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

The Unconventional Bridal Lehenga

Gone are the days when women only wore demure red and maroon bridal lehengas for their wedding. This is the era of unconventional, quirky, bold and colourful. From tiny backless cholis to long waistcoats, we have it all! Brides today are the epitome of modern sophistication and vintage elegance. There is no dearth of exceptionally talented designers in India. You can take your pick of bridal lehengas from famous Indian designers like Manish Malhotra, an absolute favourite and even offbeat ones like Khyati Pande. New entries in this bridal lehenga biz are Pakistani designers like Nomi Ansari and Sana Safinaz. With these flourish of designers, we bring to you a compilation of all our favourite bridal lehengas.

We love our Indian designers. They are unpredictable and innovative and love challenging themselves.

A stunning bridal lehenga by Suneet Varma
A stunning bridal lehenga by Suneet Varma

Take this Suneet Verma creation for example. The colour combination of this bridal lehenga is so unusual that it may require another look. But that’s the beauty of this bridal lehenga. Notice the intricate mirror work and how each colour is skilfully used in correct proportions. It’s not gaudy or overbearing. As a whole, it’s just right.

If you don’t want your style buds to be restricted with traditional colours, feel free to embrace this! Times have changed and you can wear almost any colour you desire on your wedding.

A sage green bridal lehenga by Ashima Leena
A sage green bridal lehenga by Ashima Leena

Anyone fancy this sage green sherwani lehenga? Designer duo Ashima Leena has created this brilliant bridal lehenga masterpiece in the most underrated colour. This mint green shade creates a sophisticated and elegant look. If you don’t want anything too elaborate with typical colours of white and red, then this subtle colour is for you!

Sometimes, people may choose a bridal lehenga with a lot of embellishment and shimmer. After all, who doesn’t like a bit of bling? What we don’t realise is that sometimes beauty lies in simplicity. Take for example this JJ Valaya lehenga.

A simple and elegant bridal lehenga by JJ Valaya
A simple and elegant bridal lehenga by JJ Valaya

Distinctive and striking colours? Check! Elaborate yet simple and tasteful embroidery? Check! Bound to make a hit bridal lehenga? Double check! This outfit, with its beautiful embroidery work and colours speaks timeless beauty and elegance.

But our ultimate favourite is this powdery blue bridal lehenga below.

A beautiful powdery blue bridal lehenga by Jyotsna Tiwari
A beautiful powdery blue bridal lehenga by Jyotsna Tiwari

This bridal lehenga is going to make you look and feel ethereal, graceful, classy and breathtakingly beautiful all at the same time! Designer Jyotsna Tiwari proves with this creation that blue is definitely an elegant bridal wear option.

Whilst white and ivory are not the top picks for bridal lehengas, we beg to differ!

A rich white and gold bridal lehenga by Meera and Muzaffar Ali
A rich white and gold bridal lehenga by Meera and Muzaffar Ali

Meera and Muzaffar Ali’s white and gold lehenga is rich, royal and ravishing. All eyes are guaranteed to be on you as you flaunt this elegant ensemble in style.

Pakistani bridal lehengas are usually characterized by their extensive use of long sherwanis and detailed lehengas underneath.

Veteran Pakistani designer Nomi Ansari is most famous for his exceptionally beautiful bridal lehengas.

A beautiful pink bridal lehenga with gold embroidery by Nomi Ansari
A beautiful pink bridal lehenga with gold embroidery by Nomi Ansari

This bridal lehenga has all the elements required for an exquisite bride. You can never go wrong with intricate gold embroidery and a beautiful burst of pink!

The most unconventional bridal lehenga on this list is Nomi Ansari floral creation shown below.

A gorgeous floral and mint bridal lehenga by Nomi Ansari
A gorgeous floral and mint bridal lehenga by Nomi Ansari

This bridal lehenga screams diversity and innovation with its big, bold colourful spring flower print juxtaposed on a mint green colour. Simply exquisite!

