Indian weddings ride high on the glamour and style. With the rich and opulent traditions our culture holds, the wedding garb also needs a lot of attention. The wedding is after all a woman’s brightest day, when she is pampered and hailed like a true princess. To look like a million bucks on your special day, you need only the very best that the country has to offer. These in our choice are the ten best designers to choose from and custom make your wedding lehenga.
1. Sabyasachi Mukherjee:
Currently the toast of the wedding circuit, this designer is the name to vouch for when it comes to rich and unusual textures with the right hint of class and sheer opulence. Known to be one to always pay attention to details, his outfits resemble the joy and fervor of the rituals and ceremonies. The colour palette that his couture follows, suits the girlie bride who loves pink and also the nerdy bride who prefers off beat kitschy styles.
2. Ritu Kumar:
If you have ogled at every bridal magazine issue you are well aware of this enigmatic name in the world of wedding couture. She single handedly pioneered the introduction of princely opulence in bridal wear in India. With unique sense of combinations she blends handlooms and handicrafts into a fine melee. Charming yet comfortable, her designs are sure to bring about the true inner beauty of an Indian Princess.
3. Tarun Tahiliani:
This designer is a touch of European panache fused with Indian heritage of craftsmanship and rich textiles. Amidst his contemporaries, Tahiliani has a subtleness in his drapes that makes you admire his chutzpah. If you desire a classy fusion chic in your bridal lehenga this is the man of your needs. Boasting a clientele that is spread across borders this designer’s reputation is his biggest goodwill.
4. Anita Dongre:
This female designer is fast rising and has made her presence felt in every area, be it runway or movies or in her various designer labels. Known to personify the new age women of the modern 21st century era, her “Timeless” collection caters to the various special occasssional wears that are sure to be your best investments in couture in recent times. Her stunning choice of colours and fabrics makes her creations stand out.
5. Rohit Bal:
Rohit Bal or more popularly called “Gudda” is the perfect choice if you want exceptional and intricate artistry to reflect in your bridal lehenga. Known for highlighting the exceptional craftsmanship of Kashmir, his designs are pure heritage quality without the inclusions of any sort of embellishments or bling. The designer is a world wide personality who only designs bridal wear on request. You can’t get any more exclusive than that!
6. Shantanu & Nikhil:
These two siblings have fast risen and created a niche for themselves in the fashion arena. Though originally they had started with men’s wear only, their gradual progression towards female couture and importantly bridal creations have made a distinct mark amongst their ever rising clientele. This duo evolves with times keeping abreast with the latest needs of their consumers, so they are your choice of designers for a contemporary and modern twist to chic styles.
7. J J Valaya:
The man took over the world of fashion in a major way ever since his luxury couture brand launched in the early nineties. Twenty years down the line, The House of Valaya marks a prominence in the national capital as it does in various fashion houses world wide. Every Valaya creation is a masterpiece in its own right. So if you prefer the richness of velvette and zardosi this is the man who will make those gorgeous lehenga dreams of your come to life.
8. Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla:
Another major name in the fashion fraternity and going strong for over a quarter of a century, this designer duo is often regarded as the true pioneers of Indian style. The Abu Sandeep label is available across the globe and boast of a clientele featuring the first families of film and industry at large. Their work is a true blend of perfect craftsmanship and luxurious fabrics. They know how to bring out your inner beauty with their intricately crafted beauties.
9. Manish Malhotra:
The name itself is synonymous with Bollywood, as Yash Chopra films are to heroines in flowing chiffon sarees. Manish Malhotra has single-handedly led the style and fashion quotient into the lives of the silver screen beauties. May it be on screen or off screen; this man oozes styles in every garment he makes. His Midas touch has powers to turn even the most ugly ducklings into beautiful fairies with the makeover that his garments bring about beautifully. When it comes to the pomp and grandeur of movies and style this is the man to go to. So if you are the complete film buff who wants to bedazzle her groom fully filmy style, then your search ends right here.
10. Neeta Lulla:
Another name to arise prominently from the film fraternity of India is the lady who has four National Film awards to her credit for the best costumes designed in a film. This itself tells you that the designer has an eye for detail and a complete understanding of the backgrounds of the wearer. She takes into account your personal style as well as your own preferences to bring out the best suited and comfortable outfit that will also be a head turner whenever you step out in it.
She has a wide range of sensibilities in her outfits, so you will find something outrageously gorgeous and blatantly simple all in the same place. Her sense and sensibilities are probably the deciding factors when it comes to bridal couture as this woman has draped screen sirens like Sridevi to Aishwarya Rai Bacchan for their weddings with equal panache. All the above mentioned designers are distinct in their sense of style and patterns and so the above pick does not follow any specific order. However, when making your choice it is always advisable to choose the one designer who will address your needs to the best possible outcomes: All the best.