I love wedding dresses – dresses for brides, guests, and also for grooms. This is a special day and everyone has to be well-dressed! Here are some of the latest Indian wedding designer dresses. I published the ones that I love the most, but you can find other dresses created by famous Indian designers on this page: http://strandofsilk.com/special/indian-wedding/indian-wedding-clothes/wedding-dresses-and-gowns
Ok Mr Mukherjee, you have a convert. I admired your collections with a measured restraint, but the latest instalment has me converted to a hardcode Sabyasachi Mukherjee fan. Curious why? Read on.
Sabyasachi dropped the latest collection via Instagram – a beautiful collection that was shot in Rajasthan. The backdrop provided the perfect setting for the even more stunning clothes. There is a certain trademark style to Sabyasachi and this was evident in the collection. However, there is also a change in style from the “traditional” Sabyasachi style.
There is an even greater degree of sophistication in this collection and there seem to be a bolder use of colours. The floral inspiration and the cuts remain very similar to the trademark Sabya style. What has particularly caught my attention this time around is the range of the collection. You have vibrant colours, muted classic colours, prints – what more could you want!! But lets break down some of my favourite pieces from the collection by theme.
First there was detail
I love the fact that the details on each of the garments – Lehengas, Sherwanis – are so delicately executed. Usually you see similar motifs all over a designers’ collection, but as you see from these pictures, the motifs are very diverse and range from the traditional mango motify to the gorgeous floral inspired motifs.
Then there was colour
Of course Indian Wedding clothes have a lot of colour and panache, but the choice of colours here is what I love. The range of colours is unusual in my opinion – green sherwanis for example. I especially love the bright reds for both girls and men – the tone and shade of the reds is particularly interesting for me. It is bold and powerful – it make a statement and certainly creates presence.
Then there are the more usual-unusual colours like Teal, Orange, etc. These are great, but I have seen them used in the past, so these are not so unique for me. However, the combinations are again very different and worthy of second looks. The sherwani in the first picture that has chevron patterns in multiple colours – a very unique use of red.
And finally there was Print
Sabyasachi and floral prints are almost synonymous, so you’d expect to see a host of printed styles in the collection. And this one does not disappoint. I particularly like the water-colour finish to the florals, they look absolutely fantastic. And such a refreshing change from the OTT embroidered styles. These are perfect for a very classic look that can be styled so easily for a number of events.
Here are some more simply gorgeous pictures from the collection….
Girls, you just have to include this in your shopping list. You really cannot have a wedding without Sabya. That’s my latest mantra!
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!
I am very excited to be able to share the wedding of Preeti and Niraj by Sachi Anand Photography with you. Their wedding was a vibrant and colourful affair surrounded by luscious green gardens that made for a spectacular setting and resulted in some truly gorgeous photos.
Preeti wore a stunning pink and white lehenga, while Niraj looked dapper in a blue sherwani. The photos of the happy couple against the colourful flowers in the gardens creates a lovely dreamy aesthetic.
Some artistic photography techniques are employed by Sachi Anand Photography to focus in on the couple and small details in the wedding venue.
I keep getting asked by my friends, family and of course clients about the different shops in London where they can shop for Indian clothes. After doing research each time, and replying to all of them separately, I decided that it is time to make a comprehensive list of stores to shop Indian clothes in London.
This is an evolving list where I am going to keep adding the shops as I discover more, but for the moment represents everything I know about London. If I missed out your store and you would like to get included, please get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to add you to the list.
The list has been divided by broader London areas for convenience. And I have not included any online stores in this list – there might be a separate post about this!
I was recently contacted by Strand of Silk who wanted to tell me about their Indian wedding outfit generator. I must admit that I was dubious at first. However once I spent some time playing around with it I quickly changed my tune.
Putting it simply, the outfit generator is great and makes the task of figuring out what to wear for each of the many wedding ceremonies SO much easier.
I have so far attended three Indian weddings, so am still a relative newbie. Preparing for an Indian wedding as a guest can be very overwhelming and stressful. It has always amazed me that more attention hasn’t been paid helping guests choose their outfits.
