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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Hopping from store to store looking for the perfect wedding dress can get chaotic. To make your experience better, Pearl Mathias & Gurjyot Kaur bring you tips on bridal shopping

It is considered the most magnificent day in a woman’s life, but with the magic can come woes. Just like every bride, you too may want the celebrations to be grand, and you’d want your dress to be picture perfect. However, that takes a lot of effort and patience. Designer Neeta Lulla says, “A strong elegant appeal that elevates your persona with a hint of sensuality is the key philosophy to bridal dressing. Gone are the days when women just wanted lumps of concentrated embroidery. Detailing and designs are the key elements in today’s bridal requisite.”

Today, many brides are moving away from the traditional and towards the trending wedding dress. Sharing her own personal experience, Neeta says, “In the ’90s, when I did Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the trend of using turquoise was popular and royalty took a contemporary turn with the ambience being abstract décor in gold, the new colour for lehengas was turquoise or colour-blocked inspired from the film.” Here we tell you few things that you should know before you step out for your wedding shopping.

Pick your posse
Like the saying goes, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” Shopping with many people is never a good idea. Designer Eshaani Jayaswal says, “Shopping for the perfect dress can be overwhelming, so invite people who are supportive and who encourage you to choose the perfect outfit that you love and feel best in. Don’t feel pressured by convention and protocol to choose who comes with you.”

Know your body type
It’s important to understand your body type and skin tone. Rather than following trends blindly, work on the design that will accentuate your beauty. Designer Priti Sahni of label Priti Sahni advises that you make sure that your wedding dress is comfortable. “Elegant and classy designs that you can re-use by mixing and matching should be your pick for the pre-wedding festival,” she says.

Pick for now and forever
Natascha Tate, in-house stylist at Limeroad, says, “The timeless chanderi kurtas, the treasured Banarasi sarees and the beautiful brocade blouses are the essentials that you need for setting up an eternally elegant bridal wardrobe. Buy classics that will make you look your graceful best at every gala that follows your wedding.”

Designer Zara Umrigar seconds this, saying, “Trends are fun to experiment with, but your wedding pictures will last for a lifetime. Pick styles and embroidery that you can see yourself in years down the line, ones that you can pass down to generations and ones that will remain classic.”

Make sure you’ve got money on your mind
It’s easy to get carried away when shopping for your big day. After all, you do want to splurge in order to look your best. But, to make sure that it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, designer Mahima Mahajan has some advice. She says, “Take everything into consideration before setting a realistic budget. Make sure to go to places that match your budget.”

Priti adds, “There are many options available nowadays and social media can help you find the designer whose work matches your taste and actually fits your budget too. You can also try two or three designers to make sure that the look you are striving for is not repeated.”

Pick the best lingerie
When you feel attractive, you look attractive. Wearing beautiful lingerie through the day will keep you at ease. “Quality lingerie will fit better and make your clothes look better on the outside, too. Clothes will fall better and there won’t be any visible lines on the outside of your clothes that is caused by your undergarments,” says Eshaani.

Make your Cinderella story
A wedding ceremony can run for hours. So, being comfortable should be your priority, especially if you have to stand greeting guests for hours or dance through the night. Zara suggests breaking into your shoes a month before your big day and using a stretch spray to loosen up the front.

Natascha adds, “Nothing should bring down the grandeur of the bride, especially not a painful pair of footwear. Since you have to walk, stand and dance throughout the wedding, you must choose the right bridal shoes. Say yes to a shiny pair of platforms; it will keep you looking pretty and comfy.”

Bejeweled, don’t be fooled
The bridal jewellery box is incomplete without antique ornaments that have been beautifying brides since the start of time. Ridhi advises staying away from over-the-top and large neckpieces. “One of my favourite styles this season is Kundan & Polki chokers. Pearl drop chand balis are a classic you can rock as well,” she says.

Tie it together with the trousseau
Your bridal shopping is incomplete without some stunning trousseau pieces. “Pick wrap gowns, light anarkalis with tassles, fringes or detailing in pastel hues and cape jumpsuits,” suggests designer Ridhi Mehra.

While the most beautiful accessories and attire will constitute your trousseau, why not carry a piece of heritage from your mother’s house to your new one? Natascha says, “How about mum’s silk saree that you always adored? How about your granny’s pretty pashmina shawl? Something borrowed, something beautiful.”

Here’s what you should keep in mind when shopping for bridal attire.

  • Do your research... well in advance: It’s always best to set a budget and search for clothes accordingly. Designer Mahima Mahajan says, “Make sure that you have done your research before going shopping for the perfect outfit. Go through as many pictures as you can and save all the designs and trends you like. This way, the designer will be able to understand your needs better.”
     
  • Schedule appointments: Save time by booking appointments at stores. That way you’ll be attended to more promptly and you’ll have a better experience.
     
  • Be comfy: Mahima says, “Shopping can be a laborious task if you’re out the whole day. Make sure you dress comfortably to carry through the entire day with ease.”
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