Most brides choose to wear the colour red on their special day
Red is the colour of passion and love. As well as this, the colour can also signify purity and piety.
Most brides choose to wear red bridal lehengas on their special day because it follows the long-running tradition of brides wearing red at their Desi wedding.
It is thought that wearing red illuminates the face, enhances the bride’s complexion and glorifies her beauty.
Choosing the right style and fit that perfectly suits you can be a challenge. As we all know, the dress has to be perfect as it’s worn once in a lifetime.
Let’s take a look at the different styles of lehengas brides are adopting nowadays to look elegant in their traditional red colour.
The Black Velvet Look
A deeper shade of red, this maroon number seamlessly merges into the black. The black velvet number features a wide open neck which leaves enough space to add plenty of jewellery.
It has delicate gotta work spreading along the long maroon chiffon sleeves with black patchwork. Following the same pattern on the dupatta, it has black velvet bordered with gold work.
The complementary choice of red and gold jewellery works well with the overall look.
The Red Meets White
The red contrast against the white is giving us a very stylish look. It has a sleeveless white top with red and off-white thread work on it.
This has been paired with lots of jewellery, including a high necklace covering the neckline and a heavy bangle set on each arm which perfectly pulls the outfit together.
The same intricate thread work is incorporated onto the white lehenga flowing down to the bottom.
It features a wide maroon border with patchwork detailing on it. Completing the look we have the red dupatta coupled with light embroidery.
The Brocade Skirt
This beautiful bold brocade skirt by Sonas Couture highlights the antique zardozi, diamantes and large crystals. Sonas Couture stocks a range of styles from the traditional to the unconventional.
An ivory shimmer net dupatta with maroon borderline carries the same zardozi border giving a modern look to a traditional bridal style.
It features a complementary maroon velvet corset that is kept plain with minor design at the front so all the focus is on the elaborately embellished skirt.
The Mermaid Style
This plain red silk blouse is from Manish Malhotra’s exquisite bridal collection.
Manish often works with Bollywood actresses, so you know his dresses will be showstopping. This dress has full sleeves which feature a detailed embroidered border.
The mermaid style lehenga is fully embroidered with gold tilak work on the red base. Balancing the heavy lehenga with the plain blouse is a great look.
The Art Silk Lehenga
This art silk lehenga in white is covered with zardozi giving the illusion of a gold colour.
This attire with Poly Shantoon lining is beautified with zari, stone, dori and patch border work.
Red velvet choli craft is on the front and back with detail work and quarter sleeves.
There is also a red net dupatta with zardozi border and patchwork on the pallu giving it a rich conventional look.
The Heavily Embellished Kameez
Here, we have a long red kameez with multi-colour embroidery on the front. It has mid-length sleeves allowing for the mehndi design on the full arms to be visible.
The lehenga is embellished with the same heavy silver work in the centre. It also features patchwork alongside the green embroidered border.
In keeping with the theme, the same green border is applied to the plain chiffon dupatta and at the end of sleeves.
The Long Gown
This long red gown designed by Manovora with a sleeveless overcoat is stunning. It features a delicate design on the collar keeping the front very simple.
The overcoat is embellished with a golden design. Set on top of the red background, the gold pattern looks splendid.
The dress is finished with a plain golden patti at the border which finishes the whole look.
The Mughal Style
The Maria B’s Red Bridal Collection‘s Mughal style floor-length frock with gold detail work is breathtaking.
We love the heavy border and the cream colour tissue dupatta set at the front and over her head. This style helps to enhance the matha patti.
How can a Mughal look be complete without a pearl necklace? The overall look is giving us rich royal attire.
The Dress with Flair
This red bridal dress is a short choli with light work combined with a heavily embroidery lehenga.
The compressed goldwork is set on a maroon base, following the same pattern on the borders of dupatta.
It balances the gold with a single long gold necklace and earrings. If the jewellery was heavier, the gold could be too much and become overwhelming. Pairing this with untied hair gives a heavy dress a flared look.
The Plain Red Net Lehenga
Moving away from the typical heavy embroidery, this maroon dress has adopted a western style in quite a traditional way. A short choli with full net sleeves.
This red bridal lehenga has tread work throughout with just a single gold border at the bottom. It expertly pulls off a simple yet elegant look.
The Traditional Style
The traditional Indian saree style maroon lehenga always gives an elegant look to the Desi bride. It has a deep neck and short choli with exquisite gold details.
To finish it off, we suggest a full high neck necklace and matha patti. A long floral maroon lehenga highlights the waistline, whilst gold patterns and lace exquisitely finish off the border.
The plain dupatta features a matching border and one pallu covering the front. The other hangs stylishly alongside the shoulder.
We hope that we have inspired you with a variety of styles that you can experiment with for your wedding day. There are so many different styles of dress that you are sure to find the perfect one for you and your big day.
From simple Western-inspired red bridal lehengas to the more traditional numbers, we’ve found them all.
Whether you want to be simplistic and elegant or you’d rather go all out with as much detail and gold as possible, there truly is a dress for everyone.