Like Ashima Leena’s sage green ensemble, peach is a very underrated bridal lehenga colour. However, this Asifa and Nabeel lehenga says otherwise. I love the gorgeous layers and subtle gold embroidery work, which has a very feminine and elegant feel.

A feminine and elegant peach bridal lehenga by Asifa and Nabeel
A feminine and elegant peach bridal lehenga by Asifa and Nabeel

Our final bridal lehenga is this heavy creation by Sana Safinaz.

A bold pink bridal lehenga by Sana Safinaz
A bold pink bridal lehenga by Sana Safinaz

This bridal lehenga has strong colours, pink being the dominant one. What makes this bridal lehenga novel is the cutwork sleeves, which add a touch of rebellion and modernity in this otherwise traditional look.

Through this article, my sole motive was to familiarise you with the extensive variety of bridal lehengas that exist. You don’t have to settle with just anything. Carefully handpick a desired bridal lehenga that reflects your personality, because you can. Be bold, be different!

Bold & Beautiful: Blushing Brides Stun in their Bridal Lehengas

There is nothing more beautiful than a bride posing for her wedding portraits in her bridal lehenga. A bridal lehenga is a desired option for brides on her wedding day. The bridal lehengas worn by the brides below are a beautiful kaleidoscope of red, burgundy and magenta hues, adorned with embellishment and embroidery. Let’s not forget the beautiful intricate mehendi that decorates the bride’s hands and complements her bridal lehenga, along with the exquisite traditional jewellery.

Indian wedding photography has evolved immensely over the years and gone are the days when it was simply a formality. Along with the evolution of the Indian wedding scenario, Indian bridal portraits have undergone a creative and artistic approach.

The V.I.P. studio aptly capture the festive and celebratory mood of the occasion and the stunning closeup bridal shots vividly bring emotions to life, and certainly make these once in a lifetime moment memorable.The beautiful bridal photography below reflects high attention to detail and captures the bride’s beauty. It is known that the bridal lehenga is both intimate and personal to the bride – it must reflect her personality and style.

All photography courtesy of: www.thevipstudio.co.uk

Bridal mehendi - Bridal lehenga
Beautiful bridal mehendi!
Stunning bride - Bridal lehenga
A stunning bride glancing out the window in anticipation
Beautiful bride in red - Bridal lehenga
A beautiful bride in red
Beautiful bride - Bridal lehenga
The innocent and alluring glance of a bride
Pretty in pink bride - Bridal lehenga
A happy bride looking pretty in pink.

Walking Down the Aisle in Style: Bridal Lehengas at Pakistan Bridal Couture Week 2014

Pakistani women have been known world over to make the most beautiful brides, and with the Bridal Couture week that recently took place in Karachi, Pakistani brides are beyond a doubt, also the best dressed! The Wedding season is right around the corner, and the Pantene Bridal Couture Week (PBCW) could not have taken place at a better time.

This colossal fashion event was organised by the HUM Network Ltd. in collaboration with Pantene on May 17, 2014. Since its inception, PBCW endeavours to promote Pakistan’s seasoned as well as fresh fashion talent, on both domestic and international platforms, and has never failed to enthral the audience. This time was no exception. The bridal collection unveiled at the mega event, included the traditional salwar-kameez, saris, chudidars, shararas, and not to mention, the brides’ favourite- the bridal lehenga.

The lehenga, which initially started off as a simplistic medium length shirt with a long loose skirt has undergone several changes over the years and metamorphosed into the glamorous attire we see and admire today. The rich infusion of colour and heavy embroidery work, the hard-to-miss intricate borders and the flattering silhouettes not only make it a dream garment for all brides-to-be, but also highlight the pure dexterity and high attention to detail that Pakistani designers are renowned for, and the bridal lehenga collection showcased at the Pantene Bridal Couture Week, stands testimony to that.

