Authored by: Tanvi Mahajan
We all have that “Perfect Wedding Picture” painted in our minds, for some it is red, while for some it is white, but the one thing that remains constant is the choice of the season to take the vows – i.e. The Winter Season! I am sure none of us has had second thoughts about tying the knot in the frosty night, under the moonlight or the warm morning sun - that is, until the stars and the chakras obligate you to marry in the scorching summer season.
Then comes that time, when you are just done with your final touch-up and you find yourself soaked in sweat, and with that heavy wedding dress, you can barely breathe - one heck of a deal, isn’t it? Getting married in summers might feel like your dreams have been washed away with sweat, but you'll feel differently after leafing through this blog. With designers experimenting with flowy, breathable, less-blingy yet chic silhouettes, there is so much more you can do at your summer wedding.
Pick up lighter fabrics like Chiffon, Satin, Crepe, Chanderi Silk, Cotton and Rayon that can be customized to design breathy and summer-friendly wedding ensembles. Check out how these beauties geared up for their summer wedding:
Pastel Chiffon, Georgette Satin, and Chanderi Silk Sarees
Whether you are the mother, sister or BFF of the bride or the bride herself, Sarees are an evergreen option to be worn, flaunted and experimented with in all kinds of seasons. The real catch is choosing the right fabric, like Chanderi Silk, Georgette Satin or Chiffon, as far as summer weddings are concerned. The flowy, soft, shiny, non-sticky and breathable weave of these fabrics make them apt choices for Mehandi, Sagan, Sangeet or Reception.
Pastel floral shades of pista green, ice blue, lemon yellow, salmon are few colors that go well with the sizzling summer mood. In case you like a little pop, then one can go for a bright fuchsia, gold, blue, orange Chanderi Silk Saree done with subtle bootis or minimal vines.
Richa Chadha and Deepika Padukone slaying in soft pastel sarees with a choice of spaghetti or three-fourth tulle-sleeve blouse
Sonam Kapoor, days before and after the wedding, seen in light printed bird and floral sarees, with a choice of a pop pink or a puff-sleeved mint green blouse
Soft Pastel shades of pink and green accentuated with either subtle bling on the borders or concept cut-out blouses
We are all hearts out on Masaba’s new Summer/Festive’18 collection that highlights a beautiful mix of mint, off-white, yellow and pop pink sarees and more accentuated with subtle booti, signature foil prints and floral motifs
Pair your Plains with Heavy Banarasi Dupattas
Ornamenting plains, like Chanderi Silk Suits with a heavy Banarasi Dupatta is 2018’s talk of the fashion town. While in the wish for keeping it minimal, people are switching to accessorizing their outfits, with heavy chandbalis and kundan jewellery, or classic gold sets and flaunting the heritage Banarasi weave on the side, done in festive shades of orange, green, pink, yellow, blue and more. Motifs of Betel leaves, paisleys, bootas, nagadas, dhols, are extensively being worn and are winning hearts of many women.
Plain Floor Length Anarkalis made out of Chanderi Silk or Raw Silk gracefully teamed with a Heavy Banarasi Dupatta are sure to turn heads at the wedding
Banarasi Dupattas done in Bridal tones of pink and red are a perfect pick for those after-wedding Dinner parties
Take cues from Sonam Kapoor as she effortlessly matches her skirts, kurtas and cholis with a heavy Banarasi Dupatta
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan elegantly flaunts her Banarasi Dupatta on the side, which she has teamed with a plain Gold Raw Silk Anarkali
Pastel Lehengas for the wedding
The trend of pastel lehengas is surely here to stay. Not only the BFF or the sister of the bride, but a lot of brides themselves are opting for a pastel lehenga instead of the classic red and gold. From Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma to Neha Dhupia and Mira Rajput, beauties of the B-Town took the vow, all decked up in soft pastel pink hues. Fabrics like Raw Silk, Plain Modal Silk, Chiffon, Organza Tissue Silk, Banarasi Silk can be crafted into your dream summer lehenga.
Jhanvi and Khushi Kapoor look absolutely stunning at Sonam Kapoor’s wedding in these ice blue, blush pink and lemon yellow lehengas
Baby pink, pista green and ice blue embellished with flower beds and vines can make the bride rock the aisle with utmost poise and panache
Karishma Kapoor looks radiant and fresh as the breeze in this soft flowy floral lehenga by Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Twirls and smiles, all painted in pastel summer hues of white and salmon -how stunning do these brides look on their big day
We are in awe with these tassels and mirror jhalars - these tiny details add an extra charm to your outfit
Beyond the Mainstream Outfits
No one likes to spend their time pinching their Dupattas on the shoulder, fiddling with their lehengas to make some way to walk! Time has changed! Ensembles like crop tops, heavy-kali skirts, dhoti pants, long capes, ankle-length kaaftans, skirts teamed with long jackets, gararas and shararas made out of fabrics like Gold Foil Georgette, Modal Rayon, Printed Muslin, Jacquard, Kota Doria, Chanderi Silk, Embroidered Cotton and Satin can help you achieve the perfect Mehandi, Sangeet or Cocktail look.
How mesmerizing do these brides look in the mint green skirt-jacket and yellow garara
Masaba’s concept Gold Foil Kaftan and Anita Dongre’s Floral Skirt-jacket set are made-for-trousseau ensembles
What would you go for - Dhoti Pants and Cape, or Skirt with a collar crop top? We can’t choose just one
The Everyday Phenomenal Bride, Sonam Kapoor looks phenomenal on her Reception in the chevron Skirt Lehenga, and later that evening, in the pearl white ankle length kaaftan
Flowy Cotton Mughal and Indigo Suits for Trousseau
Summer Trousseau shopping can be tricky. With the blazing hot sun, if you pick those gaudy and blingy suits to wear at work, dinner and brunch scenes, you'd be spouting lava! Mughal Cotton Heavy-Kali Mughal floral printed Anarkalis, Awadhi suits, Indigo Handblock kurtas teamed with palazzos & skirts and Chanderi Silk suits, adorned with statement jewellery are a no-brainer for your trousseau treasure chest.
Anushka Sharma Kohli in a summer-cool Mughal Cotton Ankle Length Kurta-Palazzo set by Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Taapsee Pannu looks naturally charming in this white and gold booti Anarkali dress
Indigo Cotton asymmetrical kurtas, long dresses teamed with palazzos, straight pants and flowy skirts paired with some oxidized silver jewellery is a match for after-wedding work or brunch look
Summer weddings don't feel that bad an idea now, do they? Do not let your dreams of dressing your best on your Big day break a sweat. We are sure after reading this blog, you will have so much more to explore and experiment with on your wedding. If you wish to Design Your Own ensembles, then you can check out Fabriclore’s exquisite collection of artisanal and festive fabrics, dupattas, stoles and dress materials. If you want to have a little chitchat or want any personal fashion advice on your summer wedding look, you can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers! Happy Wedding!