Indian Wedding Exhibition Visit Experience, Tips and Haul (Wedding Asia 2013)

by Shivani on July 27, 2013

in Bridal, Indian, Lifestyle, Tips, Traditional Indian Wear

I recently got a chance to attend an Indian Wedding exhibition and it was a great experience so I thought I would share it with you all. Taking pictures was not allowed inside in some booths but I was still able to click some cleverly! 😀 I only got caught a few times lol! This post took so long to write and the picture editing was back breaking. I hope you enjoy this post.

I’m sure my non-indian readers are going to love this post. For easy reading sake I have translated hindi words/phrases into english in brackets 🙂

I attended the Wedding Asia Exhibition. It happens every year in 4-5 major cities in India and luckily I was in Chandigarh (India) vacationing and got to attend it. It is one of the most awaited wedding exhibitions each year. Here in Toronto we have exhibitions like Suhaag and Kismet. And before anyone asks, no i’m not getting married. I just went there to buy some suits/ saris if I could find any suitable ones (which I did of course, the shopaholic that I am. My haul is at the end of this post).

Scroll down for LOTS of pictures, price details, types of booths and my haul:

Indian Bridal Exhibition Tips and ExperienceWhat types of booths, stalls can you find at a wedding exhibition?

1) Wedding Lehengas (The brides dress)

2) Suits & Saris: Som of them were heavy which brides could wear to the engagement/ reception. There were other lighter options for the relatives.

3) Jewellery (Not just for the bride but lighter jewellery appropriate for the relatives too)

4) Suit Accessories: Latkans . There was a wide variety of latkans and rhinestone bling buttons, belts and broaches.

5) Shoes: Not just any shoes but full on blingy rhinestone shoes perfect for going along with indian wear

6) Decorated Shagun Boxes ( They are boxes used for giving money as a token of love)

7) Invitation Card Designs

8) Photographers

9) Decorators

10) Bridal Beauty and Skin Care Products

11) Travel Agents for Honeymoon Planning and Booking

Below are pictures of some Indian Kundan Jewellery. Not really my kind of thing but I took pictures anyways:

Indian statement jewellery necklace pieces.Indian jewellery necklace designs

A gold cuff bracelet with a rose. The back was really pretty but the rose was too big for my liking.

Indian wrist cuff with rose and diamond look.

A traditional indian style cocktail ring (that’s my moms hand btw):

Oversized cocktail rings for indian weddings or parties.A rhinestone accessory to attach to suits. The lady said it’s supposed to be placed instead of buttons under the neckline area.

Indian suit bling charm adornments .

Latkans (accessories/adornments) for suits, saris and lehengas. None of them really caught my eye. I’ve seen way prettier ones at small boutiques.

Indian suit bling accessories and buttonsIndian suit and saree latkan accessoriesIndian Wedding Exhibition experience and tips

A latkan attached to a lehenga. Pretty huh? I love the big ones (the bigger the better for me) in colourful round shapes.

Indian Sari /Lehenga hanging latkan accessories

The shoes they mainly had were wedges or flats. It really depends what outfit you’re wearing. Personally I would never wear flats with indian wear. I like blingy heels the best.

Bling rhinestone shoes to go with indian suits, lehengas or saris

Decorated Shagun Boxes:

Shagun (Sagan) wedding boxes for indian weddings

A picture I took of a magazine style wedding album. I love wedding magazines rather than albums. They are so much more durable and glossy ( and give a lil celebrity feeling too!). I love how much wedding photography has changed over the years. It’s so much more effortlessy classy with beautiful angles.

The beautiful photography below is by Kuljit Rehal – Creative Vision.

Creative Indian wedding photography album.

Below is my second favourite thing I saw at the exhibition. An indian style bling wedding cake! :O OMG! I don’t have words!

Keep reading to find out what my first fave was! Hint: Lots of bling! 

Bling rhinestone cake for indian weddings

An attractive box style wedding invitation. So much better than those boring envelope card ones. (It had some personal details on it so I blocked them out)

Creative Indian Wedding invitation cards with boxes

A stall put up by wedding decorators. I LOVE chandeliers! I basically love just about anything blingy, shiny, sparkly.

Chandelier decoration for indian weddings

Ok coming to my fave item. Below is the clutch of the century! Can we take a moment to admire its beauty?!

Filled with beautiful rhinestones of all sizes on every square inch. Hand Made. Luxurious. Eyeball grabbing. A definite conversation starter.

