(Closed) Buying Indian bridal Trousseaus in America

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles

I wish I could offer some advice, but I’m only familiar with the shops in Chicago and Los Angeles.  I would definitely recommend cross-posting this on the Knot’s South Asian board as they have lots of east coast Indian brides who are familiar with all the good shops.  You’ll definitely have lots of beautiful options– don’t worry! I ended up buying my bridal lehnga from a shop in So Cal that had a really exquisite selection.  So you’ll have definitely have lots of amazing lehngas/saris to choose from.

http://talk.theknot.com/boards/showforum.aspx?forumid=430&MsdVisit=1 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Hey there…

 

Well I’m going to NYC this weekend and will by stopping by the Payal Singhal boutique. Supposidly, she is good and does custom bridal wear. I’ll probably goto Jackson Heights to b/c there is another realy good boutique there called Krishma. So I’ll let you know my results and if I think its worth the trip for you to NY!!!

But, if you PM me, I have a contact in Bombay and this designers stuff is OUT OF THIS WORLD! and I’m sure you can do consultations online, phone etc. They are professional and I’m 99% sure I’m gonna work with them for my bridal wear. So PM me =)

 

Post # 7
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Wannabee

ya ive been to the payal singhal store in manhattan they are amazing the stuff is really different and unique and really well priced.

Post # 9
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Wannabee

Have you tried Raaz Boutique in Edison, NJ? They offer latest bridal lehenga and saree collection with custom fitting. Price is very fair and includes custom fitting. Also, very impressive customer service. For more information, check out their website http://www.raaznj.com

Post # 10
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Newbee

Just don’t go to Maharani in Edison, NJ!!! I’ll use this post to warn other Indian brides. My sister got her wedding dress there and although it was gorgeous, the service was ATROCIOUS! THe owner offered her the stars and the moon, customizations that he assured her would be easy to do. When she went to take a look at the fisnished dress, she was in complete distress. They had gotten the embroidery pattern all wrong, had screwed up on teh cut of the dress, and hadn’t even managed to add in the simple detail she requested of beads on the sleeves. When she went there, she had to wait 3 hours before they would even pay attention to her because they were too busy trying to make another sale to a bride to be! I guess now that my sister had already paid for her dress, she wasn’t going anywhere and they could treat her in any way that they wanted!

Also, I didn’t know until recently but another friend had gone there too to purchase a dress. She fell in love with a dress, paid for it and left the store expecting to get a call in a month or so when the dress would be ready. INstead she got a call within a week telling her that the price they negotiated was no longer ok and that if she wanted the dress, she would have to pay $1000 more!!!

 Don’t go to this place! They’re business practices STINK!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles

Yikes, that’s a scary story. 

Post # 12
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Wannabee

I know that this is not in the same area as the other stores, but Silk Threads in Texas has an upscale bridal line.  My best friend got an outfit from them and was really happy with it.  I don’t know how it will work with you being in the northeast.  I will say, they are a bit on the pricey end…You can take a look at their site.  I believe it’s http://www.silkthreads.com.  Hope this helps 🙂

Post # 13
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Wannabee

I took rad*** advice and checked out raaz, they do have really good stuff… and they offer onsite tailoring as well…. while i was there .. there was this customer who had come for her bridal fitting… apparently they keep unstitched bridal lehengas and stitch the top based on the customer specs and also customize the bottom. This lady who was trying out her stuff seems pretty impressed.. the final outfit was very well done.

Every person who was there was given attention… and their store layout is pretty chic too … like their overall taste and collection

They dont bargain much, but they are priced pretty reasonable for the quality they carry… they are planning a big saree sale in May they told me… so I am going to go check out at that time.

i would advice to check them out, so far on oak tree road I have like only raaz… rest all of them are the same stuff .. they are new so not very well known… but check them out.. i do think raaz stands out.

raaznj.com is their website

 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If I was to buy my bridalwear in the US, I would have likely seen Payal Singhal as well, or visited stories in Miami or Texas (my fiance is from Miami and has relatives in Texas). My mom and I browsed Oak Tree Rd before our trip to India in December, and I was not impressed with what I saw. But, maybe you will have better luck going with someone highly recommended!

Also, thanks jasmine for posting that South Asian knot board! I tend to stay away from theknot (some of the girls kind of scare me!) but this seems to have a wealth of info.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Hi guys,

 

Well some of you have msged me about my contact in bombay…i hope it panned out…but i do have another contact. They are from canada (not too far from NJ, just a 8 -10 hr drive ) and they do custome pices and are profressional… check out: http://www.thesilkmanor.co<span class=”word_break”>m

Post # 16
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Wannabee

Hey Guys,

 Just a month ago I too was debating of going to India but I finally decided to buy my wedding trousseau from America. I didn’t trust my inlaws getting the perfect wedding dress. Since you only get married once I wanted to get the perfect wedding dress. I bought my wedding dress from Gorgeous Studio located in NJ. I would suggest going to Oak Tree Rd in New Jersey since they have alot shops. I personally like Gorgeous Studio because they offer a fusion of contempory/traditional outfits. I also got to customize my wedding dress which I thought was so much better than buying off the rack. I hope this helps. Good luck on your shopping ventures. 

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