Discover the latest Indian bridal fashion trends for the 2021 wedding season, from Bollywood celebrities to runways, from Manish Malhotra to Sabyasachi!
Hey gorgeous! If you’re planning a wedding and want to find a balance between modernity and ethnicity, 2021 is the year for you. Every season, the Indian fashion week delivers a slew of new Indian bridal fashion trends. So, we combed through all of the designer collections to find the most fashionable attire for the 2021 wedding season.
Here are all the latest game-changing trends to bling you up on your wedding day! This year is all about letting the good vibes of a new beginning knock on our doors. If you’re a fashionista, these bridal styles for parties and weddings will undoubtedly be perfect for you! So let’s check out our list of some latest Indian bridal fashion trends of 2021.
Latest Indian Bridal Fashion Trends for 2021
Every bride wants to look picture-perfect when it comes to her wedding day. The beauty of the Indian brides lies in their elaborate jewelry, vibrant hues, and their royal outfits. Our customs are incredibly valuable to us which is why, even though western design evolves rapidly, Indian bridal fashion trends remain true to their roots year after year.
1. 50 Shades of Pink
The shades of pink will always rule the wedding charts, no matter how many unusual colors we see on brides! Scrolling through photos of women in stunning pink bridal lehengas has a weird allure. Be it an intricately embroidered gown or a contemporary shimmering design, the brides are swooning over a pink color palette this year.
Neha Kakkar surely looks like a princess in this gorgeous pastel pink Sabyasachi lehenga. It is every bit traditional and we are all eyes on her gorgeous bridal look. This cameo pink wedding lehenga is a perfect pick for destination weddings courtesy of its charming monotone color. Manish Malhotra’s bride in stunning pastel hue is brimming with freshness just like a light-tinted rose.
You can stay up-to-date with the latest bridal colors with an eye-catching pomegranate pink lehenga! The millennial dusty pink color, a relatively lighter tone of rose pink with lesser mauve undertones, is for all the brides who wish to keep it pretty and dainty.
2. Bird Motifs
This year’s most fashionable botanical motif is birds. How about getting that embroidered on your lehenga? This season’s lehengas have some tempting bird themes.
Although Rahul Mishra is recognized for his botanical themes, other designers such as JJ Valaya, Rimple and Harpreet have recently been experimenting with bird motifs in skirts and blouses too. On the lehengas, we observed finely embroidered peacock designs, swans, bright sparrows, and parrots.
A rouge pink tulle and silk lehenga features floral motifs and bejeweled peacocks, which are derived from Mughal-era murals that depict peacock-filled palace gardens.We are seeing this trend of bird motif in the designer collections of Anita Dongre as well.
A deep red silk lehenga features floral motifs derived from archival textile fragments and Mughal era miniature paintings interspersed with vivid macaw parrots and bejeweled peacocks. Shraddha Kapoor looks ethereal in an ivory-based, silver embroidery lehenga with applique work.
3. Contrast Jewelry
A perfect set of jewelry adds charm to a bride’s outfit. With millions of options to choose from and the changing Indian bridal fashion trends, it’s difficult to select the perfect jewelry set for your special day. Wearing a combination of contrasting colored lehenga and jewelry is probably the best option to go for. Not only are they different from the mainstream trends, but also make your ethnic bridal outfit and jewelry stand out separately.
Off-beat colored jewelry is one of the top trends in the wedding attire and you would want to incorporate this trend if you’re looking for a fresh option to accessorize. You can never go wrong with contrasting jewelry from the same family of colors.
To give your bridal jewelry a pop of color, get them infused with a splash of green, just the way these brides did. Well, if you are not someone who wants to go the minimalist way, then here are the perfect jewelry combinations for your wedding. This stunning Tarun Tahiliani bride proves that there are no rules when it comes to wearing contrasting jewelry! Do pair it up with your lehenga or saree and set some serious #bridegoals!
4. Lightweight & Flowy Attire
Given the current situation, many brides are choosing modest intimate weddings with only their closest relatives and friends. Rather than being tied down to a spot on the stage in a hefty lehenga that may weight up to 20-30 kilograms, lightweight flowing lehengas are becoming increasingly popular.
You can mingle with your guests and dance the night away without being weighed down by the heavy of conventional lehengas. So go for fairy fabrics like chiffon and organza, as well as feather and embroidered ones.
It is the first choice when it comes to summer weddings because of its incredibly sheer and lightweight feel, as the materials give any outfit a flowy yet weightless look. They are often used in multiple layers and so it looks heavy yet heavenly.
5. Return of Classic Red
For every bride, her wedding look always comes down to the red bridal lehenga. The color red, signifies many things mostly positive and dominant just like the color itself. The red bridal lehenga emphasizes strong emotions like love, and is considered an auspicious choice for bride in the Indian culture.
For a few years, the ‘Sabyasachi Red’ caught the globe by storm and was the most desired style. Here, Yami Gautam embraced herself with a red saree at her wedding. A red bridal attire also stands for the excitement that is vested in the ceremonies and the grand celebrations.
The energy that the color red gives out when worn in attire is commendable and very strong that matches the energy that is invested in the wedding.
It is also about the strength and passion that is relatable for the bride and her leap of faith in taking a life-changing decision that will be her cherished memory all along.
A red bridal lehenga is not only a tradition but a dream every bride wishes to fulfil. While some people may think red is not their color, red has various hues and shades that will be suitable and if you’re the bride who wants to sport a red lehenga, you go girl!