The picture does not do justice to its beauty! Nope! I am going to take more pictures and show it in a separate post very soon. Yes I bought it! 🙂 😀

I secretly take it out of its dust pouch every night before sleeping and admire it. Gives me nice fairytale like dreams.

Bling Rhinestone Swarovski clutchSwarovski bling rhinestone clutch for parties
The guy at the booth showed me a picture of Kajol (Bollywood Celebrity) carrying a similar clutch. Hers is by a designer named Malini Agarwalla whose brand is called Malaga.

Kajol malaga rhinestone box clutchKajol Malaga clutch

Moving on to the exciting part: clothes. I tried to take pictures but they weren’t allowed in most booths so I had to try to hide my phone while taking them. I did a pretty good job which you can tell from this picture heavy post but I did get caught a few times! One man even got a bit angry lol. He should have been happy. I was giving him free publicity!

Anyways, below is a lace/net suit. The top is fully covered with embroidery and the entire stomach and back area was covered with pretty lace (yes it was see through). I thought it was pretty unique but didn’t really like it once I tried it on. It was a little odd looking.
Lace and Net indian suitCoral Indian Lace and net suit fashionIndian Coral lace and net suit.

I loved the design of the back of this suit and the velvet bits. It was waaaay too loose on me. So loose that alteration was not a solution so I could’t buy it.

Back designs for an india suit with a velvet back.

An orange and blue jacket style Lehenga.

Indian orange and blue Wedding lehenga with a jacket style.

Country Wise Indian Wedding Exhibitions (to name some):

Canada: Suhaag Show, Kismet Wedding Show

USA: My Shadi Bridal Expo

UK: Asian Bride Show, Asiana Bridal Show

How were the prices? Variety? Styles?As far as jewellery and shoes go I didn’t like any! They had some nice saris and suits with modern and trendy designs. As far as the wedding lehengas go they lacked variety. An average sari cost around Rs.35000 ($650), Suit: Rs.17000 ($300), Bridal Lehengas: Rs. 80,000 to Rs.1,50,000 ($1500 to $2800).

Would I shop from a Wedding Exhibition for my wedding? No. As far as wedding shopping goes, wedding exhibitions limit you when it comes to designs and are heavier when it comes to the price tag. You can get a lot more variety if you shop from individual stores and there’s a much greater chance that you will find what you’re looking for. The stalls at wedding exhibitions also sell at higher prices as they have to cover up their stall rent cost. I know for a fact that Delhi (India) is an amazing destination for indian wedding shopping.

However, wedding exhibitions are great for getting ideas. Plus you never know you may just find something (like I did 😉 )

Here’s my haul:

Indian Wedding Exhibition HaulBling rhineston clutch for prom or indian weddingsShiny Swarovski rhinestone clutch for prom or parties

I bought a traditonal anarkali suit in a magenta colour with the upper portion made from a velvetty fabric. Velvet is so in right now in the case of indian wear. I saw velvet blouses for lehengas and velvet borders on the bottoms of lehengas and saris. I absolutely love this trend. It gives such a royal and elegant look. L-O-V-E! It cost Rs.10,000 ($181) .

I also got the clutch I mentioned. It cost me Rs.5000 ($91)

I’m not showing the suit in detail right now. I want to wear it and click a full length picture as an OOTD and feature it. But before that I have to get it altered as it’s a little loose. Why is my size never available? Why? I will also be doing a separate haul post and show it in detail.

 

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Richa Saxena July 28, 2013 at 5:35 am

Loved the clutch you got! Its amazing….

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GlamDiaries July 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Thanks! I’m going to show it in detail in a separate post soon 🙂

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Aarthi July 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Woww wow wow

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GlamDiaries July 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

🙂

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Stephanie Han August 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

OMG! I love it! I love blingy, shiny, sparkly stuffs too! Those items are gorgeous!

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Pooja January 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Honestly it baffles me how the average indian is on the smaller side but the general size of the traditional wear is so freaking big. I went to India recently for a wedding and even after two alterations, several were too big for me. (And omg that clutch, wish I had that at the wedding!)

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GlamDiaries January 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Haha! I know right! The ready made suits are huge! Do you write a blog too? Gimme your link if you do 🙂

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Aleena March 3, 2015 at 6:54 am

I love love love Indian Sarees and Jewelry!

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