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Best Desi Nikah Looks For A Splendid Wedding Affair

From ethnic Mughal inspired gowns to Bollywood inspired shararas, here’s a list of stunning Nikah outfits to inspire you for your big day.

India is home to various cultures, religions, ethnicities, and traditions. Each wedding in our diverse land has always been celebrated in a different and unique way. And, desi Muslim brides, since the start of time, have had a history of having an unmatched grace, charm, and elegance. And if you’re a to-be-bride who’s got her nikah round the corner, here’s a list of striking nikah ensembles in a variety of hues and designs worn by real brides to get your creative juices flowing for endless inspiration!

Intricately Embroidered Outfits:

Pernia Qureshi
Fashion stylist Pernia Qureshi’s enchanting Nikah outfit was one of a kind. She chose a metallic grey heavily embroidered bridal outfit with a veil and a long trail designed by Pakistani designer Élan Official. Her contemporary bridal outfit was a stunning cross between a lehenga and a gown.

embroidered lehenga
bridal outfit with veil

Photos Courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik

Zahra
Zahra’s awe-inspiring nikah outfit embellished with heavy gold and silver embroidery consisted of a majestic sharara paired with a mix of gold and diamond jewelry. Dark smokey eyes added extra charm and elegance to her look.

Heavy embroidered lehenga Photo Courtesy: Sunny Dhiman Photography

Sobia
Sobia’s cream and gold embroidered lehenga was paired with a translucent dupatta dotted with shiny sequins which was beautifully draped over her head. Her ethereal jewellery and make-up channeled her inner queen.

Cream and gold embroidered lehenga
Photo Courtesy: House On the Clouds

Sheekha
Choosing an unconventional color, this bride stunned all in a dark brown embroidered outfit studded with silver and white jewels. Her elegant passa and earrings added a glorious touch to her look.

Embroidered lehenga
elegant passa

Aaliya Nensey
You can never go wrong with Velvet, no matter the occasion. Aaliya ditched the traditional colors and chose a rich velvet bronze Mughul influenced outfit embellished with silver designs.

Embroidered lehenga
Silver and white jewels

Photos Courtesy: Recall Pictures

Hania
This Lahori bride’s mesmerizing outfit had a detailed, delicate yellow embroidery on a dark grey lehenga along with a tulle net dupatta embellished with golden zari work.

Embroidered lehenga
delicate yellow embroidery

Nabeeha
A gorgeous grey and silver creation, Nabeeha’s nikkah look unleashed her inner diva with its ultra-reflective embroidery that glinted with her every move. To complement her look she chose a minimally embroidered frilled dupatta, a statement maang tikka, choker necklace, and a pearl nath.

Silver lehenga
Embridered frilled dupatta

Photos Courtesy: Kodoclicker

Aabidah
Going classic with tons of glamour, Aabidah’s nikkah look was fit for a princess with its intricate sequin work that glinted brightly under the spotlight. Completing her look was a multi-layered necklace, earrings and maang tikka studded with diamonds and emeralds.

Silver lehenga
Embridered frilled dupatta

Photos Courtesy: Studio A

Traditional Red Outfits:

Kareena Kapoor Khan Kareena donned a heavily embroidered royal vintage heirloom sharara when she tied the knot with Saif Ali Khan. The outfit was originally her mother-in-law Sharmila Tagore’s wedding outfit. The bridal piece was restored and further embellished by Ritu Kumar. Nothing spells class more than a heritage piece.

Kareena Kapoor

Zainab
This bride chose a regal looking wine-colored velvet lehenga-choli with intricate designs that included pops of pink to contrast the red. She looked resplendent in her gold kundan jewellery, a maang tikka, and an ornate passa. The bride’s graceful look is captured beautifully in the photos.

Wine colored velvet lehenga
Gold kundan Jewelry

Photos Courtesy: Ramit Batra

Nida Farooqui
Nida Farooqui married the Nawab of Kurnool in a grand royal wedding. The Begum picked a traditional red embroidered lehenga with golden zari work. Her moti studded necklace, passa, maang tikka and earrings gave her an ethereal look. Her royal visage was completed with a gorgeous floral bun and glittery eye makeup.

Royal Nawabi look Photo Courtesy: Ram Bherwani

Ramsha
An all-time bridal favorite, this bride left no stone unturned with her stunning red lehenga adorned with copious amounts of intricate gold embroidery. Adding a final flourish to her vibrant attire was the traditional passa, a gold maang tikka, heavy kundan necklaces, finished off perfectly with a matte red pout.

Stunning Red lehenga Photo Courtesy: Plush Affairs

Sarah
Emanating modern glamour with its ruby-red sequins and light dupatta, this nikah lehenga is perfect for those wanting a contemporary outfit which is timely. Eschewing the traditional gold jewelry bride Sarah chose a delicate diamond necklace, maang tikka, and earrings that contrasted delightfully with the bright red.

Red Sequin lehenga Photo Courtesy: Sam & Ekta

Jehan
Simple yet stunning, this bride’s bright red salwar suit popped perfectly against her bright complexion. Accessorized with a light nath, maang tikka, and heirloom bangles, this look was captured in all its grace, where she celebrated her heritage with a traditional heavy Hyderabadi style khara dupatta.

bright red salwar suitPhoto Courtesy: KnotsbyAMP

Pretty in Pink Outfits:

Hanna
The bride’s delightfully simple yet show-stopping dusty pink Nizaami bridal look is noteworthy. Styled with a layered satlada, jhoomar passa, and maang tikka this look manifests feminine charm while keeping a dainty toe firmly in tradition.

