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Aesthetic minimalism has been a highly popular facet of the bridal fashion world and for a long time now. However, it wasn’t until the pandemic changing things that bridal styling went remarkably minimal and easy-breezy. While lots of brides opted for lightweight lehengas, dainty jewels, and subtle looks, there were loads of others who took the OTT route even then because, why not?!

Whether it was pulling off looks that screamed “extraaa” or simply going super heavy with their bridal outfits, such brides were inspiring and trend-setting in their own ways. And, if all that you’ve ever dreamt of is a glorious bridal lehenga but, are sceptical because yours is an intimate wedding, this holy grail of inspiration is what you need RN! It won’t just uplift your moods and bridal desires but also help you in planning your look. These real brides wore stunningly heavy outfits for their big day, left the internet swooning. And, there’s no reason why you can’t or you shouldn’t!

Be it a lehenga or a sharara, this assortment of our favourites pieces will have you scrolling through it on loop!

Stunner Brides Who Chose Heavy Outfits For Their Intimate Wedding

1. Opulence Of 101 Kalis

If a traditionally unparalleled and maximalist bridal look is on your mind, you wouldn’t find inspiration better than this. Handcrafted in 101 Kalis and pure zardozi work, this lehenga is what dreams are made of. And whether you pair it with extravagant jewels like Jaspreet or go minimal, you just can't go wrong with styling this one!

2. A Flamboyant Gharara

Breathing in distinctive shades of cinnamon & flaming orange, this short kalidar and gharara set is ideal for an OTT Sikh bridal look. Featuring authentic traditional embroideries done in Resham zardozi, marodi ka kaam, sequins, pearls, and semi-precious stones, this outfit is truly a work of art.

P.S. Love how Smiley styled it with bold makeup and jewels.

3. A Dreamy Bridal Look

Miheeka left everybody in awe of her look that spoke of a new-age bridal glory. An ivory lehenga fashioned in hand-done zardozi with chikankari and goldwork, the outfit was a riot of floral embroideries. Teamed with a woven gold dupatta and a heavily embellished red veil, her ensemble was a beautiful blend of all things fine. Furthermore, the ogle-worthy heavy jewels legit upped the OTT factor, in an aesthetical way of course!

Source Rohan Kumar

Source Rohan Kumar

4. The Luxurious Glam

Crafted to perfection, this nude-hued lehenga with hefty sequin embroideries all over is magnificent at its best. With a bright wine dupatta making it all pop, this lehenga is such a spectacular concoction of traditional craft and contemporary aesthetics. 

5. Pretty Lilac Weds Bling

Jasneev slipped into a heavily embellished lilac kameez-gharara set paired with embroidered double dupattas and looked like a resplendent vision. Complete with glorious jewels and refreshing makeup, her Anand Karaj look is nothing short of a daydream!

6. Perfect For A Day Wedding

A tulle and silk lehenga laden with sequins layered with floral and geometric motifs fashioned with Resham zardozi, dabka & nakshi, pearls, and handmade crystals, this pale Ivory & pink piece is a stunner! The lehenga is further teamed up with a tulle dupatta and rani pink Banarasi odhna. And Mehak totally slayed it with complementing gold and ruby jewels.

7. As Vibrant As The Sun

Supreet made for a gorgeously distinctive bride in her kaleidoscopic lehenga that’s a riot of bright hues and traditional craft forms. A blend of hand-painted ornamentations, hand-embroidered patchwork, and embellishments on layers of fabric, this bridal outfit will enliven the vibe of your wedding by multifold.

Source Zaafirah

8. Craft That’s To Die For

An enchanting pastel pink lehenga that’s drenched in hefty embroideries and sequin work, this outfit is all about slipping into that royal splendour that brides dream of. With subtle hints of modernism in its weaves, this neo-traditional ensemble must make it to your mood boards.

9. A Floral Affair

Blossoming with intricately fashioned florals on a baby pink base, this blend of thread embroidered blooms and bold sequin motifs has our heart. The vivaciousness of the outfit worn by bride Krishna is simply worth slipping into for the pheras.

10. Vintage With A Mum's Warmth

Taking a traditional route for her big day, Keerat donned a strikingly embellished heavy sharara for her Anand Karaj and paired it with her mother's wedding dupatta. Accessorised with aesthetic bridal jewellery she looked ethereal under the sun shining skies.

11. Be A Sunshining Diva

A heavily embroidered yellow lehenga that's every bit traditional and voguishly all out there, this bridal ensemble is perfect for stunners who want to go just a tad bit extra and not too much. With its bold silverwork, this lehenga would look amazing for your daytime pheras.

12. A Red & Gold Story

Crafted like it's a marvellous tale in itself, this red extravagance topped with heavy gold work and hints of green defines OTT like no other. Right from the silhouette and scallop detailing to the embroidered florals and jaal, everything about this lehenga is A-one.


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11+ Brides Who Wore Heavy Outfits For Their Intimate Wedding 'Cuz Why Not!

by Medha Chawla

11+ Brides Who Wore Heavy Outfits For Their Intimate Wedding 'Cuz Why Not!