The star-studded affair saw the works of several ace designers, such as Amir Adnan, whose exquisite sherwani collection, inspired by the historic devotional poetry of Amir Khusro, kicked off the three- day extravaganza. The audience also experienced the vivid and colourful creations of none other than the unrefuted King of Colours- Nomi Ansari whose collection titled ‘ISHQ’ was largely appreciated for its bold yet graceful colour scheme and intricate attention to detail, which also reflected in his bridal lehenga designs. The collection represented a matrimony of the old and the contemporary, the elegant and the playful, the stylish and the classy, meticulously crafted in hand-woven fabrics and inimitable embroidery techniques, carried out in his signature colourful fashion. The flamboyant red bridal lehengas are no less than a dream and bear the finesse and finish of a masterpiece, not to mention the intricate crystal embellishment and zardozi work which are unmistakable Ansari trademarks and are never compromised on.

Amir Adnan - Bridal Lehenga
Amir Adnan’s collection
Nomi Ansari - Bridal Lehenga
A stunning layered lehenga from Nomi Ansari’s collection
Nomi Ansari - Bridal Lehenga
A beautiful burgundy and red piece from Nomi Ansari’s collection

The podium was also graced by the bridal collection offered by the fashion prodigy Amina Yasmeen, who has emerged as a designer to be reckoned with for a decade now. Her splendid bridal lehenga collection was all about cuts and different patterns, which was displayed in a subtle and extremely classy selection of colours, the most prominent ones being ivory and emerald green, with a fascinating fusion of different layers of fabrics, heavy embroidery, zari and dabka work.  Her collection also featured saris and sherwanis for men, which received huge applause from the attendees.

Amina Yasmeen - Bridal Lehenga
Amina Yasmeen’s collection

The next collection to tantalize the audiences was that of Sana Abbas who mesmerized the spectators with her Maskali collection, which was an ensemble of flirty silhouettes and long feminine flares. The garments in the collection shone in pearly white colours with modest embellishments. In contrast to that, heavily embellished and brightly coloured bridal lehengas were the highlight of her bridal collection. The creative incorporation of pure fabrics such as chiffons, , jamawar and hand-woven silks in a beautiful palette, she skilfully infused traditional crafts such as  resham  mukesh, zardozi, with delicate embroideries in them, making it the perfect choice for the modern eastern bride.

Sana Abbas - Bridal Lehenga
Sana Abbas’s collection

Also joining the bridal wear bandwagon was the legendary Zainab Chottani, whose collection- Shehnai focused on grand, larger than life weddings and aimed at giving brides a dream to cherish.  The stunning bridal lehenga collection boasts of a variety of embroideries and embellishments such as gota work with chatapati, and traditional cuts flawlessly infused together. Having said that, the designer also ensures ease of movement and wearability in the bridal lehengas by using fabric which is very soft and in no way compromises with the comfort of the bride on the big day.  The prominent colour used in this wonderful bridal lehenga assortment is Peach with a hint of silver, which is an impressive deviation from the traditional red colour for the saris and bridal lehengas. The fresh and experimental nature of this impeccable line definitely makes it an assortment worth watching.

Zainab Chottani - Bridal Lehenga
A gorgeous piece from Zainab Chottani’s collection
Zainab Chottani - Bridal Lehenga
Pretty in peach pieces from Zainab Chottani’s collection

The ramp also saw the creative designs of none other than Zahid Khan, the genius behind Kuki Concepts. His collection at PBCW 2014, titled Bidai was based on gotas, traditional lehengas, cholis and rani coats. The highlights of these garments were the sophisticated cuts which added panache and a tint of modernism to the otherwise uber traditional attires.

Zahid Khan Bridal Lehenga
Zahid Khan’s collection

Yet another celebrated fashion designer to share his work at the PBCW 2014, was Deepak Perwani who received accolades especially for his renovation of the Pakistani bridal lehenga. His collection featured long open gowns, maxis, and frocks being used along with Lehengas as opposed to the traditional short kurtis accompanying the garment. The theme of this collection was the bygone Mughal influence, the silk route and the subcontinent which was reflected in the meticulously wielded embroidery work and breath taking cuts.

