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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.

Beautiful Indian Wedding Hairstyles – Mane Game

Half the fun or dread of getting to attend weddings is taking the time to really get dressed to the nines. Be it your own wedding, your bestie’s dream day or someone in your family taking the plunge into holy matrimony there is every chance that you will want to or be forced to meticulously plan everything about your wedding look from the dress to the make up to the shoes and the hair. And if this wedding happens to be an Indian wedding then you’re in for an absolute treat or a hellish nightmare depending on your willingness and interest in getting prepped and primed not just on one day but everyday for 4-5 days.

Even if you happen to be the kind of girl who hates getting dolled up and cannot fathom spending hours in front of a mirror doing so, there is no escaping some amount of getting gussied up at a wedding regardless of its size, religion and culture. You would not want to scare the children or worse unleash the wrath of your parents by showing up in your failsafe kurta and leggings combo without a stitch of makeup and unkempt unruly hair at an Indian wedding. The rebel in you might want to pull a stunt like that just to get a rise out of your old school and uptight family members but believe us, the months in the doghouse with your mom and that stern and disapproving glare from your dad are not worth watching that nosy old aunt you hate and her even nosier gossip mongering friends in jaw dropped amazement at your choice of wardrobe. Moreover every wedding, even if it happens to be the wedding of someone you don’t particularly care for, creates a certain kind of magic in the air and makes everything and everyone want to be more beautiful.

Mane Game - Beautiful Indian Wedding HairstylesOn the other hand if you happen to be a fashion-loving fanatic, it’s more than likely that you have nosy aunt problems of an altogether different variety. The kind that makes them snigger at that totally edgy and on point dhoti saree with a killer updo or when you pair your favourite crop top with a voluminous lehenga without a dupatta cause you couldn’t be bothered with one and decide instead to clip in those ultra long extensions to channel your inner mermaid.

Whether you fall on either extreme of the fashion spectrum or somewhere in the middle, chances are you will need some help in getting your 4-5 looks at a standard Indian wedding just right, so read on for some hairs-piration for those big days.

Braids

There is nothing more Indian than intricate henna, gold jewellery, rich silks, woven brocades and braids. Braids – India’s latest style import to the west – have been tremendously popular with Hollywood celebrities in the past year and thanks to the Disney princess Elsa and the Hunger Games movies it seems very unlikely that braided hairstyles are going away anytime soon. Braids are ideal to show off that statement neckpiece or those lovely jhumki earrings. Choose from a side braid with a messy and voluminous crown, a French braided crown or textured fringed crown with a fish tail braid or plait some embellishments into your regular braid for a little bit of oomph.

Wedding Hairstyle 1 - Braids | Mane Game - Beautiful Indian Wedding Hairstyles

Updos

If you’ve spent hours sweating it out at the gym lifting weights and running on the dreaded treadmill to flaunt that sexy and toned back in a low back anarkali or strappy blouse, don’t let your hair down – literally! Bring out the teasing brushes, hair sprays and curling tongs to create some utterly stylish updos that go from grungy cool to simply sweet. Brides can wear a high bun with embellished hair accessories and drape a net dupatta on top to cover their head but allow the pretty baubles to show through. As an added bonus updos work just as well with ethnic as well as western ensembles so throw that hair up with your lehenga in the day for the religious ceremony and forget about re-doing it at night when you swap your lehenga for a gown at the after party or reception.

Wedding Hairstyle 2 - updos | Mane Game - Beautiful Indian Wedding Hairstyles

Twists and Curls

If braids and updos are too ‘done up’ for your style then go simple and chic with some loose waves and curls topped off with twisted sections around the sides of your head. Take your pick from middle parted curls with side twists or a one-sided twist like Sonam Kapoor, go vintage with old Hollywood style side swept curls like Katrina Kaif or amp up basic curls with a half up half down do with lots of volume. And just because you’re picking hairstyles for an Indian wedding doesn’t mean that Bollywood should be your only style reference. Game of Thrones fans can just as easily pair the relaxed boho curls of Cersei and Margaery with their traditional outfits to give your look a bit of international flavour.

