Shefali and Sobe's Destination Wedding in Thailand
Vama Designs is hands-down the best Indian bridal boutique in the Bay Area! Though the shop is located in a home, don't let that discourage you from paying a visit. The shop itself is large, beautiful and very professionally operated. Certain rooms are dedicated for displaying the clothing, whereas others are dedicated to customer trial rooms and to the on-site tailor. Plus, the house and neighborhood themselves are gorgeous as well! The owner, Vaijayanti Baldua, is so experienced and helpful. She has helped tons of brides find and design their dream outfits from head to toe. Although she specializes in clothing, she will often help her clients find the perfect jewelry, shoes and accessories to complete their dream look. She takes bridal designs seriously and really cares that her brides are 100% happy with the final outcome. I searched high and low in California and Canada to find the outfits for my engagement and wedding - but I had a tough time landing on the perfect outfit for my wedding ceremony. I visited her shop and tried on a stunning gown which I liked, but which was in the color navy. Right away, the owner offered to customize the gown in my preferred color and with any other modifications I had in mind. I showed her a picture that I had pulled from Instagram, and she was able to tell me which colors were being used, how the work could be altered, and how the dupatta could be customized to achieve my desired look. She worked with me closely on the designs and offered invaluable advice based on her experience with past brides. When the final designs were sent to her team in India, they stitched the piece to my exact measurements from scratch. When the time came to ship the dress from India to California, the owner did not take any chances - she decided to fly to India (with a different dress in hand which fit me perfectly) to make sure that the piece was stitched perfectly and nothing would happen to it in transit. When I came to her shop to pick up the piece, she made sure her that her tailor would be available on-site at the same time in case any final adjustments needed to be made. I was really amazed that Vama Designs stood by their designs, their team, their quoted price and timeline, and 100% customer satisfaction from A to Z. Until the final day before the wedding, I was in regular communication with the owner and any questions or final adjustments that were on my mind were addressed quickly, fairly and professionally. Given my experience with other Indian boutiques in California and Canada, I can say that this level of customer service is unparalleled. When it comes to your wedding, you don't want to take any risks - having this designer, boutique, and team on your side is the best decision you can make to ensure that you will look and feel your best! Thank you so much, Vama!
Groom's Experience in his own words!
Vama Designs is in an elite class of her own when it comes to bridal (and groom) attire! I chose Vama to custom design my wedding ceremony sherwani. For anyone who is familiar with Indian weddings, this is a HUGE vote of confidence given this is the outfit you will wear while actually getting married. I had found one design on Pinterest months ago that I absolutely fell in love with, but I unfortunately could not find the designer or store. Even after seeing a number of other pieces, I could never get my mind off this particular design. I showed Vama the picture and she was very confident that she could custom make it. During my consultation, Vama provided fantastic advice on color combinations, materials, and accessories. Fast forward one month - Vama actually went to India to pick-up my and my wife's outfits from her team in India. When I tried on the outfit, I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY. This is one of the heaviest sherwani's a groom can wear - there is a lot of intricate embroidery and designs that are difficult to execute. Vama nailed it perfectly, and to top it all off, the piece practically hugged my body perfectly!!! I cannot stress how much this meant to me... I'm very picky when it comes to fitting - and this sherwani could not fit me any better. Moreover, Vama provided the very best accessories for my sherwani, including a shawl-style dupatta, royal necklace (haar), two-tone safa, kalgi, and feather. She even made customized shoes (or jutti's) that had our wedding monogram on it!!! Name me another vendor that can do that ;p Safe to say, I felt like a raja (i.e. king) on my wedding day and I cannot thank Vama enough!! P.S. I also bought this beautiful floral blazer from Vama to wear for our guest arrival. This piece was extremely trendy and I received a ton of compliments from family & many of my Western friends who were in attendance and watching on social media!