Trousseau Trail: A Guide To Wedding Shopping In Mumbai

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The wedding season, which began a month ago, will continue all the way until the end of March. If you’re wondering where to go with your wedding shopping list, here’s a nifty guide to the city’s major markets that cater to every kind of ceremonial essential, from clothes and jewellery to decorations and gift items.

Bhuleshwar, Mangaldas Market, Zaveri Bazaar
Together these three neighbouring markets have everything you could possibly need for your wedding. Mangaldas Market is famous for fabric. From silk to lace and brocade to velvet, the central gully and nine intersecting lanes that make up this market are lined with shops selling material that fit every budget. Some of the most popular stores are Shobhana Fabrics, Bombay Beauty and D. D. Dupattawala. The most basic fabrics start at Rs80 per metre.

Bhuleshwar market is the crowded cousin of Mangaldas Market. With hundreds of shops, everything from saris, lehengas and shoes to jewellery and pooja thalis are sold at affordable rates here. Typically traditional suits and lehengas start from Rs3,500, unstitched fabric from Rs200 per metre and costume jewellery from Rs150. As a result, the lanes are almost always packed with shoppers. Swati Raj (for imitation jewellery), Ruchika Enterprises (for a wide variety of fabric), Indrani Silks, clothes store Asopalav are among the prominent shops in Bhuleshwar that are known for selling quality, value-for-money goods.

A five-minute walk from here brings you to Zaveri Bazaar, the largest jewellery and diamond market in the city where there are always discounts on offer. In the smaller shops, it’s possible to bargain heavily.
Pro tip Shop in groups to get bulk discounts. In Zaveri Bazaar, make a note of the numbers of shops you intend to revisit. It’s easy to lose track of stores as there are so many.
Mangaldas Market: Open Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 8pm; Sunday, closed. Get directions here. Bhuleshwar Market: Open daily, from 10am to 9pm. Get directions here.
Zaveri Bazaar: Open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm; Sunday, closed. Get directions here.

Crawford Market
One of the largest wholesale markets in the city, the Crawford Market area, which includes neighbouring lanes like Lohar Chawl, is a great place to pick up wedding paraphernalia such as decorations, gift items and party props. Success Corner, New Bombay Bag Corner and The House of Cane, which specialise in gift articles, bags and cane and bamboo products, are our picks of the stores here.
Pro tip Instead of buying readymade pooja thalis, purchase empty thalis and customise them with trinkets such as incense stick holders, prayer bells and vermillion boxes.
Open Monday, from 8am to 8pm and Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 8pm; Sunday, closed. Get directions here

Hindmata Market, Dadar
Hindmata Market offers a great variety of wedding finery including dress material, lehengas, saris and jewellery. There are small, standalone fabric stores and boutiques where it’s possible to bargain as well as larger stores such as Pramanik and Rachna Fashion Studio. The market is particularly attractive for its wide choice of saris, the prices of which range from Rs2,500 to Rs35,000. Be sure to browse the multi-level Paaneri, which is known for traditional saris, salwar kameezes and lehengas and Madalyn, a small women’s wear shop with salwar kameez suits and party wear.
Hindmata Market, Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Dadar (East). Open daily, from 10am to 9pm. Get directions here.

Santa Cruz Market
The area that abuts Santa Cruz railway station on the western side is a hub for wedding shoppers. While there are plenty of fabric shops and accessories stores, the market is better known for readymade outfits. The shops worth visiting include Seasons and Kalki Fashion for elaborate designer lehengas and traditional suits, and Friendship Sarees, an old favourite, which sells pricey lehengas that start at Rs20,000.
Most stores are open daily, from 10am to 9pm. Get directions here.

Juhu Tara Road
The stores on Juhu Tara Road are for those with a plump budget. Designers such as A. D. Singh, Ritu Kumar, Satya Paul, Masaba, Manish Arora and Falguni and Shane Peacock offer a wide range of clothing from traditional to contemporary styles. The street also houses multi-designer boutiques like Aza and Kimaya. Prices start at roughly Rs35,000 for an outfit.
Shop timings vary. Get directions here.

Manish Market, Andheri
The market, which is right below D. N. Nagar Metro Station in Four Bungalows, is known for offering a variety of fabric, borders, embroidered material and latkans. The best thing about it is that it’s full of tailors. This means you can get your outfit stitched, at reasonable rates, right after you buy the fabric. Tirumala Designers stocks both simple material as well as lace and fabric embroidered with thread and embellished with pearl. For borders and other embellishments, also visit Glamour Fashion Accessories. Swargam Couture, which is on the pricier side, is said to be among the best tailoring shops in the area for traditional and modern designs. The cost of material starts at Rs100 per metre.
Open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7:30pm; Sunday, closed. Get directions here.

Natraj Market, Malad
Natraj Market is located close to Malad railway station on the western side. The market has everything from western and traditional wear to jewellery and cosmetics but it’s primarily known for sari shopping. Roop Sangam, Palkhi Sarees and Roop Niketan are among the stores to visit. This market is also a great spot if you’re looking for zari work or heavy embroidery. Most items are moderately priced – fabrics start at Rs300 per metre and lehengas at Rs2,500 – and it’s possible to bargain.
S. V. Road, Vijaykar Wadi Industrial Estate, Malad (West). Open daily, from 10am to 10pm. Get directions here.

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