Indian Brides of 2018

Indian Brides should be the talk of 2018! I know I am getting too anxious about it, but I think its time we think something more creatively than the clichéd wedding style in India.

Are you nodding your heads already now? Does this sound familiar to you? I am sure you would agree with what I am trying to say here, just read on…

Indian Brides who think beyond a four-wall wedding! Bored of weddings that don’t belong to you?  

I could totally get you when you are talking about something like this, trust me I had been there too. But, trust me I had my way to escape the regulars and I am happily married for two years now.

Don’t like the idea of adorning kilos of jewelry on you and but just being yourself, and also not worrying about the aunty next to you or the uncle who is sitting outside and sipping his cardamom tea? 

It is my conscious effort to make you realize that you need to be allowed to be carefree on your

Big Day Babe!  Often I think, it’s not just Indian Brides but all brides, that everyone emphasizes only on the bride, about how she should look, the need to keep a constant check on her weight, the dress, jewelry and what not… I know, that’s our happiest day for most of our lives, people do get carried away, by such hogwash. 

The wedding is the most important day of anybody’s life, but the deviation is needless to say.

Often, this feeling came to me what if I didn’t wanted that dolled up wedding, instead I choose a place  where I can relax and be myself for my Big Day! 

Although my work is commercial, a wedding photographer like me will always have preferred shooting a secret getaway wedding. As a blogger, I am trying to get this through a lot of Indian brides or to be brides,  to think about it and own this idea of mine that I believe in doing for a happier self.  

What made me to do so?

How I came up with this whole idea in the first place? As a child, I wasn’t a very confident girl, but growing up as an army kid and moving places got me high on life, and there was no stopping thereafter. 

Loving yourself is important! 

I always knew what I wanted in life, and was able to speak through that for my better future. And when finally, then boyfriend now husband and I decided to exchange vows, all I thought was how not to mess my own wedding as others would do it. We both are practical and never fancied a super elaborate wedding and rather loved the idea of a meaningful wedding. We exactly knew how that wedding should be and would do everything by ourselves.We pulled out our savings, collaborated and worked on the list to get through the wedding. It was a perfect getaway wedding, which had very minimal chaos and no tantrums at all. I thought maybe whoever feels like me, should voice out their opinion to their families and partners so they are more relaxed and are happy about their Big Day than worrying too much about everyone else.  

Be your unique self, don’t follow the herd…

By saying this I mean, build your own rules to make yourselves as better beings than,

just following which isn’t necessary or doesn’t fit your lifestyle. I know it’s not as rosy as it sounds, you need to work hard to pass through all the difficulties but you know what, you look great when you do that.

So, don’t stop, take a step forward and go on, explore yourself, the world around you. If you need any inspiration to travel alone here is my guide.

Here, I have created a relaxed look using the same lehenga, that I designed for my wedding. Other ceremony looks are in collaboration with Vijay Rana and jewelry designer Mohit Pincha. In all my looks I preferred using statement jewelry than tons of them and clothes that scream ” I am Happy”!  

Happy Dance
Just a mang tikka and a simple Lengha will satisfy all your Indian Bride Vibe.
Statement Nose Ring( Nath) by Mohit Pincha and gorgeous Off Shoulder dress ( Vijay Rana) for Cocktail Night
Be Dreamy in your Dream Land – Dress by Vijay Rana
Sweet Rose Dress by Vijay Rana and Kundan Neck piece by Mohit Pincha
Easy Breezy!
Beautiful Evening Gown to feel princessy at Udhiana Hotel Bali

# 8 Offbeat Wedding Wear Designers to Choose from, Yay!

  1. Astha Narang is a New Delhi-based designer label. Their strength lies in combining cleverly pleated and draped silhouettes with Indian handwork to create modern couture pieces. 
  2. Payal Singhal adds punch to wedding wear with her printed lehengas, her spunky jumpsuits, her wide cut-work mirror belts and her silk lehengas with gold leather godets and crop tops. Her pieces are playful, quite gorgeous, and flattering and her styling is on point. She is a name to watch; we can’t get enough of her edgy Indian clothes. Payal Singhal combines clean and minimalist cuts with exquisite pearl and mukaish embroidery. The silhouettes seamlessly merge the traditional and the modern by pairing off-shoulder cholis with lehengas and featuring cold shoulder kurtas and scalloped hemlines. 

3. Mahima Mahajan From lightweight lehengas to edgy couture wear, she has it all. The designs are inspired by the women who are born as the pretty damsel, subtle yet remarkably stunning, further evolving into a modern edgy Goddess, who believes in the immense power of her gorgeous frame. 

4. Bageecha Benaras The pretty hues are everything for an Indian Bride on her wedding day. A benarasi lehenga is an understated elegance to a woman and that makes her look like a princess.