6. Embroidery Work
Embroidery and embellishment always increase the beauty and richness of outfits. Every bride desires to walk down the aisle in an outfit that’s exquisite, elegant, and beautiful. In India, embellished bridal lehenga is one of the most popular choices of most brides. However, this year, monochromatic threadwork is back, and is perfect for brides who love a simpler minimalist look
Bridal lehengas feature choli, a dupatta, and a skirt that is lavishly decorated, mainly with embroidery work. This simple and precise handwork on the fabric gives it a subtle but classy appeal. Simplicity is the main essence of this embroidery and yet the final look is rich.
Embroidery works brings meaning and beauty together by creating rich motifs and artful garments. This traditional Indian embroidery work is an intricate form of thread work, sometimes complemented with precious gold and silver threads.
While some lehengas feature simple work, some are rich in threadwork. Either way, they definitely add to the overall appeal of each bride. Colorfully contrasting and gorgeous tone-on-tone thread embroideries create artistic forms over bridal lehengas elevating their beauty to ethereal charm. We’re also spotting embroidery work mixed with simplistic embellishment like lightweight sequins or micro pearls to create a heavier lehenga.
7. Light Pastels
Modern women aren’t afraid to follow their hearts by opting for a unique color palette rather than the traditional red! Vintage pastel colors have been increasingly popular in recent years, and are many bride favorite choice for their wedding day.
Pastel lehenga has been a raging trend for the past few years and we know for a fact that it is here to stay. Pastel lehenga designs are the safest picks a bride can opt for, so go for colour like dusty rose, lilac, seafoam or baby blue. In this Indian bridal fashion trends season, you are gonna see more intricately handcrafted lehengas with traditional embellishments and pastel embroideries. These pastel wears are suitable for both daytime and evening ceremonies.
8. Plunging Necklines
Gone are the days of worrying about what other people might say. These days the brides flaunt their curves in all their glory. After all, why shouldn’t they? It’ll be their big day, and all eyes will be on them. Not only do deep neck blouses aid in making a sensational fashion statement at your own wedding, but they are probably a season favorite for all brides. A deep neck blouse design is literally all the hype these days.
Let’s be honest, blouses with plunging necklines have their own unique fan-following! Plunging necklines are quite in favor, thanks to Falguni and Peacock. Either go for a traditional deep v, or be bold and take it all the way down to your upper abs!
9. Small Chura and Big Kalire
Be it for their attractive colors, graceful designs, beautiful ornamental appeal, lovely musical tinkle, or the traditional value, bridal churas are every bride’s love. Brides are flaunting their chura sets containing different designs and styles of bangles. From traditional red and cream churas to gold and with fancy designs, a bride has lots on her waist.
These days the hot trend is to match your bridal chura with your lehenga is back. The trend of small chura and big kalire is very hot. We’re spotting red color chura and gold kalire this year, the whole look is breathtaking. This traditional trend ties up with the latest bridal lehenga styles in light pastel colors that are extremely trendy this year.
This red chura and gold kalire look very sexy, and are becoming one of the hottest Indian bridal fashion trends for 2021. Match them with your lehenga or keep them contrasting with colourful chura and kalire. It is symbolic as it signifies happiness and good wishes for the bride.
Belts, both worn with saris and lehengas, are one of the most popular ethnic wedding styles this year. They’ve now taken over bridal lehengas as well. Wide fabric belts and narrow, decorated metallic belts are trending. Designers use them to tuck the dupatta and give the ensemble more structure.
The dupatta is no longer a concern for brides. Designer belts, and dupatta-securing belts fashioned of the same fabric as the lehenga are raging these days for brides.
Sabyasachi started this trend and brides are loving it. Although the majority of these belts matched the color of the lehenga, there are a handful of belts that are decorated differently. Tarun Tahiliani’s bride wore a silver embellished belt to match her bridal jewelry. We are damn sure that you’ll find your style among these glamorous bridal belts.
11. Double Dupattas
Are you a huge fan of dupattas and want them to stand out in your attire? Well, In that case, this trend is for you! of course, the double dupatta trend is not only fresh but very elegant as well.
Undoubtedly, Sabyasachi’s twin dupatta trend isn’t going away anytime soon. There will still be bridal lehengas with two dupattas, one as heavy as the pallu and the other sheer and lighter to wear over your head. You can experiment with the dupatta colors and pick a dupatta in contrast to the pallu, or go for a monochrome design for a more elegant and classy style.
There you have it, 11 Indian bridal fashion trends for all those who plan to get hitched this winter 2021. I hope our list of Indian bridal fashion trends was helpful. Let us know your favorite trend by commenting below or tagging us in your gorge pics on Instagram shilpaahujadotcom.
Anita Senapati is a Fashion Journalist intern at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Designing from Amity University, Mumbai. She aspires to build her career in the fashion industry and wants to make her mark as a fashion designer in the industry.
She has always loved reading, especially fashion and lifestyle magazines, which soon lead to her love for writing. Anita also loves blogging, sketching, styling, sports, and traveling. She enjoys jogging as it helps her get motivated and gets many ideas for her design, sketching work, and writing work.
She spent her childhood in one of the most beautiful Indian cities, Odisha, Bhubaneswar. She has a great love for mythological facts and beliefs, which developed her love for reading and writing blogs. She loves to meet new people, and this helps her explore and learn more about her area of interest.