Are you planning a fairytale or a platitude? Thought so. Ditch boring red this season and be inspired by these gorgeous real brides and their unconventional, personality enhancing, color choices in beautiful bridal wear.

It’s your big day and you want to epitomize elegance, grace and beauty. It’s tempting to go with the flow and let red rule your head – but what does your heart say? Would you like to buck the trend and stand out from the same-old same-old? Still unsure?

Take a look at 25 brides who #shedthered and chose patterns, hues and tones that spelled oomph and individuality.

1. Baby Pink Lehenga
At her fairytale wedding in Texas, Natasha’s self-designed dreamy lehenga under her label bZAI by Natasha Arora featured baby pink vegan leather crafted into hundreds of florets on the skirt and paired with beadwork blouse. The look was fresh and perfect on this gorgeous bride.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Matt and Ivy for Ivy Weddings

2. Orange Lehenga
The color of sacred fire and flowers, call it orange or saffron or tangerine, when you wear it, it suffuses your skin with an incredible glow. Now try pairing it with silver jewellery and you can set the night on fire. Aastha carries off her exquisite orange lehenga by Anita Dongre like a fierce goddess, rivaling the sunset, at her beautiful beach wedding in Mumbai.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: The Lightsmiths

3. Soft Pink Peplum Lehenga
The subtle blush tones are perfect on their own and simply stunning when incorporated with other tones like gold and ivory. Gurtej stands tall and beautiful against an azure blue ocean in Mexico – looking sensational and exceptional in a Sabyasachi creation.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Zaheer Molu at Z Molu Photography

4. Colorful Paithani Lehenga
Can you tell that bride Mitali has a fun loving, quirky take on the world? Sure you can. Look at that clever twist on the traditional with a lehenga fashioned out of a Paithani Saree at this wonderful wedding in sunny Goa. The girl is a scene-stealer!

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: WeddingNama

5. Saturated Pink Lehenga
This is the power of pink in action! This pink is hot with undertones of blue and bride Jaya looks ready to light up everyone’s world the minute she walks into her wedding in a self-designed lehenga at the beautiful outdoor venue at the Palos Verdes Estates in California.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Duke Photography

6. Yellow Lehenga
Hey sunshine! It’s bright, it’s bold, it’s fun – yellow brings a spark of joy to any bridal look. Get happy with bride Karishma who was effortlessly effervescent wearing her gorgeous yellow lehenga at her Dubai wedding at the Madinat Jumeirah.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Mili Ghosh

7. Glittering Gold Lehenga
Bling it on! Tanvi was all-gold, pure gold at her glitzy wedding at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai. She simply dazzled under the spotlight on her big day.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Into Candid Photography

8. Peach and Gold Floral Lehenga
Precious things – flowers and gold – are made for brides. Keep it light and breezily beautiful like bride Urmi who rocked this beautiful floral creation in peach and gold floral at her nuptials at the Sheratin Hua Hin Resort and Spa in Thailand.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Colorblind Productions

9. Ivory Lehenga
The wealth of tradition, a whisper of the west – an ivory bridal lehenga is as unconventional as it gets and yet, the way Seema wears this Sabyasachi creation, it just looks classic, elegant and inclusive of all cultures. The lehenga looked ethereal on the shore at Urmi’s beach wedding in sunny California.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Duke Photography

10. Emerald Green Lehenga
Jewel tones always stand out and this emerald green, floral lehenga with its net dupatta is unique and regal. Bride Barbie looks like a princess in this Sabyasachi creation at her wedding in Jaipur at Taj Jai Mahal Palace.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Shades Photography

11. Royal Blue Lehenga
A fashion fairytale unfolds with this exquisite royal blue gota patti lehenga. Bride Shailja looks her traditional best in this stunning creation by Anita Dongre for her wedding in Allahabad.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Soulmate Films

12. Wine Lehenga
Earthy, sensual and a few tones deeper than the traditional red, this lehenga by Manish Malhotra looked stunning on Rachel at her wedding in Italy. Dionysus, the god of wine, would have approved.

