1. I looked through possibly ever known designer in Lahore and their prices were not acceptable to me. Stuff with minor embellishment started at PKR 45k+. While I would easily pick that up if I was shopping for anyone else’s wedding, I wanted slightly heavier because it was a sibling’s. If you’re looking for less work, you can find designer stuff. If you want heavier, you’re going to have to dish out about 90k+.
2. I prefer ready-to-wear over going through the entire hassle yourself ANY DAY, but I just didn’t want to spend that kind of money on anything so I chose to make stuff myself. Some stuff that was in my reach was just not my type. (There’s a strange floral explosion happening with ALL designers, what’s that about? Not a flower kind of person so most options were off for me)
3. I didn’t explore any home/Facebook-based businesses, which may have offered much lower prices. Reasons: a) I didn’t have enough time to explore. 2) My body is not forgiving to every cut/fit and I always need great stitching to look acceptable. I had had a previous shitty experience with someone online who had rave reviews but just couldn’t deliver the right fit so I preferred to save time and heartbreak.
4. I was super busy at the events so really there are no full-length pictures. Whatever I had, I’ve posted them below.
Now let’s discuss?
The first event was the Barat + Mehndi = Shendi. There was no prior event on our side.
|Bad lighting but let’s deal with it|
Fabric: Al Fajar, Lahore (near the Jinnah flyover). This was actually leftover fabric from my own valima clothes that I got dyed.
Gota work: Barkat Ali in Liberty, Lahore
Stitching: Timpiy in Lahore (0302-8440274)
Shoes: You can’t see them but they were from Nine West, and I got them years ago.
Jewelery: Al Nasir in Liberty (in the galis behind Khussa Mahal). Rings were my sister’s and from Turkey
Makeup: Nabila’s Karachi. It looked good at the salon but mostly came off by the time I got home from the salon so I wouldn’t go back. Also, I changed a number of things: touched up my eyeliner, changed my lipcolor, applied highlighter all over my face, added blush. So basically, quite the disaster. Also, I paid for Bushra, who charges the highest but they had overbooked her like crazy so I ended up getting it from someone else.
Hair: Nabila’s Karachi. I’m not even going to bother here. I don’t like negativity on the blog so I’m just going to say that I wasn’t happy and washed my hair once I got home. I have a lot of hair and somehow their hairstyle made me look like I had 1/3rd of that (plus they don’t know how to do waves). Also had no time left eventually so straightened my hair myself and which is why I had such boring hair at the barat, HAW.
Lipstick: MAC Rebel + Bourjois Rouge Edition Fu(n)chsia
Nailcolor: Maybelline Color Show in Blackout 677
I do my hair and makeup for other people’s weddings myself but this time I booked a salon.
Dupatta + Gota work on the shirt: PKR 45,000
Shirt Fabric: Approx. PKR 5000-10,000. This fabric came as a sari and I bought the whole thing in 2011 for my own wedding clothes so I already had this leftover fabric on me. If you tried to get it, it would perhaps be that much for the shirt.
Stitching: PKR 8000. That sounds way too high but I didn’t want to take any chances. Timpiy’s stitching was incredible so I’m reallllllly happy I went with her.
Clothes Total: approx. PKR 60,000
Jewelery: PKR 20,000
|The unfinished dupatta|
HOW TO DO THIS FOR LESS
– Choose a cheaper fabric. Kamdaani is expensive.
– I did a double border on the hemline of the shirt. You can reduce that to a single border.
– Get a custom gota dupatta made and lessen the amount of work on it (they already had the dupatta ready and I got the outfit made around it)
– Get cheaper tailoring
|Terrible lighting continues|
Fabric: From Bur Dubai in Dubai from this shop called Rajesh Trading near Al Fahidi Fort (although manyyyyy shops had this but this guy gave me the most discount so I got it from here). This was a wholesale shop in the Textile Market and he had tons of such fabric in many colors and nearly 1/3rd of the price of what I saw in Pakistan. Saleem Fabrics in Lahore was selling the exact quality for 3 times the price, not sure why that is.
Stitching: Timpiy in Lahore (0302-8440274)
Jewelery: My own valima jewelery, Large ring from Aetee.
Shoes: Insignia in Lahore
|Makeup close-up, in natural light, right outside the hall, before the event started|
|Makeup close-up, inside the hall|
Makeup & Hair: Nabila’s Lahore. Ashi did my makeup and she was FABULOUS. I’d recommend her to anyone looking to spend a little extra. She did a great job, listened to me and it lasted SO well. As for the hair, I was super happy with that too. They gave me a ton of backcombing which freaked me out but since I was a backcombing newbie I didn’t know it would settle down in a bit, which it did (Although they didn’t know how to do waves as well, but whatever they did looked great and I was super satisfied). Also, lasted really well.
|In crappy light, at home, at night|
|Posted one picture like this before, but found another with better colors, so here it is again. Right after the event|
Fabric: AED 600 / PKR 17,000 (AED 100 per yard)
Stitching: PKR 8000
Pants + Shirt Underlining: PKR 5000
Total Cost: PKR 30,000
Hair & Makeup: PKR 15,000
Shoes: PKR 5000 (I think)
|This picture to show you that the fabric is lined with another self-print fabric which made it look more luxe|
That is it! Hope this helps. Before I disappear, I want to say a few things:
1. I’m attending another wedding end of this month for which I’m doing much more economical stuff so I’ll do a post on that too. I’m not comfortable suggesting spending a lot on anything so this post is not really my favorite. Particularly since this is the first time I’ve splurged (on one set of clothes) because of a sibling’s wedding.
2. I earn and spend in dirhams. It’s much more powerful that the rupee. I like spending according to circumstances so if I had been living in Pakistan, I may have spent even less. I don’t want to create any dissatisfaction for someone who can’t afford as much (even though I think I did pretty well considering what’s going on in the market). So keep perspective on where you are.
3. If you make expensive clothes, then wear them to a lot of weddings. I hate this consumerist culture of having these super luxe pieces and then switching them up for every wedding. I don’t want to support it. Repeat your clothes, it’s cool.
4. It’s just clothes at the end of the day. If you can’t get what you want, it’s just a couple of hours and no one even remembers a few days later what you wore. I didn’t like my hair or makeup on the barat but I got over it and enjoyed myself. Don’t get overwhelmed.
Until next time.