I was personally very lucky when it came to my first Indian wedding because I had some incredibly helpful and patient friends – all with a great fashion sense – to help me along the way. However, even if you have someone who can talk you through each of the ceremonies and take you shopping, you still have accessories to think about. This is what is so great about this outfit generator – it explains what happens at each of the ceremonies, gives practical styling tips and makes sure you know what items of clothing are not appropriate to wear!
The Indian wedding outfit generator covers the Engagement ceremony, Haldi ceremony, Mehendi ceremony, Sangeet ceremony, Baarat ceremony, Wedding ceremony and Reception. What’s more it isn’t just aimed at female guests, but also has male guest, family of the couple and bridesmaids covered too.
Along with styling tips, the page also contains several lookbooks which serve as great inspiration and a series of related blog posts in-case you feel you need even more information.
The Indian wedding outfit generator is incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is select who you are and which ceremony you are going to and the styling tips, lookbooks and blog posts will appear. If you like the products you see, you can purchase them straight away with a simple click that takes you straight to the product page.
For anyone attending an Indian wedding for the first time, this page is invaluable. I do however also think that this page is very useful for the most seasoned Indian wedding goer, because the lookbooks (outfit suggestions) and blog posts are a great source of inspiration.
Most people who have planned a wedding will agree that when the process of holy matrimony is described as ‘Hooked, Booked and Cooked’ it is very succinctly and accurately depicting the state of mind of the soon-to-be hitched couple. To say there are a million decisions a day to be made is putting it mildly and it only gets more complicated when you factor in having to agree with your significant other (and sometimes his family too) on everything, topped off with the bane of all wedding planning efforts – Unsolicited Advice!
Throw in a some emotionally charged high octane disagreements with your to-be, friends and siblings who have never planned a wedding before either, Google searches with 10,000 plus results on every query, finished off with quotes for everything far exceeding anything you could afford to pay and chances are that you’re ready to just give up and make a run for it to a land where there is no word for ‘wedding’ in the local vocabulary.
If you’re reading this and screaming… Yes! Yes! Yes!…for every point and are also planning an Indian wedding then there is little doubt that you have a serious score to settle with Google for being completely biased and sending mostly western wedding inspiration websites your way. Few bridal websites cater to Indian wedding planning and fewer still are even worthy of your precious time.
However if Google brought you to this page then you might as well kiss and make up because this article sums up the best wedding websites to help your navigate through the strenuous Indian wedding planning waters.
This little hidden gem of a bridal website is the ultimate resource for uber stylish and utterly cool Indian wedding inspirations. Browse through their vast and all encompassing sections of photos and real weddings for some truly unique ideas. And to translate those wedding fantasies into reality search through the list of talented featured vendors divided up by Indian and international locations.
Consider it Wedmegood’s younger cousin that is more focussed on actual planning versus wedding inspiration. Find everything from astrologers to dieticians to cooking classes based on your Indian city of choice plus some very nifty little tools for budget management, checklists and notes. The website also features some interestingly written articles with tips and tricks that will come in handy any time. For those outside India, the website also features upcoming wedding related events and exhibitions happening all over the country so you can plan any shopping trips around the time.
For those days when you’ve had enough of all the logistics and technicality of wedding planning distract yourself with undoubtedly the best bit of getting married – SHOPPING! Strandofsilk.com features luscious Indian designer wear from fashion favourites like Anita Dongre, MandiraWirk and Narendra Kumar for the luxefashionistas. While boho and kitschy labels like Myoho, Sougat Paul and The Purple Sack are for the spunky princesses who like their fashion with a little bit of an earthy edge. Strandofsilk.com makes Indian wedding shopping online an effortlessly smooth process so you don’t have to give up that long awaited and much needed spa weekend with the girls because you’re out last minute shopping.
Gift registries are a borrowed but much appreciated wedding custom from western weddings that has every modern young couple breath a sigh of relief. Lets face it no one wants yet another glass casserole or old school Indian cooking appliances that take up way too much space in an already too small first home. Catering mainly in the UK, Weddingshop.com allows couples to create a gift registry that is completely personalised and useful to their future lives as man and wife.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This post is provided by Strand of Silk, an online retailer of contemporary Indian fashion and bridal wear.
