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Be A Stylish Bride !

Bridal styling Shalini Mehta

So it is the most important day of your life and you want to look your best. You spend lavish sums of money on your bridal clothes, jewelry, make-up and hair, but in the bargain overlook other equally important pre-wedding and post-wedding events. And you also forget a very important element - Elegance ; given what we have always been taught 'More is better', you end up over doing things.

In this article, I have tried to compile a few important Bridal trends and more importantly the best way to team these trends not just for the D day but also for other smaller functions like mehendi, sangeet and cocktails.

First thing first. Bridal mantra for the season is 'Simple & elegant'.

Functions like Mehendi and Sangeet are all about fun. So add drama to your clothes by adding lots of bright colors like bright yellow, fuschia, orange, lime greens, turquoise, etc. Embroidered anarkali kurta and churidars are great options as anarkalis are empire line that adds length and elegance to your body. You can also add interesting brocade or velvet borders that are extremely 'in' to your anarkali kurta as well as the dupatta. One more way of adding fun to your outfits especially for Sangeet is to have a theme so that you can flaunt different styles. Wear embroidered bolero jackets; add to your hair interesting gajras or quirky flowers or wear a sexy backless kurta. Trust me, as the D day nears, things are going to get more formal, so THIS is the time to have fun.

Bridal colours shalini mehtaFor the final wedding day, a lot of pre-planning is required. Booking your hair and make-up stylist well in advance is a must. Preferably go for make-up and hair stylist with whom you have already worked or ones who are well known and well rated. Main colors for the bridal season are fuschia, tomato red, burgundy, coral, but tangerine is the most sought after color this season. So go for bridal outfits that predominantly have these colors with flashes of bright green, aubergine, mango. You can also have a creative color-blocked lehenga custom made for yourself with lavish velvet borders. Pink and orange with mango can make for a great color-block outfit.

Before buying your bridal outfit, choose your style carefully and this is the time when it's very important to hire a bridal stylist. Even if you are going for designer outfits, its very important to identify your style which your stylist can help you do.

  • Manish Malhotra's bridal wear stands for chic glamour
  • Anita Dongre is very stylish
  • Sabyasachi's are highly individualistic
  • JJ Valaya is royal elegance
  • Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla are highly elaborate and stand for traditional elegance and opulence.

Everything is available but you have to see what works best for you.

Corset tops have topped the bridal outfit charts for quite some time now as they give an instant feminine hour glass figure to absolutely any kind of body type. If you go for a non-corset top, you can go in for elbow-length sleeve which is a hot style right now and works best for medium to slender arms.

Try and pick up a lehenga that has embroidery done in long vertical panels. However tall you are, you get hidden behind bright colors and elaborate wedding jewelry. Vertical embroidery helps give that much needed elegance and length to your lower body. At all costs, avoid huge, broad borders.

I'm not a huge fan of fish-cut lehengas but should you wear them, make sure they are not too tight on the hips, but just tight enough to give you that perfect curve. They do work pretty well for medium to short women.

Bridal jewelry shalini mehtaIf you have the budget and enough time on hand, it's a great idea to get custom designed jewelry set to match the colors and stone work on your wedding lehenga. For lehengas with gold embroidery, kundan jewelry works best and for ones with silver embroidery, you should go for platinum or diamond jewelry.

Chokers, again is an extremely 'hot' trend on international ramps but wear it only if you have a long and slender neck.

For the D day, it is an excellent idea to color co-ordinate bride and groom's clothes .. but color co-ordinated not color-matched! Sherwanis for grooms can look a little uptight if they don't have the required body type. So this goes to all the grooms .. wear a well-fitted kurta preferably with a stand collar and all-over tone-on-tone embroidery. Team this with churidars and bright bandhini dupatta, color co-ordinated with the bride's clothes. Remember the style mantra? - Simple & Elegant!

And after all the emotional drama comes the much needed event : post-wedding cocktails. If you are wearing a dress, go for something long, sexy and sheer. And if it is a reception, and you plan to wear a sari, then golds and nudes are the colors for such evenings. Wear a sheer gold or nude sari and team it with bright colored kundan jewelry.

Whatever you plan to wear, buy comfortable outfits. Your main objective is to look great, rather, to look your best and if you are not comfortable, it will show on your face as well as in your body language. And trust me, you don't want to spoil your wedding pics now .. do you? It's YOUR wedding .. have lots of fun and have a stylish wedding! :)

Photo courtesy : Peddu Eeshwar, Vrutika Doshi

  • Thanks for summarised info which i think every would be bride would want to have including me given the scattered info that is available on the net which is so difficult to configure sometimes

  • Nice and Informative article! ..Thank You

  • Nice and Informative article! ..Thank You

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