Nizami bride
Dusty pink lehenga

Photos Courtesy: Knotty Affair by Namit & Vipul

Dipika Kakkar
Television actress Dipika Kakkar opted for a vibrant pink Nikah outfit embellished with golden zari work. Pairing her attire with gold and emerald green jewelry, the actress added golden kaleerein to her look in order to acknowledge her own traditions.

Vibrant pink embroidered lehengaPhoto Courtesy: The Glam Wedding

Sona Rafiq
A perfect fusion of pink and gold, this Pakistani bride’s rose-gold lehenga gave her the best of both worlds with its intricately embroidered blouse and sheer dupatta. Accessorizing her look was a traditional choker and heavy earrings.

Rose Gold lehenga
embroidered blouse

Photo Courtesy: Fatima Tariq Photography

Ain
This Kashmiri bride chose a pastel pink pearl-studded outfit punctuated with elaborate embroidery from head to toe. Completing her look was a beaded silver and blue necklace, a gold and blue gem-encrusted passa, choker, maang tikka and a pair of gorgeous jhumkas.

Pastel pink outfit

A’amna
A vivid combination of pink, magenta, purple, and copper, A’amna’s nikkah look exuded traditional vibes without overpowering the senses. Pairing the heavily embroidered and flowy copper hued sharara with a vivid magenta kurta and dupatta, this nikkah look with its Mughal inspired gold jewelry was a feast for the eyes.

Traditional look
Traditional look

Photo Courtesy: Sabah Azam

Classic and regal green Outfits:

Shahbano
This beautiful Pakistani bride’s pearl-white embroidered outfit was accompanied by a majestic emerald green shawl that stole the show. Regal to the extreme, this look is perfect for brides who are leaning towards vintage style and minimalism.

pearl white embroidered outfit
emerald green shawl

Naima
Staying true to tradition while expressing her love for gem-toned hues, Naima’s rich green and gold sharara exuded luxury and a certain vintage charm that made it an instant classic. Paired with a Nizami pearl and gem-encrusted passa, a triangular maang tikka and a layered emerald necklace, this leaf green kurta and off-white dupatta combo, helped the bride channel her inner royal.

gem toned lehenga Photos Courtesy: Reels and Dreams

Subtle Ivory and Gold Outfits

Alyana
This bride opted for a detailed, gorgeous lace embroidered saree oozing vintage elegance. Accentuating her graceful outfit was a pearl bracelet, an elegant necklace and earrings. The bride’s epoch outfit is captured beautifully in these pictures.

Embroidered sareePhoto Courtesy: Whatknot

Soha Ali Khan
In true Nawabi style, Soha Ali Khan wore a regal looking golden lehenga-choli with a rust orange tulle dupatta embellished with a golden border. The Pataudi Princess wore her mother Sharmila Tagore’s heirloom jewellery on her special occasion.

Golden lehenga with a rust orange dupatta

Naznin
This bride’s elegant ivory attire is a class apart. From the pearl-studded kurta to the chikankari dupatta, her outfit embodied luxury and beauty. Paired with matching pearl jewelry and muted makeup, this look is reminiscent of the retro Bollywood heroine.

Chikankari Dupatta
Pearl-studded Kurta

Photos Courtesy: Magic Motion Media

Amyna
Donning an ivory and gold bordered saree, this bride broke the norms and made a statement with her nikah outfit choice. Embellished with Swarovski crystals that glinted with her every move, this attire is best for brides who love to keep it classic yet bold.

ivory and gold bordered saree chikankarilehenga
Embellished with Swarovski crystal

Photos Courtesy: Luminous

Naazma
Embroidered with Lucknowi chikankari and paired with light gold jewelry, this nikah look echoes timeless elegance and simplicity. If you’re a lover of pristine white, then this look is bound to inspire you.

Lucknowi chikankarilehenga
gold jewelry

Marjhan
The bride’s heavily embroidered trailing ivory and silver jacket had hints of baby pink and a cool-toned metallic silver silk gharara. The white net dupatta with a heavy border and sequins across it added a final beautiful flourish to her look.

heavily embroidered outfitPhoto Courtesy: Melrish Studio

Maysie
Maysie’s Anarkali set gives an enchanting Mughal era vibe. Amping up her royal inspired outfit was a layered emerald necklace and an exquisite maang tikka that were in perfect sync with her look.

Ivory Nikah outfitPhoto Courtesy: Little Miss Clo Photography

Rizwana Sherin
Rizwana chose a subtle ivory, gold and pink Sabyasachi lehenga embroidered with floral prints. She accessorized her nikah ensemble with elegant jewelry with a hint of green. If you plan on going for a design out of the box and completely exclusive to you, then this lehenga is what you are looking for!

Ivory, gold and pink lehenga
green jewelry

Photos Courtesy: Jackson James

Maya
A picture of understated elegance in her white lehenga, Maya’s nikkah look is light, breezy, and yet makes a subtle statement. With pastel-hued bangles contrasting with her dark mehndi and diamond jewelry glittering on her neck and forehead, this look ticks all the boxes with ease.

Elegant white lehenga

Photo Courtesy: Encor Studio

Ayesha
Opting for the versatile saree, a garment that never goes out of style, Ayesha’s nikkah look seemed straight out of a magazine all thanks to its perfect play of colors. With gold, off white, and white merging together to create a stunning bridal outfit which also consisted of a sheer dupatta and kundan jewelry, this look is not only beautiful but also versatile.

Ayesha and Nur, New York, US
Ayesha and Nur, New York, US

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