In a country whose basis of unity, arises not from the similarity, but the diversity of its people, it doesn’t come as a surprise when the festivities take multifarious forms as well. One comes across starkly contrasting cultures and traditions without even having to leave the country. Speaking of festivities and jamboree, which other celebration could kindle more euphoria than a good old Indian wedding! And believe it or not, like many other happy occasions celebrated in India, a wedding too has many a genre (and many kind of indian bridal dresses). So whether its north, south, east or west, every wedding is different from the rest!
If weddings in a country can be of so many styles, why on earth should the bride’s wedding dress be much behind? Unlike the West, where most brides don a white wedding gown for their special day, in India, brides wear different colours and attires depending on their culture and the state they come from. Quite aptly reflecting the spectacular melange of the motherland, Indian Bridal dresses are so varied and rich in culture, that they deserve special mention. So let’s take it from the top! (Pun intended).
In the land of Kashmir, beautifully embroidered red, pink or yellow lehengas, are the norm when it comes to bridal dresses. Kashmiri Pandit brides are also known to wear a head gear, called Kalpush, which is essentially an extensive cap folded three or four times and lined with silk or cotton from the inside. The Dupatta is put over the Kalpush, which enhances the look of the bride.
When it comes to accessorising, antique gold jewellery makes quite the style statement with moderately done makeup. The bride adorns intricate necklaces, gold bangles around the wrists and Paayal and toe ring in her feet. Another unique ornament worn by the Kashmiri bride, is the Dejharoo, which is a pair of gold pendants hanging by a gold chain worn as earrings. In addition to this, a two meter long waist band also forms an integral part of the bride’s outfit.
Kashmiri Muslim brides on the other hand, wear a long loose fitting robe known as Pheran which is quite beautifully embroidered and is well suited to the cold weather conditions of Kashmir. It is usually Red in colour and is worn with a head gear similar to that worn by the Kashmiri Pundit brides, but is known as the Kasaba. It is held tight by silver pins and trinkets and decorated with gold embroidery and embellishments of silver pendants hanging on the forehead.
Although there is so much diversity within the two kinds of Kashmiri bridal outfits, it can also be seen that they are quite similar in many ways, thus making them some of the most unique Indian bridal dresses.
Punjabis are known to be fun-loving and enthusiastic people who do not miss a single chance to celebrate their culture. The bridal attire for a Punjabi bride is usually a lehenga or salwar-kameez. The colour of the bridal attire is generally very bright which compliments the brides’ fair skin-tone. The salwar kameez consists of a long, straight blouse going below the knees, with two slits on either side. This garment is called the kameez and can be seen in tons of different colors, embroideries, pleating, and other embellishments. The salwar on the other hand, is flared with a horizontal band at the end. This look is incomplete without the traditional duppata or scarf worn in front.
Punjabi brides carry off this look with great ease and perfection, thus listing Punjab as one of the most stylish states, when it comes to Indian bridal dresses.
With changing times, many Indian Bridal dresses have become subject to miscellany, but when it comes to Gujarati wedding attires, ethnicity is the key. The style of wearing the sari is unique, with the Pallav facing the front, instead of the back, like in most Indian bridal dresses. There are basically two types of wedding saris for a Gujarati bride, one of them is the Panetar which is basically a white sari arnamented with a red Bandhini border, and the other type is the Gharchola which is a red Bhandini sari crisscrossed with woven gold squares, that enclose bandhini motifs. Though red is considered as the most auspicious colour for the bride, now-a-days contemporary colours and experimental designs have also become a hot favourite option for the brides-to-be. Designer bridal lehangas available in different shades are also gaining momentum and are substituting the traditional sarees.
