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Being one of the most popular and traditional embroidery styles, Chikankari, introduced by the Mughals, is one classic handwork that is a favourite amongst every Indian woman. Known for their sheer elegance and rich look they exude, chikankari outfits are almost every Indian couturier's cult weave for decades now. Even though chikankari only started as a white-on-white embroidery work on muslin cloth, it has now embraced the use of colors. Be it trendy puja suits, sharara & gharara sets, anarkalis or lehengas, the modern designers are infusing the charm of this subtle art form with Mokaish, sequins & other embellishments into anything and everything and how beautifully! 

Owing to their simplicity and timelessness, a lot of brides are picking elegant chikankari lehengas for their wedding revelries. While some are swearing by the usual pristine whites for their wedding day, others are picking gorgeous hues like lavenders, greens and pinks for Mehndi, Haldi and other pre-wedding ceremonies. Well, if you too want to give this conventional craft a try and would love to wear it on one of your wedding ceremonies, stay glued to this blog. Down here we've laid down pictures of some of the best chikankari lehengas for brides. Take a quick glimpse of these stylish designs and save the ones you adore!

Most beautiful Chikankari Lehengas for Brides

1. A perfect blend of ethnicity and modernism.

Our Bollywood beauty Alia Bhatt is totally rocking in this gorgeous blue and ivory lehenga from Manish Malhotra's Mijwan collection and so can you. All you've gotta do is pair it with a slick tight bun, a pair of huge dangles and slay like the diva that you are!

2. A royal affair.

When we talk about chikankari lehengas for brides, we certainly can't miss out on Sonam Kapoor's scintillating Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla ensemble which she wore at her Mehndi. She picked a dazzling chikankari lehenga with a sultry single-dori turtle blouse and looked every bit regal!

3. A beauteous blush pink creation.

This mesmerizing fully-detailed chikankari lehenga paired with a sequinned dupatta from Anjul Bhandari should definitely secure a place in your wedding trousseau. It's super elegant and definitely a great pick for a glamorous sangeet night.

4. The ever-charming Ivories!

While digging the internet for some latest chikankari lehengas for brides, we got our hands on this eye-pleasing one which Kiara Advani sported like a pro. She let the subtle chikankari handwork and mukaish do all the talking by keeping her accessories to minimal and her makeup all dewy.

5. A hint of bling does no harm!

Want a simple & light-weight lehenga yet not look understated on your big day? This chikankari lehenga can be your ultimate pick! It is neither too simple nor too OTT and has got the right amount of bling in it. Also, that deep V-neck blouse is complementing just well with the handworked lehenga skirt.

6. A phenomenal lavender chikankari lehenga.

Detailed with elaborate paisley motifs, jaalidaar patterns and flowers, this lavender chikankari lehenga has our hearts. We love how the bride teamed it up with an all sequinned blouse and a sheer dupatta with scattered work all over. 

7. Simplicity at its best!

Here's another beautiful chikankari lehenga for brides! It is traditional and ultra-mod at the same time and just the right kind of inspiration for all the experimental brides who choose to stand out from the crowd. 

8. A classic red lehenga for the win.

There's nothing that can ever beat the charm of a red lehenga. And when it is coupled with chikankari work, mokaish, mirrors and all the other sterling embellishments, it only gets better! 

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9. One with elaborate paisley motifs!

Take some cues from the dazzling diva Sushmita Sen who looked like a vision in white as she walked the ramp at LFWSR18 in a chikanakari lehenga woven with intricate paisley patterns from House of Kotwara

10. A prettily sequinned grey chikankari lehenga.

Grey is one such hep color which is making the most noise amongst brides these days. So why not pick it for one of your wedding ceremonies? Here's a stunning panel embroidered grey chikankari lehenga with a beige scalloped dupatta that you can wear on your Mehndi ceremony and look your stylish best.

11. For all the minimalists!

Make a strong statement on your Roka ceremony in this beautifully handcrafted chikankari lehenga paired with a tasselled chikankari blouse and scalloped dupatta from the House of Chikankari. It is sure to help you win all the limelight.

12. A breathtaking chikankari lehenga with intricate deets!

This dream-like hand-embroidered chikankari lehenga from Rahul Mishra is making our hearts flutter on repeat. Pair it with two layered dupattas skilfully etched with rose-toned embroidered organza and make for a stylish bride on your D-day.

