Preparations for my Indian wedding in December are moving along slowly but surely. All of the venues for the three-day event have been booked, we’ve decided on music and menus, and we’ve made our guest list. Our next steps are to choose and send wedding invitations, and to begin to purchase the wedding outfits.
Because the wedding is spread over the course of three days, I’ll need at least three different outfits. I’ve done some window shopping already for saris (a formal outift consisting of a blouse, a petticoat, and several yards of fabric draped around the body) and lehengas (a three-piece set made up of a skirt, a blouse, and a scarf called a dupatta), but without much luck. I’m having trouble, especially, finding a lehenga that I like.
A red lehenga is traditionally worn by an Indian bride for the wedding ceremony, and sometimes for the reception as well. Since these are the “main events” of the Indian wedding, wedding lehengas tend to be highly, highly ornate. They’re usually decorated with some combination of embroidery, sequins, brocade, and gems (and sometimes all of the above).
Frankly, though, this look is a little too much for my taste. Plus, a more decorated lehenga translates to a much higher price, and I think it’s foolish to blow our whole wedding budget on an outfit that I’ll wear only once.
So, the hunt for my wedding lehenga continues.
In the meantime, though, I’ve been browsing different wedding sari books to give me ideas for colors and styles that I like. One particular book called Embroidery: Wedding Sarees published by Monika International has some stunning pictures of hand-embroidered wedding saris. The colors and materials are luxurious, and the embroidery is just beautiful and well-worth admiring. I’ve shared a few of my favorites in the slideshow below –