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13. Hot Pink Lehenga
Put red to bed, it’s pink you want to grab – but careful, it’s hot! With it’s temperature raising base color and its intricate gold thread work, Sabyasachi hits this one out of the park for bride Priyanka who looks absolutely wonderful!

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: DotDusk Studios

14. Mango Lehenga
You’re not imagining – the color is delicious! This lehenga with its wonderful work and out of the box color by Anamika Khanna is perfectly paired with the vivacity of bride Tanisha’s personality as she twirls at her wedding in Udaipur.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik

15. Peach Lehenga
Peaches and cream – the light, complexion enhancing tones of this lehenga will make you wonder why you ever considered red. Bride Ankita looks traditional as well as trendy in this creation by Anita Dongre with the right amount of bling.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: DotDusk Studios

16. Peach and Chocolate Lehenga
It’s an unusual yet highly intuitive color combination – the girliness of peach with the womanly depth of a rich brown speaks of a faceted personality. And the glamor quotient is up there! Jill looked ravishing in this stunning lehenga by Shyamal and Bhumika at her wedding in Spain.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Erich McVey

17. Powder Pink Floral Lehenga
It looks timeless – the color and charm of the embroidery speaks of bygone eras and yet is effortlessly contemporary. This powder pink floral lehenga by Sabyasachi Mukherjee worn by Resham is young, carefree and all heart.

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18. Gold Sequinned Lehenga
Bride Mugdha sure knows how to sparkle in this dazzling gold sequinned bridal lehenga for her wedding overlooking the oceans at the Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa in Phuket.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Shades

19. Gold and Ivory Lehenga
Like sunlight in a cloudless sky, bride Anusha looked regal and flawless in her gold and ivory lehenga by Sabyasachi. Poised and ready for her groom, she stands tall at her wedding at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Oman.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik

20. Coral Lehenga
Delicate and mysterious, Neha chose a coral lehenga by Koëcsh featuring light, intricate gold work across the entire outfit. A bridal ensemble perfect for a beautiful outdoor wedding at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah resort in Oman, it also set her apart from the crowd.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: DotDusk Studios

21. Silver Floor-length Lehenga
Gold is not the only precious metal especially when it comes to your trousseau. Silver is very much the millennial choice for weddings and accessorizes wisely and you’ll look out of this world. Bride Mariam dazzled in this sparkling creation at her beach wedding at Angsana Laguna Phuket.

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22. Pale Pink Lehenga Saree
The palest of pinks contrasted with detailed, heavy embellishment is a treat for the eyes and it’s all you need if you’re looking for an indo-western ensemble. Bride Shruti looked delicate and feminine in her bridal avatar ready to tie the knot at Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Gregory Grytchenko of Blue Eye Picture

23. White and Gold Lehenga
What happens when you customize your white lehenga by getting your love story embroidered on it in gold? You get a classic 14 kali masterpiece of a lehenga designed by the bride Kresha herself which she rocked on her wedding day. Talk about an unconventional bridal ensemble! What’s more, the bride has now hung her gorgeous creation up in her home as a piece of art!

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: House of Pixels

24. Pink and Orange Lehenga
All things bright and beautiful get together to make this heavily embellished pink and orange lehenga a stand-out choice. Doesn’t Miloni look simply spectacular in her Anamika Khanna lehenga and that gorgeous Kundan necklace?

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik

25. Green Lehenga
The colors of the forest were on catwalks all season and this unique color is not only a surefire way to steal the show but also shows you’re totally on trend! Bride Alysha looks stunning in her green ensemble by Tarun Tahiliani on her big day at Royal Cliff Grand Hotel in Thailand.

ShedTheRed wedding lehengaPhoto Courtesy: Studio Snapster

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