Trendy and Traditional: Brides Who Dazzled in Sarees
Take your style cues from these real-life brides who ditched lehengas for the sartorial elegance of the saree.
When it comes to building a bridal trousseau, there is nothing that compares to the allure of the saree. Quintessentially Indian, it is a garment that embodies timeless elegance that transcends age and trends. Wrapping a mere six yards of a single fabric to create a silhouette that exudes femininity and grace is nothing short of magical.
The charm and comfort of the saree makes it an absolute must in the wardrobe of every Indian bride. Such is its allure that modern brides are now not afraid to ditch the trendy lehenga in favor of wearing a saree on their wedding day. Available in myriad fabrics and an array of craftsmanship, there is no limit to the spectrum of colors and styles available to experiment with. We rounded up our favorite brides who put their own personal spin on this heritage garment, striking the perfect balance between traditional and chic. Read on to know more.
A vision in tulle:
Red remains a favorite amongst Indian brides, and reinforcing this fact was Bollywood star Rajkummar Rao’s bride Patralekhaa Paul who looked radiant in a delicate tulle saree with embroidered buttis paired with a customized veil.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik
Fashion-forward in florals:
Eschewing the traditional bright hues, Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif decided to pay homage to her British roots by donning a vintage-inspired couture saree with a trailing veil that resembled a gown with a silhouette that featured hand-cut English flowers.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Errikos Andreou
Rooted in Red:
Bollywood actress Yami Gautam looked the perfect Himachali bride in her dark red zari saree with a dainty patterned blouse.
Actress Dia Mirza favored traditional glamour in this bright red banarasi saree with a thick zari border and geometric patterns across the body.
Designer: Raw Mango
Athlete Jwala Gutta celebrated her Telugu heritage in this stunning sky blue Kanchipuram saree with a subtle zari weave and a bright red border. Accentuating her look was a heavily embroidered blouse that matched her gold jewelry perfectly.
Designer: Label Vida | Photos Courtesy: Karan Soma Photography, Eshaan Giri
Off white Elegance:
Simple and elegant, bride Kritika Jeff was a vision in this off-white saree that had gold zari details, floral buttis and a red layered border which she paired with an interesting striped blouse!
Designer: Raw Mango | Photos Courtesy: Drita Photography
Kannada TV Actress Nithya Ram made heads turn in her gold kanjivaram silk saree that glistened under the sun with her every move!
Photos Courtesy: Raj RJ
Making a statement in this bright magenta saree with large gold zari buttis and a thick zari border, bride Suji was a real vision on her big day.
Designer: Pachiayappas | Photo Courtesy: Sheraz Khwaja Photography
Tired of red? Take a cue from bride Jyothi and give your bridal look a refreshing makeover while staying true to tradition in this gorgeous aqua green saree with silver zari work.
Designer: Dhanya’s Fashion at DDesigns | Photos Courtesy: Gireesh Chalakudy Photography
Red and gold magic:
Bride Samidha was a showstopper in her heirloom bridal saree that turned heads at her traditional Maharashtrian wedding.
Photo Courtesy: Oragraphy
A new take on tradition:
Looking breezy and modern, bride Meghna Goyal ticked all the right boxes in this ruffled floral saree paired with a statement sleeveless blouse and scalloped veil.
Designer: Arpita Mehta | Photo Courtesy: House on the Clouds
If you want to make a statement, then this structured bronze saree with its unique, contemporary silhouette worn by bride Mehal Kejriwal is your answer.
Designer: Rimzim Dadu | Photo Courtesy: Claude Loren Wedding Photography & Films
This saree donned by bride Varsha was of a deep burnt orange hue woven with complex zari work. Needless to say, it was alluring and unapologetically desi!
Photo Courtesy: LightBucket Productions
A great way to add a unique spin on a classic heirloom silk saree, this intricate jharokha design with a perched pigeon on former Miss India Earth Prachi Mishra’s bespoke bridal blouse is beyond beautiful.
Designer: Nalli Silks (Saree), Blouse (Sakina Ahmed) | Photo Courtesy: Made in Mono
Pretty in Pastels
Who says pastels can only be worn in light breezy fabrics? This delicate blush kanjeevaram saree with light gold work worn by bride Ashrita Shetty is the perfect choice for a summer or beach wedding.
Photos Courtesy: Knotty Affair by Namit & Vipul
They may have millions of admirers constantly following them for awe-inspiring designer couture but our celebrities have shown their love and appreciation for traditional heirlooms time and time again. The gold and red silk Kanjeevaram sported by Deepika Padukone for her Konkan wedding is absolutely stunning.
Designer: Angadi Galleria | Photos Courtesy: Errikos Andreou and Mark Swaroop
Marathi Mulgi in Paithani
Known for its richness and beauty, the Paithani-style saree holds a special place in Maharashtrian weddings. Celebrity Neha Pendse wowed us with her take on it when she paired this fresh pink hue with a feminine floral blouse.
