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What is the cost of an Indian wedding saree?

  • Editorial Team

India is a land of festivals and celebrations, a place exhibiting a rich cultural heritage and tradition. When we talk about celebrations and traditions the grand and magnificent wedding ceremonies come to our mind. Weddings are like big, festive occasions. A lavish Indian wedding is performed with perfect rituals, impressive decorations, dance, music, food and last but not the least appropriate attires. These elaborate Indian weddings are a great excuse to shop for traditional Indian outfits.

Unfortunately, choosing the right type of outfit becomes a difficult job as you have to select from a huge range of options with plenty of styles and fabrics. Hence, it is sensible and wise to adhere to elegant, classic and conventional Indian apparels when it involves traditional occasions like weddings. 

Saree is one such graceful Indian outfit for women which can be worn on such events. The saree is actually an unstitched cloth whose length ranges from 6 to 9 yards enhancing the beauty of a woman in the most charming manner. Consequently, it has enchanted Indian women since ancient time. This sensational and glamorous garment is over thousands of years old. Being an overtly feminine attire, the saree has withstood the test of time. 

This free size garment is a mystery with its innumerable pleats and folds to anyone who has never adorned one. The saree is elegantly draped encircling the body.  An Indian wedding cannot be imagined without this sensuous apparel. Saree has been the most favorite Indian costume for many centuries. Being the perfect attire for Indian culture and occasions Indian women prefer this lengthy piece of cloth when it comes to a wedding. 

Various Kinds Of Wedding Sarees

A wide variety of Indian wedding sarees are available. Banarasi silk sarees, Kanjeevaram silk sarees, Assam silk sarees, Paithani silk sarees, Chikankari sarees, Gota sarees, Panetar silk sarees, Net or lace sarees, Chanderi silk sarees, Mysore silk sarees, Baluchari sarees, Sambalpuri sarees, Maheshwari sarees, Georgette sarees, Pashmina sarees, Designer sarees, Mangalgiri sarees, Pochampally, Kerala silk saree etc. are some of the Indian wedding sarees. 

While buying an Indian wedding saree, keep in mind the following points like the draping style, the fabric used, border, print, color, design, pattern, embroidery work, zari or stonework and most importantly the price. Yes, this graceful Indian wedding attire should fit your pocket. Pick that unstitched ensemble which will make you look gorgeous at the same time which is budget-friendly. Practically speaking if you opt for a better saree, consequently, you have to pay more.  Here we shall discuss the cost of an Indian wedding saree.

Determining The Cost Of A Saree

The price of a saree varies based on the quality of materials used to weave and also the labour put up by the craftsmen. It purely depends on what standard of marriage saree you wish to purchase. The cost of an Indian wedding saree is determined by many features.

  • Fabric- The fabric used to create the 9-yard ensemble plays an important role in deciding the cost of a wedding saree. Different types of fabrics namely silk, georgette, cotton, chiffon, organza, tissue, lycra, crepe, velvet, satin, brocade, muslin, cotton-silk blended materials are used in creating different types of sarees. Of all these silks are the most preferred one when it comes to traditional events like weddings.It is an extremely beautiful, fine and delicate material and is used for making all kinds of sarees. One of the costliest fabrics, silk has an unparalleled luxurious charm. In a class of its own, this extremely sought-after fabric is highly approved for Indian wedding ceremonies. Though expensive, good quality silk sarees are unique with regard to looks, draping, pleating and comfort.
  • Embellishments- Various types of decorative details are added to the fabric to make the wedding saree more attractive. To make the ancient garment more beautiful embroidery work, precious and semiprecious stone work, zari work( this includes both gold as well as silver thread work) etc. are done by the artisans. The zari is woven throughout the saree by the craftsmen, though it is mostly seen on borders and pallu. More the ornamentation, more will be the cost of the wedding attire. If the saree has plenty of hand-stitched decoration the price will be higher. The quality and quantity of embroidery work on a saree is another feature which increases the cost.
  • Time- The quantity of time required by the weavers as well as the artisans to complete one single wedding saree influences the cost. If the weaving style is complicated and more embellishments are added consequently more amount of time will be needed. Hence if the time taken is long the price will automatically be on the higher side.
  • Brand name- The brand name often increases the cost of an Indian wedding saree.

Actual Cost Of An Indian Wedding Saree

Take a look at the cost of different types of wedding sarees popular across India.

  • Cost of Banarasi silk saree- If you wish to buy a Banarasi wedding saree, you can get it, between 2000 - 200000 INR. To know more about this amazing saree that has charmed Indian women since ages, read our blog post on Banarasi saree.
  • Cost of Kanjeevaram saree- For a genuine Kanjeevaram bridal saree expect the price to range from 6000-50,000 INR or even higher up to 200000 INR. 
  • Cost of Paithani saree- An authentic, simplest and hand-woven one would be around 20,000 INR. The bridal edition of this traditional Maharashtrian saree costs between 50,000-200,000 INR. The machine-made ones start from 1500 INR and a good machine-made bridal paithani ranges between 12,000-25000 INR.
  • Cost of Assam silk saree- A handwoven and original Assam silk or muga silk saree would cost you a minimum of 20,000 INR. The machine-made ones, range between 7000-10,000 INR.
  • Heavily embroidered saree- A saree with heavy embroidery work, for example, Phulkari, Chikankari, Kantha stitch, Gujrati stitch, Gota Patti work, Zardozi, Pitta zari would be between 2000-25,000 INR according to the fabric used and work done.
  • Chanderi silk saree- The simple ones may cost around 2000 INR but the embroidered ones may be 10,000 INR or more.
  • Designer saree- A trendy designer saree can range from 200000-10,00,000 lakh INR depending on the designers.

With time the cost of an Indian wedding saree has escalated multiple times. A typical Banarasi silk saree with heavy zari work and decorations would be only 700 INR in the late seventies whereas on the present day the same piece would cost around 1-2 lakhs INR. It can be said that the cost of an Indian wedding saree can be anything. For instance, a simple bridal saree can be bought for 1000 INR. Cheaper ones can also be found if the quality of the fabric and embellishments are sacrificed. 

As far as maximum possible amounts go for Indian wedding sarees the price can extend to 50,000 INR or more, if you are opting for a well-known designer saree. The cost depends on how much you are willing to spend to look mesmerizing in nine yards for a wedding ceremony. Take a look at the exquisite collection that suits all kinds of budget at Hatkay.