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There’s Life Beyond Lehengas! 5 Alternatives for Your Reception

Anupam Dabral | Jul 22, 2015, 10:51 IST
There’s Life Beyond Lehengas! 5 Alternatives for Your Reception
A model in Gaurav Gupta
Every girl waits to dress up like a queen on her wedding, but we’re all beginning to get a little bored of the usual saris and lehengas. Indian designers have come up with various gorgeous silhouettes that can suit any size and shape, so don’t assume that lehengas are the only option. If you’re the experimental sort, then assert your individualistic taste and let everyone see the braveheart in you. And don’t worry, your new husband will still love you. Read on for 5 alternatives you can try instead of a lehenga or a sari at your wedding reception
Sari Gowns: Sari gowns tread a path between tradition and modernity, fluid structure and an uber-feminine appeal. These are perfect if you want to experiment but don’t want to be seen as too rebellious either. Indian fashion designers such as Gaurav Gupta and Amit Aggarwal have created some stunning numbers in the past.


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    A model in Tarun Tahiliani
    Gown: You may have your own reservations about this western silhouette but gowns can be an amazing choice if you want to have a bit of fun. Gowns fit very well in the vocabulary of thematic weddings. So be it a ball gown, a mermaid gown or a strapless chic number, go ahead fearlessly. Balance out the look with traditional Indian jewellery like a pair of jhumkis, choker or a maang tika.  
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    A model in Anju Modi
    Dhoti Pants: Dhoti pants are easy and can be styled to perfection with a little styling. You can wear them with choli blouses or floor-length jackets in an array of textures – believe us, you will look great. Go for the most extravagant jewellery and high heels with dhoti pants. A tinge of tradition is always important. 
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    A model in Anamika Khanna
    Shararas: Don’t be fooled by their historical tradition – a number of Indian designers such as Anamika Khanna have created couture versions of the age-old shararas. Pair yours with gorgeous peplum blouses under net or lace capes and you will for sure make heads turn. Since it’s a wedding reception, remember to balance your look with traditional Indian jewellery. 
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    A model in Tarun Tahiliani
    Floor-length Anarkalis: A floor-length anarkali with stunning Indian jewellery is another choice. Anarkalis define the ultimate Indian wear and are fairly well accepted in traditional families. Instead of a sari, you can go for a layered anarkali and have fun with the dupatta – that’s the next big thing. 
    What would you choose for your wedding reception? Share your comments below.