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A Classy Look Cheat Sheet for an Effortless Indian Bridal Avatar for the Big Day

Modern Indian brides keep their outfit and makeup minimal with statement-worthy accessories. Read more to know how and achieve a classy look.


Lights, camera, entry! That’s how dreamy and huge a wedding is for every Indian bride. She attracts the attention span from a 96-year-old ailing grandmother to a naïve 6-year-old girl at a corner, that’s the unsurmountable charm of an Indian bride at weddings. With the focus on her bridal attire to fine jewellery, on-point makeup and hairstyle to complement the gorgeous Indian beauty, it is equal parts important to maintain a classy look while not bogging down with heavy accoutrements. Modern Indian brides resolve to maintain a fine balance of traditional fusing with contemporary trends thereby creating a classy Indian bridal look that we’re going to elaborate in detail. Here is how you can achieve the classy Indian bridal look easily and envision to be your kind of beautiful on your D-Day!

1. Monotone Magic

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We don’t lie when we say that monotones are the current fashion trend amongst Indian brides and how the market is flooded with single-colour bridal couture. No space to add contrast because Indian women are petite, and it’s a safe bet to look taller, slimmer and structured in a good posture and shape in monotone outfits. Celebrated couturiers have a huge collection of tailored bridal lehenga sets that come in monotone flavour to add a dash of elegance and attitude to your look.


If you want a slightly heavier and fully embellished bridal set, go for monotone lehenga choli with similar embroidery work on the blouse and skirt set to complement the beauty of bridal ensemble. However, if you want a classy look with balanced ornamentation, go for a heavily embellished or embroidered lehenga with a simple plain blouse featuring detailed work. We love how brides paint a peppy and sophisticated picture wearing their bridal attires and living the Indian classy look.

2. Gold Digger

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It’s not what you’re thinking! Just like the umpteen Indian brides who crush on gold, we’re no different. Connoisseurs of all things glittery and glitzy, we believe in pure magic of adorning a gold bridal attire to strike a classy Indian look and uplift the glamour quotient instantly. Be cautious of your makeup when wearing an all-gold outfit, keep your overall look natural and glowing. Define your features and steer clear of fancy glitter-proof compacts, serums on your face. You don’t want to end up looking like a wedding cake! Moisturise your face well, dust off uneven complexion with layers of compact powder followed by contouring stick and finally complete it with highlighting your jawline and cheekbones for high definition classy look.

3. Velvet Dreams

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What was once reserved for the royalty has successfully found a treasure trove in bridal trousseau. Recently, Indian brides are upping their classy look with velvet bridal couture. Exquisitely tailored, elaborately detailed and essentially plush, smooth and rich surface of this silky soft silhouette featuring gold embroidery details will certainly be your muse. Remember to take a front Pallu drape with velvet base lehenga set to exude the Maharani (queen) vibes and stand tall in glorious bijoux. Layer fine embodiments crafted in pearls, Kundan, precious and semi-precious stones for an everlasting lustre and sheen.

4. Paint Me Pastel

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How about a little dash of pastel-esque flavour to your day-time wedding? Nothing beats the nonchalant charm and exuberance of the lightly hued detailed bridal attires. Designers are constantly refurbishing the age-old bridal lehengas and pastels are one of the most loved trends recently. From blush pinks to refreshing mints, hearty lilac or saccharine sea greens, you will have a huge pool of colours and designs to choose from. Ensure that your colours are coordinated well with your significant other for a perfect #couplegoals Insta-worthy feed.

5. Contemporary Couture

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Always the one to steal the spotlight and be the kitschy conversation-starter at a soiree? Don’t be disheartened if all the good outfits are taken, you must invest in offbeat contemporary couture for your wedding day to look your classy best. Cocktail sarees, jumpsuit sarees, dhoti sarees, pant sarees, saree gowns are some of the most unconventional saree drapes that are gaining momentum recently. Thanks to divas like Sonam Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty for daring to wear the unapproved, our modern Indian brides are taking a plunge and rocking these scintillating contemporary sarees for a classy look.

6. Double Dupatta

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Twirling pretty in a pastel-hued floral embroidered lehenga set, Masoom Minawala, a popular blogger-turned-entrepreneur wore a gorgeous double dupatta to spruce up her bridal look. Known for her eccentric and stunning fashion sense, Massom draped a crystal white sheer net scalloped dupatta over her head embellished with pearls while layered a blush pink sheer dupatta over her shoulder to create a compelling contrast.

7. Pearl Play

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Timeless pearls are every woman’s go-to accessory to look dressed up and carve a classy look instantly. You can re-create the beauty of bygone Indian tradition by layering pearl jewellery on your D-Day with gold or diamond finishing. Pearls are a classic jewellery option that lends elegance and sophistication to Indian bridal look instantly.

8. Gajra for Hair


The wafting aroma of carnations and flowers adorning your bun will give a sign to your beau that you’re almost ready. You may want to tease in the generation of Snapchat and quick picture posts on WhatsApp! Add the enchanting floral decadents to your hair and let him sweep off his feet at your exotic sight. Mogras or Gajras as they are commonly referred to are easily available and dress up your hair beautifully.

9. Extraordinary Accessories

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When dolling up like an Indian bride, it is important to wear a whole ton of traditional jewellery. Layered necklaces, earrings, Maang Tikka, Nath, Chura, Kalire, rings etc. to embark on a new journey. However, to strike a classy bridal look, focus on letting at least one piece of jewellery to stand out. Be it your statement-worthy Nath or artistic Maang Tikka, escape the boredom and experiment encore with your jewellery for a streamlined look.

Pastels and pearls have become a regular bridal trend, however, you may consider double dupatta or all-gold ensemble to steal the spotlight and enjoy the bounty of compliments coming your way.

In a sea of such gorgeous and classy looks of several Indian brides, which one truly touched your heart?