (AT the MAXIMUM)> Its just insanity the level to which the prices are going.

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Shikha October 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

yup true, my dad is in garments business in CC, he told me N no of times that this is all made in narrow lanes of Jama Masjid and Gandhi Nagar Market and these crafts men sell it to designers, boutiques, showrooms. Where a label is added and prices increased to 10-1000 times.
But pleasure and happiness of shopping from designers, boutiques, showrooms is much more and thats what these people charge for :-P
I bought a anarkali suit from Bombay selection, Rajouri for 14K and I was super happy and we stop to have chaat at near by shop and right next to it was same suit (color, design only fabric was different) available for Rs 3500, i was what the hell I wasted my money .. uhhhhh but at the end of day I know the difference.
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Neha October 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Thanks Shikha :) Will do.

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mehak October 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm

And be a P & B Real Brides pleeaasseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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mehak October 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Faces has an orange cream blush and so does nYx

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thedelhibride October 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Anita Dongre! Atleast for the sangeet. Her designs are truly classy – pretty colors, plush designs – without the disgusting bling that’s out there these days.
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Bhumika M October 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I totally agree! Bought this beautiful sari from Anita Dongre. I love it. Not wearing it on any function though but glad to have it as part of my trousseau.

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Neha October 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Hey Mehak,

My weddings in December beginning. I am just a lil vary- because I know HOW attention-phobic my fiance is (and it is an arranged marriage :)). Give me a few days to think over it- will definitely write back.

Your blog’s been a big help btw. I found my make up artist because of you- Shalini Singh :)

Neha

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mehak October 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Sure give it a think, we only need photos of you! Men are completely ignored on this blg anyway :p

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Neha October 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

And Mehak, I agree with you about pricing. It has just become insane!!!!!

My first encounter with shopping for my wedding was at this place called Carma (the Malcha Marg one). It was a few weeks after my roka. Me and Mom enter, fall in love with a beautifulll jacket-skirt and ask the price. The exquisitely dressed aunty (rather, babe), looks at us, ans says “ji kaam dekho, colour dekho, and what a reasonable price- onlyyy paanjjjjj I tell you” (meaning, only 5 L my dear). We had a heart attack!!!

But in walked in another girl with her mom- who picked up a “light” suit (its only a “friends” wedding) for ‘only’ 2.1 L. So guess there are enough ppl to pick up this stuff at insane prices too.

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Shikha October 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm

hahahhaa, I cnt stop laughing reading ‘onlyyy paanjjjjj I tell you’, these ppl have an art to make 5 lakh sound as chillar…..
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Frances October 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

5 lakh for an ANYTHING? Oh, excuse me while I pay for that with the coins I pulled out from between the seats of my sofa. God above, for 5 lakh, it should clean my house, drive me to work, do my taxes, make sweet love to me, and raise my children. What on airth? Some people have more money than sense. I wish I were those people.

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Vaishnavi October 26, 2012 at 11:34 am

lol…pannjjj…must have said dude, i dont grow it in my backyard !!!

Why does it cost the earth these days? I recently went to pick up some cotton fabric for kurtis – for office and each was 450 bucks per metre…please!! i pick up 2.5 metres – thats 1000 upwards and i still have to get it stitched :( :(
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sparkles_pink October 26, 2012 at 9:09 am

Thankyou Mehak, the information was really helpful, though i’m sure i’m not spending that much money on a manish malhotra.. a complete waste. And a TT lehenga for 12 whooping lakhs. Are you kidding me, wouldn’t i buy myself diamond studs instead. And Neha , only paanch, i tell you !! heheheh, Goodness, these people actually have an inbuilt art, how do they even quote such prices, i agree its for the big day, but how crazy can it get. i actually think , i will find , a better outfit for the big day and by paying a lot less.
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Vaishnavi October 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

Best thing, go to the side lanes and mix-n-match the fabrics…when my time comes, I am so going to do that – not that lehangas are big in my wedding…and be proud of a Vaishnavi creation :D
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