Hey beautiful! The Indian wedding season is approaching and if you’re shopping for trendy bridal lehengas, this one’s for you! We have done our homework and looked at ALL the designer collections for Winter 2016 for you. And we’ve chosen the hottest trends in bridal lehengas and wedding gowns! From Rohit Bal to Manish Malhotra, from unconventional designs to classics, we have rounded up the 11 MUST-TRY trends for wedding lehenga designs!

Lehenga Designs: Top 11 Trends in Bridal Lehengas for 2016

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slubshop-shilpa-ahuja-latest-fashion-trends-shop-online-campaign-style1. Lehenga with Trail

Certainly the #1 trend in Indian bridal lehenga designs is the trail! Bringing home the royal tradition of the West, a trail adds glamour and richness to any designer lehenga, and makes it look really like a couture lehenga. So try a long, long trail this season! (Psst. I also saw a long trail bridal lehenga in the movie Shandaar).

2. Ombre Lehenga

One of my favorite trends this season is ombre. Ombre has taken over the latest hair color trends, nail polish trends, and even lipsticks. Now sure enough, ombre lehengas are the next step!

3. Anarkali Lehenga

Anarkali lehenga is one in which the choli is sewn with long anarkalis that go down to the length of the lehenga. It may also have a sheer anarkali “top” over the choli that ends a couple of inches above the floor. Latest bridal lehenga designs also have anarkali styles – both in the lehenga and in jackets worn over it.

4. Jacket Lehenga

Designers like Satya Paul and Manish Malhotra had long, ankle-length jackets over the lehengas in their collections. The jacket may be opaque, in silk or crepe, and may take place of the choli, or it may be sheer to be worn over a cropped choli.

5. Lehengas Embellished with Mirror and Crystal

If embroidery in zari or dori is too much for you, try embellished lehenga designs that have crystals or mirror work.

6. Gota Patti Border

Gota border has been in trend amongst lehenga designs since 2014, and this year, designers like Reynu Taandon and Ritu Kumar have embroidered gold borders. Both wide and narrow borders are trendy. Also try heavy tassles at the corners of dupatta. We’re seeing so many latest bridal lehenga designs with gota patti, so this one’s a must-try for your trousseau!

7. Long Sleeves

Long sleeves is another trend that may be helpful for destination weddings or Winter brides! Try full or long sleeves with gowns or long cholis.

8. Bundhgala Choli and Kurta Lehenga Designs

Here’s yet another trend for the winter brides. You can try cropped bundhbala cholis, or long, kurta-style tops.

9. Velvet

Velvet is still going strong in wedding lehenga designs. Velvet lehengas seem too heavy? Try velvet cholis with silk lehengas or velvet patch-work.

10. Contrast Border

Double color lehengas are nothing new. And for 2015-2016, try just the border in a contrasting, unconventional color like yellow, olive green or mint green.

11. Unconventionally Red

For the unorthodox brides, lots of different styles in wedding dresses are in vogue. Try Indo-Western gowns or sari-lehengas. Print patch-work or layered gowns are also trendy.


Work – Embroidery or Embellishement? The latest wedding lehenga designs have crystal, dabka, dori, gota, zardozi, mirror work, patchwork and brocade.

What Colors? The trendiest colors for Winter 2016 are wine, red ombre, blush fuchsia. Orange, gold, classic red, rose pink and champagne are also popular.

What Fabrics? The latest fabrics for wedding lehengas are silk and raw silk, net, satin, velvet and crepeVelvet and silk are popular for cholis, and net and georgette for duppattas.

So, did you like these latest trends in bridal dressses and wedding lehenga designs? Which one would you wear for your wedding? Lemme know below! XOXO

Don’t miss the article “Latest Lehenga Choli Designs and Lehenga Trends for 2017” below, and also check out some Manish Malhotra Lehenga Designs here!

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com


  1. I’m going to a Punjabi wedding, and I’ll be wearing an ombre lehenga just like the one you showed. Glad to know it’s amongst the top trends of the year!

  2. I am often blogging about wedding decor, but I loved your latest lehenga trends list. I’ll go for the long trails on my wedding, which is coming up next March!

  3. Awesome collection of Lehengas, Its vibrant colors, beautiful designs, and unique combination are worth eye capturing.

  4. This blog is a good platform to guide the brides to choose the best Jacket Lehenga to wear for their wedding.

  5. I absolutely love looking at these dresses! I find Indian weddings so beautiful and fascinating. Everything is so bright and eccentric.
    Xo Lottie