Category: Indian Wedding Dresses

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

Indian Bridal Dresses: Five Traditional Dresses You Just Can’t Ignore

India has always been big on traditions and customs. In fact they are the true essence of India. Each Indian state has its own set of rituals, customary food and clothes that make them unique. Many such cultures are slowly dying with people opting for modern alternatives. For the revival of said beautiful customs and practices, we have put together a list of breath taking traditional Indian bridal dresses.

The Pheran

Nargis Fakhri in Rockstar dressed as a typical Kashmiri Bride in the complete attire. The brides wear a loose fitting shirt known as the Pheran which is most suitable for the cold climate. Indian bridal dresses such as these are accessorised with jewellery and a head gear known as the Kasaba which is a piece of cloth. The Kasaba is embroidered and embellished with silver trinkets that hang on the forehead.

The Pheran
The Pheran

The Kanjeevaram Sari

A traditional Tamil bride wears a beautiful and elegant 9 yard Kanjeevaram silk Sari in bright colours and brocade work. Heavy traditional jewellery like the Oddiyanam or waist belt, Nethichutty or maang tika, Vanki or arm band and Maangamalai a mango shaped necklace is worn.

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Kanjeevaram Saree

The Gharara

Most Muslim brides opt for a very traditional Indian dress called the ‘Gharara’. The Gharara originated in Lucknow during the era of Nawabs. It consists of a kurti, dupatta and wide legged pants that are ruched at the knees and flare gracefully. Indian bridal dresses such as these are the epitome of elegance.

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Gharara

Princess Mehrun-nisa of Rampur is seen dressed up as a typical Muslim bride with the traditional gharara and jewellery like the Mathapatti and Jhumar. In most Ghararas, the kurti is left plain while the dupatta is wrought with heavy brocade, and embroidery. The flared pants are paid the most attention ranging from chiffon, to Kamkhab and Benarasi material with intricate zari and zardozi work.

Gharara
Gharara

The Paithani

A Maharashtrian bride is incomplete with the traditional Indian dress, Paithani. Paithani is a silk sari hand-woven in Aurangabad. They have detailed patterns and motifs like the border has oblique and slanting patterns while the pallu usually has a peacock made on it. Traditionally, the brides only wore yellow and golden Paithanis for their Indian bridal dresses, but over the years the colours blue and green have increased in popularity. The jewellery is somewhat heavy with a gold choker and several other long necklaces, traditional Marathi jhumkas, mango shaped nose rings and a bajuband or armband.

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Violet Paithani
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Orange Paithani

The Mekhla Chadar

The traditional wedding dress of Assam is the Mekhla Chadar an off white or cream sari made of Muga silk. It is characterized by striking golden silk embroidery all over the sari. It actually consists of three different pieces of clothing meticulously draped so that it distinctly resembles a sari. The traditional Assamese jewellery is called the Jun Biri which is handmade wrought with coloured stones and is half-moon shaped. The Maang tika is a very important element of these Indian bridal dresses, as it has typical Assamese motifs.

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Mekhla

Be beautiful. Be opulent. Go traditional with your Indian bridal dresses!

 

Stunning Indian Bridal Dresses captured through Gurvir Johal’s creative lens

Photographer Gurvir Johal creates magic through his stunning bridal photography, with the goal of capturing images that will re-live through time. There is such uniqueness and a flair of sophistication to Gurvil’s photography. Indeed, nothing compares to the sheer beauty of brides captured in their Indian wedding dresses for their bridal portraits. Whether brides are seen posing in white Indian bridal dresses or traditional red bridalwear, the images speaks a thousand words of elegance and sophistication. He transports brides to beautiful and lavish settings such as in front of stunning architecture and intricate outdoor domes, reminiscent of a fairytale love story. Each image paints a stunning and beautiful story, and the bride’s elegance is captured exquisitely through their Indian wedding dresses.

Indian bridal dresses are an extension of the bride on one of the most special days of her life. Not only does the bridalwear emanate a bride’s radiance and beauty, but makes her feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. A quick tip for Indian brides wanting to look absolutely stunning and glamorous in their bridal portraits: Choose Indian bridal dresses that make you feel like the most beautiful woman in the world as it is one of the most important days of your life! Also remember to trust the photographer, he knows best!

Did you already choose your wedding dress for the D-Day?

