November- December is the time when the wedding season starts in full swing throughout India. Although this time, the safe muhurat is only from 26th November to 12th December, so there are like tons of weddings at the same time (I personally know of 2-3 in a day)! Hence, it becomes even more competitive for the bride to ensure that she stands out stylishly amongst all the brides that people would be visiting this year, because comparison will just not be avoidable.
The best and safe way to learn to be a uniquely dressed bride is from BOLLYWOOD! In the past few years, many of our favourite actresses got married and here I present to you all, my top 8 favourite Bollywood brides.
For her D-day, Kareena wore a green suit with red dupatta for the registered marriage at their residence. For the main nikaah ceremony she wore her mom in law Sharmila Tagore’s old red gharara, restored by Manish Malhotra. And for the Reception/Dawaat E Waalima she again wore a Manish Malhotra old world style pink gharara. She taught us how truly ‘Old is Gold’.
Aishwarya looked beautiful on her wedding in a golden yellow Neeta Lulla Kanjeevaram saree complete with Swarovski and real gold threads. She was decked in gold and kundan jewellery from head to toe with the traditional ‘gajras’ of a South Indian bride. A simple yet dashing southie bride!
Genelia wore a Neeta Lulla gold kundan border saree for the Maharashtrian wedding and a red lehenga-choli with a net dupatta heavily decorated with golden embroidery and sequins for the reception. The red and gold stunning lehenga was designed by Shane and Falguni Peacock. The fitted choli and flairs of the lehenga looked perfect on her. She looked amazing on her sangeet too in her white Manish Malhotra lehenga.
Gul Panag got married in a gurudwara in Chandigarh. She chose an onion pink J J Valaya lehenga and a heavy gold neck piece, earrings and maang tikka –a bold Punjabi bride who gave traditional bridal-wears a modish twist.
Shilpa Shetty chose a red lehenga saree for her Mangalorean style wedding. The saree was embellished with Swarovski crystals. She went for heavy kundan jewellery and tied her hair in a braid with the traditional South Indian ‘gajras’ adorning the braid. She looked ethereal!
Esha wore a beautiful orange Rocky S lehenga for the sangeet. For the wedding, she got a customized red lehenga made by Neeta Lulla from three kanjeevaram sarees embellished with kundan and Swarovski. She wore a lovely pink lehenga with gold and kundan work by Rocky S again for the reception. She matched it with lot of gold jewellery for the wedding and diamond and emerald jewellery for the reception. She looked better than in any of her movies.
Lisa Ray wore a Wendell Rodricks beige sari highlighted with golden and traditional ‘gota patti’ work, embellished with Swarovski elements. It looked simple and elegant while for the reception, she wore a custom made Satya Paul saree.
Few other Bollywood brides who looked every bit of that traditional bride are Ahana Deol, Kalki Koechlin, and Neelam Kothari.
Most of the sarees/lehengas have real gold zari, kundan, Swarovski, sequins with ‘gotta patti’ or thread embroidery work in them. All of them have minute detailing and exquisite designs. Some brides went for modern silhouettes but most stuck to their traditional lehenga/ saree for the wedding customs. It was the sangeet and reception where all the brides experimented. Neeta Lulla seems to be quite a hit with the Bollywood brides when it comes to sarees. And in lehengas, it’s either Manish Malhotra or Rocky S.
Who is your favourite Bollywood bride? And which outfit did you like the most?