Where to Buy Bridal Lehengas in Chandni Chowk : With Price & Pics

February 12, 2014

in Bridal Lehenga, Bridal Shopping in Delhi, Indian Wedding Blog

When I first visited Chandni Chowk, It was  5 months before my wedding. I had limited knowledge, and  it was a spur of the moment decision to just hop on the metro to go and see if we could find some lehenga options that were cheaper than the lehenga I had loved. Two girls on the metro were discussing places to shop there so I was shamelessly eavesdropping on their conversation and making mental notes. Since then however I have been to CC close to 20 different times, with 20 different people- some clients, some friends etc so I think I am finally in a position to write this!

Okay, so you have probably read about a dozen news paper articles about how Chandni Chowk is this treasure trove of the most amazing bridal lehengas and what not, but when you actually land there all you see is shiney, mind numbing bling (and people climbing on each other) that is totally un-drool worthy? Chances are you haven’t gone to the right store in Chandni Chowk yet !!Take it from a recent bride, a self confessed bridal shopping expert (hey im paid to help people find lehengas!) , and someone who is pretty obsessed with finding nooks and corners that sell bridal lehengas- these are probably the only places worth knowing.

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Our Real Bride Priya bought her sangeet outfit from Om Prakash.

Photo by arjunkarthaphotography.com

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I saw this orange and pink lehenga replica at OPJL and ALMOST bought it !

Om Prakash Jawahar lal (Naya Katra): These guys need to start paying me now, because i first put them on the map 2 years back when i wrote a post about where to buy bridal lehengas in Delhi. Compared to the rest of the riff -raff they have nice, elegant pieces in similar style of Sabya and Manish etc. The downside- they compromise on the flare according to me. Not that you wont get a full flared lehenga here- you will, but i found that the level of flare was slightly lesser than what you would get in some other shops. Also i dont recommend you customise ANYTHING here. Just see the sample and get it made to size
Price Points: A good one will cost you upwards of 80,000 INR and the ones i absolutely loved (an orange and pink one which was somewhat like an Anamika Khanna piece (see photo above)) was 1.2 lakhs. The flare though annoys me- i had a HUGE flare on my lehenga and somehow didnt find that anywhere in Om Prakash.

asiana-couture-chandni-chowk-lehenga Our Real Bride Neha (coming soon) got her lehenga from Asiana Couture. Isnt it stunning?

Asiana Couture : Relatively new kids on the block but already making a ton of waves in the Chandni Chowk bridal scene (LOL- i make it sound like Chandni Chowk has a ‘scene’) . I hadnt actually heard of them when i went shopping for my lehenga, but over time i have seen brides wear some lovely pieces from here. Then i actually visited them and absolutely loved some of their stuff- a lot of new , current styles and very like high quality pieces which if you follow Indian designers, you will know! Prices are not super cheap again, but because they are lesser known than OPJL, you will get a better price for sure ! Again, stay far away from custom.

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Photos of Kamal Bhai Saree Sangam

Kamal Bhai Saree Sangam( Katra Pyarelal Gali):   Another hidden gem that nobody really knows about – they sell styles similar to Om Prakash but at a cheaper rate.  However the variety is kind of limited so at times it is a hit, and at times a miss. I saw a montone deep red lehenga with gorgeous soft gold work all over which I had also seen at Frontier as well as Roop Sarees – but here it was half the price. I didn’t pick it up because I wanted a colorblocked lehenga at the time- something with contrast.  Co-incidentally, my friend turned up in that red and gold lehenga on her wedding.I have also seen some gorgeous customised pieces and while they turn out nice the finishing never ends up being like the one had you just ordered off a sample. Prices  just a tad bit cheaper than OPJL but not more expensive than everyone else.

Sudhir Bhai (Close to OPJL) : Have you noticed how all shops sound similar? Everyone is a Bhai or a chand or lal or a singh !! Sudhir Bhai is another semi well known shop in Chandni Chowk and once we exited OPJL , this is where we went next. This has some stuff which is really nice and cheaper prices too ! But sometimes a hit, sometimes a miss because the variety keeps changing. My friend scored a lovely peach and yellow lehenga for about 35000 from here for her sisters wedding.

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A lehenga from Sunehri

Sunaree : My friend got her wedding lehenga from here and these guys are definitely more affordable than the rest, though they don’t have some of the more unique heavier pieces that others do. She bought a very nice shaded peach and coral bridal lehenga and the prices here start lower and you could score some lehengas at about 50k but you REALLY have to hunt to find a good piece.

