From vintage 80s wedding dress of Amrita Singh to the most recent bridal lehenga of Priyanka Chopra, here are the most iconic Bollywood actress wedding dresses to remember.
Hey gorgeous! Bollywood has always been a source of inspiration in for Indian fashion. Especially at weddings, Indian women love to look up to the desi actresses for latest bridal lehenga trends, jewelry, makeup and everything pretty!
Last year, Anushka got married, and this year Deepika Padukone gave us some bridal fashion goals. And now, Priyanka Chopra just got married, and we’re so excited! Because now we can ogle at the Bollywood wedding dresses of so many popular ladies!
So I have put together a collection of the most beautiful, most iconic Bollywood actress wedding dresses so that we can see their beauty all together in one place. And we can also observe the evolution of Bollywood wedding dresses. Ready to take in breathtaking beauty of Indian bridal fashion? Let’s go!
Iconic Bollywood Actress Wedding Dresses
Let’s start with a recent wedding dress and one of Bollywood’s favorite couples – Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli. Anushka’s wedding dresses is one of my favorite Bollywood bridal lehengas ever. It was designed by Sabyasachi. The petal pink number was embellished with lotus motifs and was paired with matching jewelry and a net dupatta. Perfect for a day wedding.
Here’s a closeup of the jewelry – kundan with crystals.
Sonam Kapoor is one actress who can rock any outfit, so needless to say, she looked absolutely fab in her wedding lehenga. Her bridal lehenga was a pinkish red color with gold embroidered border and lotus motifs. She paired pearl and gold jewelry with it, and just the right amount of rosy makeup.
Hers was one of those memorable big fat Bollywood weddings that had all the big film stars dance the night away. So check out everyone’s outfits for the occasion here: Sonam Kapoor is Married and We’re Loving Her Wedding Fashion
It’s one of the prettiest Bollywood actress wedding dresses.
Urmila’s bridal lehenga was made of red brocade with intricate floral motifs. She paired it with a pink net dupatta and a red choli with three-quarter sleeves. Urmila poses here with her designer, Manish Malhotra.
She got married just in 2016, which isn’t that long ago. But there are so many things that have slipped out of fashion since then. Uh, it seems so long ago when pairing green bangles may have been an acceptable fashion choice for a Bollywood actress, or anyone for that matter!
Madhuri Dixit Nene’s gold outfit from 1999 straight up seems vintage now. She wore a gold silk lehenga with red satin dupatta. She paired her bridal dress with diamond, lots of head pieces and bead jewelry. I am loving her 90s lipstick shade of burnt copper, which screams Madhuri Dixit and is back in trend again! Read more here: 90s Lipstick Trend.
Bipasha Basu got married in 2016, which leaves me wondering now why she didn’t end up with John Abraham. Either way, hers was not a typically Bengali outfit. Instead of a saree, she chose to wear a red lehenga. The beautiful outfit had a heavily embroidered border and gold botanical motifs. She paired it with two net dupattas and an embroidered red choli – oh, and a large neckpiece – very heavy stuff. Makes me tired just looking at it.
In contrast, Priyanka Chopra’s outfit from 2018 seems much more lightweight. It seems obvious that the new trend in Bollywood actress wedding dresses is “less is more”. Her recent high-profile wedding to Nick Jonas had everyone talking about her many outfits. Priyanka wore a red lehenga choli by Sabyasachi. Embellished with crystals and rose motifs, the lehenga was paired with a matching choli and red net dupatta with embroidered border. Quite delicate.
She paired it with a kundan multi-layered necklace.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas also had a Catholic wedding ceremony. For that, the actress wore a full-sleeved lace white gown with a sheer top panel and a looooooong trail that four people needed to hold for her.
For the reception, Priyanka Chopra wore an ivory lehenga by Falguni Shane Peacock. According to the designers, the outfit took 12,000 hours to make with 80 craftsmen who studded it with a million crystals. Also, read more about all of her wedding dresses including mehendi, sangeet and more here: Priyanka Chopra Wedding: Best Pics from the Nickyanka Wedding.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Globally renowned beauty Aishwarya Rai married star-kid and Bollywood heartthrob Abhishek Bachchan in 2007. Despite the actors’ status, their wedding was relatively low-profile and the media barely published any wedding moments or pictures of ostentatious gala outfits.
