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Looking back at some of the reigning bridal trends of 2021

Schenelle Dsouza
The year 2021 saw some exceptionally beautiful celebrity weddings, right from Ariana Grande and Lily Collins to Dia Mirza and Katrina Kaif. With these weddings, new trends had been set, breaking the bounds of fashion and tradition. While some ditched the good old traditions, others elevated them with new and modern styles.
From lehengas to sarees 
One of the most popular changes was the return of sarees for the main wedding ceremony. For years, elaborate lehengas were considered an ideal pick for a wedding ceremony. However, brides soon began to ditch the elaborate lehenga for a sweet and simple saree. Apart from the fact that a saree is much more manageable, they are also extremely elegant and can be worn again without any fuss. Banarasi, paithani, Assam silk and Kanchipuram silk sarees are the ideal pick for the wedding season and can be styled in a number of different ways, with an added veil, an ethnic belt, etc.
Back to the classics 
While sarees took over for a few weddings, lehengas were still a part of wedding ceremonies. Over the years, brides choose to stray from the traditional red wedding attire opting for vibrant hues like pink, peach and beige. However, this year we saw a return of the classic and regal red. Red with gold embroidery work is the popular pick since the contrast between the two colours creates a beautiful symphony.
‘Sabyasachi Red’ for the most part was the biggest trend, not just this year but for the past few years, although we did see more of it in 2021.
Sabyasachi brides 
Sabyasachi is to India what Vera Wang is to the rest of the world. One of the most talented designers in the country, Sabyasachi’s beautifully hand-woven lehengas became a must for Indian weddings after celebrity brides like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma opted for Sabyasachi for their big day.
Sabyasachi’s combination of classic methods like bandhani and gota work, with modern silhouettes, is what gives his designs a unique look.
A pop of colour
For events like sangeet and mehendi, brides were seen donning lehenga cholis that were full of colour. Bold Rajasthani patterns and motifs accompanied an unusual mix of colours that were melded together with elaborate borders, adding a fun, playful look perfect for a sangeet.
While Jewellery trends seem to change with the seasons, the prevalent trend this year included layering contrasting coloured jewellery. The reigning combination of a red attire with emerald green jewellery was quite common. A statement choker is often layered with long necklaces. Diamond jewellery embellished with pearls was also seen on numerous brides.
Ditching veils
For long, veils have been an important accessory for a white wedding. Made with materials like chiffon, organza or lace, veils are a statement piece, the statement being the length of the veil (after tradition of course). Remember Princess Diana, or more recently Priyanka Chopra who donned a 75-foot long veil for her Christian wedding ceremony to Nick Jonas.
However, long gone are the days of long endless veils. Instead, brides are opting for adorable replacements like capes and birdcage veils that serve the same purpose without wasting a tonne of material. Some on the other hand ditch the veil altogether, opting for cute hair accessories like flowers, hair clips and hairpins, statement headpieces etc.
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Schenelle Dsouza


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