“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes..”
Lord Byron must have been talking about Indian brides in these beautiful lines. Every inch chic, beautiful, and elegant, the bride is the showstopper of a wedding. From Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Anushka Sharma to Deepika Padukone and Neha Dhupia (and now Priyanka Chopra), some of the prettiest women from the tinsel town got married this year and made for gorgeous brides.
Interestingly, the commoners were no different. Throughout the wedding season, our Insta-feed was flooded with pictures of real life brides who looked nothing less than celebrity brides. It won’t be an exaggeration if we claim that 2018 gave us some of the biggest wedding fashion moments of our life.
As we bid goodbye to the year, let us take some time and have a look at the most beautiful brides of 2018 who are giving us major wedding ensemble goals:
Image Credits: Sheetal Dang Makeup Artistry on Instagram
There is something so bridal about the colour red that it will never go out of wedding fashion. This bride looks like the epitome of tradition, sophistication, and elegance in this beautiful red embroidered lehenga. We are particularly in love with the intricate detailing. Modern brides who want to stick to the traditional look, can go for a red lehenga because red is not a fad. It is here to stay forever.
Style Tip: Choose a heavily embellished boat or round neck blouse if you want to shift the focus from your hips to your bust and waist just like this bride.
2. Hello, Sunshine!
Image Credits: Shaadiwish on Instagram
If red is not for you, experiment with a bright colour like yellow. While it is not unusual to spot real life brides wearing yellow on their sangeet or mehendi, the colour has also recently become a hit among brides on their wedding day. It is a refreshing sight to behold a bride dressed in a yellow lehenga. We love how this bride has paired her yellow ensemble with a phulkari dupatta and floral jewellery in what seems like a pre-wedding ceremony.
Style Tip: We suggest teaming yellow lehengas with baby pink, lime green, or mint dupatta for a splash of energy and freshness.
3. Because Bright Colors Are Clichéd
Image Credits: Priyanka Baweja on Instagram
You don’t have to add more colours to your bridal lehenga to look the brightest on your D-Day. Sometimes subtle hues do the job better. What we love the most about this real life bride is her sequined champagne lehenga and the subtlety of her whole look. Ditching the conventional red for the once-in-a-lifetime affair can be tough but is worth a try.
Style Tip: Opt for contrasting statement jewellery to make your attire stand out. This bride’s green neck piece and mathapatti are superb accompaniments to her neutral outfit.
4. Shine Bright Like A Diamond
Image Credits: Hitesh Suneja Makeup on Instagram
This bride looks every inch stunning in her pink lehenga with gotta patti work and zari embroidery. The net peach dupatta is adding the oomph factor to her attire. The tribal necklace and the dewy makeup perfectly capture her beauty and elegance.
Style Tip: If you don’t want to overdo the red, think of adding a muted dupatta in maroon, marsala, or pink like this bride.
5. They Said White Is Not For The Bride!
Image Credits: Israni Photography on Instagram
White is dope, and this 2018 bride is the proof of it. She is shining like moonlight in her white ensemble, isn’t she? Ignore everyone who says white can’t be worn to weddings by rocking in a white sequin lehenga like her. Royal motifs and golden kalakaris will add a touch of quirk to your white lehenga.
Style Tip: If you don’t want to keep it all-white, add a tint of colour with a golden, red or, pastel pink dupatta.
6. The Bindaas Bride With Her Tribe
Image Credits: Morvi Images on Instagram
Keep all the poise aside for a while and get playful like this bride. We love brides who try to have some real fun in their wedding. And why not, it is your day after all! This bride is winning our hearts with her cute expressions and funny pose. The nervous and demure bride is so yesterday.
Style Tip: Move over embroideries and appliques and choose golden polka motifs on the blouse and dupatta to make your couture stand out.
7. The Million Dollar Bride
Image Credits: Camera Waale Baraati on Instagram
For brides who love to think out of the box, this bride and her stunning seaweed coloured lehenga is a real inspiration. The heavy zardosi detailing and the pretty net dupatta are enough to grab all the attention.
Style Tip: We loved the idea of choosing a statement neckpiece and danglers while keeping the jewellery on her hands and wrists minimal.
8. The Happiest Brides Are The Prettiest Brides
Image Credits: Dhanika Choksi Photography on Instagram
From her nude makeup to her blush pink floral lehenga, everything about this bride looks perfect. The floral design over the pastel hue seems to be inspired from Anushka Sharma’s pretty bridal lehenga. We find it adorable how the couple chose to coordinate the colour and pattern of their wedding attires.
Style Tip: If you are already wearing a heavily embroidered lehenga like this bride, choose minimalistic jewellery. Ditch the matha patti and opt for a single-line maang tikka. Similarly, a standalone gold or diamond choker is enough. You don’t have to pair it with a long necklace like most brides do.
9. Because Lehengas Are So Mainstream
Image Credits: Cupcake Productions on Instagram
You are the bride and you are free to create your signature style. Plenty of brides are ditching lehengas for kanjivarams, anarkalis, and shararas. We loved this bride’s simple yet stunning zardosi salwar kameez in pastel pink. What a beauty!
Style Tip: If you are choosing a soft pastel for your wedding look, add a bridal touch to it with classic red chudas like this bride.
10. And If You Didn’t Believe In Magic..
Image Credits: Gautam Khullar Photography on Instagram
‘Saving the best for the last’ - we are in awe of this bride that we cannot think of a better caption than this. The colour combination of the lehenga-dupatta and the exquisite jewellery makes her look like a princess right out of a fairy tale.
Style Tip: Team your lehenga with TWO dupattas- One that runs over your head and the other that falls over your shoulder with one end tucked in your lehenga.
Though we have included only ten brides here, this is clearly a non-exhaustive list. Which look did you like the most? Do let us know in the comments section!
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