Post # 1
My wedding is approaching, in March 2009 and I wont be able to go to India for my bridal shopping. If anyone has any tips of where to go shopping in the states or in canada—which is better? I did go to Edison, NJ, didn’t find too much, but I know from reading the boards people recommend raaz, which i havent gone to yet? Any other suggestions, a flight out to Toronto is not too far, and thinking of checking that out.
Im weary of asking someone to bring something back from India for me, since I wont be able to choose it in person.
Post # 3
Hi, where are you located? If you’re in the NY area, you might check out:
She (can’t recall her name) has a small but very good collection…and she *really* understands fitting. I don’t know if 3 months is a enough time (she has samples and then she gets the pieces made in India), but I think it probably just is.
Post # 4
I recommend Charms Couture in Long Island, NY run by Madhu Ahuja. She runs everything out of her house but her outfits are beautiful. For my brother’s wedding, I picked up a sari and two ghagras from her. Unfortunately, I don’t have her contact info but I do know she had a booth at the Dulhan Expo so you might be able to get her contact info from them.
You might want to look up Seasonsindia.com . They have a shop zone where you can get beautiful outfits for a somewhat reasonable price. You give them your measurements and they’ll send you the finished product.
Post # 5
Devon Ave in Chicago is supposed to have a great selection of stores and such.
Post # 6
You can try emailing my designer Surinder, [email protected]
She is based in Atlanta, but all I did was send her pictures of what I liked with detailed measurements. She got everything made for me. I fly into Atlanta for a fitting at the end of January.
Its really been very easy and hassle free working with her. I email her again from time to time if there is something I need clarification on or if I want to make a change. She recently sent me a sample of the fabric for my outfit so I could approve it. I approved the materials and colors before hand from samples she sent me.
Good luck. You can let her know Mina gave you her info.
Post # 7
There is a mall in NJ i think called OAKTREE, never been but I heard it has great designer stores.
I’m in Toronto, and can tell you for sure there are not many great places here. If you do decide to check us out, I recommend the following:
Mausam (seasons india)
They all should have websites but I am not sure how true the websites are to the variety.
Have you tried Sahil.com?
There is also Benzerworld.com which has amazing lenghas, but it’s indian and Im not sure how fast they can ship out to you.
hope that helps
Post # 9
My sister needed a sahri for an event and went to Queens- she said there were many stores to choose from in that area.
Post # 10
In Vancouver, Canada there East 49th and Main is called Little India. They have soooo many beautiful sahris. Some places are willing to make you a sahri in a few days. I’m chinese so i’m not sure what is considered good sahri’s and not so good one’s. To me they all look so pretty.
Post # 11
The entire neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens is where you want to go, take the E Train and start walking. There are blocks and blocks of Sari Stores and Gold Jewelry Stores and you can bargain with everyone!
Post # 13
I got my wedding dress made from Charms Couture in Long Island, NY–owner is Madhu Ahuja. DO NOT EVER GO THERE. The owner actually has a boutique now in floral park and for the six months that I gave my dress order, she had me chasing her. She went completely MIA in the middle for two months and came back stating that she had been in India. I let it go because I had already given her the deposit. I wanted to customize a dress. She told me to contact the lady in india that was doing the embroidery on the dress correctly to make sure it came out as I wanted. I did so. I stayed in touch wtih that lady for three months working on my dress. The owner did not once get in touch with me to follow up on anything, including making the sure the dress was being made according to the budget i gave. The dress was finally finished adn the owner now decided to finally email me anything regarding it and it was a price that was 35% higher than what we had initially agreed upon. Nothing else was in the email. She wouldnt give the lady in india an address to send the dress to. I had to chase her again. Had to make so many phone calls.. iw as completely stressed out–this is not even mentioning that i suffered a death in the family around this time–thsi lady caused me so much unnecessary stress which could’ve been avoided had she just acted like a professional. I woudl call her, she wouldnt pick up, but she would text me back. When my sister called her at the same time from a number she did not know, she finally picked up once, but never after that. My dress finally came a week before my wedding. She wouldnt budge on the price although there were no changes made–she knew my wedding was a week later. She did not offer to fix the size on teh dress (even though she said not to worry about losign weight when we initially placed the order because there is always a final fitting with the dress). I have a dress now that i paid 3 grand for and that does not fit me. She told me she doesnt have the time to take a hundred phone calls from her customers [content moderated for personal attack]
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