Pakistan, Bridal Diaries

Hunting for the perfect Baraat dress #1

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I know that weddings in Pakistan are a jungle. The clothes, the jewelry, the makeup, the shoes lol. It’s harder for people like us that are abroad and don’t have the experience of wedding shopping at all. I mean, friends weddings come up all the time and you somehow get a good idea of how to arrange things, but when you’re totally cut off from that bit as well, it seems like a puzzle even picking out a dress. I thought I would help you guys on the way and give my best tips on where and how to do your baraat dress shopping! It’s not easy, lol I agree with that, but it’s not impossible either!

Let’s jump right into it and discuss the most important part of a wedding—your wedding dress! Weddings in Pakistan are usually a three-day function; mendhi, baraat & walima, but I know people that do a small nikah and jump right into walima as well. It’s entirely up to you and your resources! The hunt after a wedding dress begins several months before the wedding. It’s not only about picking out something you like, but you have to have the right color, stitching, cut, embroidery—you name it. Now, as I mentioned earlier it’s very hard for us girls living abroad. We have no shops to visit, no earlier experience and 99% of the time; no idea what kind of dress we want either lol. There’s so many trends going on in Pakistan at the same time that you literally get lost! So my best tip is to choose whether you want to look like a traditional or trendy bride.


I had a very clear idea of me looking like the traditional bride with a jhoomar, nath and a blood red wedding dress, but I changed my mind the last second. I think it’s very healthy for couples to discuss beforehand about how they want to look etc. My idea of the traditional bride was a red dress and that’s it, but after discussing it back and forth we came to the conclusion that going with a champagne color with a hint of red details would look so much better! So I chose a beautiful champagne/bronze dress with small maroon details on it. The lehenga underneath was paired with a beautiful peplum shirt and a heavy bordered dupatta. Such a beautiful combination!

Here alot of different styles come in as well. A few years back it was very trendy with a long shirt with “chawks” on the side, paired with a lehenga. Then all of a sudden mini tops came in, the half-sleeves, the froks, the maxis—you name it. The best is to decide what looks best on you. Are you tall enough for a long shirt? Make a sketch of how you want to look on your big day and Pinterest it for more help!


I get tons of messages everyday of people asking me where they should do their bridal dress shopping. I’m not a professional and I only have experience from my own wedding, but I’ve heard a lot about the bazaar in Lahore. Lahore is always best for bridal shopping, whether it’s for mendhi, baraat or walima! So do go there and have a look! Although, since it’s Lahore, it’s very pricey as well. It also depends on whether you want a designer bridal dress or just something you can customize yourself. So again; scribble down what you’re looking for. It’s SO hard if you jump into it without pre-planning. You will get lost in the jungle of millions of styles and colors.

Now, when it comes to the shops, I only have experience with two different ones, located in two different cities, that sell two entirely different style of bridal gowns, to two entirely different customers. It would be very unfair of me to compare these two, as the first one, Mohsin & Sons is located in the heart of Islamabad, and the other is in Gujrat. They’re simply working with two different kind of people visiting them!

Mohsin & Sons is located in Islamabad and sell very high quality work. It’s such a pity that they don’t have an active working instagram/facebook page where they can showcase their dresses, cause I’m so sure they would get triple as much customers running in and out if they managed that! Social media is everything in the 21st century! Anyway, their service is really good and the employees working there take you seriously, whilst giving their own opinion at the same time. We had the luck of talking to the head of the store which gave us his honest opinion whilst discussing our own ideas, but I’m sure the other ones working there are really really talented as well. I don’t have anything bad to say about them, other than the most important thing; stitching. The lady they have in charge for the measurements have no idea what she’s doing and is very rude. I have no idea if that’s something they’re out looking for in Pakistan—rude employees—but it’s such a turn off! Other than that I can’t recall anything that was bad about them, so I highly recommend that store! This is not for designer bridal gowns, but their work is very high quality and good if you have a budget to hold.

The other store is located in Gujrat called Qari Cloth House. My family have been visiting this store for almost 10 years now and they sell everything from bridal dresses to branded suits and casual shalwaar kameez. I must admit, majority of their work is that typical “gujrati-kaam” but if you really dig in and search for the right dress, you will not be disappointed. I found my bridal dress from here due to the lack of time, and since my tailor is located in Rawal Pindi, I had to get my dress stitched from here as well. The dress is with a peplum shirt and a lehenga with tail. A heavy embroidery dupatta and the perfect shining fabric underneath the net so it gives a “bridal” look to it even more. As I mentioned earlier; I won’t compare their service and work with Mohsin & Sons, cause this one is for the people living in Gujrat, but I had major problems with the stitching here as well. Very irresponsible when measuring, which left me with weird looking sleeves that fell on my dupatta all day long. BUT, you have to keep in mind that I went there and found a dress in a week. Not all stores say yes to deliver a full bridal glam dress within a week! So heads up for that!

