Choosing a wedding lehenga can be as nerve wracking as the actual ceremony. Wading through a sea of contemporary lehengas, the innumerable suggestions and an army of aunts and cousins who find you to be the most beautiful bride every time your try a new lehenga… Phew… Isn’t that enough to make you lose your mind. So, here we are, with everything little detail you need to keep in mind while choosing your wedding lehenga.
1. A summer bride or a winter bride?
Let’s start with the basics! The fabric you choose for the lehenga matters more than you think. After all, you don’t want to end up all sweaty and uncomfortable in summers or quiver in winters. No matter what is in vogue, you need to choose the right material. Chiffons and georgettes are perfect for a summer wedding while silk and velvet work great for a winter wedding.
2. Factor in your body type
While a well-chosen lehenga can work wonders for your look, an impulsive choice could end up in a fashion disaster. Though Indian women look beautiful in a lehenga, the trick is to pick the right lehenga for your body type.
Hour-glass: Has a defined waist which needs to be shown-off in style. Mermaid cut lehengas with a short choli will work wonders for you!
Pear-shaped: Heavier bottom with a smaller bust. Choose a bridal lehenga with simple cuts and an accentuated choli to enhance those curves.
Top-heavy: Choose a blouse with a wide neckline in soft fabrics. Go for flared lehengas to keep the balance between your upper and lower body
3. Looks do matter!
It goes without saying, a bridal lehenga should look breathtakingly gorgeous, it is essential that you do not look over the top. Right from the style of your choli, the style of the lehenga, accessories, colour of the ensemble to the dupatta, every component should come together beautifully. Given that this will be the costliest piece of dress you will ever own, make sure you can wear this piece for other occasions.
4. Get the net right
Net is one of the preferred choices for bridal lehengas or you can opt for organza which looks like soft net and looks gorgeous. Besides, the camera doesn’t capture the net, thus, making the apparel look translucent and almost fairy-like.
5. Your skin tone matters too
When it comes to your bridal lehenga, it’s important to pay attention to the colour you choose. Indian skin tones range from light to dusky, and while it’s a blessing as you can pull off a number of shades, most Indian women aren’t aware of what works well for their skin tone. But fret not! Here are a few quick tips:
Fair skin tone: Lively and vividly coloured bridal lehengas works beautifully. Choose the right accessory to compliment your clothing.
Light brown skin tone: Go for earthy colours. They look sober and elegant. You can also go in for pastels which are a rage with designers this season. Golden thread work over earthy colours looks elegant and rich and definitely makes for an eye-catching piece.
6. Type of blouse
Never underestimate the power of the perfect blouse. While brides always put a lot of effort in choosing the lehenga, in most pictures, the lehenga doesn’t even show as it is either a close up or a bust shot! Therefore, it is essential that you choose a beautiful choli. A lot of experimental options are there. You can either opt for a short blouse with a great neckline or pick chaniya choli lehengas.
7. Choose your dupatta carefully
Dupattas not only make you look beautiful, but also add a whole new dimension to the attire. Choose the dupatta with care and pick the right length because in the end it does matter. Also choose a dupatta with a bright coloured inner cloth as this will frame your face. A darker colour like green or navy blue will produce shadows and make your face look dull.
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