When it comes to wedding shopping most of us tend to lean towards designer clothing, jewellery and other accessories. Little do we think about local markets or shops in our neighbourhood or even outside our cities. Though all of us are big fans of designer lehengas and jewellery we can’t deny the fact that local markets too have the best of stuff when it comes to bridal fashion. Check out our list of hot markets to turn to for bridal shopping that will never disappoint.

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New Market

It is the oldest and most well known market of Kolkata also known as the Hogg’s market. It has over 2000 stalls and works in your favour if you have good bargaining skills. The reconstructed section of the market sells very good bridal sarees and the market is all up on sale in the evening for jewellery and bags.

Location: Lindsay Street, just off Chowringhee Road.

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and until 2.30pm on Saturday. Closed on Sunday.

Photo credit: Zema Fine Jewellery

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Natraj Market

If you are looking for an outfit for every occasion like a sangeet, mehendi, haldi or even the main wedding reception, head to Natraj market in Mumbai. Apart from the sarees, lehengas and cholis, you will be able to find jewellery, shoes and bags. With over 100 shops, this place is a hub for affordable and trendy wedding shopping not only for the brides but also for your bridesmaids and your family.

Location: Malad Station, Off station road.

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Sunday. Thursday off.

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Chandni Chowk

Designer wear copies sprawl on to the streets of Sarojini Nagar in New Delhi. The shopkeepers here are fashion savvy and understand what you are looking for. While there is an array of shops here, one of the most reputed ones is Om Prakash Jawahar Lal for budget lehengas and sarees. The variety of fabrics and jewellery too are worth buying.

Location: Old Delhi.

Opening hours: Daily except Sundays.