What’s trending this wedding season?
Bright red? Auspicious green? Or pretty peach-and-cream? Timeless silk or shimmering satin? If you are a bride-to-be, it’s hard to make a pick from the mind-boggling array of choices out there.
But don’t worry, we have made the task a tad easier for you. Here are our recommendations based on what’s trending this wedding season, which will help you put together the perfect ensemble that will make you look gorgeous on your D-day.
Depending on the region you are from, there are some must-have colours (maroon, green, turmeric yellow, crimson red and white) in a bride’s trousseau. Stick to these colours for traditional events rituals like the muhurtam, engagement, church wedding or nikaah. Red with a hint of pink and gold, deep violet, royal blue and indigo are great choices for nalangu and oonjal ceremonies. Play around with other colours for events like the sangeet, mehendi or reception. After all, Indian weddings spill over two to three days and there is always scope for more colours and more flaunting!
We believe 2018 is the year of subdued elegance. So, hues like pale pink, pastel green, cream, rose gold and light violet are all set to rule the wedding season. Royal gold is also a favourite for sarees, while lehengas in lavender, wine and orchid, embellished with silver embroidery or zari work in shades of copper or gold, are elegant choices that won’t let you down.
You may also try a pale pink Kanjivaram saree with an elaborate zari border to win over guests at the wedding with your refined taste. If you are in the mood for something more striking, opt for neon shades of pink, green and orange.
Fun with fabrics
Modern-day weddings are not restrictive in terms of fabrics. These days, brides are going beyond traditional silks and experimenting with fabrics and fabric blends. We suggest you take your pick from Kanjivaram, Uppada, Paithani, Patola, Banarasi or Dhaka silk for traditional dos and look at fabrics like organza, velvet and chiffon for occasions like mehendi and sangeet.
Fine lace sarees that were a big hit in the 1970s are making a comeback today. These make exquisite fabrics for pre-wedding events and cocktail parties.
Luxurious linens, alluring tussars and sizzling satin with intricate embroidery, cutwork, unique borders and other embellishments too are irresistible options for the bride seeking a dreamy result.
Designs and motifs
Traditional motifs like mangoes, lotus, peacock and swan are used in most Kanjivaram wedding sarees. These timeless classics are popular even today. Bright checks, stripes and temple borders are also in vogue, not only in heavy Kanjivarams but also in cotton-silks and soft silk sarees. Chequered border and pallu, partly pallu, huge borders horizontally dividing the saree into half, rising borders, and plain silks with a dazzling gold pallu are some of the other design trends to watch out for.
For traditional sarees, trust in gold, diamonds and precious stones that match the colour of the saree. Kundan is the top draw of this season for designer wear and lehengas, while antique temple jewellery strikes the right ethnic note with Kanjivarams. Deck up in chokers and chunky anklets, paired with heavy kangan (wristwear) and stone-studded bangles. Or keep everything else subtle and opt for an elaborate head-dressing—with a chandbali maang tika (head ornament), plaited hair with embellishments and bun pins with semi-precious stones. Don’t forget the season’s favourite fashion statement—those delightful nose rings. The choices are aplenty—from over-sized hoops and traditional gold nath to pearl-encrusted rings with chain and charming vintage rings. For the evening reception, carry coordinated clutches or sequined potlis and you are good to go!