The past few months in India have been filled with numerous celebrity weddings, headlines about high profile engagements and rumored speculations of some more star nuptials on the horizon. It’s absolutely clear that the whole country is buzzing with wedding mania. But it’s not just India that has been hit with a severe case of wedding fever as the UK too witnessed the much anticipated and even more publicized mega Royal Wedding that had millions of eyeballs glued to their screens to watch it live. It’s safe to say that some cosmic chain of events has caused a whirlwind of romances amongst the world’s elite and all the fervour isn’t likely to die down anytime soon.
It’s impossible not to get swept away in all the wedding excitement and even more so if you or someone you love will be walking down the aisle very soon. Chances are you have been feverishly stalking all the celebrity brides and their guests for your own wedding outfit inspirations and you can’t help but day dream about your own time to shine. Your own summer wedding or the one you will attend might not have the paparazzi scrambling to get a glimpse of your own looks but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to take a tons of pictures for yourself anyway. After all, what’s the point of getting all dolled up without photographing every inch of that effort?
If you’ve been keenly observing Indian celebrity wedding fashions then you’ve no doubt figured out that high-end designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra, Abu Jaani Sandeep Khosla, Tarun Tahiliani, Anamika Khanna and others in the same league are obvious choices for the ultra rich. However unless you too can afford the massive price tags it’s unlikely that you can wear the same outfits. Having things copied by your friendly neighbourhood tailor more often than not has disastrous consequences and you’ll likely end up spending much more to rush order an emergency outfit.
Rather than wearing shoddy copies that have none of the grandeur of the original design and giving yourself a panic attack trying to find something passable last minute, wouldn’t it be wiser to pick fresh designer labels that don’t burn a hole in your pocket? There are loads of fantastic designers with stunning creations that will have you looking like nothing short of royalty and a style diva, without having to pay for the big names. You can either pull an Anushka Sharma and pick one designer for all your summer wedding outfits or play the field like Sonam Kapoor and mix it up with a few notable names.
If you’re after an all-rounder then Neha Khanna’s penchant for fusing Indian handlooms with international silhouettes will appeal to you. Her collections are decidedly contemporary in styling but also center around making Indian textiles the star of the outfits. Her designs range from ethnic chic for weddings and mehendis to indo-western for sangeets and cocktails.
Hand Embroidered Handloom Lehenga
Royal Blue Sangeet Gown
Red Daisy Cross Back
Black Front Slit Kurta
Yet another brand that does it all but in much more glamorous versions is Renee Label which is the brainchild of sisters Pooja and Karuna. The duo is also about juxtaposing ethnic textiles and embroideries with contemporary cuts but their take on the concept is much more dramatic. Their designs would be ideal for summer weddings with large numbers and more formal events. From gowns to sarees and everything in between, it will be difficult to decide which one to leave behind because the choices are all luscious.
Blush And Tangerine Sari
Teal Draped Saree
Mint Blue Embroidered Lehenga
Blush Pink Georgette Lehenga
If it’s Bollywood glam that you’re after then Bodhitree by yet another sister team will definitely make your Hindi-movie-loving-heart sing. Conceptualized and designed by Shubha and Siddhi Gupta, this label is for those who prefer the opulence of heavy embroideries and luxurious fabrics. All of the outfits borrow from the rich cultural heritage of their roots in Rajasthan in North India. Making their collections the answer to the prayers of those who couldn’t get enough of Deepika in Padmavat and Aishwarya in Jodha Akbar.
Zanya Jacket Lehenga
Qafila Salwar Suit
Azalia Kurta And Trouser Set
If you like your Indian looks but would also like to bring in a touch of the western to your summer wedding wardrobe then Jasmine Bains’ collection strikes a seamless balance. Her design philosophy is all about classic, feminine, elegant and avant garde fashion. The range includes embellished evening gowns, layered pant sets, draped jumpsuits and fusion dresses for those events where you really want to push the boundaries of modern Indian occasion wear.
Earthy Skin Silk Georgette Jumpsuit
Lilac And Yellow Silk Georgette Flower Cape
Rose Silk Georgette Sequinned Embellished Gown
Mint Green Silk Georgette Suit Set
The beauty of fashion is its constant reinterpretation of the same ideas and Shruti Singla gives us yet another take on contemporary Indian wear. Her one-of-a-kind pieces combine the flowing grace of pleats and drapes with the roughness of structured elements. The contrast results in outfits that exude sophistication and charm while also retaining their innate ethnicity through intricate embroideries. Shruti’s collection brings yet another option for those want their Indian outfits to have a bit of an edge so they can stand out in a crowd.
One Shoulder Asymmetrical Dress
Backless Dress With Trouser
Shoulder Cut Dress
Cobalt Blue Cage Suit