When you ditch the coveted lehenga for a saree on your wedding day
When I see pictures of brides giving the conventional bridal lehengas a miss and wearing a beautiful classic saree instead it gets the fashion enthusiast in me excited. The elegance and grace of the saree has remained unmatched. For generations, the saree has been the choice for many brides which would include my mother and my grandmother. In recent times this 9 yards of luxurious fabric has been a choice for many brides. Brides in beautiful sarees that come in a plethora of designs, fabric and workmanship have made heads turn and set Instagram and Pinterest on fire.
Here are few fabulous wedding saree looks that brides have rocked in recent times.
The Red Benarasi
The quintessential red benarasi saree has been a wedding look since time immemorial. When brides adorn this meticulously hand woven drape paired with a red bindi, sindoor, flowers in their hair and traditional Indian jewelry the look is that of a royalty. Adding a veil further elevates the look and this becomes one of our top picks.
The pride of the south, the Kanjeevaram is a sought-after piece for many brides. The shine of the pure zari weave is unmatched. These sarees have intricate motifs and are decorated with auspicious signs of Indian culture such as flowers, deities, elephants, birds etc.
Pair your wedding Kanjeevaram saree with a contrast embroidered blouse for a look that will get pinned innumerous time.
The Tulle saree
Perfect for a beach walk or a walk in lush meadows down the aisle the tulle saree has become a sought after look for many brides. The delicately embroidered tulle sarees can be styled in different ways.
The capelet saree
The addition of a cape with the saree creates a visual drama that remains unmatched.
The heavily embellishes blouse
Tulle sarees are paired with heavily embellished blouses that adds yet another dimension to the already dreamy look.
The pastel hues
Silk sarees in pastel hues is yet another choice that we give our vote to. The peaches, antique golds or silvers transport you to the era of the Maharanis. A touch of emerald against a peach silk saree with white flowers is a look we say is going to turn heads.
I can only take pride in writing how much India has to offer in terms of diversity. Each State in India has their own unique weave to offer and there are brides who want to celebrate their heritage. Be it the Asameese Mekhala, the Gota Patti from Rajasthan, the Panetar from Gujrat or the Kasavu from Kerala to name a few, these traditional weaves make the most beautiful ensemble for our brides.
For few brides wearing the saree that was worn by their mother for their wedding is both precious and an emotional affair. Heirloom pieces are also a choice some brides are making. Some wear the piece as it is, and some get design houses who specialize in revival work add another dimension to the hand me down piece.
As a bride, if you would like to wear saree on at least one of your main functions – be it engagement, wedding, or reception – you should surely pick one of these sarees for your trousseau. If you were wondering what I wore for my Reception? the answer is a red Kanjeevaram.