The Sabyasachis, the Manish Malhotras and the Tarun Tahilianis are on every Indian bride’s wish list. But unless you are willing to spend a fortune, a bridal lehenga from a designer collection usually remains just a wish. Not anymore though! With a little creativity and a keen eye for detail, you can easily adorn yourself in your dream designer lehenga at your wedding. Here's how you can get the same rich look of a designer lehenga at a fraction of the cost. 

The basics:
1. Before you even begin thinking about your bridal lehenga, find a tailor who is well-versed with the art of making bridal lehengas.
2. Select a particular designer whose style of bridal lehengas you would like to wear on your wedding.
3. Choose a
colour scheme for your bridal lehenga depending on the theme of your wedding.
4. Create an
image album of bridal lehengas for yourself as well as your tailor’s reference.

Handy tips:

1. The sale season is always a great time to do some serious
wedding shopping. Most designer stores and boutiques have mid-season and year-end sales. Lookout for the announcements!
2. The bridal exhibitions and expos are other great shopping destinations. With many designers and wedding boutiques under one roof, discounts and offers are found aplenty.
3. Go scouting for the perfect bridal lehenga at wholesale markets. You usually get the same quality stuff at half the price.
4. An
heirloom saree, perhaps belonging to your mother or grandmother, may be utilized in newer ways. Use the pallu as the border for your dupatta, or use the embellishments to adorn the bridal lehenga in contemporary style.  

The implementation:
1. Make sure that you choose quality material for the bridal lehenga. It makes a bold statement.
2. Go easy on the embellishments on your bridal lehenga. Skip the zardosi, crystal and thread work.
3. Go for borders instead. Use borders of different textures and colours. At a much lesser cost, you will get a standout look.
4. Paying attention to the small details in the bridal lehenga is essential. Mirrors, woollen pom poms, buttons and the likes can be used to enhance its look.
4. Pick out one element in your bridal lehenga, perhaps the choli/blouse or the dupatta and let it be the statement piece of the whole look.