Gone are the days when it was considered that when a girl in India attains an age of 21 years, she needs to get married or else it is a bad omen. The same was the case of boys, if a boy is 24 years of age and isn’t married yet, and then there is some problem with the boy or his family. Today’s generation is much advanced in both its ideals and its thinking as both men and women consider marriage as a “social Obligation” of being together with the approval of the society.

This may sound a little off beat but the theory of getting married at a “certain age” has been put to rest by the generation of this century and it is a well-known fact that in order to get married to someone, there is a checklist, which one now has to follow.

  • Is the girl or boy financially stable? (On his/her own, not daddy’s money)
  • Does the boy have his future planned such as when would he buy his own house, what are his career goals, does he want children?
  • Would the couple getting married be staying in a joint family or would they be allowed to remain nuclear?

These are a few fundamental questions that a girl or a boy would ask each other before marriage is on the cards.

So, what about those who love the idea of a marriage? Well for them, the quandary lies somewhere else. Taking the girl’s perspective, the biggest quandary for any girl getting married is getting the perfect “LEHENGA”.

One would wonder what the fuss is about a Lehenga, but it’s the bride who knows the value of a unique and exclusive Lehenga on her wedding day. She wants to be the most beautiful looking woman on that day and why not, it’s her wedding day!

So, here are a few steps to choose the best Lehenga for the brides to be: -

  1. Everyone knows that one of the most important and difficult yet memorable challenges of a wedding is finding that oh-so-perfect wedding lehenga. Everybody wanted not just the perfect lehenga, but also one that was fashioned from an old sari. Not just any sari but the traditional mother’s wedding sari.
  2. Never settle for one design in the beginning. In fact, atleast 100 designs should be seen before finalizing the one design, which you would be wearing at your wedding. It is always great to have looked at multiple options before hand than repent on it at the end.
  3. Before you pick out your favorite designer lehenga for your wedding, it is absolutely necessary that you know your body type, or shape. Let us remember that we all have our flaws, and accordingly, the ways to camouflage the same. Thus, knowing what looks best on us (and what does not), the wedding lehenga needs to be selected. And lo! You will definitely look like a million-dollar bride.
    • Hourglass: A woman with an hourglass figure is someone who is busty with a defined waist, curvy hips and shapely legs. Though her bone structure is small, she might be heavy on the buttocks. A fishtail or a mermaid-style lehenga would compliment this figure like no other. It is fitted till the knee and then flares out till the bottom, accentuating the hips beautifully. Pair it with a halter-neck choli or a corset for the perfect look.
    • Pear-shaped: A pear-shaped woman is someone who is small on top but heavy on the bottom. An A-line lehenga, which flares from the waist to the hem resembling the alphabet A, should be the preferred option for a bride with this body type. To even out the silhouette, brides can choose puffy sleeves and ornate cholis that will bring to focus the upper part of the body.
    • Petite: A petite woman is someone with a tiny frame. Dressing up for a petite-shaped woman can be easy yet quite a task at the same time. Always choose a lehenga that is not too elaborate, as it might not look best on you. An A-line lehenga looks best on a tiny-framed body. Also, you can opt for an off-shoulder short choli. Most importantly, the embroidery and all other details like sequins and beads should be dainty just like your body type.
    • Ruler-shaped/Straight: A ruler-shaped woman is someone who has an upper and lower torso that is equal in width with an average bust, an undefined waist, a flat buttock and slender legs. A straight cut lehenga that resembles a wrap-around skirt is advisable for straight-figured women. Even a panel-styled lehenga is flattering, providing the right amount of flare. Choose a choli with a neckline that falls below the collarbone so as to give your upper torso an elongated look.
    • Cone-shaped/Inverted triangle: A cone-shaped woman is exactly opposite of a pear-shaped one, with a broader top and a narrower bottom. Hence, balancing both the parts in the right way is the trick. Choosing a flared or a circular lehenga, which has a large circumference along with lots of pleats near the waist, is the best option. Keep the choli not too ornate with preferably a plunging neckline.
  4. Choosing the right colour of the wedding lehenga is of utmost importance. Traditionally, wedding Lehenga’s are red or a range of red shades. Red symbolizes joy, happiness and respect. The work on a traditional red wedding lehenga is that of gold coloured embroidery or a blend of red and green. Apart from these two common trends, brides do not hesitate in trying out new combinations on a red base. The lehengas can either be a tomato red colour, blood red colour or a mixture of magenta and red. Gold jewellery goes best with a red lehenga.
  5. Another growing trend in today’s times is the colour contrast lehengas. Double shaded lehengas like green and red, orange and pink, copper mixed with antique bronze work or triple shaded ones such as red, green and gold, green, pink and orange etc. are gaining much popularity. Brides are now ready to come out of the traditional and experiment with change. Kundan and Polki sets go well with contrast outfits.
  6. The colour of the wedding lehenga also depends on the fabric of the lehenga that you choose. There are different fabrics best suited for wedding outfits such as net, georgette, chiffon, crepe, velvet, satin, tissue etc. Lighter colours and softer tones go better with fabrics such as net, georgette and chiffon. On the other hand, darker colours or shades match better with fabrics such as velvet and satin.

In the modern age of technology, tradition has taken a back seat in most cases, but when it comes to rituals and culture, tradition still takes the front row seat and technology assists it to make it successful. Being tasteful is the new trend for brides of today.