Deepak Perwani - Bridal Lehenga
A cream and gold lehenga from Deepak Perwani’s collection
Depak Perwani - Bridal Lehenga
A heavy black and gold lehenga from Deepak Perwani’s collection

Also to make a mark with his bridal collection at Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2014 was Zaheer Abbas. Popularly known as the designer to raise the bar of fashion with his surreal designs, Zaheer Abbas is also famous for being the brides’ favourite. His designs not only are an ode to the rich tradition of Pakistan but also reflect an infusion of modernity and style. His bridal lehenga collection is a burst of colours complemented by conventional embroidery, zari and dabka work.

Zaheer Abbas - Bridal Lehenga
A modern pink and cream ensemble from Zaheer Abbas’s collection

Though the week lasted for a mere 3 days, it surely left an impact of a lifetime. The unfathomable precision of intricate handiwork, the thought process behind the mesmerizing colour schemes, the effortless way in which these garments embellish the wearer, and the element of gravitas that they exude are not only elements which are difficult to imitate, but are also fashion trends that die hard.

So many beautiful bridal lehengas to choose from! Which one is your favourite? :)

So many beautiful bridal lehengas to choose from! Which one is your favourite? :) #beautiful #bridalwear

Anita Dongre's coral and cream lehenga is an exquisite choice for your Sangeet party!

Anita Dongre's coral and cream lehenga is an exquisite choice for your Sangeet party! #bridalwear #AnitaDongre #LFW #fashion

Popular Indian Wedding Lehenga Designers

Every bride dreams of a fairytale wedding in breathtaking bridal wear, be it an Indian wedding lehenga or a wedding saree, complete with exquisite jewellery and glorious red henna. When it comes to wedding shopping, brides these days want exclusive bridal wear designed by the best of the Indian wedding dress designers. We give you a quick glimpse of popular Indian Bridal designers whose designs have adorned many a beautiful brides.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre’s Jaipur Bridal Collection uses exquisite Gota Patti work on wedding lehengas and cholis with clean lines, perfect for the modern bride. The magnificent trousseau collection comes in an array of colours like pastel pink, lime green and beige. The heavy brocade work and intricate embroidery on the wedding lehengas add an opulent touch to the lehengas. If you are looking for a comfortable wedding dress without the usual heavy zari work, then Anita Dongre is the designer to go to. You can shop for her wedding lehengas here.

Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra

If you want a wedding lehenga or a wedding saree just like what your favorite actress wore on screen, chances are that it was designed by Manish Malhotra. Meet the man who has draped most of the popular Indian actresses in glittering wedding sarees and lehengas both on and off screen. His collections are vibrant, complete with delicate embroidery on rich fabrics. You can find wedding sarees and lehengas in his collection in georgette, raw silk, net, chiffon and brocade, with heavy embellishments in colours ranging from traditional red and green to more contemporary white and pinks.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

 Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Ask any Indian woman as to who is the most popular bridal wear designer in India and you are most likely to hear the name Sabyasachi Mukherjee. He is the man who has revived the use of many dying traditional Indian textiles and crafts through his wedding sarees and wedding lehengas. He is known for using fabrics in rich hues for his outfits, ranging from deep maroons to vibrant greens. Thread work, zardosi, gota work and brocade feature prominently in his designs. Every bride gunning for the traditional look should consider a Sabyasachi wedding lehenga or saree.

Rakesh Agarvwal

 Rakesh Agarvwal’s wedding sarees and lehengas

Rakesh Agarvwal’s wedding sarees and lehengas are a testament to his mastery over drape and embroidery. The designer has worked with numerous Indian actresses, styling them for their films and public appearances. His wedding sarees are known for their unique drapes and rich embellishments, be it in the form of a brooch or a belt. The wedding lehengas designed by Rakesh Agarvwal are a treat to the eyes. In his collections, you can find bright colours matched with beautiful heavy embroidery, both on the choli and the lehenga.

