North Indian weddings are usually loud, vibrant and grand affairs. The cultural heritage of India is as diverse as it is rich from North to South. The North alone is a bouquet of multiple cultures yet the millennials choose to present themselves differently.
Every ceremony in a North Indian wedding conveys a different mood whence the ensemble is not particularly restricted to any event and is more of a personal choice to either stick to lehengas for all the events or lighten up with Indo-western outfits in between. However, the applique work and ornamentation are breezy on ceremonies such as Mehendi and Sangeet but the Wedding and Receptions are where they brace themselves for the most exclusive creations possible.
While culture and traditions remain intact and as do the ensembles with them yet fashion and style win the race when it comes to Indian wedding shenanigans.
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Lehengas should begin with the word “dear” written before them, be it a teenager drooling over a Papa Don’t Preach lehenga or a 25 year one saving for her own Sabyasachi, lehengas are beloved to all. Indian weddings are an excuse that ladies look for to invest in a long flared lehengas gracing the main wedding day.
Whilst Manish Malhotra is known for his out of the box ideas, labels such as Neeta Lulla, Anita Dongre and Ritu Kumar still hold on to traditional aesthetics. Traditional as they would be the runway shows of Lakme Fashion Week was seen promoting silhouettes of a much more flowy nature in pastel hues of yellow, apricot, seafoam, champagne pink, pista green and misty blue with embellishments on organza, silk and tulle.
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The concept of an Indian woman in a saree is a perpetual one and why should anybody even try to change that when a saree legit makes one look nothing less than a goddess. Whereas the Southern Indian belt still holds on tight with their tradition of sarees for every ceremony, the North grows experimental with every wedding season. However, the silhouettes are ever changing and as is the take on sarees.
Sarees hold significance as the drapes mark a sign of maturity for young women whence the fashionistas’ retort to minimal accessories and sleek hair with it. Florals are the game of spring and sarees in them are all the delight. Be it a subtle tempting one or Rahul Mishra’s creative blouse in Indian wedding red, sarees never go out of trend.
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Suits are common in celebrations of North India but the authentic salwar-kameez has been facing serious competition from the Anarkali, a trend that does not want to bid us goodbye even after a decade and we love the collection from Falguni Shane Peacock.
Lucknowi chikankari, zardozi and hand woven brocade with the art of intricate thread work of gold and bugle bead embroidery are the pioneers of the luxe Indian couture. Another old friend of the same is the paisley motif, symbolic of Indian couture.
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As the millennials draw a lot of their inspiration from the western culture, one byproduct is the trend of Indo-western clothing. The traditional lehengas are paired with denim jackets and Jaipuri ghagras find themselves a new mate in crop tops. Masaba Gupta being one beloved name of this sector. The Indo-western, however, finds itself a place mostly in pre-wedding ceremonies. If you have a beach or resort wedding, check out the Wendell Rodricks Spring Summer 2019 collection.
Let's not forget the accessories; pair your outfits with chic Indian jewellery and you'll be ready to rock any wedding.
Indian Haute Couture is a sanctuary for fashion lovers from where none has ever walked out disappointed. It won’t be too difficult finding the perfect North Indian wedding outfit that suits your style!
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