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Trends in bridal wear & bridal jewellery for 2019

Inspired by the celebrity and high-profile weddings from the recent past, we have some exciting trends to look forward to in bridal wear and bridal jewellery. 2018 has truly been the year of celebrity weddings and they have set a high benchmark for bridal trends in 2019. An Indian wedding has several elements to consider like venue, décor, themes and guest lists to name a few. Yet, the bridal trousseau is the real showstopper of a wedding. Be it a couture lehenga that defies the norms or a conventional pick that celebrates tradition, when it comes to bridal wear and jewelry trends for the year, 2019 has many options to choose from. The modern-day bride is approaching her look as a whole, focusing on how jewellery and outfits can balance the entire ensemble. Read on to discover what’s in store.

Bridal Wear Trends

The Traditional Touch

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Recent celebrity weddings have set the trend for embracing the quintessential red and gold lehenga for the bride. Glamour goddesses like Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra chose the traditional colour of sindoor red for their wedding ensembles. In Indian Hindu tradition, red is considered auspicious for weddings as it represents the planet Mars, which in astrology is the planet in charge of marriages. More and more brides seem to be inclined towards making a selection that is striking yet conventional, to pay homage to their roots and traditions. This is truly a fail-proof pick!

A Revival of Craft

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The heritage of Indian embroidery and fabrics is the hallmark of stylish bridal couture. Steeped in tradition, the age-old techniques of creating opulence on fabric are seeing a restoration in bridal wear. This year is all about the resurgence of handwork, as the age-old techniques amalgamate beautifully with contemporary fashion to find their rightful place. Brides can be innovative by borrowing from their mothers’ and grandmothers’ closets and upgrading their heritage finds to form their bridal trousseaus. Take inspiration from Isha Ambani who incorporated a piece of her mother’s wedding sari in her bridal lehenga.

Make it memorable with Personalization

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Customized alphabets, names, and messages sewn into bridal couture, are not an entirely novel trick, but it seems to have found some new takers. Deepika Padukone’s red and gold stole that came emblazoned with a holy mantra is one such example of this trend.  Priyanka Chopra’s wedding gown by Ralf Lauren for her civil ceremony included the wedding date and Nick Jonas’s name embroidered on it. Hints of a personalized touch complete with nostalgia and craftsmanship will be seen in bridal wear in 2019.

New-Age Innovation

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If traditional touches are being included, modern introductions too aren’t far behind. Some examples include sculpted details, flares and flounces, handkerchief hems and 3D embellishments. These new techniques and innovations are consequence of blending functionality and aesthetics. Moving away from heavy bridal outfits enable the modern bride to participate in the fun aspect of their own wedding. There is no compromise in looking beautiful and glamorous, but innovative fabrics that are flowy and equally lightweight with intricate bridal embellishments, enable easy movement for a bride, even allowing her to dance with ease at her wedding. For her wedding reception Sonam Kapoor wore a striking lightweight lehenga, in grey and off white. She styled it with layered jewelled necklaces and sneakers for modern stylish twist.

Pastel Shades and Lighter Colour Tones

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The traditional red and gold has been a mainstay in bridal wear this past year, but there are other color trends to explore as well. The several functions that form a part of an Indian wedding include mehndi, sangeet, cocktail, wedding ceremony and reception. Each of these occasions gives a bride the freedom to flaunt a different outfit. Incorporate romantic pastels into your bridal trousseau for a feminine, dream-like quality, instead of the harsh darker versions of the same hues. This color palette includes faded peach and pink, dull ivory and champagne, powder blue and pale mint pastels, light shades of green and grey, as well as earthy tones of beige, champagne and ochre. Anushka Sharma’s wedding lehenga was an ode to muted pink, with floral embroidery and pearl and crystal applique detailing. This colour scheme works especially well for day weddings or for the pre-wedding functions like mehndi and sangeet. Celebrity trousseau trends are significantly in favour of this refined and muted palette

Couture Blouses

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The blouse is an integral part of creating the perfect wedding ensemble. Worn with a lehenga or sari, the bridal blouse has to be a customized creation that’s made-to-measure. If 2018 was any indication, then the ornamental blouse with tailored detailing is trending now. Sonam Kapoor is always on the cutting edge of fashion and she chose bridal blouses that had a modern silhouette, with decorative embroidery. The blouse she wore for her mehndi ceremony featured cap sleeves, with backless tailoring, fastened with an ornamental tassel. The entire blouse was embroidered with chikankari embroidery and mirror work. For her reception, she wore an ultra-modern full-sleeve blouse with delicate sparkling details, on the cuff of the sleeves. The trick with getting the modern blouse right is for it to be highly tailored, with a clear focus on pattern making and construction. The finish of the seams and customized fit, will give you that effortless style on your wedding day.

Bridal Jewellery Trends

Maximalist Styles

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A penchant for opulence will be centre-stage in wedding jewellery trends for 2019. Keeping minimalism at bay, brides will lean towards heavy designs. Show stopping jewellery pieces will be worn together like the Raani haar, nath, maatha patti and big chaand baali earrings worn by Deepika Padukone at her wedding to Ranveer Singh. Simplicity in bridal jewellery is waning and brides will now opt for bolder, statement styles where “more” is better.

Statement Headpiece

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Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and Sonam Kapoor all paid homage to this trend at their weddings. Statement maatha pattis and maang tikkas were a distinct part of their bridal look. This trend helps draw the eye to the beauty of the bride’s face and also photographs beautifully. We think this truly complements an Indian bridal look and is an integral part of trousseau jewellery. The right headpiece is like a royal Indian crown that will make a bride feel like a queen!

Ornamental Nose ring or Nath

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In the coming year we will see a trend for beautiful oversized nose ring jewellery. The Bollywood movie ‘Padmavat’ was a huge influence in bringing this trend to life. Endorsed by almost all the celebrity brides of 2018, the nose ring is the new “must have’ for every bride. Regardless of venue or trousseau designer, brides like Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Isha Ambani, Sonam Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, all wore a beautiful decorative nath for their wedding ceremonies.

Bold Earrings for the pre-wedding functions

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There is a trend of wearing large and intricately designed earrings for pre-wedding functions like mehndi and sangeet. As the wedding jewellery is worn as a set, the other functions allow for experimentation. Get inspired by Anushka Sharma’s choice of earrings for her mehndi. They are made with Iranian turquoise, tourmalines, uncut diamonds and Japanese cultured pearls. Draw attention to the joy on your face, as you approach your big day!

Intricate Renditions

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Jewellery with intricate patterns that feature temple motifs, intricate patterns and storytelling rendered in gold. The craftsmanship of these pieces will steal the show when it comes to jewellery designs this year. These creations look gorgeous as they drape the bride’s neck.

Opulent Layering

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If the weddings in the past have told us anything at all, it’s that additional layers are now a mandatory part of a bride’s jewellery, as majestic chokers and necklaces are accompanied by long maalas in gold or pearls. Modern brides can take a cue from Deepika Padukone’s jewellery layering at her wedding reception. She wore a layered neckpiece with an emerald and diamond tiered choker, with a pendant with a long five-strand pearl neckpiece. Indian brides inherit heirloom pieces passed on for generations, which they like to wear along with their new jewellery, so the layering trend can help incorporate both styles to be worn together. With the right jewellery you will truly be a work of art on your wedding day!

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