Tired of red? What other colours to look out for this wedding season
Every bride has the innate desire to be unique and original, so she can have a wedding experience that is memorable. In India, there is an added responsibility of traditional culture permeating every wedding ceremony. Along with the rich cultural heritage of Indian weddings, there are also many predictable clichés that a bride has to deal with. The colour red is one such cliché which is synonymous with the bridal trousseau. Many years of traditional imagery and even Bollywood, have perpetuated this sensibility of red being the ultimate colour of choice for an Indian bride.
The modern bride is moving away from the red palette and is ready to explore other options. We will help you explore colour way options for your wedding ensembles.
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This dainty and feminine colour palette is perfect for a wedding ceremony that’s during the day. Colours like light pink, pale yellow, minty aqua, light sky blue and soft lavender work beautifully for bridal wear. These pretty colours have the ability to turn any bride into a princess and suite a bride with a girly personality, who is a hopeless romantic at heart. For her wedding to Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma embraced the pastel trend. She wore a pale blush pink silk lehenga, embroidered with Indian lotus motifs along with European flora and fauna. To compliment her pale pink outfit, the bride wore traditional jewellery, which included a mathapatti, layered necklaces and jhumkas in jadau, pearls and pink spinel.
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This colour scheme includes different shades of white, beige and cream. It is for the bride who loves subtle luxury and favours understated sophistication. She loves the play of tone-on-tone textures with little details like intricate and delicate embroidery. Ivory and gold seems to be a very popular colour combination with the celebrity brides. Priyanka Chopra wore it at her reception and we saw Isha Ambani wear it for her wedding ceremony. To execute this look successfully for a bridal ensemble it’s important to include metallic embroidery, as well as crystal, pearl or mirror elements. These will add the necessary element of grandeur to the final look. Sonam Kapoor also chose to wear an ivory lehenga choli for her sangeet. She opted for kundan jewellery consisting of a heavy choker, jhumkas and maang teeka, to complete the look.
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Can you imagine the gemstones in a Maharani’s treasure chest? Take inspiration for your trousseau from the different shades of semi-precious stones. Sapphire blue, amethyst purple, emerald green and garnet maroon are all royal colours that work well especially in fabrics like velvet, georgette and silk brocade. The beauty of using these darker tones is that the embellishments and embroidery really stands out against the darker hues. When actress Geeta Basra tied the knot with Indian cricket team spinner Harbhajan Singh, she chose a deep royal blue lehenga, studded with mirror work and Swarovski crystals for her wedding reception. She chose diamond and platinum jewellery to accessorize this jewelled tone look. Akash Ambani’s bride, Shloka Mehta also opted for a blue, embroidered lehenga paired with diamond earrings, for her mehndi function.
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An earthy minimalist colour palette creates a unique and fetching look to bridal wear. This is certainly an unusual colour choice, but when done correctly creates a truly stylish look. Colours that you can choose from include sandstone, chocolate brown, desert beige, brick red and olive green. Antique gold embroidery stands out beautifully on this palette and these colours compliment a bride with a dusky skin tone. For the pre-wedding pooja ceremony, Isha Ambani chose a heavily embroidered earthy brick coloured lehenga. The photo portrait of this look received high praise for her styling choice, from the media and fashion observers.
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This celebratory look consists of metallic shades of gold and silver in tones of yellow gold, champagne gold, rose gold and silver. Isha Ambani’s wedding reception look had gold tones in the first of its kind, Maison Valentino lehenga. Deepika Padukone wore a gold Kanjeevaram sari for her wedding reception in Bangalore and completed the look with bold emerald jewellery consisting of a layered choker and large circular earrings.
Personalize your bridal look by committing to your own colour sensibility. A wedding is the start of a new chapter in life and the best way to do that is to style yourself in an individual and unique manner.