I don’t believe myself to have the highest taste in fashion. I might be too tacky for some, to plain for some, too colorful for some, too European for some…there is so many opinions out there that I have just ended up thinking: fashion is subjective.
So I will show and explain to you how I bought my wedding dress.
- I am spanish and he is indian.
- I am not religious. I don’t want white.
- I am not extremely cultural from either side. I don’t want a tail, I don’t want to show my belly (Sari/Saree), I don’t want baggy, I don’t want pants (Anarkali) and the style I like the most is called Lehenga.
- I want a mix. Something between his and my cultural styles.
And my, it has been difficult to find…especially when you don’t know the name of the thing you are trying to find. In my case, after much research into all the wedding dresses and wedding gowns you can imagine…and a good collection of Indian brides…I gave up. Temporarily.
I picked up the matter a while later and found that I was actually looking for a “fusion wedding dress”, or…an “asian fusion wedding dress” or… a “contemporary” Indian wedding dress.
And I found it. From that day on, my husband called me “the search queen”. Well deserved!
It was very difficult to get to the styles I liked because I didn’t like all the many typical Indian styles and I do believe there is a major gap in the market for intercultural marriages out there so for those that are thinking of setting up a reliable business, this is a good one.
When I started searching I found the one below and I thought to myself: this is great. It’s a relatively good combination between Indian and European bride styles but it didn’t convince me as I didn’t want to wear pure white like that.
Pronovias – Spain
So I calmly continued searching. And some time passed by and then I found the one below in Amazon, which I really really liked. Again a combination between our cultures, but more of a very westernized Indian dress. You can compare with a plain traditional gown next to it.
If I took out all the decoration and left it as a plain white dress, it would look like a wedding dress you could wear in Spain.
House of Mooshki
The Designer’s name is Siddartha Tytler.
At first, I was really skeptical of buying from an unknown designer (to me, which doesn’t mean he is not good or famous in India…I just don’t know everyone in the luxury fashion business).
Second, buying from India. Very scared of payment issues etc. so did quite a bit of research on him, finding he was quite a well known individual in India. Peace of Mind from there.
The following thing was to get a better price. The one on amazon was above our budget, at £1k.
But i really REALLY liked it so i thought…
Can i find it in rupees? And voila, this website called Stylearrest.com had it. At £700. This was a major improvement as it was now much more affordable.
Checked that the website was again reliable, by doing extensive research on its owner, reviews, payment…
Buying your dress from a designer based in India and a comparison shopping site also based in India, is scary. At least from a Spaniards perspective.
In any case, I was ready to go ahead and then decided to see if the dress was as pretty on the website as it was in person. So went to find videos of the catwalks, gown videos…but nothing. Until i found a few dresses compared against actual real non-bony people. They looked GREAT.
And I finally found my dress displayed in Bridal Asia 2013:
But even then I thought, could I find a voucher for this site? If i got even cheaper I could get more guests to come to our wedding for example…
And i found it. 10% Discount on my first order on Coupondunia.in with code STYLEARREST. Total price: £600. 40% on original Amazon price.
I called this a small Victory.
And 4 extra friends into the wedding guest list 🙂
And a potential loyal customer of this designer.