We all know that Indian weddings can put a lot of stress on the wallet, and managing the budget is a big part of the planning process. Once you've established a budget, you need to work to stay within that number and still have the wedding you’ve always imagined. (If you need some help creating your budget, check out the PlanShaadi budget planner here).

One of the big-ticket items is of course your wedding lehenga. You’ve probably dreamed about what it’s going to look like for a very long time and you know every last detail you want. You can have the lehenga you’ve always wanted and still stay within in your budget with these cost-saving tips.


1. Instead of buying a bridal lehenga upgrade a special occasion outfit by having extra embroidery added. Think of it as custom-made not discounted.

2. Don’t limit yourself to looking at just bridal boutiques. Try smaller retailers, as they will have lower overhead and prices. 


3. Consider a self-print lehenga.  It still looks dressy but costs much less than embroidery. Bandhani (as seen above) is also a great print that adds an traditional feel and is very budget friendly.

 4. Skip the costly Jimmy Choo shoes and wear a simple Punjabi jutti. This gives you more money for your lehenga fund.


5. Use Gota Patti embroidery as it will cost much less than crystals and zardosi but will still look beautiful on your wedding lehenga. (For more 'gota patti' looks check out this Pinterest board)

 6. Spend less on all your pre-wedding event outfits. Save the money and put it towards your bridal lehenga. Maybe you can wear something of your mom's or grandma's at the pre-wedding functions for a zero cost outfit?


 7.  Buy a lehenga you can wear more than once. If you’re going to spend a big chunk of money on it, why not make it an investment you can wear, over and over, instead of it sitting in the back of your closet once the wedding is over. (We absolutely love this fusion look that Neha Dhupia has created with her lehenga!)

 8. Skip the designer name lehenga’s. Instead, use their designs as inspiration and look for similar outfits in local shops. If you find something you like but it’s not exactly what you want, you can always get work done on it and it’ll still be a fraction of the cost of a designer outfit.

Still need some help on where to start with your search for the perfect wedding lehenga? Check out our preferred vendors here, or scroll through our Scrapbook for ideas.