Sanjana Soni, a Mumbai-based marketing professional is set to get married in November. But the 29-year-old is not interested in wearing a traditional heavy bridal lehanga for her D-Day. She wants something simpler and more comfortable. Soni is not alone. She is part of a growing breed of soon-to-be brides, who are gladly opting for less-expensive fuss-free garments for their wedding day.
“Today’s young intelligent bride wants to enjoy her own wedding. Hence, while choosing what she will wear, she keeps comfort in mind,” says designer Anita Dongre, adding that their options are still traditional, but they just don’t want to be weighed down by heavy bridal wear.
Designer Mandira Wirk feels that brides today are more “free-spirited”, and don’t mind being a little experimental too. “They are independent, experimental and fashion forward. Investment buying is also becoming popular among today’s women. They like buying something that is dramatic yet simple, and can be used on other occasions in the future as well, instead of just sitting locked up in the wardrobe after a single use,” she says.
Not just in India, internationally, too, the concept of low-maintenance and less expensive wedding dresses is gaining popularity. This year, both Forever 21 and Asos started selling attires for a more ‘chill bride’. H&M and Nasty Gal have also been offering less-fuss and simpler bridal dresses. “Destination weddings are getting popular, and at such functions, lighter outfits work best,” says designer Harpreet Narula.
Even the choice of colour has seen a change. Instead of the usual reds, shades such as antique gold, pistachio green, midnight blue, powder pink, sea green and pale white are gaining prominence.
1 Instead of embroidered garments, try printed lehengas
2 Classic saris with either tie-up blouses or bohemian tops are great options
3 Conceptual saris that can look elaborate, but are actually very light and comfortable are in
4 The pre-draped sari that is constructed with only one zip is totally fuss-free
5 A panelled, layered anarkali with a skirt can feel like a lehenga without the fuss
6 A long jacket with a sharara can work perfectly for a modern-traditional look. Each item can also be used in the future as separates
7 Go in for light tulle lehengas if you don’t wish to experiment too much.
8 Plain silk lehengas with ornate dupattas are great ideas too
Dos and don’ts
1 Make sure whatever you buy can be mixed and matched with other outfits later on
2 Opt for light-weight fabrics that are flow-y yet give a magnificent look
3 Balance is the key. If you are going for bold colours, opt for subtle make-up. If the blouse or top half of the outfit is ornate, then go for simpler jewellery, or vice versa
— With inputs from designer Rimple Narula.