Back in the day, brides used to fly to India the year of their wedding to get their wedding outfits.
Now the bigger question is, is it still worth it?
Here is our take on it. The prices in India have dramatically increased in the last 3-5 years and cost of production of outfits have gone up irrespective of where you go in India.
Keep in mind not only cost of outfits have gone up but cost of travelling has gone up as well; therefore, if you are thinking of travelling to India to get your outfit for cheaper then be ready to not see that much of a price difference.
If you are planning to get outfits from India or Pakistan, it is important to consider that you will also be spending roughly 2 weeks of vacation time to travel to India or Pakistan getting your outfits made and if you only have 3 weeks of vacation that’s a lot of your valuable time off. Also, there is no guarantee that outfits will be made in 2 weeks. Trust me this trip is going to be hectic and you will pretty tired when you are back.
If you are thinking that your parents, bridesmaids and other family members outfits including yours as a whole will be cheaper to buy all together from India together in bulk, yes it will be cheaper but make sure you don’t end spending a lot more because you buy a lot more than you need since it’s cheaper in India.
Secondly, cost of bridal outfits from vendors here in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga is very comparable to prices in India and you have the vendors at proximity and an added layer of safety and accountability that may be difficult to secure from a vendor in India.
We highly recommend checking out these talented Toronto Indian Bridal outfit designers before you decide to make a trip to India or Pakistan.
Here is a list of vendors, in alphabetical order, that we have worked with in the past and will be working with this year. Unfortunately, we are not able to list all the vendors we have not worked with in the past.
Please note that most bridal wear require appointments so make sure to contact the vendors first.
Nim from Amara Couture has a very reliable service, Since she has gone to design school in India, she understands the needs of the clients very well and is able to deliver on that. She always has an extensive selection of the latest designs in stock or you can take your ideas to her for customization.
Address: 680 Rexdale Blvd, Unit 6 Etobicoke ON, M9W 0B5
Another great option for brides and a name that has been in the industry for a long time is Bombay Trendz; they have stood the test of time by having a great collection.
Address: 801 Matheson Blvd W, Mississauga, ON L5V 2N6
Chandan fashion is a veteran in the industry. Their store dates back to the 80’s and now the next generation is taking care of the business. Chandan himself has invested his heart and soul in the business with his new bridal store and has stock of bridal outfits from big designers in house here in Toronto.
Address: 1439 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1Z7
This city girl has got Toronto on the map for a modern, sexy with a touch of culture Indian Bridal look. Mani Jassal is definitely one you may like to visit if you are looking for a chic and sexier Indian Bridal look.
Address: Yorkville Village (55 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 3L2)
New Delhi Company
Pioneer in service and reliability; if you’re looking for one of the best products in the GTA, Gaurav and his team from New Delhi Company are a must to check out. You will get a studio manager who is going to handle your appointments and make sure your swatches are delivered on time. We have had so many clients who have nothing but great things to say about New Delhi Company’s service.
Address: 7600 ON-27 #4, Woodbridge, ON L4H 0P8
Another designer who has been featured over and over again in cover pages of Toronto Indian Bridal Magazines with Lilly Singh and more; Sahiba Fashions is another great option for men’s and women’s Indian Bridal wear. Amar has dressed many of our brides and grooms and they have had great experiences.
Address: 2575 Steeles Ave E, Brampton, ON L6T 5T1
Another notable designer with a collection that brings a modern twist to classic traditional wear. Shelly is super talented and she can deliver some really unique designs for your bridal needs.
One of the biggest names in North American Indian Bridal Industry, WellGroomed has given great options for Lenghas and Sherwani in California, Vancouver and now since last year in Toronto. We have worked with Toronto team numerous times and they are one production team with great supply chain which is able to deliver to Indian Wedding Bridal needs.
Address: Coldwell Banker, 25 Mill St Unit B, Bolton
One of the biggest names in the Toronto Industry has been Zardozi. One of the very talented desingers and we worked with Baljit about 10 times and all the clients were super happy working with her team. Unique embroideries from Pakistan and detailed work from Bombay, she has it all. If you are looking for that royal or regal look, Zardozi is a must you should check out. Zardozi also carries top India designer’s outfits in-house like Marwar Couture and Payal Kayal.
Address: Brampton (home studio)
Zari has opened its door for Toronto Market recently with a beautiful showhouse in GTA where they have so many great options for bridal look. This team brings lot of experience from India. Coming to Canada with very unique style and beautiful bridal options for our brides.
For US bride and grooms, you can check out with Royal Indian Closet based out of Atlanta.
Royal Indian Closet
If you are in the United States and you want absolute reliable service, it is RIC. Based out of Atlanta, they service mainly the East Coast; RIC has given fabulous service and great product to clients. They give almost by-weekly updates with images to all their clients so you have complete visibility on where your outfit is during the course of the product.
Address: 108 Hay Lake Dr, Stockbridge, GA 30281, USA (home studio)
Keep in mind, Indian lenghas and Sherwanis are custom products therefore there may be times when you get something from these top designers and the outfit is not 100 percent what you had imagined, but we assure you all these designers will stand up for their product and will do their absolute best to resolve issues as soon as possible. For the most part, you should be able to get 95% of your vision; aim to get your outfit at least 1 month, if not 2 months, before your wedding day in case there are some minor adjustments to be made.
Pro Tip from a photographer – Try to keep your dupatta light and easy to pin on top of your head for your Bridal outfit since it will be weighing you down. Also, try to have the border of the dupatta less thick so it sits well on your head. Thick dupatta borders have to be pinned around a lot more and makes waves which can make the whole look bulkier and less flattering.