Walking down the aisle can mean different things to different people, but getting married is the easy part compared to the responsibility that comes with organising the wedding itself. After picking the soulmate of your dreams, the second biggest decision easily goes to trying to find the bridal lehenga of your dreams. You’re looking for something that makes you look like a smokestorm and feel like a princess, both in the photos and out of them. Not a big ask, right? To help you get started, we’ve listed down all the prerequisites that need to be on your checklist.
Living in the uber-connected world that we do, our choices tend to be informed by the ones we constantly see around us. So don’t be surprised if Anushka Sharma’s secret nuptials in Tuscany, Italy suddenly had you pining for a pastel lehenga instead of the traditional reds and golds that the occasion demands. And you aren’t the only one—Sharma’s special lehenga could demand a queen’s ransom on its own. Designed by the maestro Sabyasachi, the blush pink concoction involved 67 karigars who spent 32 days on hand-embroidering the lehenga in silk floss with exotic motifs. She completed the picture of the blushing bride to perfection with a wreath of pastel roses circling the halo of her head, and an elegant mathapatti and jadau jewellery to go with.
The happy couple’s reception threw up more worthy candidates for the wedding lehenga of your dreams. While the bride herself opted for a smoky grey lehenga reminiscent of old school Hollywood royalty, close friend Katrina Kaif showed up in an all-out glam ensemble from Manish Malhotra with his signature fringe detailing.
What to keep in mind
You don’t exactly need a look at the 500-strong guest list to know that this is going to be the biggest occasion of your life, or that this is the time to pull out all stops. Having settled into your chosen career trajectory in your 30s, it doesn’t hurt to break the bank to get yourself the designer lehenga you always wanted. Sabyasachi understands ornate couture like no one else, while Manish Malhotra knows how to deliver on your showstopper dreams. You can count on Tarun Tahiliani to help you paint a sophisticated picture of elegance, or you always have Falguni and Shane Peacock to help you bring out your inner glamazon with their edgy cutouts and dramatic feather trains. If you have a strong vision of your own, there’s nothing stopping you from flying solo and designing your own dream lehenga. Whatever your choice is, know that if it makes you feel truly happy, it doesn’t hurt to push the budget a bit.
How to pair jewellery with your bridal lehenga
When it comes to jewellery, you’ll find the pendulum constantly swinging between your traditional baubles or a modern interpretation in colours and gemstones of your choosing. While the latter clearly provides you the mobility to create something that works in cohesion with your lehenga, there’s no discounting the sentimental value that your heirloom jewels hold. To avoid any regrets later, work in at least one traditional piece from your family’s heritage, while the rest can be designed to work together in symphony with your entire look. And while your wedding is definitely the one time when you can subscribe to the more-is-more ideology, be mindful of the possibility of looking decked up like a Christmas tree. If you’re opting for statement earrings and have a heavily embroidered neckline, it might be safer to give the tiered necklace a break and opt for a subtler alternative instead.
What to be wary of
Likewise, when it comes to the blouse, you’ll find yourself toeing the fine line between sophistication and impact. Risqué necklines may have you fidgeting throughout the many, many hours that you’ll be standing on ceremony or if you hail from a conventional family backdrop, you may need to factor in the setting you’ll be wearing it in. Elegance and comfort win out over just making a statement, so ensure that whatever you choose, it makes you feel your most confident.
If you are designing your wedding lehenga, it is altogether too easy to succumb to the trends and fads currently ruling the charts. Yes, you’ll make a statement now, but your bridal lehenga is an investment that will be with you through the ages and you don’t want to open up all the tissue papers a few years from now to realise that your dream outfit is too dated to wear anymore. To get the maximum value on your investment, keep a critical eye on your designs or opt for the classic route that won’t have you second-guessing your choice half a decade from now.[“Source-vogue”]