All photography courtesy: Gurvir Johal

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A stunning shot of a bride
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A beautiful bride getting ready for her big day!
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A romantic shot captured from the top of the staircase
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A creative bridal portrait capturing the bride’s beauty
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A romantic couples shot in front of the sunset
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A beautiful black and white shot of a bride
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A beautiful black and white shot capturing the emotion at a wedding
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A beautiful bride posing for her bridal portrait

A Treat for the Bridesmaids: Feminine Anarkali Dresses & Fancy clutches

The bridesmaid plays a significant role at a wedding. The ideal bridesmaid should be supportive, helpful, understanding and always available. We all know that a bride needs to look the absolute best on her wedding day. Other than the bride, the bridesmaid’s choice of attire and accessories play a significant role at a wedding!

The bridesmaid image below is from Jacob and Pauline’s photography, and how stunning is it! I love the electric colours and overall fun vibe of the bridesmaid dresses. The sweet pastel shades of lilac, powder blue and lemony yellow, with pops of fuchsia and orange in their bouquets is completely fresh and the styling is so on point! It is definitely a breath of fresh air against the traditional subtle shades of bridesmaid dresses. Now, what do you think of the clutch bags they are carrying? Aren’t they simply adorable! These watermelon, lemon and orange clutches not only infuses creativity in the bridesmaid dresses, but also gives the outfit an oh so fun twist!

This super stylish wedding took place in Hackney Church with the couple opting for a super colourful wedding and defying tradition. This is exactly what this post is about – embracing being different, whether it is through your wedding venue to your wedding attire and accessories!

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Stunning wedding shot from Jacob and Pauline Photography.

In Indian weddings, a bridesmaid’s outfit can range anywhere from sarees, gowns or anarkali dresses. The latter, anarkali dresses are a fantastic option to flaunt at your best friend’s wedding. Anarkali dresses are not only elegant, but also give that comfort and ease of movement during a wedding. You also never know what last minute errands you may need to run at your friend’s big day! The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable or be tripping over you indian wedding outfit.

Anarkali dresses are composed of a long kurta top, bottoms usually in the form of tight fitted churidar pants, and a dupatta pulling together the colours and designs of the kurta top. A long, flowy anarkali dress can make any woman look and feel elegant and beautiful! Indeed, the trend of anarkali dresses has captured the hearts of various Bollywood beauties as well. If they can carry off this trend fabulously, then so can you!

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Bridesmaids in pretty purple anarkali dresses at a wedding.

Anarkali dresses are indeed a stunning bridesmaid option, and equally important are the accessories you choose to pair with your outfit. Yes, it may be an Indian wedding that you are attending, but you can still experiment with your choice of handbag! Jacob and Pauline’s photography has certainly triggered my creative juices, and here I present to you some oh so unique clutch bags to pair with your anarkali dresses. These options are fun, fresh and feminine, and will inject an instant style quotient into your outfit.

The Wild Side

These grey anarkali dresses make great options for a bridesmaid dress. I especially love the element of different borders on the outfits! This gives the anarkali dresses a sense of uniqueness, whilst adhering to the bridesmaid dress code, so that you don’t begin appearing like clones of each other! These grey anarkali dresses have the right amount of embellishment and detailing to them, from the elegant lace and silver embroidered neckline, to the gorgeous gold and colour block border.

Whilst grey would not be my ideal choice for a bridesmaid anarkali dress, the colour appears so rich in this outfit. Speaking of out-of-the-box clutch bags, these fabric clutch bags will surely add a unique touch to your outfit! See below an orange butterfly fabric clutch and green floral clutch that will make splendid accessories for these anarkali dresses. Whilst clutch bags with Indian embellishment and embroidery are stunning, with these fabric clutch bag options, it’s all about infusing your bridesmaid outfit with a bit of creativity. This outfit allows you to venture to the wild side and flutter confidently through the crowds. A wild colourful bouquet of pink, orange and red with green leaves will add the perfect finishing touch to your look.

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Explore the wild side with these stunning grey anarkali dresses, paired with these unique fabric clutches.

Floral Garden Party

This second bridesmaid look is a white and pink anarkali dress with a feminine bordered dupatta. The best thing about this anarkali dress is that it is simple, without any bling or heavy embellishment, yet creates a beautiful impact.

Now, I am absolutely obsessed with Kate Spade New York, as their products are fun, bold, colourful and quirky. This lemondrop – small lella clutch, covered with faceted gems is the perfect accessory for this anarkali dress. The gold pineapple clasp adds the icing on the cake. Simple anarkali dresses such as these will look stunning at a daytime wedding event, and even better within a magical floral garden setting! Add the finishing touch to this pretty in pink number with a pleasant pink bouquet with hints of yellow. Opt for light pink and peach hues in your makeup look for a fresh, glowing look.

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A floral garden party look with a pink and white embroidrey anarkali dress and a pineapple clutch.

