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If you are planning to go all traditional for your wedding, nothing can beat the richness of South Indian silk sarees. The lustrous zari, sometimes covering the entire six yards, elegant patterns, and traditional fabrics, make South Indian silk sarees what they are. The best part about these sarees is that you can wear them for your pre- or post-wedding functions, and the main wedding day, and later for other occasions and festivals as well.
There have been numerous Bollywood and television actresses who have donned stunning silk sarees time and again, looking stunning every single time. Their sarees in movies, at red carpet events and other social gatherings, have been spectacular, with the beautiful use of golden, off-white, neons, etc. Here, is a handpicked collection of stunning South Indian saree-clad looks of Bollywood and TV divas for you to take inspiration from, for your special day.
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When Bollywood fashion icon, Sonam Kapoor, sported the traditional Kerala Kasavu saree in the movie Aisha, while dancing to the tunes of gal mitthi mitthi bol, it became an instant rage!
Instead of going for the traditional golden blouse, she wore a white one with gold-copper embroidery on the neck and sleeves, giving it an interesting twist. The traditional gold kadas and gold-pearl jhumkis completed the look just right. This can be an apt choice for you to wear on one of your wedding functions. Of course, you can add more jewellery if you like. Just make sure that you wear only gold jewellery here, as any other colour would clash with the look.
Not just on-screen, this look has been popular off-screen too. Asin chose a similar look when she attended Riteish and Genelia’s wedding. Rani Mukerji too was seen flaunting the look at Durga Puja, a few years back. You can go with the divas and choose to tie your hair in a neatly pinned bun, adorned with jasmine flowers.
Many girls think that sarees from the South give a mature look and make you appear “serious”. But they have a blast of colours, if you are able to find the right ones! For instance, Maria Goretti’s black Mysore silk saree, with a pink border and colourful pallu. And Preity Zinta looks ravishing in this black and red combination saree. If you are a movie buff, we are sure that Deepika and Alia’s South Indian looks in Chennai Express and 2 States, respectively, must have blown your mind.
So, why not take cues from there? Go for a bright-hued saree, just like the divas, with beautiful golden zari border. You can either have an exact matching blouse or one in contrasting colours like yellow, orange or green. Accessorise with traditional jewellery, including the kamarbandh, kadas, glass bangles, maang teeka, jhumkis, etc. These, along with a neatly tied bun with lots of jasmine flowers, will complete your look.
Chettinad silk is a popular choice amongst actresses, especially when dressing up for traditional occasions. The traditional weaves look great in most of the colours. A pop of red, hot pink, green or blue on the pallu makes the appearance even more festive. When you pick a traditional fabric like Chettinad, go for traditional jewellery or may be just earrings, just like Vidya Balan is sporting in this image above. This fabric is not very flashy, so chunky gold jewellery will add to its charm.
The beautiful Kanjeevaram holds a special place in every Indian bride’s heart. This is definitely one must-have in your wedding sarees if you plan to have a traditional wedding. The intricate zari work in silver and gold make these sarees more expensive than the rest. But, the shine and radiance they bring to you make them totally worth it. You can see how stunning Anita Hassanandani is looking like a bride in this cream and red Kanjeevaram saree.
You can steal Sridevi’s look from her Padma award function. The soft pink Kanjeevaram saree with matching ruby and pearl necklace, and jhumkis, along with a simple kada, will make you a stunner on your big day. Teaming it with an ivory blouse, just like the actress, will balance the look perfectly.
You can even take a cue from Vidya's red and gold saree that she wore, with a full-sleeved blouse along with jhumkis, mangalsutra and sindoor. This look is apt for your post-wedding functions. You can also get inspired from television actress Hina Khan's red Kanjeevaram saree, paired with a half-sleeved blouse, smokey eyes, low bun with gajaras and heavy polki jewellery. She is looking like a dream in her Kanjeevaram saree.
At an award function, Adaa Khan was also spotted in a Kanjeevaram Saree in purple with mint green border, paired with a stylish blouse in a contrasting colour and statement chandbalis.
Bollywood has always been a source of inspiration for Indian brides. But it is interesting to see how it can give you more ideas to enhance even your conventional look! We are sure that with our tips, now you have a lot of ideas to carry the best South Indian look for the most important occasion of your life.
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