Wedding Hairstyle 3 - Twists and Curls | Mane Game - Beautiful Indian Wedding Hairstyles

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Funny Photos from Weddings

Generally when somebody talks about weddings, the first things that come to mind are: romanticism, love and the colour white. But the truth is that during weddings there is also a lot of fun!

This is definitely true regarding Indian weddings, but it also true for Western weddings also.

Look at these funny and crazy photos that I found on the web, and think about your next wedding as an enjoyable party, instead of a boring and formal ceremony!

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During a wedding anything can happen, including the bride getting drenched!

 

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The perfect wedding cake…

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Pretty Bohemian Wedding

Wedding Cake : Fancy a Floral Cake?

Weddings are a special moment for couples to cherish, and to make things sweeter, a wedding is incomplete without a gorgeous floral wedding cake. Ali and Neil’s beautiful English wedding reception was complete with just this, with plenty of champagne flowing and beautiful decor in a pastel colour palette! The setting and the styling are simply breath-taking.

The bright and creamy decor, complete with fluid white drapes and gold chandeliers is reminiscent of a fairytale wedding. The pearl and rose gold ribbon detailing on the cake compliments this perfectly. I don’t blame you if happen to crave a fancy floral cake or feel the urge to enjoy an elegant high tea afterwards. 🙂

Needless to say that the guests loved the cake and couldn’t get enough. Feast your eyes below on these gorgeous photos by Jacob and Pauline!

All images courtesy: Jacob and Pauline Photography

Jacob and Pauline Photography - Floral Cake
Jacob and Pauline Photography - Floral Cake

The Cake in All it’s Glory

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I loved the colours used and the subtle and elegant detailing. Especially the flowers that looked so delicate and beautiful! The pastel colour theme was oozing from the cake and the decor.

Jacob and Pauline Photography - Floral Cake

Jacob and Pauline Photography - Floral Cake

Jacob and Pauline Photography - Floral Cake

Jacob and Pauline Photography - Floral Cake

If you missed their classic wedding photoshoot amidst gorgeous greenery, read on!

A Walk in the Park for a Classic Wedding

This gorgeous couple, Ali and Neil take a stroll in the park and the outcome is a beautiful series of images that the couple will be able to cherish for a lifetime. Set amidst a blanket of flora, fauna and abundant greenery, the photographs are reminiscent of a fairytale-inspired classic wedding. Not to mention, the couple look so happily in love!

I particularly love how natural the images look, and this ease and happiness of the couples definitely comes across. This shows that in fact, wedding photography does not have to be over the top, but it is the simplicity and elegance that makes a powerful impact and puts the C in a classic wedding!

All images courtesy: Jacob and Pauline Photography

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Jacob and Pauline photography - bride and groom wedding photoshoot

Jacob and Pauline photography - bride and groom wedding photoshoot

Jacob and Pauline photography - bride and groom wedding photoshoot

If you missed Part 1, discover the behind the scenes of the wedding and the ceremony of this classic wedding here!

Fairytale Wedding

A glance at Jacob and Pauline’s photography will transport you to a fairytale wedding setting. Even amidst a storm lingering in the air, the couple, Ali and Neil and the photographs couldn’t radiate more joy and positivity.

The bride and groom’s outfits further add to the touch of perfection at the wedding, inspired by a classic English theme. Ali is seen wearing a gorgeous white lace gown by Caroline Castigliano. An elegant lace veil and dainty pearl accessories completed the bride’s look, while Neil looks smart and stylish in a blue suit.

All images courtesy: Jacob and Pauline Photography

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Jacob and Pauline photography - Bride Getting Ready

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Jacob and Pauline photography - Wedding Altar

Jacob and Pauline photography - Bride and Groom

How gorgeous is the bride’s peach rose and thistle bouquet by Sharon from Flowerbug Designs! Keep on the lookout for our second post of the series where we follow the couple on a gorgeous walk in the park!

Are you attending a classic wedding? Here are some gorgeous traditional and contemporary outfit options, as well as beautiful Indian wedding accessories!