Ashima Chaddha spent Rs 45,000 on her wedding lehenga. She wore it on her D-day and since then, it has been lying in her closet. Chaddha is one among those countless Indian brides, who spend a fortune on their wedding apparel, only to stash it away, once the wedding gets over.
“A wedding dress is worn just once. Spending Rs 40,000-50,000 on it is like an investment with no returns,” says Neeraj Wadhera, owner of Rent a Party Dress. “Wedding jewellery is another big expense. An elaborate imitation set — necklace and earings — will cost not less than Rs 12,000. And the sets are so dressy that most people won’t wear them ever again,” says Kailash Sethi of Khoobsurat Jewellery House.
The best solution then is perhaps to get the wedding fineries on rent, a trend that is be slowly but surely catching up in the Capital. Ankit Unniyal, who got married recently, agrees."A wedding dress becomes redundant after the first use. So I decided to rent a sherwani instead. The actual price of my sherwani was Rs 15,000, but I paid only Rs 4,500 as rent," he says.
The low-budget approach
Rent and wear
If you’re in the Capital and ready to rent some bridal gear, the choices are endless. Starting from a rental price of Rs 1,000, you can choose from elaborate lehengas to heavy sari. “I did not want to spend money on something that I would not wear again after the wedding,” says 25-year-old Devika, an educational trainer, who tied the knot recently. Devika rented a mauve-coloured lehenga for Rs 8,000. “If I’d bought it, I would have had to spend Rs 40,000,” she reasons. Such deals are available all around the city.
“The rent ranges from Rs 2,000-20,000 for a four-day period for outfits that would cost Rs 20,000-70,000 if you buy it,” says Gaurav Malhotra of www.lehengaonrent.com, who rents out lehengas, saris and sherwanis. “We have clients from different economic backgrounds so we have a wide range of prices too,” says Renu Sharma of Sanroh Creations, where the rent of the lehenga is as low as Rs 1,000. “I paid Rs 2,000 for a sari with a price tag of Rs 10,000. I am sure no one could guess it’s rented,” says Ritu Khanna, 25.
“Renting outfits is not a new concept. But renting a wedding dress that is in sync with what is fashionable is becoming popular among the youth now,” adds Malhotra. And don’t worry, every garment is carefully dry cleaned before being rented again!
Some rental options
103 State Bank Colony, II floor,
Model Town; Tel: 9711531515
Rent a Party Dress, 22/87, West Patel Nagar; Tel: 9810433773
Sanroh Creations 2, Meera Bagh, Near Tivoli Garden, Chattarpur; Tel: 9910424504
Jewellery on hire
Heavy chunky jewellery not your thing? Then avoid spending a bomb on your wedding just on bridal sets — you’ll get a lot more variety and at less than half the price. For instance a set for Rs 6,000-7,000 can be rented for Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000. “Renting jewellery has become very popular nowadays. We get about four to five bookings a day,” says Kailash Sethi of Khoobsurat Jewellery House. Explaining the trend, Poonam Sharma of www.jewelleryonrent.com says,
“Most brides wear imitation jewellery matching with their lehengas, and though these sets are expensive they don’t count as any sort of investment, so brides prefer renting.” Sonali Duggal, 26, who got married in January says, “I really liked a set for Rs 11,000, but decided to rent it instead for Rs 3,000. I saved money and don’t have to feel guilty about yet another thing in my closet that I’ll never wear.
Some rental options
www.jewelleryonrent.com, MB 55, Gali No 1, Shakarpur Extn Tel: 09718554707
Panna Lal Roshan Lal Jewellers, 1223, Chandni Chowk Tel: 9810518094
Khoobsurat Jewellery House, Lajpat Nagar Tel: 9810223455
Cut clicking costs
Getting perfect shots is the most important part of a wedding; after all, these memories last forever. However, in the Capital, getting a professional photographer can cost you a bomb. “On an average, it would cost anything between Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh — this includes the album, a live telecast of the marriage and special shoots,” says Rohit Chhabra of Chhabra Movies. The best way to cut cost is to appoint a professional photographer for the main function and get a relative or friend to click the rest. Or, you could ask a photography student to help, as they wont charge a hefty amount.
Look your best
Sakshi Nanda, 24, who got married in November, did her own bridal make-up. “It was my special day, and I didn’t want anyone else to do my make-up. So, I learned how to do it from youtube, practiced it for a week and went ahead with it,” she says. Nanda also saved about Rs 10,000 that she’d have had spent at any parlour. If you want to save on the make-up, just follow some DIY make-up videos on the site. Right from getting your eyeshadow right to drawing your lips in a perfect way, you will be able to get all the tips on the net. Just practice it before the D-day.