Photos Courtesy: The Celeb Stories
This muted net saree with pearl embroidery was worn by a bride for her simple, woodsy wedding. Surrounded by nature, this outfit and setting makes for stunning style inspiration.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photo Courtesy: Kindred Wedding Photographers
Banarasi silks generally bring to mind visions of bright colors and rich gold. This bride exuded vintage charm at her wedding in Sri Lanka. She wore a unique peach-beige Banarasi saree for her wedding.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Mark Swaroop
A great option for a summer wedding, bride Catherine Thangam’s delicate net saree gets amped up in style with a heavily-embellished blouse.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Sephi Bergerson
Bride Archana Walavalkar wore a Banarasi tissue saree with a zardosi embroidered blouse and a metallic dupatta, keeping it super stylish with light jewelry and her hair over her shoulders in a cascade of waves!
Photos Courtesy: Aniket Mazumdar Photography
This bridal look of a classic red Kanjivaram saree paired with heavy traditional jewelry, including extravagant kaleerein, made for a luxuriously decked-up look exuding opulence.
Photos Courtesy: Shades Photography
Bride Shravanti went all out to honor her ancestral heritage. She teamed her yellow, gold and red Kanjeevaram saree with temple jewelry pieces passed down in her family over generations.
Designer: Jayanti Reddy (Blouse) | Photos Courtesy: Made in Mono
Photographer Roma Ganesh put an interesting spin on her traditional South Indian bridal look with an additional veil and a train.
Designer: Kanakavalli Edit | Photos Courtesy: Richa Nag Photography
Glamorous Legal Proceedings
Bride Mythili donned a simple yet glamorous ensemble for her intimate farmhouse wedding.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Sweet Pickle Pictures
Charismatic in Cream
Bride Shachi oozed charm in her embroidered cream and gold saree, which she teamed with delicate jewelry and a statement blouse with a cityscape embroidered on the sleeve.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photo Courtesy: Motiejus
The perfect alternative to a white wedding gown, this ethereal nude saree with an embroidered blouse is breathtakingly beautiful.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Amarantel Lifestyle Studio
Nothing says quintessentially Indian like a rich red and gold Banarasi saree. This bride paired her ensemble with a dupatta to add a layer of drama to her look.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: FotoWalle – The Story Folks
This dainty combination of peach and mint in net with embroidered floral designs is a lovely choice for a day ceremony.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Gabe Aceves
Bride Karuna Parikh went all out with the quintessential bridal red and gold, wearing a rich Banarasi saree teamed with a floral-embroidered blouse, waistband and statement jewelry. It may be an indulgent use of print on print, but it works perfectly for this stylish bride.
Designer: Ekaya Banaras | Photos Courtesy: Nayantara Parikh
Celebration of Color
Nothing says ‘bridal beauty’ like a beaming, sun-kissed bride! This wedding was a celebration of love and the union of two families and two cultures. The bride’s radiant ensemble was the perfect sartorial expression of the joyous occasion. This Marathi bride paired her mango and fuchsia Paithani saree with an intricate fuchsia shawl in a customary drape.
Photo Courtesy: WhatKnot
Our mothers’ and grandmothers’ wardrobes are a treasure chest of timeless pieces and priceless inspiration. Add your own twist to a heritage piece like celebrity Samantha Prabhu, who teamed her husband’s grandmother’s saree with an intricate Sabyasachi blouse in a contrasting color for a traditional yet unique look.
Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee(Blouse) | Photo Courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik
Bride Aakriti’s serene off-white ensemble with delicate temple jewelry looked effortlessly gorgeous for her day wedding.
Designer: Sheemati | Photo Courtesy: Jackson James Photography
There aren’t many hues on the color wheel that come together as well as green and red. This bride teamed her red and gold Kanjeevaram saree with an embroidered green blouse and an intriguing mix of gold and diamond jewelry for her hindu wedding in Sydney.
Photos Courtesy: Van Middleton
Bride Saima incorporated the soothing hues of cream and lavender in her ensemble to match the fresh decor of her spring backyard wedding. The delicate embellishments, combined with alluring pearl jewelry and soft floral prints, enveloped her in vintage charm.
Designer: Bilal Kazimov | Photo Courtesy: Senna Ahmad
Nuptial Nine Yards
Bride Uttara paid tribute to her Marathi roots with a bridal red nine-yard ‘nauvari’ saree and an off-white and gold ‘shela’(shawl) that she teamed with a mix of new and heirloom jewelry.
Designer: Swamini Saree | Photos Courtesy: Photizo Studio
For her LA Nikkah ceremony, bride Surina Kajani was the picture of elegance in concept saree by Tarun Tahiliani featuring multicoloured resham embroidery that exuded starry vibes.
Designer: Tarun Tahiliani | Photos Courtesy: Lin & Jirsa Photography
This gorgeous bride chose the path less travelled, switching out the traditional gharara and sharara for a graceful ivory saree for her Nikaah.
Designer: Magic mirror | Photos Courtesy: WhatKnot
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