13. A refreshing pick in lavender

This bride literally raised the experimental meters all dressed up in a ravishing lavender chikankari lehenga with striking borders on her Mehndi ceremony and we can't stop swooning. 

14. A blush pink lehenga with subtle embroideries? YAY!

Kiara Advani always leaves us impressed with her outfit choices and the fashionista did it again by wearing this alluring blush pink kashmiri lehenga all detailed with chikankari and pretty embellishments. 

15. A traditionally modern ensemble

Karisma Kapoor looks like a pure royalty in this intricate chikankari lehenga from Manish Malhotra's Mijwan collection. It is every bit stylish with a hint of traditional touch.

16. Classy and elegant!

Be a head-turner on your mehndi ceremony in this fully embroidered blush pink chikankari lehenga with intricate kamdani details by designer Anjul Bhandari.

17. White & Gold-A great combo!

One can never go wrong with a glamorous golden blouse paired with a white chikankari skirt featuring checkered jaals, paisleys, flowers and a hint of mokaish. 

18. A bewitching lavender chikankari lehenga

Lavender makes for a great colour option for the wedding day as well and this ravishing bride is proof! We love how she teamed her lavender chikankari lehenga with a sheer lilac dupatta on her wedding day and made a beautiful bride.

19. Look cute as a cupcake in pink!

Who says red is the only color for brides? This oh-so-gorgeous bride wore a baby-pink chikankari lehenga on her wedding day and showed us how pretty one can look in pink.

20. An ultra-mod pick for all the voguish brides.

This partly sheer and partly embroidered blouse paired with an ivory handcrafted chikankari lehenga is such a voguish choice for a reception ceremony.

21. A unique pastel-hued chikankari lehenga

Inspired by Nawabi era along with luxurious textiles, this graceful lehenga is richly crafted with chikankari and pearls in elegant patterns by designer Anjul Bhandari. 

22. For the princessy feels!

Remember how gorgeous Deepika looked in her exquisite chikankari lehenga and a trailing blouse for #TheWalkofMijwan? Here's a quick glimpse of the pretty lady dressed in a beautiful white ensemble created by the maestro Manish Malhotra.

23. Yet another drool-worthy ivory lehenga!

If you haven't got enough of ivories yet, take a look at this striking lehenga with lucknowi chikankari embroideries from Anjul Bhandari. It is uber chic and can be considered for a haldi or mehndi ceremony. 

24. An offbeat apple green chikankari lehenga

This bride ditched the usual reds and pinks over an impressive apple green chikankari lehenga detailed with sequins and pearls for her wedding in Mexico and looked like a million bucks. She even got her kamdani veil customized with a traditional handmade Kiran.

25. The elegance of colour pink.

Here's yet another bride who wore a pearl and sequin embellished chikankari lehenga in a cutesy pink shade on one of her wedding ceremonies and looked jaw-droppingly beautiful.

26. One with an off-shoulder blouse!

Why settle for a boring outfit when you can very well pick something as intriguing as this exceptionally feminine off-shoulder blouse with an excellently handworked chikankari lehenga for your engagement? It's indeed one glamorous option.

27. It's all in the details!

This regal chikankari kalidar lehenga in a structured silhouette paired with a subtle tone hand-embroidered blouse and sheer dupatta by Tarun tahiliani makes up for quite a stylish choice for a reception day look.

28. Go the peplum way!

We're drooling over this spectacular panel embroidered mauve chikankari lehenga teamed with a matching chikankari peplum blouse. It is just so beguiling and unique.

29. A fusion of sequins & chikankari

Want to give your traditional chikankari lehenga a modern touch? Pair your chikankari lehenga skirt with a flashy sequinned blouse in the same color and make a rocking appearance on your sangeet or cocktail bash.

30. A cutesy baby pink chikankari lehenga

Take your bridal fashion game a notch above by pairing this simplistic yet elegant chikankari lehenga skirt with an all sequinned blouse and a sheer dupatta with scattery work. 

31. Keep it all simple and stylish!

This white lehenga ornate with timeless chikankari embroidery combined with an embellished floral motif top along with a tulle drape displays unfeigned sumptuousness.


Planning to opt for a Chikankari lehenga on your wedding? Let us know in the comments.

30+ Beautiful Chikankari Lehengas that are too Good to be Missed!

by Anupriya Khanna

30+ Beautiful Chikankari Lehengas that are too Good to be Missed!