The wedding day is one of the most important days in a person’s life. This is the day marking the unification of two souls with a single thought; two hearts that beat as one. The typical picture of a conventional Indian bride would be of her being dressed in red.
After all, tradition has it that red, being associated with the rising sun, is known to symbolise the hue of a new life. Moreover, if you are an avid follower in astrology, you would know that the planet Mars that rules marriage, is red in colour. Hence, bridal wear or anything auspicious related to marriage, like sindoor, should be red in colour.
However, new age tradition persuades us to change our view and inspect other aspects of the colour wheel as well. Welcome to 2014, where sophisticated, elegant and graceful can also translate into a white bridal haute couture outfit. White, a colour that can look charming with lace or sexy if used in spandex, is no longer associated with mourning or widowhood in India.
White is powerful, white is ladylike, white suits almost any skin tone and with the right silhouette, it can do wonders for your body shape, be it petite or curvy. This latest fashion craze of white Indian wedding dresses have even taken over Bollywood and the world by storm.
How do you make a white Indian wedding dress your ‘modus operandi’ on your wedding day? It is the day you have been waiting for all your life and you would want everything to go according to plan. Let us save you from biting off those pretty manicured nails in anxiety about what you should wear, because when it comes to contemporary bridal wear, and in this case, an elegant white Indian wedding dress, we do it better than anybody else. Simply browse through our collections of exquisite white Indian bridal wear and take your pick. We are focusing on the hottest trend right now, i.e., the colour white. Here are a few stunning white Indian wedding dresses for you to browse through at ease.
This enchanting, minimalistic yet elegant white Indian wedding dress, with a sequined, well fitted bodice and beautiful embroidery on the train, will surely make you the trendsetter for the season. The gold undertones also give it a touch of old world charm. Although this look can be carried off well by many women, we would not advise dusky beauties to go for this look. Women with pale skin, light eyes and blonde or light to medium brunette hair will pull this look off with élan.
Pair this look with a gold crusted choker, metallic bands, minimal ear studs and a pair of nude heels.
Style Tip: The gold in this white Indian wedding dress will enhance the glow on your skin. Put on a bit of bronzer, team it up with smoky eyes, nude lips and voila, you are the bride of the season!
This exquisite black, gold and white combination of shimmery grace in a white Indian wedding dress is very versatile. From pale skinned lovelies to dusky beauties with dark skin undertones, this piece would be the best way to start a new life with the man you love. Remember to keep the accessories and makeup minimal for this white Indian wedding dress, as too much of bling, even on your wedding day may backfire.
On a further note, do not expect the groom to receive any kind of attention; all eyes will be fixed on you!
Style Tip: For a more traditional look, it is a good idea to pin the delicate dupatta lightly around your midriff. For a more contemporary look, let the dupatta flow to flaunt your style.
The gorgeous oversized pleats are so classy and unique, you could dare someone to try to find a similar piece elsewhere. The light and floaty fabric would keep you easy breezy through the day, and on the dance floor you can execute all your moves without the fear of having a Marilyn Monroe moment, because of the ideal length of the outfit.
Our word of advice for ladies with a pale complexion would be to skip this option. A bright white colour on an already pale complexion can make you look washed out. However, this white Indian wedding dress would look brilliant on women with dark olive skin to those with dusky complexions - think famous faces from Selena Gomez, Rihanna to Lupita. The minimal intricate gold patterns will provide radiance to your complexion. Pair this look off with gold stringed pearls and perhaps, an exquisite ring. This look would be perfect with a bright lip colour, moderately done eyes and skin with a fresh, dewy glow.
Style Tip: If you are petite, we recommended that you pair your white Indian wedding dress with the highest pair of heels.
What else can define a glowing bride, than a radiant, perfectly embellished white and gold heavy wedding lehenga? This timeless piece simply exuberates feminine elegance, however we recommend pale skinned ladies to skip this look. We promise to make it up to you though (read the next pick)! This white Indian wedding dress is one of those pieces you will be able to treasure forever. Beauties with olive to dark skin tones would suit this white Indian wedding dress the best - think Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Lupita. A further advantage of this outfit is that the fitting of the gorgeous gold sequined bodice is such that you will need minimal to no alteration. You would look absolutely stunning in this anyway!
Pair this white Indian wedding dress with gold statement jewellery. Red lips and voluminous hair will add an extra touch of glamour to your outfit. Do not be surprised if you get invited to Cannes after sporting this exquisite look!
We said that we would make up to you beautiful pale skinned ladies, so here is an option with a fabulous white and flamboyant gold combination - all in one single white Indian wedding dress. With the bold blouse, the mildly pleated gold embroidered train, the subtle as-delicate-as-wings dupatta, you may lose some of your girlfriends to envy when you step out in this number!
We assure you that this look would shine on pale skin as well as dusky skin. In terms of makeup, you can opt for a simple yet striking look by enhancing your eyes with dark, smoky eye makeup paired with nude lips. If you ladies are feeling extra experimental, you can pair light kohl rimmed eyes with bright neon lips, probably in red.
