This post was long due! A lot of you who had been following my bridal series, not only wanted to see more pictures of my bridal lehenga but also wanted to know my bridal lehenga shopping experience at Sabyasachi.
The first time I started thinking of getting married, I dreamt of being a Sabyasachi bride. I think he is one designer who has taken Indian traditional wear to another level by giving it a modern take with his distinct style. And ever since I saw his designs at the ramp during my initial years of fashion blogging, I absolutely fell in love with his design aesthetics and I always envisioned wearing one of his designs.
My First Visit for Bridal Lehenga Shopping :
So in the second week of January, I decided to pay a visit to the heaven of bridal couture - Mehrauli - where all the leading designers have their stores; with my mom and my bestie.
When I called to take up an appointment at the Sabyasachi, Anita Dongre and other designer boutique s in the vicinity - I was told an appointment is not needed, and you can visit anytime of the day to check out the collection. (PS : Sabyasachi store is closed on Sundays and they don't do Billings post 6pm)
Sabyasachi store in Mehrauli I visited a couple of multi-brand boutiques like Kayra but I didn't find any bridal lehengas to my liking - as they had designs more suitable for a mehendi or engagement function.
So, we finally decided to visit Sabyasachi before checking out other designers in the area. Now, I had been to the boutique before but I didn't know then that I will be visiting the place again to finalise my wedding lehenga.
The Sabyasachi Mehrauli space is no less than royalty - the opulent space has two wings - one for bridal couture and jewellery, while the other wing has ready-to-wear saris, kurtas and other collections by the designer.
While the ground floor of the bridal wing has a few lighter lehengas and saris, the bridal heaven is on the first floor with all the designs that you have seen on ramp or on his social media accounts showcased there.
The lehenga I tried during my first visit Price Range :
Now, here's one bummer, if you have always wondered what is the price of a Sabyasachi lehenga - the lehengas apt for your D-day are priced above Rs 3,00,000. So, in case you have a budget lesser than this, you should ideally check out Aza Fashions or Carma - both the multi-designer boutiques keep the lower-priced lehengas from Sabyasachi (priced between 1.5-3 lakh rupees).
Even the bridal lehengas in Mehrauli store are in two price ranges : the raw silk lehengas with intricate zardozi work are priced between Rs 3,00,000 to Rs 7,00,000. But if you are looking to buy his famous velvet lehengas, the prices start at Rs 7,00,000 and go up to Rs 20,00,000 or more for his main couture pieces.
All what you see in the store is all what you get! Precisely because all the designs launched by Sabyasachi are present in store and major customisations are not available. You will find each design in two-three color options and the store assistant will help show you more designs that can be made available on their iPads. But don't expect to get a completely new design made or any major customisation to be made to a design you like.
After going through the collection, I finalised the below lehenga which is from the designer's Devi collection. I always wanted a lehenga that had all-over work in a monotone color. While this lehenga was available in a red and a deep wine colour as well - my mom, my bestie and even the store assistant agreed that I looked much better in this bright pink color.
Final trial of my lehengas
Now, after shortlisting this lehenga - we decided to visit the other designers also the same day. We visited Anita Dongre, Manish Malhotra, Sulakshana Monga and Carma that have their flagship stores in Mehrauli - but honestly no other lehenga grabbed my attention and my heart kept going back to the Sabyasachi lehenga.
Also, knowing that we didn't have much time in hand - we decided to book my lehenga the same day and went back to the Sabyasachi store.
Measurements and Booking :
This was my second visit to the store on the day and well right before the measurements I was told to first go purchase a full-cup underwire bra for the correct measurements of the blouse. We rushed to the M&S store in Select Citywalk, purchased a new bra just for the measurements and came back to the store again for booking the lehenga.
Finally, the measurements were done on our third visit to the store on the same day and we were told that we would get the lehenga on 24th Feb - just 10 days before my wedding. Their team usually takes two months to deliver the lehenga, so I was still lucky that they decided to make mine in 45 days.
(But honestly I would not recommend you to wait till the last minute to book your lehenga, as I was stressed out till the time I got my lehenga as it was so close to the wedding day.)
Also, if you are a UK size L or above, you would have to shell out an extra amount for the lehenga - a fact I wasn't aware of before visiting the store and didn't read even in the blogs I had earlier read about the designer's bridal collection. The extra cost could be around Rs 50,000 and can even go upto Rs 1,00,000 or more depending upon the extra number of kalis that would need to be added to the lehenga.'
Anyway, after a long day, I finally had a realisation that I was going to be a Sabyasachi bride - a dream that i had envisioned since many years.
Just 2-3 days before the lehenga's delivery date, I received a call from the store that my lehenga was finally ready and I could pick it from the store. Eagerly, I visited next day to collect my lehenga and to my surprise - it fit me beautifully. I had lost a few kilos in these two months which made the lehenga a little lose from the waist - but the drawstrings to the lehenga made sure I didn't have to worry about it.
To my surprise, they even made a beautiful potli purse to match the lehenga and my outfit was packaged in this beautiful red trunk with Sabyasachi's famous logo on the top.
Here are few more pictures of my wedding lehenga and few shots from my D-day -
Also, don't go by what online magazines or stylists recommend - as there is no one style or dress that you should stick to - just because it is in trend or is out of trend. You should always go out, browse different styles at places you have shortlisted and decide only once you have tried everything on. This is one main piece of advice I would give to upcoming brides.
I am really sorry for the lengthy post but hope you enjoyed reading it and hoping it would help you in your journey to pick your bridal lehenga.