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Celebrity sari inspirations for your pre-wedding functions

Planning your sartorial journey as a bride is exciting and looking your stylish best has never been more important. A wedding that spans a couple of days involves pre-wedding functions like the sangeet and mehendi. A sari is an incredibly stylish choice for these events as it has many incarnations and can be styled in myriad different ways. Wondering how to make your sari-moment work for you? … Then take some inspiration from these celebrities who know how to make an entrance

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Priyanka Chopra wearing a pastel tulle sari with self-embroidery

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Priyanka Chopra looks like a vision to behold in this blush pink tulle sari. She has colour co-ordinated a sleeveless blouse with a deep neckline, which draws attention to her radiant beauty. Perfect for a day event, this look is elegantly grand with intricate embroidery done in a tone-on-tone colour scheme. Although minimal in the bling factor, this sari still looks very glamorous. The see-through texture of the tulle highlights the embroidery and draws attention to the beautiful detailing of the sari. We also love Priyanka’s hairstyle that features fresh roses in a matching shade of pink. Femininity at its best, this sari look is sure to make you look uber stylish.

Alia Bhat wearing a shaded brocade bandhini sari

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Alia Bhat is part of the new generation of Bollywood actresses and she brings her modernity to the styling of this very traditional sari. Here she wears a bandhini brocade sari, which has a shaded effect. It features classic Indian colours of green and pink but in muted tones, which is juxtaposed with the playful bandhini dots and metallic shimmer of the brocade. She has worn a well-tailored blouse with shoulder straps that narrow towards the top. A playful ponytail and a dramatic maangteeka complete this look with a youthful exuberance that would flatter a young bride to be.

Kangana Ranaut wearing a brocade Maheshwari silk sari

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Kangana Ranaut is known to be a fashion maverick, but in this particular look she combines pared down styling with a very grand sari. She wears a Maheshwari silk sari with an extremely wide plain brocade border. The drama of the golden border is contrasted with a nude grey shade in the body of the sari. There are brocade motifs scattered through the sari which parlays it as an excellent choice for a pre-wedding function. This is an evergreen traditional sari with a classic silhouette, paired with a cap-sleeved blouse. Kangana has worn her hair open with a centre parting and adorned herself with a dramatic choker. The overall effect is of restrained grandeur and we love it!

Deepika Padukone wearing a printed Kota Silk sari with a sequinned border

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Deepika Padukone personifies elegance in this finely woven, kota silk sari. The sari has an all over floral print, in muted hues of olive green and nude brown, very close to her skin tone. The extra bit of ornamentation comes from a heavily embroidered sequinned border, with a matching blouse with the same embroidery. The jewelled tones of the border give this look a celebratory feel, without overpowering the ensemble. If you’d like to match her style quotient and be the elegant fashionista bride, then this is the sari look for you. Deepika has styled her hair in a tight bun, which is her favourite hairstyle when she wears a sari. Her make-up is natural except for the dark burgundy lipstick she has worn. The overall effect is effortless and ethereal.

Sonam Kapoor in a printed silk chiffon sari

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Sonam Kappor does a modern take on a sari by choosing an all over print chiffon number, teamed with a matching blouse. She has added a sartorial twist with a unique blouse design. Infact, the blouse is the star of this ensemble as it features voluminous sleeves, ruched at the wrist leading to a ruffle detail around the hand. The body of the blouse is like a bandeau and has a wide square neckline, which showcases her face and collar bones. The deep green of the sari is contrasted against Sonam’s skin tne and drapes beautifully as the material has a very good fall. She accessorizes the look with bold antique silver jewllery and a retro style winged eyeliner look, for her make up. The overall effect is a modern bohemian vibe, which would work well for any pre-wedding function.

Shilpa Shetty in a floral print chiffon sari with ruffles

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Nobody wears saris quite like Shilpa Shetty. With her drop-dead gorgeous figure, the sari truly complements this evergreen lady. In this look, she goes for a playful fresh look with a floral print sari with ruffle detailing. The large floral print gives the sari a feminine look, while the ruffles add an element of fluid movement to this silhouette. She has paired it with a heavily embroidered strappy blouse. Shilpa’s open wavy hair mirrors, the flow of the sari and she’s chosen bold earrings to complete this look. This look would be perfect for any pre-wedding function and would be sure to stand out for its originality.

Janhvi Kapoor wearing a monochromatic chiffon silk sari

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Now this look is for the minimalist bride whose aesthetic leans towards clean lines and understated elegance. Janhvi Kapoor dons a gorgeous, muted red chiffon sari, with a slim and sleek gold zari border. She is a vision of sophistication in this monochromatic look, which is completed with a cut away sleeveless blouse, with a high neckline. The sheer texture and fall of the sari accentuates her natural femininity, while achieving a very modern silhouette. Janhvi wears her hair in a de-constructed French braid and rounds off this look with a dramatic choker. The combination of the blouse design and choker draws the eyes upwards towards the face and showcases her natural beauty. The plain colour of the sari gives a column–like feel which makes her appear tall and stately.

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