Bollywood is all-pervading, and it is only natural for Indian girls to want to look like their favourite movie character at their wedding. Styling weddings, and effectively the bridal outfits inspired by our much-loved films is quite a cool idea.
We have some iconic characters that have lasted the test of time, to choose from. Right from Mughal-e-Azam to Ram Leela, Indian movies have some fantastically painted characters. Some divas and costume designers have created magic on celluloid to be cherished for generations to come.
Indian weddings are a lavish affair. Some elaborate and over the top Indian films can serve as perfect inspirations for our big fat weddings.
The easiest and the best way to embed the essence of your favourite movie in your wedding is by choosing the hairstyle, outfit or even a particular statement piece of your favourite character. For example, some interesting ideas could be inspired from the Basanti of Sholay or Janice of Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Madhubala’s polki maang tikka from Mughal-e-Azam or Meena Kumari's large pasa from Pakeezah will look stunning on any Indian bride.
You can go a little free-spirited and choose the famous carefree style that Zaeenat Aman had for Janice, with the headband, flowers et. al. Or go with the unruly bun with flowers that Hema Malini had as Basanti. If you love grandeur and drama, then your look and jewellery can be inspired by Aishwarya’s Paro or Madhuri’s Chandramukhi.
A contemporary and stylish option can be choosing a modern character. Like Sonam Kapoor from Aisha or Deepika Padukone from Love Aaj Kal or Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. These modern day movies have colours like pale pink, orange, and even shades of blue and purple. So, take your pick!
In fact, choosing colours, fabrics and embellishments is very easy, with just a few simple pointers. The first important point to be kept in mind is your skin tone and body type. Never try to ape a character from a film if your body type does not permit it. You will immediately know if you are comfortable carrying a particular look or not. Colours of your bridal wear are completely directed by the colour of your skin. For the basic Indian skin tones of brown to dusky, the colours that suit the best are shades of red, yellow, orange and fuchsia. One looks beautiful if one feels beautiful; so, make sure that you are absolutely sure about what you choose to wear.
When it comes to fabrics, flowing fabrics like crepes and silks look wonderful. Brocades and firm net are great choices too, especially for the elaborate attire that a bride is expected to wear on the wedding day. I even recommend old world antique gold or silver hand embroidery. These are in fact the best options to choose if you plan to go Bollywood all the way. The beauty and grandeur that you desire to have is best displayed in such embroidery.
For those who like it all bling, you can explore from multiple kinds of crystals and sequins work, which is very modern and fun too. Patchwork and machine embroidery teamed with hand embroidery can also look wonderful.
With the variety of options we have when it comes to textures, fabrics, colours and styles, there is no way your favourite look cannot be taken inspiration from! All you have to do is choose your favourite movie, zero on your favourite character and look the best Bollywood bride!
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