The actress wore a golden yellow silk saree paired with kundan jewelry and headpieces. And that’s about as much as we know.
Shilpa Shetty (Kundra) got married in 2009. She wore a beautiful embellished red saree paired with lots of kundan jewelry and a belt.
Esha Deol’s is one of these similar Bollywood actress wedding dresses. She got married in 2012 and wore a red brocade saree with golden border.
In another one of the recent high-profile Bollywood weddings, Deepika Padukone married her sweetheart Ranveer Singh in 2018. They had two wedding ceremonies, so we got to see multiple Bollywood actress wedding dresses. Here’s a picture from the wedding ceremony in which she wore a red silk saree woven with gold threads. She paired it with traditional gold jewelry, smokey eye makeup and a nude lip.
In their Punjabi marriage ceremony, Deepika wore a red saree with gold border, paired with a large choker and huge hoop jhumkas.
For the reception, the actress wore a red lehenga designed by Sabyasachi that had pink and red rose motifs all over. Paired with a net pink dupatta and roses in her crown-braided hairstyle, Deepika again wore a nude pink lip and smokey eye makeup. Check out all her wedding looks here, in our very own battle of the Bollywood wedding dresses: Indian Bridal Fashion Face-Off: Deepika Ranveer vs. Anushka Virat.
For their Mumbai reception, the couple wore matching ivory outfits with gold embellishments. Deepika wore a saree (or is it a lehenga? Who knows, as they’re both draped the same way nowadays)! with a peark and gold choker necklace and large round earrings.
Is this her real wedding outfit or a scene from a movie? Who even knows at this point. It seems to me that Rani plays a bride in nearly all of her movies. BTW, you can spot the best outfits here: Most Iconic Indian Bollywood Bridal Dresses Ever | Types of Indian Brides.
Neha Dhupia had perhaps the most low-key wedding of all Bollywood actresses. Her outfit – a baby pink saree (or is it a lehenga, who knows!?) isn’t bad though. She paired it with gold choker and jhumkas.
In 1991, Amrita Singh married Saif Ali Khan. We don’t know about the outfit, (I wasn’t even 10 at the time), but rumor has it that Kareena Kapoor was, and she attended the wedding, where Saif Ali Khan, her now husband may or may not have called her “beta”. We’re not a gossip magazine, just saying.
Here’s a clearer picture – looking sharp as per uzhe with a big-ass nose-ring. Saif Ali’s ole-ole days were cute, we can’t deny that much.
Speaking of, Kareena herself married Saif Ali Khan in 2012 in a very private ceremony. In fact, I didn’t even remember this bridal dress when I was compiling images for this article. Anyway, here she is posing with her favorite designer, Manish Malhotra, who let’s be honest, also shot to fame designing her outfits in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Although the amount of sheen in this outfit is despicable as per today’s standards in Bollywood wedding dresses. Hope Manish didn’t design this. Ah, right, he didn’t.
Kareena’s sister Karishma got married in 2003. Her wedding outfit is quite a beauty. Rose-pink lancha with gold embellishments, it really complements her skin-tone. Also, then there are the excessive gold kaleeray. Wish she could match those to her embellishments on the lehenga, too.
Another one of Bollywood’s favorite couples, Kajol and Ajay Devgan got married in 1999. She wore a non-traditional saree in forest green with traditional Maharashtrian bridal jewelry.
Soha Ali Khan
This beauty got married in a gorgeous gold brocade lehenga with an orangey-rust dupatta. This is one of the most beautiful Bollywood actress wedding dresses ever because it’s a timeless style. I’m in love with her wedding jewelry and makeup. Such a cute look!
Zinta wore a red brocade lancha with a pair of net dupattas. I’m not one to criticize personal style choices, but it does nothing for her figure and looks super old-fashioned even for the early 2000s. And makeup that could’ve been way better. Girl, hire a good stylist already!
No, just no!
Anyway, so that’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed my compilation of Bollywood actress wedding dresses. Which one was your favorite and least favorite? Lemme know below or tweet at me @shilpa1ahuja!
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