While lehengas have been the most popular garb of choice for brides for decades, the current intimate wedding mandate is nudging more brides in the direction of the classic six-yard as well. We’ve seen traditional saris emerge as a very sought-after choice for home weddings this past year. There are also those who aren’t shying away from contemporary reiterations and colours either. The bridal red is a classic choice but why limit yourself to it? Aashni + Co also sifts through a diverse colour palette that can deliver a rich and radiating repertoire for the bride of 2021.
The Sacred Red
If you’re seeking a quintessential timeless look, a red sari is for the ages. Dia Mirza and Yami Gautam recently turning to heritage handwoven saris in the hue for their intimate weddings. Borrow from their bridal repertoire and pair your red sari with heirloom jewellery and a floral-clad bun.
Sabyasachi is a champion of an auspicious red in a Benarasi weave, particularly relevant this year. Opt for a more-is-more aesthetic and wear it with heavy polki jewellery. If you’re seeking an alternative to the quintessential bridal lehenga, Mynah’s Reynu Taandon and Ritu Kumar have head-to-toe embellished options to choose from.
Mynah’s Reynu Taandon
An understated red sari can be adapted for occasions beyond your nuptials with skilful styling. Wear this Anita Dongre Grassroot with layered polki jewellery for the pheras, reprise it with just statement chand baalis for your friend’s reception.
Anita Dongre Grassroot
Green is a winning choice for your pre-wedding festivities and the big day alike. This jacket-clad Kshitij Jalori runway look serves as a perfect inspiration for a cool bride spin. Aditi Rao Hydari delivers the perfect look for comfort-loving brides in a lightly ornate Punit Balana sari.
Aditi Rao Hydari in Punit Balana
A Mix of Metallics
While a gold sari is a classic for South Indian weddings, an increasing number of modern brides across the country are now choosing golds and soft metallics for a touch of opulence. Balanced with a contrasting border, this metallic Ekaya sari possesses versatility. If you wish to go all-out with gilded gold, a brocade sari by Hemang Agrawal is a fitting choice for a temple wedding, when worn with gemstone jewellery.
A jamdani sari by Gaurang with gold jewellery will infuse regal richness to your temple wedding look too. Colour-blocked metallic pairings like the Mimamsaa ensemble makes a distinct statement. Style them with heirloom or temple jewellery to suit the setting.
A go-to bridal colour in the West, ethereal whites and ivory are now readily being embraced by Indian brides too. Solitaires or pearl jewels will blend beautifully with a wispy organza sari. Consider adding a tulle veil to the look to achieve a ‘white wedding’ aesthetic. Or keep it rooted with double bandhini dupattas for a hint of red.
Courtesy of the statement blouse, this lustrous Siddartha Tytler sari is a nod to modern times. Style it with precious gemstones for your civil ceremony. And then rewear it with an offbeat pallu drape for your friend’s engagement party down the line.
The Blushing Bride
Millennial brides are evidently inclined towards soft pastel hues. For a vintage-themed wedding or delicate aesthetics, pastels with diamond jewellery are dream-like.
This ornate pink Rabani & Rakha sari is winsome for a garden setup, while the lilac Tarun Tahiliani sari with a statement blouse works for a dreamy destination wedding. Punctuate the radiant colour with diamond jewels for the nuptials or a bejewelled belt for the reception.
Rabani & Rakha
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