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani is among the most popular wedding trousseau designers in India. His clothes feature rich fabrics, heavy and elaborate embroidery and lavish use of the colour gold, spelling luxury all the way. He has dressed many a stunning brides in wedding sarees and wedding lehengas encrusted with sequins, Swarovski and pearls, enhanced by embroidery, zardosi and gota work. His clothes are made of the finest of the weaves and embody a rich appeal.

Now that you know about the popular Indian wedding dress designers, go ahead and pick your wedding ensemble from one of them. They are known to weave magic with textiles and their clothes will surely leave you feeling like a queen on your wedding day.

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Wedding Sarees and Lehengas Flaunted by Hollywood Divas

Who says wedding sarees and wedding lehengas are only a part of the elaborate Indian wedding trousseau? With the growing popularity of the Indian clothing, many Hollywood models and actresses are flaunting sarees and lehengas at events, social dos and on magazine covers. Here is a look at some famous Hollywood celebrities in wedding sarees and lehengas.

Paris Hilton in a Swarovski Saree

     Paris Hilton in a Swarovski Saree

Hotel heiress Paris Hilton posed for the Bridal issue of Marie Claire in a Swarovski studded Tarun Tahiliani saree. The gorgeous net saree in silver colour was studded with Swarovski crystals all over the body and had a rich embellished silver border. She paired it with an off shoulder embellished blouse and a studded bangle. Despite going easy on the accessories, she looked mind-blowing on the magazine cover.

Halle Berry in a Traditional Red Saree

Halle Berry in a Traditional Red Saree

In a scene in the movie Cloud Atlas, Halle Berry is seen wearing a traditional red wedding saree, complete with bangles and henna tattoo on her hands and a nose pin too, just like a newlywed Indian bride. She teams the heavily embroidered saree with a silk blouse with a zari border. Going by the way she carried herself, it is very hard to say that the outfit was donned by a non-Indian.

Victoria Beckham for Vogue India Bridal Issue

Victoria Beckham for Vogue India Bridal Issue

Victoria Beckham donned a Tarun Tahiliani Saree for the Vogue India Bridal Issue that featured wedding sarees and wedding lehengas by popular Indian designers. The gorgeous red saree with elaborate embellishments resembling a wedding lehenga completely complemented her complexion. Despite minimal accessories, she looked every part the regal bride.

Naomi Campbell in a Black Saree 

Naomi Campbell in a Black Saree

Naomi Campbell scorched the ramp in a black and gold wedding saree in black net with exquisite sequins work. The gold brocade border, gold floral embellishments along the border and the gold skirt added a lot of sparkle to the look. A chunky gold cuff was the sole accessory she sported with the saree.

Pamela Anderson in a Turquoise Wedding Lehenga

Pamela Anderson in a Turquoise Wedding Lehenga

Pamela Anderson sizzed on the screen in a turquoise wedding lehenga during the filming of a popular TV Show. The shimmering wedding lehenga came with a brocade blouse that stopped just short of the waist. The flowy lehenga with gold thread work ensured that she sparkled on the screen. She teamed the lehenga with matching gold and turquoise bangles,an emerald maang tika and a kundan necklace studded with emerald.

Liz Hurley in a Pink Wedding Lehenga 

Liz Hurley in a Pink Wedding Lehenga

Elizabeth Hurley chose a pink wedding lehenga for her wedding ceremony with Arun Nayyar. The wedding lehenga came with a beautifully crafted choli that fitted her like a dream. The beauty of the wedding lehenga was that you could not make out where the choli ended and where the lehenga began. The lehenga came with a floral climber design all over which she paired with sparkling diamond jewellery.

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