Celebrity stylist Ameira Punvani preps you for a summer wedding
Brides, grooms, and bridesmaids, 6Degree comes to your rescue, before you get all stressed about what looks you should opt for on the big day. Ameira who has designed costumes for many top stars and has films like Rustom, Raid, RAW, Badmaash Company, Guru, Zinda, and many more to her credit, has it all planned for you.
The Bridal Trousseau–
Since weddings have become more intimate, due to Covid, with fewer guests on the list, there are two things I’ve noticed- The bride has a bigger budget to spend on herself so the looks are turning out to be much more interesting and opulent. Secondly, brides are more comfortable in an intimate setting so certain brides are not opting for completely traditional. Afterall,summer weddings might just be the place to play it cool. So while they are still playing it within the realms of designer lehengas and designer sarees, they are changing the rules with fresh, new, more personal and customised takes on these traditional bridal pieces. I’ve seen off-shoulder outfits with light embroidery becoming popular and so are puffed sleeve blouses with the saree. A lot of brides are opting for an ombre look. The double dupatta look with a very long train, looks dramatic, magnificent and adds a lot to the overall look.
Red is anyway a colour that a bride usually goes for but a red wedding outfit with a hint of fuchsia in it, is something you should consider, it’s a fun colour. Also go for ruby red, garnet, and even emerald green that goes very well with gold jewelry. Yellow is the colour of the season so definitely add an outfit in that colour to your trousseau. Another option is to go for a lehenga in a lighter shade of gold, though it’s understated the outfit looks so glamorous on the big day.
The silhouettes have changed, brides this season are opting for easy-to-handle outfits. Earlier, because the guest lists were large, brides ended up looking like a Christmas tree at times. You had one person holding her hand, another holding her wedding lehenga, yet another holding her cold drink. Now, brides just wanted to be carefree and enjoy their wedding. The pandemic has taught us to make the most of what we have right now.
A lot of brides are opting for a deeper neckline this season, with jewelry that goes into the neckline of the outfit. It’s a good idea to mix and match- like for the Mehendi you can go traditional and understated with flower jewelry and using cuts and styles your grandmother wore. Also, try colour blocking where you wear colours that I mentioned earlier fuchsia pink and yellow. At your sangeet, you can go risqué with an off-shoulder lehenga that is well fitted but comfortable so you can dance the night away.
Another trend to follow is, a lot of brides are going eco-friendly and using heirloom that has been in the family for years, as part of their bridal look. Beautiful Banarasi sarees are being restored and so on.
For summer weddings avoid heavy make-up, use a light primer that gives sheen not shine to the face, leaving you with a beautiful glow. Keep your cheeks peach-ish instead of pink. Experiment with your eye makeup but it shouldn’t be heavy or dark coloured. Keep your lips in a nice pink-ish or peach colour. There are so many salons today, that offer beautiful nail art to choose from. You can opt for tiny white flowers in your hair, inspired by the May queen look.
Celebrity weddings of 2021
Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi
Dia Mirza had a very understated and traditional look for her intimate wedding.
Her traditional red Banarsi saree reminded me of a heirloom saree - it has a sentimental value attached to it. Her husband looked elegant as he wore a traditional off-white pyjama-kurta with a bundi.
Jasprit Bumrah and Sanjana Ganesan
Jasprit’s wedding had a dreamy vibe. His bride wore a beautiful pink Sabyasachi lehenga and jewelry. Jasprit in keeping with his bride was also dressed by Sabyasachi in a wedding sherwani and looked very regal.
The Groom’s look
Men have many more options today, as compared to earlier. Some years ago we had men wearing Kurta-pyjama to every wedding function. Men should try breeches with a Bandhgala, for that regal Jodhpuri look. For the sangeet, try an interesting jacket with trousers. If you want to go for kurta-pyjama, go for one with nice detailing, the colour of the collar or pocket can be different from the rest of the outfit. Small details like a button made of a precious or semi-precious metal, look good on men. The groom shouldn’t look loud, even if it’s a bright colour kurta team it with fitted trousers instead of a chudidar. If you are tall, try a Patiala salwar with a lot of gheras.
For the bride’s bestie- the fun bridesmaids look
Bridesmaids should have fun with their looks. Go for an outfit in two colours. Go for a form-fitted lehenga with an off-shoulder top and a dupatta that is light. Go for light jewelry, nothing that you need to keep running to the restroom to fix. Wear pastels – peach, lilac or pink, or ombre-off white going into a beautiful teal or peacock blue colour. Multi coloured embroidered lehengas or dresses also looks lovely on bridesmaids.
Celebrity bridesmaids of 2021
Both Alia and Shraddha’s outfits have lightweight pearl embroidery and both have worn summer colours- one is peach and the other aqua blue. They are looking very comfortable, young, pretty and like they are enjoying themselves. The peach and blue lehengas they have chosen also look great on their skin tone.
Before you start preparing for your summer wedding, don’t forget to check the 6Degree Summer weddings store, that has all your looks planned, just like the stars
Dia’s red saree wedding look and Vaibhav’s white kurta pyjama-
Sanjana’s pink lehenga and Jasprit’s pink sherwani-
Alia’s peach lehenga-