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Bride-to-be Jasmina Bharwani had to quit her job as an investment banker in London to plan her big fat destination wedding in Spain. Spread over three days, she and her investment banker fiancé, Karan Puri, chose a set of venues with the express purpose of giving their guests a taste of Spain; a welcome dinner at the trendy Ramses, in Madrid, a classic, gorgeous Mehendi and Sangeet at the iconic Ritz Hotel and a beautiful wedding and reception at a jet-set favourite, the Villa Magna Hotel.

Jasmina’s love for the finer things in life came through in the décor, styling and her trousseau – whether it was the gota-work white anarkali with gold and silver embroidery, her custom designed sangeet outfit or her sequined wedding lehenga. She loves Delhi, arguably India's fashion capital, for the access to great design houses. She suggests visiting multi-design platforms to help differentiate between different styles and then flagship stores once you've decided and offers a range of accessory, jewellery and style options from classic to contemporary.

With all her experience, it’s no surprise to know that Jasmina has decided to pursue her real passion; she now produces beauty tutorials, provides style tips and reviews products at her eponymous site www.jasminabharwani.com and YouTube channel. Here, the bride tells other brides-to-be about what worked while she planned for her big day.

As an NRI, deciding where to do your bridal shopping can be quite stressful. My recommendation would be to choose a destination where you have either friends or family or a city you are quite familiar with, as this will really help you navigate the myriad options there. However, it is also important to do your research and identify the designers and stores you are most interested in. For example, if your family is in Bengaluru and most of the stores you like are in Mumbai then you are probably better off going to Mumbai. My recommendation, if you can make it work, would be to head to Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata.

I did all my shopping in Delhi where my husband’s family is. It helped that most of the designers I wanted to see were based in the city.

As I mentioned in my previous post I did a lot of online research before I went to Delhi, in order to have an idea of the catalogues as well as a list of addresses. I researched blogs like WeddingSutra, browsed Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration and when I liked something I tried to track down where the person got it from. I also spoke to friends and family for recommendations and most importantly I hunted down the hashtags for all the designers I loved to see, as it can be difficult to get pictures online of their latest collections.

I have put together this guide based on my experience and research and I hope it will be as useful for you as it was for me!

OUTFITS

For beautifully handcrafted heritage Indian wear – a classic in a brides trousseau

Sabyasachi at Carma
H-5/11, Mehrauli Road, Near Qutab Minar, New Delhi, 110030, India

Abu Jani Sandeep Ghosla
Store 1:Shop No. 338, DLF Place,
Nelson Mandela Marg,
Vasantkunj New Delhi- 110070
D-31, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Store 2: G - 06 Ground Floor, Lado Sarai, New Delhi 110030

Anita Dongre
No 422, Third Floor, 4 Nelson Mandela Rd, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110 070 India

Varun Bahl
302, Second Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, New Delhi, 110070

For the Bollywood bride, who wants something grand but perhaps slightly more contemporary, and for those who are looking for western style wear perhaps for a cocktail party, engagement or a youngsters gathering.

Tarun Tahiliani
Store 1:D 25, First Floor, Defence Colony, Above Affinity Salon, New Delhi, 110024
Store 2:351, Second Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, New Delhi, 110070,

JJ Valaya
D-18, First Floor, Block D, Defence Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110024, India
222, (FF), The Gallery on MG, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, New Delhi, 110030

Manish Malhotra
Ambawatta One, H 5/1 Kalkadas Marg, Behind Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi, 110030

Shantanu Nikhil
Store 1: 303, Second Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, New Delhi, 110070
Store 2:D-58 Ground floor, Defence Colony, New Delhi-110024

Manav Gangwani
308, Second Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj II, New Delhi, 110070

Carousel
D-19 Defe D-19 Defence Colony, New Delhi 24nce Colony, New Delhi 24

Monisha Jaising
Shop No 309, 2nd Floor, Emporio Mall, Vasant Kunj II, New Delhi, 110070

Gaurav Gupta
339, Second Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj II, New Delhi, 110070

Rohit+Rahul
Store 1:407, Third Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, New Delhi, 110070
Store 2:D-15, Ground Floor, Defence Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110024, India

Namrata Joshipura
410, Third Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, New Delhi, 110070

Multi Designer Stores are perfect to browse, if you are unsure of what you like

Aza Fashions - Designers like Pankaj & Niddhi, Neeta Lulla and Malini Ramani amongst many others
Store 1:Eros 48, Ground Floor, South Ext. - Part I
New Delhi – 49
Store 2:G-12, Ground Floor, The Crescent at the Qutab,
Lado Sarai, New Delhi – 30
Store 3:219, The Gallery on M.G. Road,
Sultanpur, 
New Delhi – 30

Ensemble- Desigers like Anamika Khanna, Gauri & Nanika and Payal Pratap amongst many others
Plot No. 4, Shop No. 433-437, Third Floor, Emporio Mall, Vasant Kunj Mall Area, Vasant Kunj Phase II, New Delhi, 110070

Ogaan – Upcoming ethnic designers
Store 1: H-2 Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 110016
Store 2:4-A, AOC, Santushti Shopping Complex, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi -110021
Store 3:431, Third Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070
Store 4:77, Khan Market, Middle Lane, New Delhi 110021

Outfits for the bride or grooms family, for those on a budget or for smaller functions

Frontier Raas
D-3, Ring Road, South Extension II, New Delhi, 110049

AM:PM
Store 1:Shop No. 412, 3rd Floor DLF EMporio, 4 Nelson Madela Marg, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Store 2:Shop F-8, 1st Floor, The Crescent At Qutab, Lado Sarai, New Delhi

Sonali Gupta
C 3 near, Geetanjali Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110017, India

Ridhi Mehra
Sheikh Sarai Village, Sheikh Sarai, New Delhi, Delhi, India

J by Jannat
Contact on +91-8588900101

Suggestion: I would suggest heading over to Emporio Mall in Delhi first as you have a great selection of designers and you could have a quick browse to see what you like and then perhaps head to the flagship stores of individual designers if you feel you want to see more variety.

JEWELLERY

Leela Jewellers
Shop No.4, Sundar Nagar Market New Delhi - 110003

Amrapali Jewels
39/39A, Khan Market, New Delhi, 110003

Hazoorilal Jewellers
Part 1, M-44, M Block Market, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi, 110048

EXCELLENT QUALITY COSTUME JEWELLERY

Art Karat – Online and In Store
Store 1:Ground Floor, 40-A, Meharchand Market, Behind India Habitat Center Next to Cafe Coffee Day, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi – 110003
Store 2:S-48, Panchsheel Park,New Delhi – 110017
Store 3:Cross River MallGround Floor, G-5A, Central Business District, (Near Karkarduma Court) Shahdara,Delhi – 110032

Beget
M-46, Greater Kailash 1 Rd, Block M, Greater Kailash I, New Delhi, 110048,

BGs– Ideal for smaller pieces or bangles, etc….
107, DLF Place Saket, Press Enclave Marg, Saket District Centre, Pushp Vihar, New Delhi, 110017

For other random wedding stuff, like bridal chuda or stoles, etc…

Chottey Lal & Sons
2468/10-12, Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, Delhi - 110005

And the Lajpat Nagar Market

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