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

Find Your Dream Wedding Dress in UK (Part 1)

How many stories have you heard from friends, family or even strangers about their unfortunate experience of travelling to India or Pakistan to find their wedding dress? I have heard too many!

Wearing a beautiful and extravagant wedding outfit is the requirement for all Asian brides, but who said you have to travel across the world to find it?

Many Indians in the UK believe that buying your wedding dress from India is the cheapest/best option, but this is often not the case.

Why?

There are hundreds of shops in India offering many beautiful choices, but which shops are offering the best quality, designers and prices? You need to be careful.

Firstly, prices in India are not as cheap as you might think. India is known for its bargaining habits which is why many shops start prices high, meaning that unless you have good bargaining skills you will struggle to get reasonable prices! What’s worse is that some shops don’t even have price labels for their garments – if you seem clueless, desperate or unaware, they will surely take you for a ride.

So unless you are aware of the best local shops and their prices, you will need to rely on local friends or family to accompany you – and that’s if you are lucky enough to have any!

Then there are travel expenses – getting an air fare cheaper than £400 to India is nearly impossible. And let’s not forget about hotel expenses which keep increasing the longer you stay – finding your dream outfit should not be rushed! Find Dream Wedding Dress in UK So before you know it, with just the cost of travel and stay, it could easily match the cost of a gorgeous wedding dress!

There are various reasons why travelling from UK to India is not (usually) worth it. In the next post I will continue, as well as provide you with a list of popular bridal fashion retailers in the UK.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014: Wedding Dresses Inspiration

March was a month of fashion with Lakme Fashion Week 2014 followed by Wills India Fashion Week 2014. These fashion extravaganzas saw many respected names in the fashion industry showcasing their impressive collections. So get some inspiration for your wedding dresses from these experts in the fashion world!

Designer Tarun Tahiliani opened the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2014 on a royal note. Tarun’s gold rush royal collection was full of beautiful silhouettes, mughal cameos and temple necklines.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014 Shilpa Shetty Tarun TahilianiActress Shilpa Shetty with her high glamour walked the ramp in a multi-colored kanjeevaram skirt and well fitted cropped corset blouse in Tarun’s creation.

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Styles

The designer’s collections consisted of ethnic saris with waist belts, dhoti pants, fully embellished, lehenga choli printed jackets, lungi skirts, kaftans with belts and intricate salwar pants which looked great!.

High collared blouses gave a regal and feminine touch to silhouettes. The dori and gota lehengas paired with brocade blouses were also a gorgeous part of his collection.

Embellished blouses, silk drapes, rich Indian heritage sari, jamawar work, corset blouses and the seven-stringed necklace also looked very appealing.

Colours

Rich tones of tapestry with a color palette ranging from a perfect blend of blacks, whites and beige, emerald, topaz kesar and deep blue.

Another talented Indian designer, Poonam Dube showcased his collection of traditional wedding dresses at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014 Poonam Dube

These dresses indeed showcased the creativity of Poonam Dubey’s designs.

Styles

Short blouses with chunet type lehengas, printed maxi’s and Marathi style sarees.

The dresses were embellished with fancy tassels, trimmed laces and were made of fabrics such as chiffon, cotton, viscose & self print stuffs.

Colours

White, yellow, copper, baby pink, brown, blue & cream.

So there you have it, from Lakme Fashion Week 2014 Bridal Collections to Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014, you can get plenty of wonderful ideas for your wedding outfits! Remember, you don’t have to follow the trend – use these as inspiration but have your own style!

Summer Wedding Inspiration: Be Practical

Wedding season is just around corner and this will be coinciding with what is supposed to be a very hot summer. But we all know indian attire is not always a practical option for a summer wedding. But there is a way to get around this problem by choosing your outfits wisely for a summer wedding.

Weddings imply a ‘dress to impress’ code and by this we assume the heaviest garments. But let’s not forget that:

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”

….and so, you can still impress whilst being practical!

Light and bright

Ditch the heavy, blingy oufits for contemporary styles, lighter fabrics and fewer embellishments.

For anarkalis and gowns, opt for chic flowy and innovative cuts with no sleeves.  Easy to wear fabrics such as net, chiffon, georgette and cotton should be worn.

For lehengas and sarees, you can use the heat as an excuse to wear something a bit more risqué by showing some flesh with unique cuts. Light fabrics such as net georgette, net with satin lining, satin and crepe are practical summer wedding choices.

So you can be practical and still turn heads by choosing light, bright and innovative options. Here are some inspiring summer wedding looks from Lakmé Fashion Week 2014:

Summer Wedding Styles Karisma Kapoor Lakme Fashion Week

Summer Wedding Inspiration Lakme Fashion Week 2014 Koesch Vik

Summer Wedding Saree Lakme Fashion Week Designer Jyotsna Tiwari

Summer Wedding Lakme Fashion Week Fashion Designer Manish Malhotra

Summer Wedding Designer Jyotsna Tiwari at LFW 2014

Summer Wedding Priyanka Chopra Lakme Fashion Week

Browse more glamorous Indian wedding dresses here!

 

Bridal Collections: LFW 2014 (Part 2)

The much-awaited Lakmé Fashion Week 2014 showcased stunning collections from innovative and well respected designers, with beautiful bollywood stars as their showstoppers.

Lakme Fashion Week Stowstoppers

Here is Part 2 of the Bridal Collections showcased at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. Get more inspiration from these talented designers for your lavish wedding!

Designer Anushree Reddy’s ‘The Tale of a Bow’ bridal collections had customising vintage zardozi work with a touch of bling sequence work on fabrics such as malkha, chanderi, mulmul, kota, tulle and satin in forms of elaborate drapes.

