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Beware of Shehnaai Couture and Events

Shehnaai Couture and Events was by far my worst wedding vendor experience.  I ordered my wedding sari and lengha 8 months before my wedding and put down a 75% deposit (which the owner, Shirin Vinayak, claimed was standard).  I was promised swatches to approve within 3 months of the order, and the final product 2 months after that. 


This is what happened:


(1) Swatches were never made.

(2) Shirin and her assistant lied constantly, alternating between saying the swatches were on their way or the swatches were in production.

(3) The deadlines were missed by months.

(4) The lengha was made in the wrong colors, without my approval.

(5) The final lengha (remade in the right colors) was of such poor quality that I was unable to use it for my wedding.

(6) The sari didn’t arrive until 1 month before my wedding (7 months after I ordered it).

(7) The sari was a completely wrong color.

(8) Shirin refused to rectify the situation at all until I got my (very well connected) florist involved – then she agreed to refund my deposit.


Do not be fooled by Shehnaai’s showroom or the sample dresses on display – the final product is subpar at best.  Worst of all, because of all her lies about when the dresses would show up, I ended up having to get my dresses from other vendors at the absolute last minute, something no bride (especially one who was looking for dresses 8 months in advance) should have to do.

Re: Beware of Shehnaai Couture and Events

  • Rainbow17Rainbow17 member
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    edited December 2011
    Geez, sorry you had to go through that.  Where are they located?
  • edited December 2011
    Wow, so sorry you had to go through all that! Thanks for the heads up. I actually went into their store a couple times and liked a few of their outfits, although they were all over my budget so I didn't move ahead with any of them. I hear a lot of these same kinds of reviews for other bridalwear vendors so I'm so nervous about getting my outfit customized! But at the same time, I haven't found anything that I 100% love. Where did you end up getting your dresses from at the last minute? If you have any recs for vendors, please let me know! I'm looking to finalize my reception outfit within the next week or two.
  • edited December 2011
    Yeah, it was definitely an unpleasant experience, but at least the final outfits turned out nicely.  

    For the ceremony I used Armaan's Bridal in Jackson Heights (37-54 74th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372) -- this was off the rack, though their tailor made some changes to the blouse per my request

    For the reception I used Pinky Chopra on Long Island (516-287-5439 -- by appointment only).  This was customized, since my colors were pretty specific.  She turned it around really quickly and paid for a tailor to make any fit changes.  For customization I highly recommend that you make sure you get your order months in advance, in case anything doesn't fit and needs to be remade.  

    I also got my bridesmaids lenghas from Pinky, and her prices on those were amazing for the level of work on them.
  • edited December 2011
    I'm so glad you were able to find your outfits in time!  That is something no bride should have to go through!

    Thanks for your vendor recs!  I actually also got one of my outfits (ceremony lengha) from a store in Jackson Heights.  Now I'm looking for my reception lengha and will definitely check out the store in Long Island, thanks!
  • edited December 2011
    Of course! I am happy to share recs on the good vendors :)
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