This post was originally written for Popxo Wedding.
Whether it’s an elegant kanjivaram or a beautiful lehenga choli, my mom and sister are just about as excited as I am when it comes to dressing up! And interestingly, I discovered so many new things about both of them during our long shopping trips… things I hadn’t known for years owing to my busy schedule. I was REALLY surprised, as we planned outfits for the mother and sister of the bride, that my mom had been meaning to wear her own, 30-year-old wedding lehenga on my big day. And she was already thinking of ways to style it differently and to make the ensemble work!
The mother of the bride
My mom wore a gorgeous gota lehenga on her special day along with a dogri nath and jewellery that I have decided to wear as well. Her lehenga has an umbrella cut with no kalis and is a bright red raw silk skirt with embroidery all over. We decided to tone down the skirt since it’s pretty rich looking with a dual toned silk choli and a double shade dyed dupatta in chiffon. She didn’t want to wear a net dupatta since the original lehenga didn’t have one. The choli has shades of green and aqua and we got the neckline embroidered in gota to blend well with the skirt. The dupatta on the other hand has gota embroidery with red coloured pasting and tassels to complement her ensemble.
Mom is wearing different styles of outfits for all occasions and for the mehendi she has settled on a pista green anarkali with chikankari work. Green is the theme for my mehendi! She will be wearing a beautiful kanjivaram saree purchased from Nalli, Chennai for my sagan/engagement.
For the haldi and chooda ceremony, the theme is yellow and mom will be wearing a long, fitted kurta with embroidery and palazzos. Palazzos look great on elderly women as they elevate the regular salwaar-suit look. Plus, they are super comfortable too.
Some of the brands I would like to recommend for mothers of brides-to-be are Meena Bazaar, Nalli Silk Sarees, Fabindia, Raw Mango, Sue Mue (Green Park) and Asha Gautam (Defence Colony). For fabrics, KC Creations in Lajpat Nagar is a must visit.
Also, while some moms prefer wearing neutral palettes of beiges and browns, I think it’s about time that they started to don colours that compliment their skin tone. Colours always look great and one can always add softer shades in the form of dupattas and accessories to rock the ensemble.
The sister of the bride
My sister, who also happens to be my maid of honor, knew from the start that she would wear a benarasi silk lehenga on my wedding. What she was really particular about was a lehenga with no borders and an unusual benarasi print. It took us a while but we found the perfect print at Frontier Raas, South Ex. She is wearing an orange-pink lehenga skirt with marigold flower prints in gold. For the choli, we opted for an overall mirror work blouse in hot pink and a dupatta in benarasi silk fabric. It is a beautiful combination indeed.
Frontier Raas collection
For the mehendi she is wearing a Rajasthan-inspired poshak and bandhini lehenga in green. With a mustard choli and a pink net dupatta - this is one outfit I am personally really looking forward to seeing her in.
For the engagement, my sister is following mom’s footsteps and wearing a Kanjivaram saree with intricate gold jhumkis in “Vidya Balan style” (that’s what she calls it!).
The sister of the bride can sync her outfits with that of the bride. She can wear complimenting colours like gold and salmon when the bride wears red. Sue Mue in Green Park has lots of variety when it comes to embroidered outfits or Rajasthan-inspired gota patti ensembles.
Before I sign off, my one last advice to all the brides and their beautiful mothers and sisters is that you must visit as many bridal exhibitions happening in your city as you can. It’s a great way to spot the latest trends and get some new ideas. You can also meet designers, find new vendors from across India and check out the trendy wedding outfits for the season.
With only a few weeks to go for the wedding, I am really excited to dress up alongside my two favorite people in the whole world.