Category: Bridal Lehenga

Bridal lehengas are one of the most traditional indian wedding dresses for brides. Generally they consist in a long skirt, a blouse and a salwar (bottoms). Here you can find several ideas to help you select your dream bridal lehenga. Shop lehengas at this online retailer, Strand of Silk, http://strandofsilk.com/special/indian-wedding/indian-wedding-clothes/wedding-lehengas

Vandana and Atit’s Outdoor Indian Wedding

Outdoor weddings are going to be a thing for some of my blog posts like I promised, and I received some stunning pictures from an outdoor Indian wedding from Sachi Anand that I just HAD to blog about.

These are some pictures from Vandana and Atit’s wedding last year and the location (Garden Falls in Monroe Township, NJ) looks absolutely stunning. Shayosa Events handled the planning for the event and the Hair and Make-up was from Flawless Beauty by Pauline. I really liked the H&M – simple, elegant and not over-done at all in my opinion. Decor which I thought was absolutely gorgeous was done by Elegant Affars and the music was provided by DJ Suhel. Photography by Sachi Anand and the Video by Lucid Lens Films.

I love the water body in the venue and how it has been so nicely used by the photographer. The picture on the bridge is one of my favourites because it captures elements of nature in so many different forms – the trees, plants and the water body. The decor on the stage is very elegant in my opinion and complements the entire look and feel very nicely.

And how gorgeous is the bride’s Lehenga? I love the colours and the details. It looks like it has been custom made and is not from one of the normal designers. The Red and White combination are very tastefully executed. And what about the net sleeves? So awesome! If anyone can help me ID the shop / designer, then I’d be grateful.

I have also put some pictures of some of the details that I found interesting – and of course the photographer has captured these brilliantly. Fun fact: the brass “pot” or Lota in hindi, with the coconut on top is very traditional and used as a representation of one of the hindu gods I believe!

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Sonia and Nevil’s Colour Co-ordinated Indian Clothes Engagement Shoot by Sachi Anand

Outdoor wedding and engagement photoshoots are increasingly on my mind since the weather in London gets cold, dark and grey. So be prepared for a series of posts around this theme. Traditional Indian clothes look very interesting in natural light because of the vibrant colours and the beautiful embroidery on the clothes.
These pictures are from Sachi Anand (my previous post from her is here) for an engagement party in Baltimore. The to be bride Sonia and her groom to be Nevil both wore beautiful clothes – so vibrant and they even colour-coordinated their outfits (so cute!). The Hair and Make-up are from Makeup by Mala.

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Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Wedding shopping! The words illicit responses from utter delight to sheer dread amongst women. The ones who relish the idea of spending hours upon hours browsing stores, online websites and meeting with various designers for their dream outfits are in shopping heaven while the ones who think shopping is a complete waste of time are filled with an impending sense of doom regarding the whole exercise. However the one common thread binding both extremes of women is confusion! How to choose your Indian Wedding Attire?

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A wedding outfit must reflect your personal style, which isn’t so difficult if you happen to be the decisive sort and know exactly what will make you look on point. But the waters get a little bit murky when it comes to Indian wedding attire mostly because Indian fashion is evolving at a tremendously fast pace. The age old traditional wedding clothing were worn over many years and passed on to future generations. These types of wedding outfits are still very popular, but as immensely talented designers churn out fresher, newer and reinvented collections each season the choice between going traditional or contemporary has never been harder. Leading to total chaos due to a plethora of luscious choices.

It also doesn’t help that nearly every female within a 20 mile radius of you will suddenly feel the incredible urge to dole out advice regarding what she thinks is the latest trend in Indian wedding dressing and what she would do if it was her time to shine. You might get adept at treating unsolicited advice as white noise after a few hundred times and imagine clubbing them over the head with a heavy object as you nod and smile aimlessly but sometimes a piece of that annoying advice will get stuck in your head and mess with your decisions.

In an effort to simplify things and make life a little bit easier during this hectic and stressful time we break down traditional and contemporary Indian wedding attire down to its bare bones with examples for (hopefully) quicker conclusions.