Lehenga House: These people advertise a lot and you will see their big-a** hoardings every where in Chandni Chowk ! Umm..personally I didnt find anything here- they have variety but I didnt find anything unique or different from what people generally wear. They are cheaper than the shops I have mentioned and you may find something here but I didn’t find anything that looked super high end you know?

 

Pakeezah Plaza:You will have to hunt here, but sometimes you can score some majorly drool worthy stuff. SOMETIMES. Still worth a visit as it is cheaper than the big names and has quite a bit of variety! Real Bride Urvashi bought her lehenga from Pakeezah Plaza. See her beautiful orange and blue lehenga with gotta patti here

Smaller shops like Tek Chand Arjit Singh, Chetan Saris, Shringar Saris, kalakriti : These are nice for saris and stuff (Specially kalakriti is great for anarkalis and Shringar has nice saris) but the variety of lehengas here is pretty limited. You can wrap up your lehenga shopping in the first three places i spoke about. I saw a white lehenga at Tek Chand whose border i really liked so we spoke about customising and he told me he could give me a beautiful white and pink lehenga for about 75K, but ultimately i didnt trust getting something customised from scratch so i let it go and im Glad i did, i wouldn;t have found my lehenga otherwise (I still, am whole heartedly in love with it)

CTC , Chabbra, & the rest: Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.  I went inside one such store that a lehenga agent recommended to me and the guy made me sit and had a 10 minute discussion of what my ‘style’ was. After i told him, you know i dont like bling- i like stuff like Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra etc…he was like ok i shall show you something DITTO same. Out came a red lehenga with A lot of cheap mish mash of swarovski and sequin work which quite frankly even a bride in the 1960′s would have been terrified of .  Ofcourse these places are really cheap so you the lehenga was under 50K for example but the quality was just not there ! Mega waste of time!

So is Chandni Chowk the best place in Delhi to shop for lehengas: Personally, i dont think so – its definitely a must visit for bridal shopping just because it  helps you guage an idea of the vast variety they have, however do remember they take atleast 4 -5 weeks to make a lehenga . Plus if you compare prices, there isnt a very significant difference according to me, so while a trip to Chandni Chowk is nice dont get too caught up if you dont find your lehenga there. I *almost* did, but then i didnt.

Points to remember

  • Those of you from outside Delhi- Chandni Chowk is like having a gazillion people fit inside a 10 feet box with lanes so narrow that only 1 person can go at one time. I am NOT exaggerating. Its not an easy to place to navigate in the least and honestly none of the shops have addresses
  • Be careful of those random lehenga agents who take you to shops they get commissioned on. Dont ask them directions for shops because they end of taking you to totally different ones. True story- a girl wrote in to me saying that she went to what was Om prakash, but turned out to be a different Om prakash than the one I recommended. That ‘different’ Om prakash was a scamster and the shop dissapeared with their money!
  • Bargain. It works in Chandni Chowk.
  • Changing colors, a little bit of emrboidery on the blouse or little changes to dupatta is fine but do not ask for a major overhaul of a lehenga here.  It is best to order on an existing sample!
  • Dont forget to stop for some chaat and some karims mutton korma. Even if you land up in the hospital the next day with a heart disease , or diarrhea, its bloody worth it !
  • Remember most shops in Delhi work with smaller ‘masterjis’ and ‘workshops’ who do the work. So chances are you see the same lehenga in 3 different stores. My aim was to find one that I did NOT see in every store , and Im ecstatic that I chose what I did, but dont be disheartened if the lehenga you like in one store is very expensive. Go to a few others and you will hit jackpot !

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V February 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm

You’ve given it away now but I had guessed it a while ago! your writing style is a dead giveaway!!!

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wedmegood February 12, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Haha !!! I know iv had a few people who commented with that!

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Rashmi February 12, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Lovely post dear…:-)
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Wedmegood February 13, 2014 at 4:19 am

Thanks rashmi

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Anshul February 13, 2014 at 8:24 am

Wow!!! The gowns are sooo pretty!! I am from delhi too :p I probably need to visit that place in 2-3 years time!! :p

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wedmegood February 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

Yupp!!! Dont forget to stay tuned then, this will be super useful for you!

