Oh La La Bridal Lehengas!
No wedding day would be complete without the bride in a stunning dress that calls people to their feet in awe. Indian weddings are no different. In fact, they are quite elaborate, colorful and festive occasions.
The bride is adorned with breathtaking jewelry, makeup to make any celebrity jealous and henna designs that greatly magnify her beauty. Then there is the bridal dress. Or bridal lehenga, to be exact. A lehenga is an Indian dress that is made up of a long, flowing skirt and matching choli (midriff blouse). A very long and ornate scarf or dupatta, usually accompanies the ensemble for a polished look.
Lehengas and bridal lehengas come in different styles:
- Fish cut
- Long Choli
There are subtle differences in the design, but basically A-Line and Fish cut styles refer to the skirt of the dress and Long Choli refers to the blouse.
In an A-Line Bridal Lehenga Choli, the skirt resembles the letter "A" in that it is tapered at the waist and hips and opens wider at the bottom like that of the letter "A".
Below is an example of an A-Line Bridal Lehenga. Notice that the choli (blouse) is short sleeved.
Fish Cut Bridal Lehengas
Fish cut bridal lehengas are just as beautiful as any other style lehenga. Think "Little Mermaid" meets Indian princess and you've got the look! The bottom of the skirt is flared like fish fins (but I think I like the mermaid analogy better). It's a gorgeous lehenga and the choli is usually short sleeved or may have net fabric extended down the arms like in this picture below.
Fish Cut Lehenga
Long Choli Bridal Lehenga
A long choli bridal lehenga is one where the choli or midriff top covers the belly. Some long choli will cover the entire abdominal area with the choli fabric, while others may consist of a regular length choli with colorful net fabric attached for women who want to cover themselves but still want to show off a little belly, but not entirely!
Long Choli (Blouse) Lehenga (net covered abdomen)
Long Choli Lehenga (fully covered abdomen)
Undoubtedly, all lehenga styles are beautiful, sensuous and reflective of the timeless elegance of Hindu women. But, remember, you don't have to be in India to partake in a luxurious Indian wedding dress. Nor do you have to have a traditional wedding. Why not incorporate some Indian bridal lehengas into your wedding day plans and bring a culture of love, warmth and compassion to your already special day!