Visit to the store
I walked into the Koskii showroom for the first time and was astounded, and honestly intimidated, by what I saw. A posh, well-lit showroom with absolutely gorgeous designs as far as the eye could see. I thought that this place would definitely be way out of my price range and I started to wonder if I should ask about an outfit for myself or just do research.
I have no clue how people shop for a wedding. I, myself, have only shopped for a friend’s wedding once before, and when I showed up to the wedding I was grossly overdressed! My friends joked, “Shaadi teri hai kya?” and the bride giggled and patted me on the back. Needless to say it was mortifying and I was quite apprehensive about today’s trip to the showroom.
I was approached by a team of smiling employees dressed in uniforms and they asked me how they could help me. I blurted out that I needed help to choose an outfit for my sister’s wedding and I had no clue what she had planned for her Bohemian ceremony in New Zealand. They nodded to each other in agreement and we decided that they would educate me about the entire wedding process first, and that would help me make an informed decision on my outfit when we were done.
I was made to sit comfortably (Like in those make over movies!) and served a cup of coffee while the team brought out THE MOST BEAUTIFUL outfits I had ever seen in my life. The best part? The one I liked cost less than Rs. 5,000 !!!
Now, a bridal lehenga starts at about Rs. 12,000/- or so, and generally their basic lehengas start at Rs. 4000/-, but if this is what a Koskii basic lehenga looks like then I am absolutely floored.
My apprehensions immediately melted away and I began to try on the outfits I liked as well as learn more about these gorgeous designs. This particular lehenga was machine embroidered, which is why it was more affordable.
Guided by the experts, I’m told the main outfit for any bride is the Lehenga. Sarees are still chosen by a few people but as lehengas are more comfortable and fashionable, they are preferred by most modern brides.
As mentioned earlier, there are two types of methods to creating a lehenga, and that determines their price.
Machine embroidered lehengas, as the name suggests, are machine embroidered, making them easier and quicker to make.
Hand embroidered lehengas are painstakingly created by artisans, usually over a period of 200+ hours. The skills and trade have been passed down through generations and result in masterpieces like these:
This lehenga took my breath away. It was stunningly hand embroidered and looked like a dream.
These outfits are tempting me to get married. As you can tell, I took advantage of the situation and tried on as many as I liked! (and there were A LOT)
The reception is a more fun and interactive event where the bride and groom (let’s remember there’s a groom too! But we’ll get to him later) can relax a bit and have fun with their loved ones. I saw a selection of some astonishingly beautiful gowns that any woman would LOVE to have, whether they’re getting married or not! It’s key for the bride to look different at each of the occasions that lead to the wedding and she should avoid repeating styles and outfits. There should be a range of styles like lehengas, gowns, indo-westerns, patialas, anarkalis, and whatever else the bride desires because the world famous “Great Indian Wedding” deserves it!
The Mehendi & Haldi
Now the Mehendi and Haldi ceremonies had me confused. I told them that I wouldn’t want to buy a great outfit and have it smeared with green and yellow paste – especially outfits as stunning as these. That’s when I learned the tips and tricks followed by brides of today!
We can have incredible salwar sets that can be tailored to fit starting from only Rs.1500 here at Koskii. These pieces are meant to be worn while the bride is applying her Mehendi or Haldi, and once done, they change into more opulent Kurtas or even gowns depending on the types of photos they would wish to take with their loved ones to commemorate the occasion.
I chose this piece for myself as I just loved the colour and, honestly, couldn’t resist!
The Sangeet – Crop tops are in!
The main rule here is to wear something you can dance in. At Koskii, the options are endless, but I immediately zeroed in on this piece for my sister’s wedding. So my shopping is done as well!
I was surprised to learn that one can buy their entire Bridal Trousseau for about Rs. 70,000/- if they so wished, as Koskii has an amazing selection within that price range. Of course, depending on your taste, the prices can go up to almost infinity with higher priced outfits like the hand crafted pieces and intricately hand detailed designs like this one.
I didn’t think I would buy more than one outfit, but the prices are great and honestly, it was love at first sight.
But hey! How many times do you shop for your sister’s wedding?