Shopping for your wedding lehenga can be both an exciting and overwhelming experience. You probably have been dreaming about it from a very long time. So, how do you go about it? When should you begin? How much should you spend? This checklist will help you figure everything that you need to know.

9-12 months to your wedding
(a) Start envisioning yourself in the wedding lehenga. Jot down adjectives that best describe how you want to look. Say, for instance, elegant, sexy, royal and the likes.
(b) Understand your body type and determine what would look best on you.
(c) Browse through different options to find
designers and styles you like. Save some of your favourites for future reference.
(d) Make a list of all those things that you absolutely do not want in your wedding lehenga. For example, short sleeves, layered lehenga, or long choli.
(e) Determine your wedding lehenga budget. You shouldn’t be spending more than 20% of your overall
wedding budget.
8 months to your wedding
(a) Start scouting for boutiques and designer stores.
(b) Take the opinion of recently married friends regarding their favourite bridal boutiques.    
(c) Decide who to take along in your search for the lehenga. Limit your entourage to not more than three.
(d) Always wear the right undergarments when trying out your lehenga.
(e) Take careful notes on the different lehengas that you like along with their prices.

7 months to your wedding
(a) Narrow down your lehenga choices. Re-visit a place several times, if required, before making a final decision.
(b) Make at least one trip on your own to look at your options without anyone else judging your decision.

6 months to your wedding
(a) It’s time to place the order. You must check a few things on your receipt, like the approximate delivery date, the number of fittings, measurements, total price and the amount of advance you have already paid.

Bridal lehengas from Tarun Tahiliani

5 months to your wedding
(a) Call the boutique and confirm the delivery date.
(b) Decide on the
accessories (footwear, bridal clutch, lingerie, jewellery) and shop for them.
(c) If you are on a weight-loss programme, try to reach the desired weight before fittings begin. Once the fittings are underway, try to maintain your weight.

6 weeks to your wedding
(a) Go for your first fitting. Take along a friend or family member whose opinion you trust.  Do not forget to take the essential accessories with you to get an idea of the whole look.

4-5 weeks to your wedding
(a) Have a second fitting of your lehenga. Make sure that the length of the lehenga is in proportion to the heels that you’ll be wearing. You should be able to move around comfortably.
(b) Schedule more fittings until you are completely satisfied.
(c) Bring your maid of honour/best friend to your final fitting to learn details about the lehenga such as fixing minor emergencies that might happen on the wedding day.

3 weeks before your wedding
(a) Go for a final fitting. Try it on and see if any changes are required.
(b) Make the balance payment.
(c) Pick up your wedding lehenga. 

Ekta Solanki designer lehenga collection