5. Reema Ameer After 12 years in journalism, first as a reporter for TIME magazine in London and then as Lifestyle Editor for both Grazia and Harper’s Bazaar’s Middle East editions, Reema decided
to hang up her Louboutins for a life with little ones. Two beautiful baby girls (and a whole heap of diapers) later, the writer felt it time to merge two passions.

A lifelong affair with India and a burning desire to turn her hand to fashion design. With more than a decade’s experience in the industry, Reema’s understanding of what a woman really wants led her to create a contemporary collection of easy-to-wear separates from beautiful ethnic fabrics sourced mainly from India. 

My Absolute absolute Indian Brides wear designers #beautifulpeople

6. Manish Arora is one of the most celebrated and inspiring contemporary designers in the fashion world today. He is known for his astute craftsmanship and unique play on colors, such as his trademark palette of pink and gold. Here’s a gorgeous lehenga that says thousand beautiful words. #love

Gorgeous Bohemian Lehnga by Manish Arora

7. Anushree Reddy’s line of eponymous clothing is all about elegance and romance in traditional Indian wear. It is fresh, young and wearable. 

Offbeat Indian Bride dream wedding – Anushree Reddy

8. Ridhi Mehra Lost in the charm of the Old World, Ridhi Mehra’s brand defines a clear love for vintage, imbibing European influences mixed with traditional Indian aesthetics.

The label defines eclectic nature through a mesh of custom-made couture creations. Its fine tailoring and suave cuts, incorporating traditional Indian embroideries, finely embellished with a refined modern approach. The label carries intrinsic elements of Parisian and Grecian cultures, clearly evident in its flouncy drapes and silhouettes. Much in sync with seasonal global trends, the label exhibits a mix of contemporary fabrics and a vivid color palette.

Blue Dreamy Lehnga by Ridhi Mehra


Be you always and never think you are less beautiful, you are beautiful in your own way! 



50 thoughts on “Calling all the Offbeat Indian Brides of 2018 #Changeisgood”

  1. I agree, this is all very fascinating to a westerner. The idea of an Indian wedding has always awed me especially now after spending a month travelling throughout the entire west coast of India. The celebration, the traditions, and the beautiful styles of dresses.
    I am glad that you did it your own way too. Though to me these outfits are just as amazing as I would imagine.
    My Father used to say, “a Marriage is more than the wedding, make sure you are true to yourself and the woman you marry!”

    1. I have always been an independent and have my own set of rules for my life, I am glad my article is able to resonate what I strongly believe in life. Thank you so much for loving it <3. Love from India.

  2. It’s very interesting to read about the traditional Indian wedding which is totally new to me. Traditions also in India change and I totally understand that woman want to find their unique way of celebrating their wedding. I’m not agreeing with you, that the wedding is supposed to be the most important day in a woman’s life, though. I think, it would be sad if their wouldn’t be many more most beautiful days like the birth of each child or grandchild and much more later in life, too.

    1. I am happy that you enjoyed reading it. I do not intend to disrespect the fact, I agree with you on the other important days too, I made it intentional, as it is one of the biggest decision that a woman makes in her life and nothing should let off the purpose of the ceremony.

  3. I just love the photos of the designer dresses – many of them capture the essence of Indian culture, with contemporary style. I think change is always important – as is being true to yourself. And good advice above – marriage is more than the wedding. I would love to have read more about your wedding and how you made it personal.

    1. That’s a great way to look at life and it’s true we have only one life, and we need to learn to respect the life we have and do what is best for ourselves 🙂 Thank you, haha I hope I’d do it sometime this year.

  4. Oh my goodness you look absolutely darling! And I love the modern twists on the traditional wedding dresses. I’ve always heard great things about Indian weddings and I’d definitely love to attend one to experience your beautiful culture first hand!

  5. I agree with you so much about having a wedding that doesn’t belong to you. I know it’s a cultural issue that is very hard to escape in India, but it would be great if we could all celebrate major life decisions like marriage in a way that our hearts truly desire.

  6. I love offbeat weddings from all cultures! I had a traditional American wedding that I loved and have attended a traditional Indian wedding that I also loved! I think I just love all weddings! There is definitely something to be said for the gorgeous colors and jewelry worn in Indian weddings though!

  7. Not only beautiful for very educational well. Would love to attend an Indian wedding now that I have some understanding. And loved the philosophy of being true to oneself and be happy.

    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation, it means a lot 🙂 Oh, you’ll enjoy a colourful wedding I am sure, shoot me a mail when you are in India, being a wedding photographer maybe I can invite to one of the weddings in India 🙂

  8. These are some amazing designs by great designers and not too typical – they’re quite chic, I love them. My favourite lehenga is the one you’re wearing actually!

  9. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

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