Why are Bollywood Brides ditching Red Lehengas?

An increasing number of Bollywood brides are ditching the traditional shade of red and opting for pastel hues. We explore this trend.

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Hues of pastel have become very popular.

When it comes to Bollywood, 2023 has been an interesting year so far.

Not only did audiences watch a handful of stellar films on the big screen, but the Hindi film industry’s most anticipated weddings also took place in these past few months.

Athiya Shetty got married to her long-term boyfriend, KL Rahul in January.

And most recently, many hearts were broken after Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra posted pictures from their wedding.

The common factor for both, however, remained the wedding theme colour — pink, pastel hues and contrasting colours were dominant during the festivities.

Adorning pink and its contrasting colour palette started with Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s wedding.

While the predominant Indian wedding theme colour has always been red, Virat and Anushka chose to use the contrasting colour combination of pink and pastel for their wedding.

From Anushka’s pastel lehenga to the groom complimenting her in pastel as well, the dreamy wedding started a trend for weddings which is popular to date.

The pattern of having pastel colours for an Indian wedding was then followed by Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal, Athiya Shetty and KL Rahul, and then Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra.

It is safe to say that pink and hues of pastel have become very popular.

Many wedding themes are designed around pink and pastel, making it apparent that these shades are the best wedding theme colours.

Is it a bridalwear trend that will continue? Let’s find out.

Alia Bhatt

Why are Bollywood Brides ditching Red Lehengas? - 1Styled by celebrity fashion stylist Ami Patel, Alia Bhatt ditched the traditional bridal red lehenga for an ivory saree during her fairy-tale wedding with Ranbir Kapoor.

For the wedding ceremony, the Bollywood actress dolled up in a hand-dyed ivory organza saree.

It was teamed with a matching ivory blouse that came with half sleeves and sported fine tilla work with a deep back.

Alia layered the look with an embroidered handwoven tissue veil and accessorised her look with a stack of bangles, a heavy necklace, a pair of statement jhumkis and a mathapatti from Sabyasachi Heritage Jewellery.

Alia Bhatt’s huge ring caught the attention of fans.

Unlike the traditional red ones, Alia wore white kaleere and had Ranbir’s lucky number, 8, on it as well.

Her wedding trousseau was also a custom-made Sabyasachi saree with “the fourteenth of April” written on her dupatta with golden embroidery.

Leaving her luscious tresses open down her back in a mid-parted hairstyle, Alia completed her look with a tiny bindi.

According to reports, Alia Bhatt’s classic Sabyasachi ivory bridal saree is worth a whopping Rs 50 lakhs (£50,000).

Kiara Advani

Why are Bollywood Brides ditching Red Lehengas? - 2Kiara Advani’s wedding lehenga was made to honour her and Sidharth’s love for the city of Rome, according to Manish Malhotra.

Manish, who’s dressed many Bollywood stars for their weddings, styled and designed both the bride and groom’s outfits for the lavish ceremony in Rajasthan.

The lehenga was a traditional Indian long skirt, often embroidered and embellished.

It was paired with a choli or a top that complemented the skirt and finished with a dupatta that can be draped across the body or used to cover the head.

Kiara Advani’s ombre outfit in shades of rose featured intricate embroidery inspired by Roman architecture, as well as heavy Swarovski crystal embellishments that added sparkle to the look.

A jewellery set made with ultra-fine hand-cut diamonds and Zambian emeralds complemented the pink lehenga choli.

Rome was also one of the themes in Kiara Advani’s other bridal accessories.

Jewellery designer Mrinalini Chandra, who custom-made her choodas and kaliras, said she worked with the bride to incorporate elements from the couple’s love story.

Anushka Sharma

Why are Bollywood Brides ditching Red Lehengas? - 4Anushka Sharma’s pale pink royal-feeling lehenga with a voluminous A-line skirt was fairytale-esque with beautiful Renaissance embroidery in vintage English colours embellished with silver-gold metal thread, pearls and beads.

The beaming bride completed her standout look with bridal jewellery from Sabyasachi Heritage that was handcrafted with syndicate uncut diamonds, pale pink spinel and baroque Japanese cultured pearls.

The Bollywood bride wore a blush pink lehenga for the pheras.

Keeping in mind the setting, Sabyasachi chose a pastel hue in place of a traditional red one for the ceremony.

On his official Instagram account, the designer wrote that it took 67 karigars, and 32 days to hand embroider the lehenga in silk floss, which bore motifs of various birds and butterflies.

To complement the pale pink lehenga, the bride wore traditional jewellery – a mathapatti, layered necklaces and jhumkas in jadau, pearls and pink spinel.

Athiya Shetty

Why are Bollywood Brides ditching Red Lehengas? - 3Bollywood actress Athiya Shetty, who tied the knot with KL Rahul in front of a 70-people guest list, wore a subtle pink Anamika Khanna chikankari lehenga.

The delicate piece was handmade, handwoven and made in silk with zardozi and jaali work.

It also featured a veil and dupatta made of silk organza replete with intricate handiwork.

In an interview with Vogue, the designer Anamika Khanna revealed the lehenga “is a labour of love and took approximately 10,000 hours to make.”

Meanwhile, Athiya harboured the essence of old-world charm with less is more trend to style the wedding lehenga.

She picked blush pink eyeshadow, nude pink lips and eyelids lined with kohl for the glam picks.

Maximal mehendi design, a heavy choker necklace, mang tika, earrings, bangles, and a centre-parted bun rounded it all off.

The demand for simple, elegant and intimate weddings has become a trend.

Everyone is looking for subtle décor for Indian weddings, and pink goes well with this theme.

Contrasting colours that work well with pink are gold, ivory, lilac, and yellow — and hence, maybe you can opt for this trendy Indian wedding theme for your big day next.

Ravinder is a Journalism BA graduate. She has a strong passion for all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. She also likes to watch films, read books and travel.

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