Salwar Kameez

Starting with the most versatile and confusion inducing choice – the Indian version of the pantsuit – Salwar Kameez.

To make it simple let silhouettes and embroideries be your distinction between traditional and contemporary. Traditional silhouettes have straightforward cuts and shapes. The embroideries on traditional Salwar Kameez styles are simple with Indian motifs and colours. These styles tend to be more wearable regardless of current trends making them classic and investment worthy.

Traditional Salwar Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Contemporary Salwar Kameez styles tend to have more stylised silhouettes and abstract or western embroidery motifs. As with anything trendy the contemporary styles run the risk of becoming dated very quickly as each new season brings with it a different version of the contemporary Salwar Kameez.

Contemporary Salwar Kameez Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Lehengas

Moving on to the Salwar Kameez’s super dressy cousin – the Lehenga. Lehengas can be divided up into traditional and contemporary based on styling, fabrics and the amount of embellishments.

Traditional Indian lehengas have short cholis with sleeves in varying lengths, flared skirts and feature a long dupatta that can be draped in different styles. These lehengas tend to be heavier on embroidery and made in luxurious silks or brocades. Both these elements tend to make traditional Indian lehengas very heavy to wear but the weight is a small price to pay for their unmatched grandeur and opulence.

Traditional Lehenga Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Contemporary Indian lehengas break the mould with their silhouettes, minimal embroideries and sometimes do away with the dupatta. Women who want to be able to move around without being bogged down by their heavy outfits will love the contemporary styles. The availability of a variety of silhouettes that feature the lehenga and cholis in different cuts and shapes and the subdued embellishments make these ideal for those who want their clothes to be an extension of their personality.

Contemporary Lehenga Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Sarees

The most quintessentially Indian piece of clothing is undoubtedly the saree. It is also a necessity in every Indian woman’s closet irrespective of her age. In the past sarees have always been more traditional and have been considered family heirlooms. The custom of daughters wearing their mother’s wedding saree at their own wedding is still prevalent even today. However the creative geniuses of Indian fashion have given the humble saree a modern day facelift and created a myriad of styles. Sarees can be distinguished as traditional or contemporary by the way they are draped, the fabric and the kind of embellishments.

Local craftsmen who have honed their skills over many generations make traditional sarees from indigenous Indian fabrics. Each state in India has its own distinctive style of saree that is worn by the women who reside there. Traditional Indian sarees are always in style and add a certain vintage charm to any look.

Traditional Saree Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Contemporary Indian sarees are the new age evolution of the traditional saree. They are made in lighter fabrics like net and georgette that are easy to drape and hug the shape of the body creating the illusion of curves. Contemporary sarees can be simply or heavily embellished with different types of materials. Some sarees are also pre-stitched and pre-draped for women who can’t be bothered with the hassle of draping and pinning down the pleats. Contemporary sarees may not have the old world charm of traditional sarees but there is no denying their endless possibilities of creative styling.

Contemporary Saree Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

This post is provided by Strand of Silk, an online retailer of contemporary Indian fashion and bridal wear.

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Bridal Lehengas & Sunsets

This gorgeous couple took advantage of the sunset backgrop for a romantic photoshoot, before their wedding reception party. The transition of light in the shots is simply stunning as the sun slowly sets and envelopes the couple in beautiful vanilla twilight, and then an orange glow to a midnight blue glimmer on the couple. For me, the gorgeous champagne shimmer bridal lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal casts a further magical spell on the photography. Upon first glance, the bridal lehenga appears as a delicate pink ombre beauty, yet it is adorned with embellishments and crystal bead embroidery.

A tip for those brides wanting to do an outdoor bridal photoshoot is to opt for a bridal lehenga with a pastel tone. Light hues work well in an outdoor setting and a slight shimmer in your bridal lehenga will look stunning in photographs. The pleasant hues will also create a brilliant contrast against the blue sky as the sun sets…a perfect fairytale setting!

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

Stunning Indian lehenga by Raakesh Agarvwal

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