If you could sum up Indian weddings in one word, it would be lively. These colorful, multi-day and multi-ceremony affairs are vibrant, fun, lavish, exuberant, and abundant — all things which also just happen to describe the traditional dresses Indian brides don on their big day: saris and lehengas. A quick lesson for those unfamiliar with these beautiful outfits — a sari consists of two pieces with a top and cloth wrapped around as a pleated skirt; a lehenga is three pieces consisting of a top, skirt, and shawl. Rife with dazzling embellishments and ornate details, these gowns come in bountiful options, perfect for a bride looking to wear a dress that reflects both her personality and wedding theme. Whether you're an Indian bride yourself or marrying into an Indian family, these real wedding saris and lehengas will have you shopping for yours in no time.
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The sun meets the stars in this striking lehenga. A fiery orange-red skirt and midnight navy top, both trimmed in decorative gold detail, embody the dazzling heavens above.
With turquoise and hot pink hues, this lehenga is all about the brights, making it a perfect choice for the playful bride. Elaborate embellishments and intricate details are weaved into the fabric for a beautiful design.
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This bride goes against the grain by opting for white over color; a perfect compromise between the traditional white wedding dress and glamorous Indian wedding garb. Gold embroidery adds a dash of refined extravagance while bringing in a cultural touch.
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These orange saris are the true burst of sunshine on the beach. We love how the bride's sari stands out among the bridesmaids with a richer thick fabric and detailed pattern of yellow-gold and red.
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This sumptuous red lehenga is a romantic showstopper. A pop of color like this is sure to be a vision on the bold bride looking to turn some heads. Sumptuous gold brocade rounds out the gown's grand look, making any bride wearing it feel like royalty.