A woman’s wedding day is one of the most important events in her life. Weddings are in themself a celebration- good food, friends, family, laughter and joy, music and of course a stunning attire. Be it modern, traditional, chic, fun or simple- a bride has a room full of eyes on her for the entire day and she definitely makes the stares worth-while!
Since ages, wedding traditions have remained unchanged- a blood-red lehenga, tons of gold ornaments, shimmering bangles, anklets and bridal shoes. However, fashion is now changing tradition to modern in a huge way. At the same time, not skimping on customs and wedding rituals, a bride can cleverly merge modern with tradition using some clever ideas.
A saree gown
Yes, it does exist! A lavish and traditional wedding saree, heavily embroidered, fits in just the right places and gives you a figure hugging outfit in the form of an evening gown. The saree gown, worn by models at a recent fashion show got oodles of public attention.
A gown has the ability to make the wearer feel flamboyant, Cinderella-like and elegant. With tons of options available today, you can choose a classic sweetheart-neckline, a fishtail gown for attention or a lacy gown for a sultry look.
An ethnic/ traditional gown can have pieces of zari or embroidery at the waist, sleeves or the neckline paired with simple bangles or kundan earrings.
Off-shoulder choli with lehenga
An off-shoulder outfit allows you to flaunt your neckline without showing cleavage. If you are blessed with a flat tummy, go for a choli a few inches above your belly button to add more flair. It can be paired with a heavily embellished or studded/sequined lehenga to make you feel like a princess instantly! Win-win!
Kurti with fitting trousers
An all-time classic, trousers are comfortable yet chic! Pair it with a heavy designer kurti and you are good to go! For some, it may not be the perfect definition of tradition, in which case feel free to throw it on for your sangeet or the engagement ceremony instead!
Capes with lahengas
Cape tops are fun and vibrant! And the best part is you can go crazy with colours, patterns and styles- feel free to opt for a short cape top or a long, trail cape-kurti to add drama- there are no rules with this one. Paired with off-white, silver or nude lehenga, it makes for an ideal summer wedding outfit.
Asymmetrically draped saree
Traditional pleated sarees are passé. The saree is one of the most versatile Indian outfits and can be merged into multiple styles. Go with draping it like a sarong, a reverse ‘pallu’ or pair it with a halter or tube blouse.
Why limit one to traditional blouses? An off-shoulder blouse looks fabulous with a simple saree, a halter or tube blouse gives a trendy look, backless for someone who dares to carry it or bling and shimmer for an evening celebration- go crazy with them and you are bound to be the show-stopper!
Lastly, do not forget to be yourself- be it traditional or modern. Mismatch stuff that you think will go together and make your own rules. However, it is advisable to do a small rehearsal before wearing it for your big day. Lastly, be confident, smile and carry yourself with grace. Remember, it’s your day!