Bridal Red - A thing of the past?
Parvathi Ramanandan 02 Dec 2015 BRIDAL 


A cacophony of vibrant hues, a gamut of bold colors. If nothing else, Indian Hindu weddings are definitely known and loved for the aforementioned two. The clash of colors herald the bride and groom’s entry into a vibrant new chapter of their lives.

So when we talk about weddings, what is the first color that comes to your mind? No points for guessing Red! Red has been the inevitable color of Indian weddings since time immemorial; marking its fiery presence all over: bold  in the bride’s lehenga, peeping from the infinite bangles that rattle in her wrists, gleaming in the auspiciousness of the sindoor that would adorn her forehead, subtly rich in the intricate designs of her mehendi and the list goes on. One can say with much surety that Red is that inevitable bridesmaid that can never ever be exorcised from traditional Indian weddings.

True that Bridal Red can never get mundane or ordinary, but now there are a plethora of options for the Indian bride who loves to experiment and stand out. The yellows and the blues have never looked better on the Indian bride before.

The Perfect color

Opinions would be plenty as to which color should you be wearing for your wedding. But hey! It is your big day. Pause for a second. Find out that one attire and that color which you think would make you look like a princess. Do a skin tone check. Go for colors that would complement your skin. Plan a wedding theme color, if any, accordingly.

1. Glittery Gold

Gold is a color that would make you look elegant and splendid, bringing in the richness and grandeur of royalty to the stage. 

Soha Ali Khan paired her Golden Sabyasachi wedding lehenga with a Orange head dupatta and green neckpiece.  The ensemble proves that contrasts go well with golden. With low-key make up and the perfect bridal glow, Soha was a treat to our eyes- an elegant royal bride!


2. Pretty Pink

Pink has been knows as that companion of every girl at one stage or the other. Bridal lehengas and sarees in pink bring out the feminine side of the bride. Subtle, yet elegant, this is a colour that can either make you a coy bride or a statement bride, depending on how you team it up. Karisma Kapoor chose a light pink lehenga and gold jewellery.

Recently we saw Mira Rajput chose a Anamika Khana's light pink bridal lehenga for her day wedding and looked absolutely stunning and chic.


 3. Elegant Green

Ever pleasing to the eye, green is a color that has not been experimented much in Indian bridal scenes. A dash of green would do wonders to a gold or orange outfit. The Ritu Kumar’s rich green and gold lehenga with gotta and heavily embellished patch work made Dia Mirza look like a fairy tale bride. The substantial gold jewellery added to the old world charm of the beautiful bride.


4. Multicolored Bridal lehengas

For a bolder vibrant look, go for a multicolored lehenga like Ritu Kumar’s.  The green and the blues add substantially to the look.

So these were some of the colors that could make you stand out from that standard Indian bride. Try out the blues and the yellows. Go on and mix up colors. As Coco Chanel said confidence is the best accessory. Exercise wisdom and prudence in selecting your look for the big day, but be a little innovative, a little adventurous.

Having said as much, I would like to answer my own question. No, Bridal Red would never be a thing of the past. But the other members of the rainbow are creeping up slowly and elegantly to the centre stage, and stealing the show.