Indian weddings are an enchanting medley of culture, colours and ceremonies that can sometimes stretch up to days. As every bride-to-be would agree, getting the right look for each ritual is no mean feat. With our curated look book for the Indian bride, your choice of wedding dresses is set to be a tad easier.
Lehengas have been in India since the age of the Mughals, and bring out the royalty and grandeur of a woman like no other traditional Indian outfit. Although an all-red beautiful bridal lehenga is an evergreen look for every North Indian bride, the traditional lehenga choli has undergone a myriad of changes over the years. For tradition with a contemporary touch, pair your lehenga with a magnificent long kurta or jacket.
The saree is considered to be the world’s longest enduring fashion item for women. Owing to their popularity, sarees are a classic choice for the Indian bride. Traditionally, brides from each Indian state had unique types of sarees and customs of draping them to adhere to. While one can never go wrong with draping their family’s heirloom saree, brides today can choose from a range of handmade sarees that exude elegance, ranging from the exquisite Benarsi to the opulent Kanjeevaram silk.
The swirl of an Anarkali is magical, and most Indian wedding ceremonies are incomplete without it. Flattering all body types, the panels in the flare lend the stunning flowy, voluminous appearance to the Anarkali. The yoke is typically embellished with heavy embroidery using zardozi and motifs, or even beads and tiny mirrors. While the sleeves can range from a contemporary sleeveless look to elbow-length, Anarkalis are commonly styled with long, tight sleeves.
The modern day haldi ceremony is a fun event with lots of music, dance and excitement that makes for excellent photo-worthy moments. The key is to pick an outfit that is neither too heavy nor cumbersome. Therefore, a salwar suit is most suitable while celebrating this ritual with your loved ones. Although tradition dictates that a worn outfit is worn, brides today opt instead for bright and chic outfits for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Your cocktail and reception events are occasions for you to give the traditional outfits a miss and let your hair down with some stylish silhouettes and edgy designs. This is the perfect occasion to don a stunning wedding dress and dance the night away. Grace the event in an ivory or champagne lace-on-organza gown for a classic get-up, or opt for an asymmetric gown with a layered skirt for a more experimental look.
Pre-draped Fusion Saree
If you are looking for a fashion trend that is going to blow away all bridal outfits, opt for the pre-draped saree. These bridal sarees are stitched to give the outfit a sleek and sophisticated look while flattering your curves. Elements like a sequinned corset, intricate embroidery along the borders, and an embellished belt can add the sparkle that a bridal outfit demands, while making the wearer the cynosure of all eyes.