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Trends in North Indian Bridal Wear

Marriage is an important occasion in one’s existence and both brides and grooms want to be thoroughly ready for that special event in their lives. Talking about brides only, one of the key essentials for her is her attire. India is known for the variety of traditional dresses not just existing from times immemorial, but also designed currently by the plethora of designers in the country and abroad. The contemporary trend definitely talks of modernism blended with tradition as explained by bridal wear designer Lalit Dalmia.


Designer Lalit Dalmia

Current Trends: Indian wedding trend is changing and the changing trend has materialized broad and diverse choices in the bridal outfits. Anarkalis, long cholis and fusion gowns has been brought into play so much this wedding season. The bride should go for Lehengas, Sarees and wedding Gowns which are ideally made for wedding functions such as mehendi, reception and the wedding day of course to stand out in the crowd. These days girls wants to look extremely individual on her D-Day and wants to stand out that’s why we are experimenting with different designs and colours.

Wedding lehengas are tending to be heavier than other outfits and the brides these days don’t really mind wearing heavy outfits. Royal embroideries, rich coloured dresses which are exclusively made with Indian craftsmanship to reflect emotions of elegant and bespoke luxury. These days’ bridal outfits are tailored keeping in mind the ethics and culture of Indian tradition along with the essence of modern India. Heavy gold embellished lehengas with zari and zardogi will give the bride a royal look.

If the bride wants to look cool along with their ethnic embelishments then lehengas can be opted with the palette of vivid and vibrant colour, rich silhouettes with dashes of neon. She can wear it along with a heavy gold necklace, earrings and maang ka tikka, with contrasting coloured stones.

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Bride’s Preferences: These days there is a wide range of collection based on the theme and the family’s choice and season. We offer a variety of choices from ‘Mughal Inspired’ to ‘ Circus’, from ‘The Kashmiri’ to ‘The Rajasthani’, from ‘Vintage’ to ‘Western’ to brides. Further there are some color based themes as well, such as ‘Red and gold’, ‘Pink and white’, ‘Black, gold and glam’, etc. Generally according to the theme, brides and grooms choose their D-day outfits for example a royal look in the Mughal theme; whereas for a western theme wedding brides look for elegant contemporary gown. For Mughal weddings, brides get dressed like queens with several modern tweaks. Correspondingly, in weddings, which are based on state themes such as Rajasthani, the wedding outfits are based on that state’s culture and royalties and their traditional and ethnic outfit give them comfy and cool look.

Those who want to go for the modern style must choose their ritual attires with rich fabrics like crepe, georgette and with heavy use of net. They opt for different fabrics for their different dresses like anarkali suit tailored with georgette for their mehendi and sangeet, net dresses with zari and zardozi embellishments, cocktail gown shows the independence much emphasises most on cuts should be tailored with georgette and net. For Saat Phere brides go for chandelier lehengas and paneled long cholis.

Read more: What the grooms are wearing this season?
Bride’s Favourites: Modern anarkalis suits with jackets, chandelier lehengas with paneled long cholis, draped net saris with superb craftsmanship, gown kurta, the draped net sari and sexy low back blouses are the ensembles in the wedding array for to-be-brides.

Besides, shades of gold, ivory, fuchsia, pink, peach, beige, Rani pink, deep saffron, ivory, maroon blue, red and green are so much in for wedding attires with the usage of soft fabrics like silk, crepe, chiffon, georgette and net embedded with elegant embroidery provided that sophisticated look.

For their mehendi and sangeet their must choice is modern anarkali suit with jackets and for saat phere they go for traditional sari and choli. Now-a-days, girls for reception like indo-western dresses, which includes gown kurta or chandelier lehngas. Traditionally Indian brides go for red and gold combinations, but more recently new brides have experimented with different hues including orange, pink, blue, green and silver. These are fusion outfits which combine royal Indian elegance with western comfort and style.


Customization: Every bride wants to look beautiful and chic on her D-Day and modern brides have all the sense of style and fashion. So, they themselves design the style of the dress. When it comes to cuts and style of dresses; they prefer light-weight and rich silhouettes keeping in mind the comfort level of the brides. Lavish zardozi embellishments, sequins, antique gold work, of crystal clusters and appliqués are also much in demand by girls as these add the exquisiteness to the garments. They design their outfit according to their make-up and jewellery which they wear on their wedding day.

Women love to experiment with fabric because the same fabric every time makes the dress lifeless and boring. The choices of the fabrics for the D-day dress have expanded to crepe, Georgette, Charmeuse, and satin fabric as well. These days brides prefer their wedding attires tailored with rich fabrics like silk velvet, tafta, luke fabrics inspired from Greek and Mughal times. The colour, pattern and style have to suit the physique of the person wearing it. The design and customization of the wedding dress has to be perfect to make that perfect dress and bride. Colours like gold, pink, orange, maroon and yellow are best in the current season. the wedding outfit can be decided by playing with the colours. Lot of shimmer and glitter gives the dress a more dramatic look with charisma and classiness that tends to attract the bride and other people.


About Gayatri T Rao

A double post-graduate (MSc. - Botany and MA - English Literature) Gayatri T Rao is a Senior Multimedia Journalist with vast experience in writing on varied topics.

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