The Maharashtrians are very simple and down-to-earth people, so naturally, their wedding attire too tends to be less bedazzled and ornamented than other Indian bridal dresses. The traditional attire for Maharashtrian brides is the Paithani saree. It tends to be single or dual coloured, mostly gold, yellow, or green with beautifully embellished golden borders. The Maharashtrian brides have been known to favour the colour green, and why not! The splendid green colour of the Marathi bridal dress gives it an edge over other Indian bridal dresses which are usually red in colour. The paithani sarees have thick, oblique-square designs on the borders, with motifs of peacocks, kaleidoscopes, parrots etc. in the pallu of the saree. Along with this, traditional gold jewellery with simplistic makeup add the finishing touches to this amazing piece of garment. No wonder the Marathi wedding outfit is one of the best Indian Bridal Dresses.
Much like the Marathi weddings, Bengali weddings too are humble and unpretentious affairs. A Bengali bride’s traditional wedding sari is usually made in Banaras silk, white in colour with a red, maroon or pink border. The sari, though simple in appearance, exudes elegance and grace with gold zari or buta work. These wedding saris also come with amazingly done motifs, which gives the entire outfit, a very ethereal look, further accentuated by sophisticated pearl and kundan jewellery. The Bengali bride also dons a head gear called Mukut, and her make-up also consists of artistically designed red and white dots on the sides, and a big red bindi in the centre of her forehead. Reflecting beauty and elegance, the Bengali bride is certainly a gem for the onlookers, as much as the Bengali Wedding saree is a gem for the Indian Bridal dresses.
Like in many other Indian bridal dresses, the traditional wedding attire for a Rajasthani bride is a Lehenga, which is essentially a three piece garment consisting of a blouse called the Choli, a long skirt called the Ghagra and a Dupatta or a scarf, which beautifully complements the former.
A lot of Gota work is used on the Rajasthani version of the Indian bridal dress. The impressive use of appliqué, with intricate patterns that are embroidered in fine gold threads, not to mention the Zari ribbon, enhance the richness and beauty of this bridal outfit manifold.
Rajasthani brides are known to splurge on lots of jewelry for their wedding day, that mainly consists of a Rakhri which is a circular piece of jewelry for the forehead, Balis or hanging earrings, the Chooda which is a set of gold and ivory bangles, Timaniyaan – which is a choker studded with uncut diamonds and jems embedded in gold leaf, Bichuye – gold anklets, Bajubandh or stone-studded armlets, and a Nath – a nose ring. The distinctive outfit and extraordinary jewelry, not only add to the look of a Rajasthani bride, but also make the Rajasthani wedding attire stand out from all other Indian bridal dresses.
Marked with modesty and soberness, Assamese weddings are attractive and beautiful in their own way. The traditional dress worn by the Assamese bride is called a Mekhla, which is a garment generally created from Muga silk, and adorned with gold and silver threads. Mekhla is quite an interesting ensemble, as it surely appears like a sari, but unlike the usual single cloth saree, mekhla comprises of two to three pieces of clothing, a feature which distinguishes it from other Indian Bridal dresses.
The first part of the Mekhla is worn as a skirt and the other half is draped like an anchal of the sari. The fabric on the anchal part is light-weight and flowy, whereas the fabric of the skirt is ornamented with a broad border and embroidery and is relatively heavier in texture. These Mekhlas are designed in a myriad of rich colors such as blue, green, yellow and red, which is again a distinguishing feature of this Indian bridal dress.
For the Assamese bride, jewelry is the most important form of accessory. Most of this jewelry is made of gold and is worn in contemporary or traditional designs, but some Assamese jewelry is also made by hand, and is called Jun Biri. The Jun Biri designs are immensely inspired by nature, musical instruments and various Assamese household goods, a form which is never seen in any other Indian Bridal dresses.
Telugu brides are known to wear red silk sari for the big day, as this color is considered to be very auspicious, which also holds good for many other Indian bridal dresses. The bride can also choose a color that is similar to red, such as crimson or orange, the main idea being that it should be bright. The attire is then aptly matched with traditional pieces of jewelry in gold and pearls.
In Tamil Nadu, gorgeous Kanchipuram saris make up the dress code for the wedding day. For ages, rich silk Kanchipuram sari has been the hallmark of any Tamil bride’s wedding ceremony. Replete with traditional motifs, the six yard long sari, apart from gold thread work, also has magnificent sequins and embroidery work, making it one of the most elegant Indian bridal dresses.