Styles

Exaggerated volume was meticulously tailored to create dramatic anarkalis, crop blouses, sarees and lehengas. To create the vintage and antique look, zardozi had been especially dyed with tea leaves.

Colours

An interesting colour palette of vintage pink, grey, teal blue, soft blush contrasted with strong blood red and pure untouched natural beige dominated the collection.

Stunning Ileana D’cruz was the showstopper for Anushree Reddy’s beautiful bridal collections.

Bridal Collections Ileana D'Cruz Anushree Reddy LFW 2014 Bridal Collections Ileana D'Cruz walks for Anushree Reddy LFW 2014

 

Designer Tarun Tahiliani’s show opened with his fabulous collections such as a black lean gown followed by bolero with embroidered draped dhoti pants.

Styles

Models entered the runway wearing  a black and white serenade of kurtas, bridal saris with knitted lace gilets, drawstring kaftan, dhoti sari, lehenga cholis with net dupattas and kalidaar embellished kurtas.

Following this,Tarun opened a Pandora’s Box of delicious relaxed ready-to- wear resort fashion in sorbet shades. Summer cottons and sushi voiles came alive with thread and chikan work. Ombre added shades to chiffon saris while kimkhab kurtas were a vision in sheer silk.

Colours

Colours caused a riot on the ramp, as indigo, mustard, fuchsia turned into sunset hues while the black, white, ivory and beige kept the tones under control.

Elegant actress Jacquelines Fernandez walked the ramp for renowned bridal designer Tarun Tahiliani.

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Bridal Collections: LFW 2014 (Part 1)

Perfectly color coordinated Men and Women’s bridal outfits gave a new definition to wedding trousseaux at Lakmé Fashion Week 2014. All these bridal collections filled the atmosphere with a feeling of royalty. The dramatic silhouettes presented by the designers took the audience back to the Mughal Era.

Bridal Collection Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Designers like Gaurang Shah, Shyamal & Bhumika, Anushree Reddy, Tarun Tahiliani and many others showcased their exquisite Summer/Resort bridal collections at the fashion show.

Chogas, kalidar lehengas, sherwanis and panelled kurtas were showcased for men. Whilst, embroidered kali details were displayed for saris, angarkhas, zari zardozi embroidery work.

Designer Gaurang Shah, presented his ‘Chandbali’ collection which were a rainbow of colors and styles in an ode to the modern bride at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

Styles

His garments were mostly kanjeevarams with kalamkari creations. The dresses he presented were inspired by panchantantra stories and highlighted the intricate Korvai weaving known for its grace and elegance.

Bringing to centre stage, the ancient Jamdani weaving technique, Gaurang’s “Chandbali” was poetry in fabric form as he presented the odhna weaves on organza while the embroidery on khadi recreated the antique zardosi style.

Colours

The collection was designed in hues of surkh red, gulabi pink, zard yellow, narangi orange, sabz green ensuring the 21st century bride had ample options.

The show stopper for his show was Kirron Kher in a shocking pink brocade sari.

Bridal Collections Kirron Kher LFW 2014 Bridal Collections Kiron Kher Gaurang Shah LFW 2014

Designers Shyamal and Bhumika presented their spring/summer bridal wear collection at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

For the ensemble called “A Mystical Garden” the ballroom was turned into a garden with the backdrop of flower bouquets and flowers lined on both the sides of the ramp.

Styles

A variety of silhouettes were showcased like flared skirts, flared maxis and gowns, ankle-length dress, short top over embroidered churidar and corset over panelled net skirt, saris.

The men’s wear had jackets, pleated shirts, trousers and polo pants.

Colours

Colors that dominated the runway included peach, beige, rose, rose pink, aqua, peach, and chocolate brown.

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See also part two!

Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dresses

A brides wedding experience should be the most beautiful time in her life. However preparing for it is anything but beautiful!

Stressed Out Searching For Wedding Dresses

So how can this bridezilla time of your life be made more peaceful? Apart from finding the venue, caterer, photographer etc, finding the perfect wedding dresses for the medley of wedding functions is the main priority for most Asian brides. At the end of the day, the main aim is to look drop dead gorgeous during your wedding!

After cutting down the ridiculously long list of ‘things to do’ to just wedding dresses, we still haven’t made life easy. An Asian bride has to consider the style, material, colour, cut, embroidery, amongst other things – and this is not just for the wedding trousseau, but also for the many other functions. This is surely overwhelming for any bride!.

Where to get inspiration? Bridal magazines, shows, exhibitions, Bollywood weddings and finally blogs like Big Fat Asian Wedding are a good starting point!

The Search: It is important to start your search with an open-mind as there are endless choices out there. You may have your mind set on a certain colour or style but you will be surprised how quickly that can change.The most important thing is to wear what you feel beautiful in, whether it is in fashion right now or not. As Yves Saint Laurent said:

“Fashion fades, style is eternal”.

So don’t be afraid to have your own style – be bold and unique!

You may also have your mind set on a colour/style that you have seen look fabulous on someone else, but this can be disastrous. It is extremely important to wear wedding dresses that complements your body and to choose colours that suit your skin complexion. But of course we are not always the best judges of ourselves, so take your close friends and family to the shops and ask for their true opinions. Just go with a fresh mind and try on all the different options, you may be surprised with better options.

Stay calm: For this process to go as smoothly as possible, you must remain calm and not lose hope!! It can be a very long process, but your search will ultimately come to an end and you will undoubtedly look stunning in your wedding dresses. Just make sure you start your search with a fresh mind and explore all your options!