Bridal Style Guide

What’s Your Best Option?

 

Sari (Saree)

The saree is one of the most traditional outfits, and has come to be identified as uniquely Indian. It can be daily wear, dressy, or bridal. 

 

How does it stay up?

The saree itself is a single rectangle of cloth, about 6 yards long and about 1 yard wide, traditionally made of cotton or silk. The saree is tucked into a petticoat (underskirt), wrapped around counterclockwise, pleated in the center, and then draped over the shoulder. The drape can be over the right shoulder in a traditional style, or more often, over the left shoulder. The top or blouse styles have varied over time and come in an infinite variety of shapes, styles, and fabrics. 

 Contemporary Saree from Varun Bahl

Contemporary Saree from Varun Bahl

 

Ask for help!

Putting on a saree can be baffling, so don't be afraid to ask for help when putting it on. Even the most seasoned of sari wearers get help making adjustments to their look. There are also many online videos to help you out. 

Once you get the hang of a saree, you will find it to be one of the most comfortable and graceful of outfits. 

 Erum Khan

Erum Khan

 

Lehnga

Another popular bridal outfit is the lehnga, usually consisting of 3 elements: a skirt, a blouse (choli), and a scarf (chunni or duputta). Like the saree, the bridal lehnga comes in an infinite variety of fabrics, details, and styles. It is also a good choice for wedding-related events such as a reception or sangeet dance night. 

 Lehnga Saree from Shyamal Bhumika in traditional red and gold colors

Lehnga Saree from Shyamal Bhumika in traditional red and gold colors

 

Lehnga Saree

For those who like the the flow of the saree and the skirt structure of a lehnga, the lehnga saree is an increasingly popular option. 

Reminiscent of a saree, the pleats are built into the skirt, and the fabric patterns are adjusted accordingly. 

 Elaborate wedding fashions, including anarkali styles, from Manish Malhotra

Elaborate wedding fashions, including anarkali styles, from Manish Malhotra

 

Anarkali and Sharara

For a very flowy ballgown look, nothing beats the anarkali or sharara, worn primarily for formal occasions. It is usually a lehnga type skirt with a floor length blouse. If you want to feel like a princess (or a queen), you can't go wrong with this glorious silhouette. 

 Contemporary Salwar Kameez / Churidaar from Payal Singhal

Contemporary Salwar Kameez / Churidaar from Payal Singhal

 

Salwar Kameez

One of the most popular types of outfits, the salwar kameez can be daily wear, or glammed up as a perfect choice for wedding guests. The pants (salwar or churidaara) are accompanied by a long blouse (chemise or kameez) and scarf (chunni or duputta). 

We are so excited to have you look your best on your special day!

Images courtesy of the respective designers.