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Manasi February 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

OMG!! Just too pretty lehengas :)
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Saniya@beautynbuzz February 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

That is an extremely handy post Mehak!! I hv bookmarked it for wen I get married…This post will literally save a lot of time for those hunting for lehngas @ CC !!
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wedmegood February 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Yup ! Skip all the crappy CC stuff im telling you not worth it..these places are all really godo

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Arzoo February 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

OMG such an awesome post, I’m bookmarking it, I wanted to know where I could buy good lehengas in Delhi, love you for this Mehak :D
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Sneha Nagar February 21, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I visited Asiana Couture and Sudhir Bhai some 4 months back in search of that perfecttt outfit for my Cousin’s marriage..
My Expr with both:
1) Asiana Couture- It was around 7:15 pm, after a long exhausting day at CC, I told my mum i knw m not gonna get anything frm here lets go bck…but she is d one who nvr gives up…she asked one of the touts der for anakali and he said “Ma’m thoda mehenga hoga but cheez milega jo aapko chahiye” My mum’s reaction “Koi nahi bhaia…pasand karao mei kitna bhi paisa dungi”… My reaction ” Yeaah yeaahh.. Everyone says that..but all dey show is PATCH WORK…!!”
then he took us to these superr narrow lanes which were jam packed with all those mata ki chowki vala stuff and I was sure m not gonna find anything..but then I saw a huge store in white right in ffront of me and I was lik..Ohkiee…You hav such showrooms here in CC too..?? Wel..we went inside and the store was totally FULL.. the Ground Floor has all sort of dress materials (lotsa variety I must say), we went upstairs and asked for anarkali but the Sales Guy said Sry its 7:30 already come again tomorrow..n I was lik Huh..!! Attitude…!!
Well.. we went der again d next week and the guard dint allow us to go upstairs he said we were in d queue (yeaa…der was a queue to go n check out d ready made stuff that they have upstairs) we waited for 1 n half hour..meanwhile we cud see few pieces the sales guy was showing to the customers upstairs and few aunties in the queue (carrying gucci, LV bags) were screaming –OMG..!! tat’s a Tarun Tahiliani’s replica…tats Saby’s design…
well..after so much of wait we were told that dey r not taking orders or showing Anarkalis as of now as dey r only concentrating on Bridal Lehengas..(surely..it pays them a hefty amount…an Anarkali wud not fetch them tat mch..) So Experience was No experience actually..
On the day of my Bro’s wedding I met a gurll at the Salon with Asiana couture Lehenga Box.. I was actually vry excited to see as to wht did she get frm der… It was a Golden sequenced Blouse and Neon Pink Lehenga It was nice but not tat great..she tld me she gt it fr 18k (I sersly dunno if she quoted the right price or not)…

Sudhir Bhai– We bought dress materails for suits in kundan work n all..stuff is gud but again too mch crowd..so u hav to b a lil patient and my advise is keep browsing thr shelves n u mite jst find a real gud piece fr yaslf.. :)

Now..1 Shop from whr I bought my Saree was Divasa, it’s in Jogiwara CC…. They actually have 2 Brands “DEVTA” and “DIVASA”. The former one is extremely expensive …their Prices for Bridal lehenga starts from 1 Lac on (as told by the sales guy)..I dint go der as it was not my wedding…So we went to the relatively cheap brother Divasa…Gud Stuff..They again have 2 separate stores inside it..one section for Lehenga the other one for Sarees… Again I would say dunt jst luk at stuff tat the sales guy is showing…keep lukng at the shelves and ask those ppl if smthng clicks u…I got my saree lik tat only..The collection is gud..

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wedmegood February 22, 2014 at 4:41 am

Ooh divasa i missed…i dont like the bridal lehegas there….bt i do like the sarees there

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Rashmi February 22, 2014 at 4:26 am

I would also like to recommend Badru Zari (BZ Sarees) .. but its so hidden that only a saree agent can guide u in .. when I was going there, I was half ready to run back but I braved the route and had a good experience at the store .. !!
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Clothes and Creativity March 6, 2014 at 6:51 am

You covered most of the places, Mehak! But I think you need to add Zeenath Plaza to the list! It’s right next to Pakeezah, and if one has an eye for good stuff, then one will definitely find a couple of gorgeous lehengas here! Tried and tested! Another thing I want to mention is that while OPJL is the most talked about lehenga shop in Chandini Chowk, I did find it a little overrated! Plus, the amount of time they take to make a lehenga (atleast 40 days) is a bummer for a bride who needs to sort out her stuff in about 20 days (that was me)!
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wedmegood March 6, 2014 at 11:40 am

I agree..opjl has now become quite expensive so no point going there

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Charu March 13, 2014 at 6:07 am

This post covered most of the places and will save a lot of time for those who are looking for designer lehenga in Chandni Chowk. I think you should add the Chhabra555 to your list, provides latest designer lehengas in gud stuff by top fashion designer and they have shops in many other parts of India.

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Wafa Khan March 23, 2014 at 6:48 am

Please do a similar post for Saree.

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Unique April 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

I also like to see the post for saree
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