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Being a bride is not just about shopping, honeymoon planning and getting new stuff for your wardrobe! There are dilemmas and big fights a bride needs to conquer. Whether to spend most of your savings for that one-time wear lehenga? Or give up that ultimate bridal dream that every girl dreams ever since she was a child? Well, brides, it’s time to stand up for your dreams! If you want that fantastic lehenga on your wedding day, so be it. And we will help you with smart ideas on how you can wear your Indian wedding lehenga multiple times without being repetitive.   

1. The Multipurpose Blouse 

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You’ve put so much time and effort into getting that perfect blouse tailored for you in the latest design. It’s only fair to make your effort count...and that too more than once, right? So who said you need to wait for a fancy wedding to wear your Indian wedding lehenga again? Just use the blouse for a different outfit.

Like Anshu, who got married a few months back did. “I ensured my blouse had handwork but no borders. So now I can wear them with lots of sarees with matching or contrasting shade of colour”, she says.

And if you happened to read about designer kurtis for weddings and chose a silk kurti to go with your lehenga, well you’re in luck already! Just wear your blouse as a top with jeans, Salwars or leggings for any casual/semi-formal occasions.

2. The Versatile Dupatta

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Say hello to the oh-so-friendly dupatta which gets along with almost anything and everything! The dupatta is that part of your Indian wedding lehenga which is the easiest to re-use. Wrap it up as it is with a silk Salwar kurta for a Mehndi or Sangeet function. Or wear it as a stole with semi-formal kurti-jeans. Know more about some creative dupatta draping styles to go with your suit.

Anshu had two separate dupattas with her wedding lehenga which she now uses with different outfits. “I had an orange and a red dupatta. Now I wear them with separate Kurtis with matching (or contrasting) colours.”

Saumya, however, doesn’t wear her wedding lehenga but plans on using it in her home temple. She says, “I was thinking of using the dupatta to cover Devi Maa in my home temple”. That’s an idea, we say!

3. The Show-Stopper Lehenga

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Now comes the rather difficult part. Putting your Indian wedding Lehenga to use after the wedding! After spending a fortune on that dream outfit that you so proudly own, it becomes almost a liability once the wedding (and hence its real purpose) is over. So is there a post-wedding future of a lehenga after all?

Of course, there is! “I reduced the cancan of my ₹38k lehenga skirt so that I could wear it on other weddings too. Also, I chose a mostly plain skirt with a heavy border. So it’s easier to wear it with a contrasting blue or golden blouse”, said Anshu.

Saumya hasn’t been able to wear it since her wedding and doesn’t think she will either. “Mine was a ₹45k lehenga and I haven’t used it in the past three months. And I don’t even plan on wearing it at anyone else’s wedding.”

So what are her plans with her lehenga then? “I was thinking of putting it on an online portal for rent because lots of brides today are going for rental lehengas. So maybe”! Or if not anything else, she has her home temple idea anyway. “I guess I can utilise it in the Mandir making a tent-like structure with the skirt” adds Saumya.

4. A Few Words of Wisdom

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Sure you need to put a lot of thought before you buy your wedding dress. But an Indian wedding lehenga is not just about making a wise decision; it also involves a lot of emotions. So here are a few tips to maintain the balance between your head and heart:

  • Choose a colour and design that would be evergreen for you. 
  • Don't blindly follow trends. See if it suits you first. 
  • You can use your dupatta for festive decoration too.
  • Always keep room for alteration especially with your blouse. 
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment.
  • Mix & match.
  • Cross-match with other outfits and even go with unconventional combinations. 
  • If you don’t find any use of your lehenga at all, think about donating.

A wedding dress for a bride means so much more than just an outfit for an event. And now hopefully you got some ideas on what to do with your Indian wedding lehenga after the wedding. No need to stress over dilemmas and conflicts on whether or not to buy your fantasy lehenga. Live your wedding dream to the fullest. Just keep an open mind about re-using and passing on the very same dream!

Have you picked your bridal jewellery matching with your wedding dress yet? Take a look at our vendor list and let us know if you have questions in the comment section below.