Finding the perfect lehenga for your engagement ceremony can sometimes be more tedious than finding your wedding lehenga. We say this because the lehenga for engagement ceremony needs to be special but definitely not so grandiose that it would be difficult for your bridal lehenga to match up.
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The best way of finding the right lehenga would be to go in for one of the more modern lehengas that are in vogue these days.
These designer lehengas come with minimal embellishments, with the focus more on the silhouette and the fabric. The detailing tends to be intricate and understated, to give you a look of timeless elegance.
Today, we’ve picked five such modern designer lehengas for an engagement ceremony so that you can give the sarees and the conventional lehengas a miss and try something new while you exchange rings!
A colour like powder blue is not a part of the typical bridal attire palette and that is what makes this lehenga special. Note the absence of heavy duty embellishments that tend to weigh down most bridal lehengas. However, Anita Dongre does incorporate her trademark gota patti work in the blouse that makes it stand out. You can even find intricate thread work on the net brocade lehenga that lends it a rich appeal.
Its subdued colour and minimal albeit delicate embroidery makes it a fabulous choice for the woman who appreciates subtlety. Simply finish the outfit with chaand balis and kundan bangles to look your irresistible best! Similar lehengas like this in lemon yellow, peach and sea green are great choices if you want to go in for an unconventional colour.
Hot pink is a favourite colour among women but most brides-to-be veer towards more ‘traditional’ colours like red or regular pink for they are not confident about carrying off a colour as bright as hot pink for their big day. If you are also in the same boat, then we suggest that you start looking for designer lehengas in hot pink and show your love for the colour during your engagement ceremony. This raw silk number by Spoilt Chic, with sequins on the choli and zigzag patterns on the lehenga is about as perfect as a lehenga for engagement ceremony gets - it is simple, yet classy, in a colour that will make your engagement pictures bright and cheery!
Gold is a colour that will never go out of fashion when it comes to Indian bridal wear and naturally makes for an excellent choice if you want to buy a timeless piece for your wardrobe. With its modern and flattering silhouette and playful drape, this gorgeous golden Mandira Wirk lehenga is among our picks of the best modern lehenga for an engagement ceremony. An alluring design, strategic cut-outs, shimmering fabric and a beautiful drape - what’s not to love about this designer lehenga?
Am sure you have not heard of a bride wearing grey on her wedding day, but it is a colour that is being extensively used in wedding wear, thanks to brides experimenting with the colour in the pre-wedding ceremonies. This grey and gold Siddartha Tytler lehenga came on our radar for all the right reasons - great colour combination, unique striped design on the choli and not to forget, the beautifully embellished dupatta. If you are looking for a classy designer lehenga that will set you apart from the crowd, then a lehenga like this is just what you need!
Given that the engagement ceremony is not so formal an occasion anymore, it gives you the opportunity to go ahead and play with designs and silhouettes that do not come under the category of ‘regular traditional wear’. Today, lehengas for engagement ceremony come in unconventional colours or fabrics or draping styles, to cater to the modern woman who wants to take her chances with outfits that border on being radical. For such brides, we’ve chosen this misty rose House of Trove lehenga whose choli design is definitely a departure from the ordinary - half of it is adorned with mirrors and sequins, while the other half features pleated detailing that looks like a saree pallu. The absence of a dupatta makes it all the more modern and a perfect pick for a contemporary engagement ceremony.
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