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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.

Exquisite Intricacies
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.

Bridal saree inspirationDesigner: 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.

Celebrity indulgence
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.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

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.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Photos Courtesy: The Celeb Stories

Minimalistic Elegance
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.

Bridal saree inspirationDesigner: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photo Courtesy: Kindred Wedding Photographers

Vintage Allure
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.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Mark Swaroop

Embroidered extravagance
A great option for a summer wedding, bride Catherine Thangam’s delicate net saree gets amped up in style with a heavily-embellished blouse.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Sephi Bergerson

Breezy Layering
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!

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Photos Courtesy: Aniket Mazumdar Photography

Deccan royalty
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.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Photos Courtesy: Shades Photography

Heirloom Splendour
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.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Designer: Jayanti Reddy (Blouse) | Photos Courtesy: Made in Mono

Veiled Beauty
Photographer Roma Ganesh put an interesting spin on her traditional South Indian bridal look with an additional veil and a train.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Designer: Kanakavalli Edit | Photos Courtesy: Richa Nag Photography

Glamorous Legal Proceedings
Bride Mythili donned a simple yet glamorous ensemble for her intimate farmhouse wedding.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

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.

Bridal saree inspirationDesigner: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photo Courtesy: Motiejus

Earthy Elegance
The perfect alternative to a white wedding gown, this ethereal nude saree with an embroidered blouse is breathtakingly beautiful.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Amarantel Lifestyle Studio

Banarasi Opulence
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.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: FotoWalle – The Story Folks

Contemporary Charm
This dainty combination of peach and mint in net with embroidered floral designs is a lovely choice for a day ceremony.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Photos Courtesy: Gabe Aceves

Royal Resplendence
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.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

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.

Bridal saree inspirationPhoto Courtesy: WhatKnot

Precious Heirlooms
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.

Bridal saree inspirationDesigner: Sabyasachi Mukherjee(Blouse) | Photo Courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik

Traditional Tranquility
Bride Aakriti’s serene off-white ensemble with delicate temple jewelry looked effortlessly gorgeous for her day wedding.

Bridal saree inspirationDesigner: Sheemati | Photo Courtesy: Jackson James Photography

Culture Carnival
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.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Photos Courtesy: Van Middleton

Pearlescent glow
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.

Bridal saree inspirationDesigner: 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.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Designer: Swamini Saree | Photos Courtesy: Photizo Studio

Starry spectacle
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.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Designer: Tarun Tahiliani | Photos Courtesy: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Angelic vibes
This gorgeous bride chose the path less travelled, switching out the traditional gharara and sharara for a graceful ivory saree for her Nikaah.

Bridal saree inspiration
Bridal saree inspiration

Designer: Magic mirror | Photos Courtesy: WhatKnot

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