The conventional dreamy white wedding is no longer confined to the West – the Indian summer wedding is slowly transforming into an ivory extravaganza itself. And pristine ivories aren’t just for the bride alone, but also for the groom and the entire wedding party, including family and friends. Increasingly, Indian brides have left traditional reds and maroons behind and opted for opulent ensembles in the rich neutral colour. Apart from being suited to a summer soiree, ivory lends a luxurious feel to Indian wear that few other hues can with as much ease.
Top notch designers have been so inspired by ivory that they’ve designed whole collections of organza, tulle, and silks around it. Tarun Tahiliani has created gorgeous concept saris with pearl and Swarovski embellishment over embroidered bodices and lehengas with bead and crystal embellishment for brides to pick from, while bridesmaids have kimono style anarkalis, Egypt-inspired contemporary wear with dhoti drapes, and one shoulder jumpsuits as options.
Anamika Khanna’s regal head to toe embroidered lehengas are a favourite too. Sabyasachi plays with the colour in his khadi and organdy ivory lehengas, tailored for the discerning bride, featuring plunging necklines, old-style sleeveless blouses and skirts with ghera. For the friends of the bride, there’s always the saris in the hue, which lend itself to easy accessorising. Ridhi Mehra’s ivory cropped tunic and gharara sets embellished with stones and prints, and she also offers contemporary pieces like faux feathered short capes and textured blouses with pants fit for the cocktail event. Sukriti &Aakriti’s tiered anarkali and cropped pants are refreshing ivory pieces while Varun Bahl’s floral embroidered jacket is perfect for the mother of the bride.
The groom and his friends, too, get their pick of ivory. Siddartha Tytler offers mushroom silk kurtas with gold prints over tulip pants for the groomsmen, while Ridhi Mehra adds floral and geometric motif on kurtas. Varun Bahl’s unconventional short sleeved bandhgala is unique, while Tarun Tahiliani and Sabysachi’s luxurious silk bandhgalas and sherwanis range from plain to heavily embellished for every type of groom. It truly looks like the ivory wedding is here to stay.
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