I spent a lot of time last year combing through picture after picture of wedding lehengas online. I was looking for some inspiration for my own wedding. Some of the questions on my mind then were – what lehenga should I wear? What should the colours be? What are the styles available?
I carefully put together pictures of all the lehengas I loved on my Pinterest board, some of which I’m 110% still in love with. This is my list of the best wedding lehengas I came across in 2012. They’re absolute beauties, and if I could have, I would have worn every single one of these! Multiple-weddings, anyone? 😉
#1 Nisha’s Lehenga
I totally fell in love, hard, with her wedding lehenga – when I saw her beautiful wedding video (which is a must-watch, btw!).
I used Nisha’s wedding as a reference point for so many things while I was preparing for my own wedding! I highly recommend you watch the video if you haven’t yet. Things I noted from her wedding lehenga –
- The way her lehenga flared in just the right way when she walks, it made me love the lehenga even more! This is what made me decide I wanted a big ghera on my own wedding lehenga.
- This is also when I first noted the concept of a double-dupatta – the heavy one on one shoulder, and a super-light one (with just some mukesh work sprinkled all over the net cloth) on the head. I highly recommend a double-dupatta (although I didn’t manage to get it done for my own wedding), and the practicality of having a light one on your head is so high that once you realise this, you’ll never opt for a heavy one.
- The colour combination was SO pretty! Pink & red lehenga, mint green blouse with long-ish sleeves in a contrasting dark colour, and a dupatta in a completely different shade – yellow! It was an explosion of colours, but all the different elements tied together so beautifully!
- Her blouse colour was so beautiful, I actually
spentwasted too many hours of my life trying to find a lehenga that would match with the exact same shade of mint green.
Yes, I wanted to copy her blouse and yellow dupatta to the T! I would have also if I could have. I think she looked stunning, and her jewellery was just as beautiful, AND perfectly matched! Matching your jewellery takes the outfit to a whole new level. Here are some more pictures you can gorge on:
#2 Prarthna’s Lehenga
I fell in love with her watermelon red lehenga the first time I came across it on WeddingSutra. And I couldn’t believe it was from Roop Sarees in South Ex! I even noted down all the details in the hope that I might get an exact replica made for myself – “it’s watermelon red in banarasi silk with intricate hand embroidery done with antique gold motifs and highlighted with pearls. And an emerald green blouse and a coral red sheer dupatta to go with it.” The colour combination is so pretty, and it’s simplicity makes it even more endearing. Not too much embroidery, it’s just a play of bright colours and shiny fabric textures. Here are some more pictures Photo Tantra was kind enough to share:
#3 Sim’s lehenga
Sim’s was the first lehenga I loved in my search for my own wedding lehenga. She made for such a pretty bride! The colour combination of pink and turquoise blue on the borders looked fantastic! And I know her lehenga is heavier than what I would’ve generally gone for – from what I can make of it, it does have a generous dose of bling. But I still think the colours are SO pretty! I also loved her blouse. And her jewellery? Well, I happened to look at these pictures after my wedding and realised – my own wedding jewellery was SO similar! Don’t believe me? Go have a look at my wedding post, and tell me if you can see how they look eerily similar! Point is – of course I loved her jewellery 😉 So much so, that unconsciously I ended up buying almost the same kind!
#4 Red & Gold Lehenga
I found this beautiful red lehenga after I got married. I remember exactly how I felt when I saw it – *gasp* *jaw drop* followed by stunned silence. I couldn’t believe such a pretty lehenga could exist! The red is SO stunning, and the way it’s combined with chunky antique gold embroidery on the border and the blouse gives it a totally unique yet very exquisite bridal feel! I also love the way it looks in the second last picture below – the light streaming through giving a pretty red glow.