Painting the Town Red

Who says bridesmaids can’t wear red? Yes, as long as you don’t steal the bride’s limelight! In fact, opting for colours similar to the brides wedding attire, such as red, gold and cream creates a coherent look and will look stunning in photographs! These photographs will be memories for a lifetime, so why not embrace the gorgeous red hue! An important thing to remember is that your bridesmaid anarkali dresses do not have to be identical to each other. Opt for similar hues and cut, but with different necklines and prints, to mix it up! See some beautiful options for anarkali dresses below.

Kotur’s pearce metal and Perspex octagonal clutch is a super unique choice to pair with your anarkali dresses. Ditch the typical rectangular clutch bags and go for this eye-catching octagonal shape clutch that is stylish, glamorous and has a touch of whimsy. Whilst this clutch will make you shine, do you want to take it a notch further to really stand out in a crowd? This chatterbox phone box clutch by Charlotte Olympia will rightly fulfill your wish! Charlotte Olympia’s handbag designs will add an instant wave of quirky cool to your outfit. The gold glitter globe clutch is also by Kotur and will complement the anarkali dresses beautifully. The glitter and sequins floating in the clutch bag will ensure that you will glimmer with every step.

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Stunning red anarkali dresses with unique gold clutches

A Bookish Culture

This rich gold and cream anarkali dress, with maroon piping is yet another stunning choice for a bridesmaid. You can never go wrong with this subtle, yet regal colour and it is so on trend right now! In fact, these hues dominate designers Rabani and Rakha’s collection at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15. Twirling around in this number will make you feel like a gold goddess no doubt. Pair this look with nude, glowing makeup and accessorise with a pop of burgundy in your heels.

This Lolita book clutch is definitely treading the waters of uniqueness. I absolutely love it; it’s simple, yet creates an instant impact. And have you noticed the gorgeous floral print in the interior of the clutch bag? All the more reason to open your bag multiple times and touch up your make-up! This clutch bag couldn’t be more pretty and feminine, and is the perfect accessory with your cream and gold anarkali dresses.

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Pair your gorgeous cream and gold anarkali dress with a unique book clutch.

Remember, as a bridesmaid, think outside the box and opt for unique pieces to make yourself stand out. Pairing feminine anarkali dresses with fancy clutches may just be the right formula to achieve that glam, comfortable and chic look. To all the bridesmaids to be…start planning your dream team outfit now! 😉

Image sources: Fashion mix, Lushlee, Sapphire, Nordstrom, Fashion Bride, Neiman Marcus, Adoreness, Mine Forever App

Which look is your favourite?Bipasha's exquisite royal look or Nargis's pretty in pink look at Lakme Fashion Week? :)

Which look is your favourite?Bipasha's exquisite royal look or Nargis's pretty in pink look at Lakme Fashion Week? :)

Best Dressed and Top Fashion Looks at the IIFA Awards 2014

Deepika Padukone at the IIFA Awards 2014

Bollywood’s young brigade definitely ruled the green carpet at the IIFA Awards, showcasing a gorgeous section of Indian fashion and designers with unique styles, impressing myself, and the fans with their elegance and originality.

I have personally chosen each of these looks as I love the diversity, embellishment and colours of each of the gowns which were proudly shown off as the stars one by one graced the green carpet. Vaani Kapoor specifically stood out for me, showcasing a stunning embellished gold tone backless dress by Raakesh Agarvwal, a sure favourite of mine. The highly embellished gowns in general were definitely my preference amongst the fashion designs; it’s a key look for this season and is extremely flattering and stands out from a crowd.

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Kalki Koechlin was a key example of how to wear embellishment, wearing Gaurav Gupta, she stood out at the IIFA Awards in this dazzling soft coloured number detailed with shoulder padding detail and long sleeves which created a princess style look.

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Deepika Padukone had opted for a red gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad, she looked gorgeous in this figure hugging lace number and simple updo hairstyle, and although the dark berry lips weren’t for everyone, I personally loved them! In general lip colour at the IIFA Awards was very neutral and nude, a trend and overall fashion look that has taken this season by storm, and successfully completes every look. Especially for brides, a nude lip creates a subtle but noticeable make-up look, which will go with almost every gown colour and style.

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All in all, I’d say that the Indian wedding dresses and gowns and fashion showcased at the IIFA Awards are some of the best I’ve seen for a long time, they had me wishing I owned half of them!

Here is a selection of some of my favourite styles from the IIFA Awards

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India Couture Week Highlights

This post is a visual treat and I am going to just put some very nice pictures I found on Harper’s Bazaar from the India Couture Week. A lot of different places covered the event, but I like these pictures because they look natural and not artificial or from the ramp.