Style Tip: Want to transform your look to a Rajput regal princess? Just pin the dupatta from your shoulder across your waist, and layer with heavy embellished and chunky neck pieces, preferably in a hot orange or cobalt blue shade. Ranging from polki necklaces, chandbalis, maangtikka, paasa, jhumkis, nath, Rajasthani borla,haath-phool, ghunghroos, rings, kamarbandh - basically all forms of heavy jewellery would transform you from great to glam; but do remember to not overdo it else it may become a tad too "Bollywood".
Another suggestion: This beautiful white Indian wedding dress will best flatter a well-defined figure with a toned stomach in order to suit the higher cut of the blouse.
Here is another picture perfect white Indian wedding dress that will beautify almost anyone from fair to dark complexions. Pair this look with smoky, black eyes and bronze cheeks for a minimal, yet striking look. A typical Hindu bride will normally choose not to wear a gown on her wedding, but don this white Indian wedding dress on your Sangeet and rest assured, you will constantly be in the spotlight. Further, the perfect length and light weight of this white Indian wedding dress will enable you to literally keep on “Dancing Away with his (your groom’s) Heart”, throughout the night!
We would recommend pairing this white Indian wedding dress with gold, stringy pearls, or even a necklace in deep, rich tones such as a cobalt blue or a blood red necklace, to enhance the brilliant white colour of this outfit. Be sure to include elements of gold in your makeup, especially bronzed cheeks, as this will make you radiate even more and complement the gold details in the dress.
Style Tip: The long silhouette of this white Indian wedding dress makes it imperative to pair the look with a gorgeous pair of heels.
Another suggestion: Get some rocking dance music like Usher’s “DJ’s got us falling in love again”, and post all the wedding ceremonies, dance the night away “Till the World Ends”!
The striking elements of this outfit are endless - from the gorgeous colour, stunning azure peacock motif, pita embellishments, resham work on the pallu and the rich border to the pink booti detail work and the blue sleeveless blouse. If this is not love at first sight, we don’t know what is. Virtually any lady in the world can carry this look off with ease. Wear it to your Sangeet, your wedding, or a cocktail party and you will be the female version of “The Lone Wolf”, also known as “The Lone Stunner”.
Pair this off-white Indian wedding saree with cobalt blue earrings. The key is to keep the look simple, as being dressed in this type of opulent white Indian saree is enough to set your image in the minds of everyone as the stunning, flawless woman in the room.
Just a suggestion: A special lady comes to our mind when we see this saree - “The Bride’s Sister”. Wink.
This trendy gold and white Indian wedding dress screams fun, fearless, fabulous and feminine. From the fitted and sequined bodice and the absolutely gorgeous train to the heavily embroidered detailing of this white Indian wedding dress, only one word comes to mind - Beautiful. Pair it with your best pair of dangling gold earring and bright blood red lips with nails in the same colour.
Style Tip: Keep the makeup fresh and dewy instead of bronze and gold shades if you are opting for gold earrings with this white Indian wedding dress. Too much gold around your face can make you look sallow.
So now that you have made your mind up on what you are going to wear on your big day, what about the other special occasions which come before The Big Day? Fear not, as we have got quite a few options that could brighten up your Mehendi and Sangeet ceremonies as well.
For ladies with pale to olive-skinned complexions, one look at the beautiful patterns on the train of this white skirt with Indian-inspired art and you will fall in love with this number. Pair this white Indian wedding dress with a gold embroidered jacket as shown here and dangling earrings, and you are certain to look and feel like a princess.
Style Tip: We would like to gently suggest to dusky skinned beauties to skip this, as it can dull your skin tone.
This gorgeous beaded jacket can be beautifully paired with the white gauze skirt mentioned above. The intricate detailing gives it an oh-so-pretty ladylike charm. What’s more, this versatile jacket can be worn for your wedding or even to your friend’s wedding, paired with the off white net peacock saree shown above (think Sonam Kapoor’s white saree and jacket pairing at Cannes) or over a red lace dress during your honeymoon! Pair this stunning outfit with bronzed cheeks, cat eye liner and nude lips.
Perfect matches need not be made only in heaven. We, at Strand of Silk, make perfect matches too, and what’s more perfect than a glittering combination of black, white and gold! From the beautiful, ornate bodice, the romantic bohemian flowing train, to the ornate intricate embroidery at the hem, this is a timeless piece that stays even when fashion fades. Pair this white Indian wedding dress with gold pumps, loose wavy tresses, and minimal make up to enhance your wedding dress and pair it with a nice pair of gold earrings.
Style Tip: We recommend not pairing a necklace with this outfit as the heart-shaped neckline is beautiful on its own.
Remember, we are here to help you look your best on your special day. So, while the groom handles the wedding ceremony planning, we can guide you in choosing your perfect bridal outfits. We think that a stunning white Indian wedding dress is very much on-trend and if you'd like to customise one of the above styles to your individual style preference, please contact us!