The most popular and trendy bridal outfit in India is undoubtedly the lehenga choli. While other Indian garments have their own appeal, nothing can match the bridal lehenga choli in terms of sheer opulence and beauty. In many regions of India, this is the traditional, expected outfit for the bride. At the same time, the repeated instances of Bollywood actresses donning designer bridal lehengas for their own wedding day, as well as when playing popular characters on-screen, has given the Indian bridal lehenga a certain glamour and a unique cosmopolitan appeal throughout India. The flattering cut, somewhat similar to a gown, and relative ease of wearing it has even endeared it to international customers who want to incorporate ethnic styles into their wedding day.
Bridal lehenga designs can be traditional or modern, classic or contemporary, subtle or ornate. Any well-stocked bridal lehenga collection is geared to appeal to women of all tastes, and this is one of the many attractions of this outfit. Women can pick out the most flattering cut for their body, most attractive hue for their skin tone and the most appropriate designs for their over-all look. After all, a wedding day is a crucial moment in the life of any women, and looking regal and resplendent is at the top of her list. With a well-fitted choli, rich lehenga and flowing dupatta, she can get the perfect traditional yet glamorous look for her wedding day.
The classic and beautiful bridal lehengas with a longer, straight-fitted choli and flared skirt design are eternally stylish. These traditional styles come in bridal hues like red, maroon or crimson and with heavy gold embroidery and embellishments. Bridal lehengas’ designs have to be appropriately rich, to suit the occasion, so they will come with some amount of work done on them. However one can find more simple styles of embroidery like aari, booti or Resham. Some lehengas come with rich designs focused only on the borders and on the choli, and this style, though simple, also has an eye-catching effect.
The latest bridal lehengas often experiment with different type of skirts and bolder designs for the choli. Thus one can find daring styles like deep neck cholis, backless cholis, key-hole neck cholis and sleeve-less cholis as well as sophisticated vintage variations like collar or full-sleeve cholis. In terms of the skirt, the western style a-line lehenga skirt is very trendy right now. Other types include the mermaid lehenga and the circular lehenga (with a wider circumference).
Perhaps the most coveted and exclusive of all is the designer bridal lehenga. These are gorgeous, one-of-a-kind creations adorned with the most beautiful and artistic designs. On the one hand, they represent the height of fashion, fresh from the ramps; on the other hand, they are stunning enough to be always in fashion, and can even be passed down to the next generation. They utilize only the most sophisticated work techniques like cutdana, zari, gota patti and booti and the finest materials, like silk, velvet, brocade, organza, net, satin and pure georgette. One can also find off-beat colors like white, silver, cream, black or grey in these collections.
For some women, their wedding day is the perfect chance to embody the style of a much admired Bollywood actress. Such women might prefer the Bollywood bridal lehengas, inspired by the styles seen on-screen and off the screen. These tend to be quite loud and colorful, with a lot of heavy embellishments, not just on the lehenga but also on the choli.
Styling Bridal Lehengas
For the perfect bridal look, the correct accessories are just as important as the dress itself. The one rule for Indian bridal styling is to avoid under-accessorizing. Whether one wants an elegant, subtle look or a bright, ornate one, the full array of ethnic jewelry pieces is required to complete the outfit. These include not just the necklace but also the earrings, the nose-ring, the mang-tikka, the anklets and the rings. One can also go for elaborate bridal churis (bangles) and kaleera. Of course, the type, color and style of jewelry would depend on the dress, the theme and personal tastes. For instance, a traditional red and gold lehenga would go best with heavy gold Thewa jewelry, while a multi-hued modern cut lehenga will pair well with colorful stone studded jewelry.
Kundan jewelry sets are the traditional bridal accessories in India, and this is one style that matches universally with all types of bridal outfits. A gold-set Kundan set will enhance a traditional lehenga, while a silver-set one might look great with a latest bridal lehenga in soft shades of grey and silver.