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Anju Modi – Love the short Jackets
Anju Modi - Headpieces at the India Couture Week
Anju Modi – the headpieces are so nice!
Anju Modi at the India Couture Week
Anju Modi – the look here is so southern Italian !
Manish Arora at the India Couture Week
What inspirational headgear !
Manish Arora at the India Couture Week
Manish Arora – LOVE the makeup!

As I started to look at the images again, I realised that there are a lot of pictures that I love for different reasons, so there might be more posts about India Couture Week in the future!

The event was interesting because it really highlighted the high-fashion side of Indian clothes – one that is normally dominated by a lot of commercial designs and styles.

Top 5 Inspiring Bollywood Movies !

Aisha : Fairy Tale Love Story

This movie has it all drama , love , youth, comedy , fashion , romance. The movie is inspired by the novel written by Jane Austen called ‘Emma’. If you have seen the hollywood movie ‘Clueless‘ is almost the 21st century remake of the same movie. The bollywood movie also emphasizes on how two people who are most unlikely to fall in love land up getting married ; drama and misunderstanding between loved ones and how friendship in the High society is just a unestablished relationship! But , the adorable love and understanding between Aisha(Sonam Kapoor) and Arjun(Abhay Deol) definitely will make you fall in love and value it equally! ♥♥

aisha : bollywood movie that will inspire you to get married

Bride and Prejudice aka ballah ballah Amritsar to LA : Cross over Romance

Another movie which was inspired by the novel called Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen . The movie is directed in a more Desi-version featuring the gorgeous bollywood movie actress Aishwarya Rai and the Hollywood actor handsome Martin Henderson. Its a very beautiful portrayed story about how two different cultural background individual fall in love after going though alot of drama , disappointment , distrust ,etc.

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Monsoon Wedding : Desi Love story

Monsoon wedding is a very fun and jolly movie , It has all the double meaning and the adult comedy which is super hilarious and how dis-functionally Punjabi- hindu wedding is celebrated.The songs , actors , actress and the monsoon is the perfect reason this Bollywood movie , will totally inspire you to get married! 🙂

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Band Baaja Baaraat : Typical Love story

Its a very simple yet beautiful filmed love story . Its about how a girl and a guy are friends start a business and the girl falls in love with the guy. When the guy gets to know the girl has fallen in love with him. He acts like a jerk and the girl eventually starts hating him. But , as their business is connected to each other , they start talking and finally both fall in love with each other. How Typical isn’t it. But Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh both have done a magnificent work in this Bollywood movie as a typical Delhites

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Hum Saat Saat Hai : Family Drama

Its one of the best movies that portrays the functioning of a joint Indian family. All the drama , love hate , emotions , understanding , marriage everything is so brilliantly directed. It definitely touched all the Indian hearts and looking at such a happy and close netted family , It definitely inspired to have such a Big fat asian wedding !!

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Browse here for Bollywood-inspired Indian wedding dresses and other Indian wedding jewellery!

Find Your Dream Wedding Dress in UK (Part 2)

In part 1 I started explaining why it doesn’t make sense to travel across the world to buy your wedding dress. I will now continue…

I have heard enough stories of people flying back to India because their customised outfit fitted horribly or was completely the wrong style. Getting the perfect fit is vital and if you have already spent a lot you will do anything to make sure it is faultless, even if it means flying back and forth.

What’s worse is if you can’t take time off work to fix the problem because you used up all your leave days the first time around! This leads me onto my next point…

Is it worth taking time off work to search for something you might not even find? Don’t forget you also need time off during wedding week (or month for some!)

So unless you plan to visit for a long period of time (to travel or see family) I don’t think it’s worth it, especially because you could end up finding nothing – you would have wasted precious time and most importantly money!

But where to find your fairy tale wedding dress in UK?! There are numerous Indian fashion retailers offering beautiful bridalwear (and accessories) in the UK- it all depends on your taste and budget!

Indian Wedding Dress and JewelleryPopular choices with brides in the UK are:

a. Strand of Silk – Offers latest fashion and bridalwear collections from some of the best Indian designers (personal favourite – beautiful choices for all tastes and budgets!)

b. RDC London – Asian fashion and bridal wear boutique in East London

c. Onitaa – Specialises in Indian and Pakistani Designer Clothing

d. Aashni + Co – Offers exclusive couture bridal dresses

e. Phulkari London – Offers collections of Asian fashion designers from India and Pakistan

These retailers sell stunning wedding outfits with various styles, colours and special services.

Watch out for the next post which will give you more details on what each of these bridal stores have to offer!