Indian bridal wear is all about maximalism and bold designs, with red usually being the primary colour. However, some exceptional Indian designers have ventured to experiment with other colours for bridal wear, and the results are phenomenal.
Check out these seven renowned and celebrity-trusted Indian fashion designers who’ve created mystical and unique bridal lehengas and sarees in colours other than red.
Indian designers who've redefined the bridal colour palette
1. Masaba Gupta
House of Masaba, the fashion label created by Masaba Gupta, is known for its wide range of fashion apparel that is ideal for women of all age groups. The House of Shaadi collection of Masaba that has just been launched is a beautiful fusion of colours and intricate floral patterns. This wedding collection sees the designer thrive and excel even outside her expertise area of bold and quirky prints. The House of Shaadi collection features stunning brides and grooms-to-be posing for wedding photos in the most aesthetic settings wearing the incredible designs by Masaba Gupta.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee is a designer who needs no introduction. Trusted and frequently worn by renowned Bollywood faces, Sabyasachi products have repeatedly stood out because of their impeccable quality and superior designs. The bridal looks of Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, and Deepika Padukone were designed by Sabyasachi, and the list continues. The designer can slay both the minimalistic bridal outfit designs and the glamorous and elaborate ones. Anushka’s bridal lehenga is a classic example of the masterpieces that Sabyasachi designs that are not necessarily in a shade of red but are exceptionally beautiful still.
3. Manish Malhotra
The design aesthetics of Manish Malhotra are not just a hit at Bollywood weddings but also in Bollywood movies. Brides who wish to stand out on their special day choose Manish Malhotra’s designs of their unique fabric, patterns, designs, and colours. The Bridal Couture 2023-24 pictures show Malhotra’s designs in all their glory. We can't stop admiring the sheer magnificence of these designs. Manish Malhotra’s designs encourage modern-day brides to experiment with colours other than the monotonous shades of crimson red and deep maroon. His bridal collection features a host of vibrant and beautiful colours, such as powder blue, millennial pink, mauve, ivory, rose gold, aqua, pale coral, and mint.
4. Anita Dongre
Famous designer Anita Dongre is more than just a fashion expert. She is a philanthropist, an environmentalist, and a social activist. The ethos of culture and tradition is deeply embedded in her designs along with lesser-proclaimed yet vital fashion needs such as comfortable and lightweight clothing. One would find traces of the rich Rajasthani gotta patti work and vibrant colours of the land in the fashion apparel from the House of Anita Dongre. Neha Dupia’s beautiful and elegant baby pink bridal lehenga was one of the masterpieces by Anita Dongre, and over time, the designer has released multiple exceptional bridal lehengas in unconventional shades. She is all for comfort and authenticity, and her bridal collection, too, echoes the same values. Hence, it's not unusual to find lehengas with pockets, bridal separates, and fuss-free jacket blouses in her designs.
5. Ritu Kumar
A widely-known name nationwide, Ritu Kumar masters the art of mixing contemporary and traditional Indian craftsmanship with precision. Several Indian stars like Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, Dia Mirza, and Lara Dutta have worn and loved Ritu Kumar's designs over the years. The designs under Ritu Kumar’s label usually have a Mughal and Persian touch, but their Indianness stands out. The sheer royalty and unique craftsmanship of Ritu Kumar’s bridal lehengas make them timeless and worthy of being passed on from generation to generation.
6. Tarun Tahilani
Tarun Tahiliani is a celebrated Indian designer known for his exquisite bridalwear collection. He is one of the founding members of India's official Fashion Week governing body - the Fashion Design Council of India. Like his counterpart Anita Dongre, Tarun Tahilani believes in creating bridal wear that truly defines a modern-day bride and makes her feel comfortable in her wedding outfit. Tarun is proficient in creating uniquely crafted bridal outfits that have an ethereal radiance and charm and are easy for the bride to carry. Apart from experimenting with unconventional colours and design ideas, Tahilani’s bridal collection is also special because brides can reuse parts or the whole of the wedding dress to create new outfits for future events.
7. Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla
A dynamic duo rocking the fashion industry - right from Sonam Kapoor’s mehndi outfit to Priyanka Chopra’s roka look, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are widely trusted for their flawless designs and precise fits. The duo believes in customising bridal wear to meet the emotions, thoughts, and preferences of the bride, who is but a free and independent woman at the core. With their signature chikankari, mirror, and gota work, Jani and Khosla try to add embroideries, colours, and embellishments to meet the individual brides’ personalities and even the event's mood, venue, and season.