When it comes to your love for sarees there cannot be any occasion more splendid for making you a huge fashionable splash, than weddings. The Big Fat Indian wedding is not an exaggerated phrase. Each wedding season brings a spate of new wedding styles, party saree designs, and accessories to match, that turns each wedding season nothing less than a fashion carnival.
The finest designer houses launch new looks each season and the biggest names who drape the who’s who of the world of glamour use it as an opportunity to not just make their tag show on brides, but also on the family of the bride and the groom- and so –there are special pre- wedding and post-wedding lines that are focused on the occasions as well.
While the designs verge on reinventing looks each season with summer fashions differing in styles from the winter wedding party, each season also brings with it an exploration of new weaves-new only in terms of fashion usage, but age old otherwise and intrinsic to India’s heritage of artisanal weaving culture.
Some of the largest fashion houses like Sabayasachi, Gaurang, to Ritu Kumar have redefined the mood at every wedding season spinning our designer saree ideas, not just for the bride, but also for the family of the bride and groom so much so that there are lines exclusively for the cocktail party, the mehandi, the reception, the main wedding and the Sangeet.
Here are some grand designs that swept the popularity charts and are still managing to make tsunamic waves in wedding fashions this season yet again.
One of the foremost colors to find expression at all wedding parties, of course, is the gold and interpreted through any kind of fabric or weave, it leaves an impression of regal style like few colors do and this Manish Malhotra saree with its gorgeous handmade lace border and tussar silk weave is simply to die for! Can be worn to the wedding reception with gold jewelry or contrasting pearl jewelry or even Kundan to make an impression like few sarees can! The gold on a gold blouse with mirror work is an accessory that heightens the beauty of the saree further.
A staple favorite for all weddings this year and last has been the love for georgettes and embroidery and the combination here tells all. Here is fascinating couple-white embroidery on black and the shimmering lace net half saree. The combination spells quiet class and elegance despite there being so much that is happening in the design itself. The Parsi Gara kind of embroidery is the obvious highlight lending so much richness to the look. Perfect for a cocktail as this is one saree filled with oomph!
Here, of course, is the inimitable stamp of tradition and the color meant for Indian complexion makes this the perfect choice for any wedding party. This Gaurang Shah creation in silk is a choice for all those who look for the perfect Indian weave to wear at weddings. The color in subdued orange, which looks even more ravishing when teamed with a pale olive green.
This coral creation by Manish Malhotra has been replicated by many fashion houses –the coral color again a strong choice for any wedding season and particularly when the color is dyed on chiffons, georgettes and silk tussars the impact is quite different. Here the gorgeous embroidery, the dull gold border, and the easy styling will make it a great pick for any occasion during the wedding. Wear it with gold or Kundan as it is bound to look stunning.
Opulence can be called by another word-a Paithani- and this reinvention by Gaurang Shah can be seen at many weddings where kanjeevarams and the Paithani from the master weavers of Aurangabad have truly made a huge comeback. The gorgeous peacock motif and the richly endowed real zari and Jamawar technique of weaving look simply mesmerizing in their detailing. An heirloom of a saree- this is a fashion comeback all should eye for.You cannot quite go wrong with a Benarasi and this has been proven repeatedly down the ages and if ever in doubt as to what should one wear to a wedding party, do go for that heritage Benarasi that your grandmother gave you and wear it with pride-be it to the Sangeet, the Mehandi or whatever, and all that you could do is get a whole new look by redesigning the blouse. Here is a red Benarasi whose unquestionable beauty has endured the varying fashions and its many stages.Make a beeline to grab that indigo saree with a shocking pink border and a broad gold lower border and make it work as a fascinating play of colors by wearing it with a jacket blouse worked on with zardozi and given frill at the cuff.This scintillating red velvet half and half saree has got something to turn quite a few heads, being designed by Sabyasachi it has included the best in fabric with the finest in embroidery and the look is quite evidently popular especially in the winter weddings. Velvet sarees too have been recreated many times over and the magic continues. Here are a few more that would be most suited for Mehandi, and the cocktail.The one above and below simply goes to prove the ability that velvet has in accepting gold and silver work as much as pearls on it. The blue saree steps it up when it comes to the glamour quotient at weddings, in the true sense of the word.Add that quiet grace of white to your wedding party look, the way this Sabyasachi saree has done. Surprisingly the sultry blouse adds that party feels to it and with its accessories like the black box clutch, simply takes the look to quite another level. Perfect for pre-wedding get togethers. Wear white at the beginning of the wedding and build it up to darker hues like maroons and blacks in the after wedding parties.
The net connection-well quite simply a material that can never quite be the one that we can tire of, the net-this charismatic saree can be seen flaunting perfectly adorned stonework reflecting back its gorgeous beauty. A net saree in any color is perfect for pre wedding or post wedding occasions.
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