What makes a stunning wedding look? Contrary to popular belief, it may not be the sari or the lehnga that steals the show on your special day. It may in fact be the blouse you choose to wear. A unique blouse garners all attention and demonstrates your personal style.
Before making your choice, take into consideration time constraints, personal style and your vision for each outfit. Doing so will make your experience peaceful and even enjoyable.
Generally, brides choose two outfits for their wedding day: one for the ceremony and one for the reception. Additional outfits are usually planned for various other ceremonies, such as mehndi, dandia or sangeet. A distinct blouse for each of these events adds a bit of gaiety for yourself, your guests, and even your groom.
For the main ceremony, choose a more conventional look. Go for subdued elements, such as kundan (stones that are set in gold or silver thread) or bead embroidery. To add originality and bold elements, you can play with sleeve length, color choices, and necklines.
For the reception, the key is to embrace your individual style, magnify it and own it. Dare to wear halters, spaghetti straps or other looks that are dramatic and eye-catching. Embrace jewel tones, which complement any skin tone, as well as unconventional fabrics such as velvet, sequins or sheer lace. Here are some other tips on choosing the perfect blouse.
- To ensure you receive a customized look, have your blouses designed by a respected designer near you.
- Take pictures, swatches of color or sketches that you have in mind.
- Take samples of your wedding color scheme, flowers or your dress to inspire your designer.
- Try and match the blouse style to the event. For example, for a sangeet evening involving dancing, choose a blouse with a comfortable fabric. For mehndi night, choose a blouse that will not interfere with the design and drying process.
- Do not stray from your comfort zone. If you do not like a design or are uncomfortable with the cut initially, you will probably not want it for your wedding day.
- Design your blouse at least 8-10 weeks prior to your wedding and aim to have it complete within a month of the date. Custom designed blouses can take a month to be complete, and tailoring can take 2-3 weeks.
A wedding only happens once, so never settle for anything less than your dream.