In the past few years, we have witnessed some of the most massive, luxurious Indian weddings take place. Be it a royal affair in the palaces of Jaipur and Udaipur, or party style in destinations such as Bali, Thailand and Dubai. We Indians are known to be hosts of the grandest and lengthiest weddings. Regardless of your socio-economic class, most parents spend a huge chunk of their savings on their children’s big day. While this might seem petty, weddings are a way to express and showcase your opulence. From the venues to the decor, food, jewellery and of course, designer outfits—all are closely paid attention to.

So naturally, when Covid-19 hit, it altered plans for a lot of people. Big fat weddings are now reduced to a small, intimate affair keeping safety protocols in mind. Adapting to the new way and putting away your ideal wedding would surely be upsetting for many brides. Especially if it means saying goodbye to your dream Sabyasachi lehenga. However, don’t let this rain on your parade. Brides can still choose to dress up in some beautiful outfits for their special day regardless of the scale. With less pressure of hundreds of guests around, you can choose an outfit that represents who you are. With no rules to follow, you can dress as you please, go all out or keep it simple. Additionally, it doesn’t hurt to use that extra budget on your wedding outfits and trousseau!

If your big day is coming up, have a look at some of our suggestions for dresses that are suitable for an intimate wedding:

1) Embroidered Lehenga

If you are no longer in the mood for wearing a lehenga with intricate beading and zardozi, an embroidered skirt with a simple blouse works just right. For a day time ceremony, a subdued colour such as this dreamy baby pink outfit by Anita Dongre looks delightful. A toned-down lehenga will keep you light and mobile throughout without weighing you down. Pair some classic jewellery and keep the make-up minimal to balance the overall look. This attire will ensure you look like an elegant bride.

2) Silk Saree

There is very little room to go wrong with a saree. The best pick for your wedding day; sarees are a common bridal outfit choice for women from different backgrounds. A classic handwoven number, such as the one by Ekaya, with subtle brocade prints and a detailed border, always looks timeless. For the bride’s nikkah, we love how she has added the element of a veil for a bridal touch. Along with a nath and statement necklace to complete the look. A simple and elegant choice for a small-scale home ceremony.

3) Red Lehenga

A traditional red lehenga has always been a representation of the Hindu bride. Many of us would not swap this shade on our big day for the more contemporary palette of pastels and blushes. Similarly, if you wish to go for the conventional red but sans the heavy work, opt for a lighter lehenga in the same hue. Check out the stunning lehenga below by Astha Narang. A blouse with more work on it enhances the bridal touch without weighing you down, while the skirt remains relatively simple. With your hair up in a stylish bun and some heirloom jewels, you will look like an ethereal Indian bide without going all out.

4) Modern Twist

It is your day, so you can wear whatever you deem fit! And so, if wearing a lehenga or saree is not your pick, switch them out for some trendy fusion wear. The custom made Arpita Mehta outfit pictured below looks comfortable, yet stylish for a bride to don. The high-waisted flared pants and crop-top with embroidery and sequin work have a flattering fit. Additionally, the printed sheer jacket adds a modern touch to the entire ensemble, making the outfit components more cohesive. For vows by the beach, the statement seashell earrings worn by the bride is absolute goals! It goes to show how having an intimate wedding allows you to set your own rules and look your best in your true element!

5) Yellow Banarasi

Coming back to sarees since we can never have too many! We are crushing on this yellow and pink silk Banarasi saree for a Haldi or Mehendi function. Yellow is a common colour worn by brides on the day of the Haldi, and this dress selection is usually kept simple. The Banarasi cutwork on yellow paired with a pink blouse adds enough pop to make a bride look vibrant on her special day. Matching with your beau in a similar shade makes the entire ensemble all the more adorable. Additionally, the delicacy brought on by a simple silk saree is unbeatable. Also, it is fitting for an intimate wedding where you want to feel free and light.

What outfit is your favourite for a small-scale wedding? Let us know in the comments below.

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