In a world where people prefer to host intimate weddings and a night filled with dance and food, Indians crave to organise a wedding that is celebrated for more than a week. From organising a big fat Indian wedding to attending one, the shaadi season is crazily celebrated across the country. The moment a wedding gets fixed, the entire family starts preparing for it months before.
Your relatives and friends will flood you with millions of advice. However, when it comes to shopping, everyone will ask you to visit the famous Chandni Chowk market. While we agree that you get a lot of things in one place, there are a few markets in Delhi which you must visit before finalising your wedding trousseau.
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#1. Rajouri Garden market is famous for pretty lehengas, clutches and artificial jewellery
One market that is loved by every Delhiite is undoubtedly Rajouri Garden. It is a famous market situated in the neighbourhood of West Delhi, India. It has a wide range of Indian wear for both men and women. However, during the wedding season, it has an amazing collection of ensembles displayed in the shops, and it can range up to Rs. 3K to Rs 10K, and can go beyond it. And if you get tired of shopping, it has eateris that sell gol gappe, aalu tikki and pav bhaji, which is a must-try, when you are in Rajouri.
Tip: Avoid visiting the market on Wednesday as most of the stores are closed.
#2. Explore Karol Bagh’s market for sarees to add to your trousseau
Centrally located market, Karol Bagh in Delhi is famous for traditional sarees and oh-so-pretty jewellery. Much like Rajouri Garden, Karol Bagh is also famous for its wide range of shops in a straight line that serves pretty Indian wear to add to your trousseau. It also has high-end designers, if you are looking to explore their collection as well. You can find amazing deals on your every purchase.
Tip: Do not plan it on Mondays as the market remains closed.
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#3. Shahpur Jat market to try out hidden designer outfits for your wedding or your friend’s wedding
Shahpur Jat is a small market, located near Hauz Khas. While it is hard to find, once you visit you won’t come out disappointed. The market is lit with pretty fairy lights and the narrow lanes give out vibes of mall roads of the mountains. This is the place that follows trends and is always ready to offer an amazing collection of gowns and lehengas. Also, let us inform you this is the place where famous celebrity designers started their fashion journey.
Tip: Visit this place with a friend, who knows in and out it, as a lot of time gets wasted while finding the stores. Also, do not plan your visit on Sunday as it is closed on that day.
#4. Tilak Nagar if you are tight on your budget
Another underrated market in Delhi is Tilak Nagar. If you are on a budget and want to keep your shaadi shopping economical, then it is a must-must-visit market. This is the one place, where you can get an amazing collection of suits, sarees, and lehengas. You can even find amazing jewelleries, juttis and heels. You can also find pretty home furnishing items that you can give during sagan ceremony.
Tip: The market remains closed on Wednesday.
#5. Lajpat Nagar market for pretty dupatta and gotta patti fabrics
Another famous market that you must visit while finalising items for your shaadi shopping is Lajpat Nagar market. It is one of those markets that have an amazing range of dupattas, kinaris and gotta patti. It also has a pretty collection of suits, and you can find pretty jewellery labels famous for selling pretty gold and diamond jewellery. The market also has roadside joints to sit-out eateries to satiate your hunger pangs.
Tips: If you can opt for public transport as this place has a lot of parking issues. Also, the place is closed on Monday.
#6. South Extension market to explore a wide range of designer wears
South Ex 1 and 2 are opposite each other, and it is one place that is lined with high-end designer labels. It also caters to budget-friendly shops. The designer outfits and jewellery will definitely give you an update on what is trending during the wedding season.
Tip: This place is closed on Mondays.
#7. Visit GK market to explore ethereal designer wears
If you have a good budget, and you are planning to wear a designer outfit, then GK is the place you need to visit. It is one market that caters to high-end designer studios selling out pretty lehengas perfect for every wedding function. You can even purchase designer jewellery and footwear from this place. Also, let us remind you it is a place that is home to some of the most exquisite designers.
#8. Kamla Nagar market for reasonable attires
Another market that a bride and a groom must visit before they say ‘yes’ to their wedding dress, is Kamla Nagar. It is a great option when searching for classy attire at a reasonable price. Many shops sell in-trend sherwanis and lehengas. You can even find stores that sell stylish pagris, which is a must for the groom and the baraatis.
Tip: Do not visit the place on Mondays as it remains closed.
#9. Chandni Chowk — a must-must visit market
Chandni Chowk is an old-world charm, wherein you can find generations of shopkeepers selling the best and pretties wedding outfits and knick-knacks that are required during a shaadi. Trust them when it comes to bridal shopping. Apart from wedding outfits, you can find an amazing range of accessories for all your wedding festivities. For brides looking for raw textile material, then you must visit Fatehpur Market in Chandni Chowk. It has an endless number of stores selling textiles in bulk. And in case you are planning to buy your bridal chooda, then try out Churi Wali Gali.
For wedding trinkets, you must check out Kinari Bazaar, which is located right next to Dariba Kalan, wherein you can find pretty puja thalis, potlis, wedding favours, safas and fancy boxes. For wedding card shopping, you can visit Chawri Bazaar. A tip, avoid visiting Chandni Chowk on a Sunday as the market remains closed.
So, this wedding season visit these places and find amazing outfit collections. We are sure you will get a much better deal in these markets. Let us know if you know about any hidden market of Delhi that is a must-visit for the shaadi season!
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