Your wedding attire is probably the most important purchase you will make in your life. Just as you save up for your wedding day, you tend to save up for the perfect lehenga and anything less than the best is not acceptable. This is ‘the outfit’ that will eventually be passed on to your kids and become a family heirloom, so the urge to splurge is justified. This article will take you through a list of the best designers out there who will be able to help you create the perfect attire for your special day!
With an amazing eye for detail, Sabyasachi is one of the most popular designers and creates ‘he and she’ look for weddings. He describes the Sabyasachi bride as – “self-assured, confident, sensitive about art and craft, and likes to wear beautiful clothes but not just to look good.” Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma exclusively wore Sabyasachi for their wedding functions. Every season, he weaves in endangered textiles; incorporates heritage crafts and antique techniques that are slowly becoming obsolete, into his collections. This is the perfect designer for a couple that is bold and wants to express themselves.
Tarun Tahiliani is another legendary designer in the industry that has made his mark. He designs lightweight lehengas while incorporating the richness of the Indian culture into his designs. He describes his idea of bride as someone who has a valorous personality and is not pretentious but grounded. He aims for comfort over luxury with elegant yet easeful designs. Tahiliani wants to change the trend of wedding wear, to outfits that can be used in the future instead of being stored in a rusty old box.
Manish Malhotra has been rocking the world of Bollywood since the beginning of time with his extravagant designs. He has dressed stars in the movies ranging from DDLJ to Rangeela and other latest movies too. He created lehengas for the Kapoor sisters at their weddings. The classic Manish Malhotra bride is confident, modern, expressive and takes pride in her legacy. His designs include voluminous skirts, slim dupattas, sheer panels, and dramatic trails. He is your man if you want to go for the classy royal look at your wedding.
Ritu Kumar is a Padma Shri awardee in the field of fashion, textile, and artisanship. She designs the most elegant lehengas with the use of traditional designs. Kumar’s wedding outfits stand apart for advocating a rich conventional and tasteful aesthetic; be it the clear tones, perplexing weavings, or the lavish textures. Her inspiration for the perfect ensemble ranges from Mughal to Persian with a string of consistent Indian culture, which is what makes her creations stand out.
Neeta Lulla designed the costumes for Devdas, Jodhaa Akbar and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. These costumes made it very evident that she has a detailed knowledge of local Indian culture and royal fittings. The designer integrates this knowledge into her pieces and tidies it up with a unique dash of originality. Neeta Lulla is the go-to designer for all the brides who dream of the elegant yet one and only type of wedding lehenga.
Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra
Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra offer a wide range of clothing for the contemporary bride with traditional roots. Their wedding collection is one of a kind and extracts its sense of inspiration from all the strong young women out there, who aim to break all stereotypes with their love and compassion. Their bridal wear collection is a perfect blend of modern apparel with embroidery. Their gowns are divine and highlight the finesse of Indian traditions. Sania Mirza and Avantika Malik swear by the designs created by this pair. They are the perfect designers to consider if you are looking for an electric yet romantic vibe.