My best tip is to have an eye on Pinterest a year before the wedding. Make a board on there or something and pin everything you like! Print out the pictures you like the most; can be containing the b-neck you love, the type of sleeves you want to get sewed on your dress or whatever, and bring them with you to Pakistan. It’s sooo much easier with a clear idea that you can show the shopkeeper as well. This way you won’t be misunderstood! It’s a nightmare wearing a total catastrophe on your big day! So preplanning is the key!

Unfortunately, I have no experience with designer bridal dresses, as I didn’t get one for myself. I would also like to not recommend trusting instagram pages. I know a lot of girls that have ordered dresses online just to get scammed. Other times you don’t get scammed but the fabric and color differs so much from what you’ve seen online, that all of the money you spent on it, just go to waste. So go to Pakistan and have a look there! England is very far ahead with bridal dresses as well—but then again; very expensive!

Next time we will talk about my jewelry and makeup on my baraat day! Hope this post helped you in your hunt for your bridal dress. Much love xoxo

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Tips, Pakistan

Necessities for Pakistan—General

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The most awaited blogpost of all times!!! So, my visits to Pakistan are frequent. We go almost every year (yass), and every year I write down new things I’ve learned on my trip. Be it small details or necessities! Through the years this has become a habit of mine and it’s literally the most helpful thing ever. I thought it would be fun to share this list with you all today. Since makeup and skincare are two major things that are very imporant as well—I’m gonna divide this in 2/3 parts, the first one, down below, being about the most general things I do not forget/always fix when I land in Pakistan.

I have been talking a lot about powerbanks lately. The thought of having one made me laugh before I actually invested in one and now…. Well now I can’t live without one lol. I would say it’s a great investment for your Pakistan trip, but this thing right here comes in handy back in Sweden as well! The so called “loadshedding” is not a thing in Bahria Town, where we live, but we all know the looong trips to small cities to visit family. You need this thing to keep your phone alive—especially if you have an iPhone! I wrote a review about my new Anker powerbank HERE and I sitll stand by my words!

Carrying on to the WIFI. It’s not the most easiest thing to get a good internet connection here i Pakistan, but it’s not impossible! I would say it’s getting easier and easier every year—might have to do something with Pakistanis improving their services as well lol. Anyway! I strongly recommend a Zong device—the one we used last year was amazing! It’s basically a small device that you charge like any other phone and when fully charged you can just take it with you whereever you go. Although this time we got a Telenor USB that you have to plug in in order to use it. I would say the device is better, especially because of the electricity issues all around the country. The USB is not that bad either… But yea always best to go with something that doesn’t need electricity to run. lol.
You can find both things at your local “shop” where you find SIM-cards and other phone-related things.

Moving on to the music! I’m a bit old school—so I still use iTunes! It can be a bit complicated when you listen to a new song and want it in your playlist instantly—but I’m a perfectionist and not being able to perfectly edit the song name so all the spam is gone, really can get on my nerves. And idk, I think I just like how iTunes is set up. I used to listen to a lot of underground artists so Spotify was never an option since I couldn’t find the songs on there. Now when I’m more into Punjabi/Bollywood songs, it’s the same issue with Saavn. Also, you have to pay for it now as well and nah… So back to iTunes! You might have to wait until you get home and get the song downloaded on your iPhone—but it’s so worth it! I don’t own a laptop so whenever we travel to Pakistan, my biggest issue is that I won’t be able to update my playlists for a month—since my iTunes library is on my iMac back home. UNTIL I found this little loophole! It’s very easy! All you have to do is copy the iTunes folder on your iMac—or whatever Apple computer—and save it on your harddrive. Then you just import it on the new laptop and the program will ask you of whether you want to use this new library or not. You click ok and you’re all set to go! They’ve explained it more thoroughly HERE.

Still talking about music—I’m a sucker for good speakers. I simply cannot play music without having a good base sound so investing in some good spekers is really a good idea! I would say it’s easier to get a Beats Pill—since it’s small and easy to carry around in your luggage, but we packed our Marshall speakers! This black Killburn one is my sisters that she recently got, so we still had the original packing. It’s always best to be a bit cautious whenever you travel with these things, they’re very fragile.

I was talking about a harddrive above as well, but even if you don’t use iTunes or anything like that, it’s always good to bring your harddrive with you. You never know when your laptop will crash so it’s a good idea to have your pictures and documents backed up. I didn’t bring my harddrive with me last time and my pictures from that trip are still all over the place. Some on my sisters laptop, some on my brothers lol.

Talking about cameras—go and buy yourself an Instax Fuji 8 right now! I’m not kidding when I say it’s really an investment! I always have my Canon with me as well but there’s something about my polaroid camera that just really screams “vacay-memories”. It’s also lighter and easier to carry around than the big DSLR camera—and very appropriate to just snap with when you’re out having fun. I would recommend buying an extra film, cause you only have 10 snaps to go with. I’m working on a review about my Instax camera, so stay tuned!

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