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:
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
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:
A gold cuff bracelet with a rose. The back was really pretty but the rose was too big for my liking.
A traditional indian style cocktail ring (that’s my moms hand btw):
Latkans (accessories/adornments) for suits, saris and lehengas. None of them really caught my eye. I’ve seen way prettier ones at small boutiques.
A latkan attached to a lehenga. Pretty huh? I love the big ones (the bigger the better for me) in colourful round shapes.
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.
Decorated Shagun Boxes:
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.
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!
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)
A stall put up by wedding decorators. I LOVE chandeliers! I basically love just about anything blingy, shiny, sparkly.
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.
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.
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.
An orange and blue jacket style Lehenga.
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:
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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