Pakistani/Indian Bridal Trousseau: How to Select and Order Your Bridal Dresses on Facebook

I’ve taken a hiatus from blogging, but I’m back!  Hopefully with more posts and more wedding planning excitement and tips for brides in the midst of planning.  As a reminder, if you’ve just gotten married or had a super sweet engagement session, submit your pix!  Would LOVE to see your wedding photos and share them with my awesome readers.  🙂

So, what is a Pakistani/Indian girl to do if she’s planning a wedding in the states and simply does not have the time to go overseas to pick out clothes?  It’s almost unheard of these days that a bride actually get to take the time to go shop overseas, and it may be because our community is progressively producing more and more professional young women who can’t take prolonged vacations in addition to honeymoons.  That, or, we just learned how to order dresses online.
So, how do you prepare for your bridal trousseau shopping?  You have the mehndi dress, your wedding dress, maybe your valima dress, and inevitably the outfits for future events.  It amounts to quite a bit of fancy new clothes.  Dresses by top designers like Nomi Ansari, Bunto Kazmi, Sana Safinaz and the like can help your bridal budget spiral out of control (each party dress is like $800, bridals are $3,000+), so a lot of women opt for designer replicas.  The best-kept secret in Pakistani and Indian fashion is out of the bag, ladies.

There has been a surge in Facebook groups where women sell designer replica dresses.  As a matter of fact, my bridesmaids dresses were from a woman who does business via Facebook, but I also met her personally so I felt secure dealing with her.  More on the process for another blog post!

Here is an example of a Facebook page where I found a shalwar kameez design I saw online and placed an order.  My cousin and his wife visited Karachi and she was kind enough to visit this woman and place an order for me.  The outfit came out literally exactly like the photo.  I don’t have a boyish body like this model, though, so the outfit fits differently on me, obviously.   I found a photo on this Facebook page, Azmeh Ahmed Couture.  I was SUPER happy with the end result.  Here’s a photo of me wearing my outfit at a valima brunch (left) and the original (right).

The end product (left) and the original outfit (right)

Needless to say, I can recommend Azmeh and would buy from her again in a heartbeat.  I believe I paid around $200 or $250 for this outfit.   I wear this outfit as often as I can, especially at brunches or lunches.  She has a wide variety of clothes, so I recommend you guys hop on over and take a look.  [also, no, this is not an endorsed post].

Has anyone else bought outfits via Facebook clothiers?  Do share!  I’d love to see how things worked out.  Did you have a good experience?  Have you heard any horror stories?

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Inspiration Board: Pink, Blush, and Champagne Gold Wedding

Shocking Pink Bridal Lengha

So I absolutely LOVE the lengha bove, the hot pink is gorgeous and the top has such heavy embroidery that really speaks for itself.  I think any bride would look amazing in it!  This can be a great valima outfit.  If you aren’t interested in wearing a South Asian wedding dress, here is one of my most FAVORITE Vera Wang blush pink colored gowns (she has another blush gown in her David’s Bridal collection).  The inspiration board goes well with either dress. 🙂

Image via Vera Wang

You can see the images used here on my Pinterest board here for all the original photos.

Pink inspiration board, all images via Pinterest

Inspiration: Above gorgeous gowns
Color Palette: Ombre from hot pink to light pink and a touch of gold (how much do you LOVE the Kate Spade heels?)

Let me know your thoughts.  Are you loving the ombre as much as I am?  Notice it on the cake AND and on the flowers on the right hand side.  

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Christian Siriano’s Fierce Bridal Collection at Nordstrom

Hello gorgeous White Gowns!!  I am in love with these beautiful gowns by Christian Siriano, now available at Nordstrom Wedding Suite.  I didn’t even know he made wedding dresses.

Take a look at these gorgeous wedding dresses:

Siriano won Season 4 of Project Runway and has since been adored by celebrities and fashionistas alike.  I can’t decided if I love the top left dress or the top right dress more.  Both are BEAUTIFUL!! Makes me wish I was getting married all over again.  His dresses are not as high priced as other designer gowns are, the Draped Tulle gown on the top right sells for $1920 on Nordstrom.com.

 

What do you think of Christian’s dresses?  Would you wear a Siriano dress at your wedding?