Best Indian Wedding Fashion from 2014

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Simmi Singh

Simmi Singh

Founder & CEO at The Crimson Bride. As I planned my own wedding not long ago, I really enjoyed the creative process of putting together a wedding that would be true to who I am and our story. I loved discovering amazing designers and wedding professionals and found myself spending countless hours being inspired by their incredible work. I began sharing my musings on a humble blog titled called The Crimson Bride, and the rest is history. Well, actually you can read more about it here.

The Crimson Bride is also my creative outlet and an opportunity for me to share my love and admiration for all things Indian - art, craft, culture, film and fashion. I am also a bit of a film geek and may have a mild crush on Ryan Gosling. I love travelling, spending quality time with family and friends.

If you are searching for the latest fashion inspiration for your next Indian wedding, look no further. We have done all the hard work and put it all in one place. Here are favourite Bollywood celebrities in our picks of the best festive pieces from 2014 that we think would make for a perfect wedding #OOTD.


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Noteworthy Trends of 2014

  • Vintage, classic looks with high-neck, longer sleeved blouses and floral embroidery on the outfits
  • Innovative draping styles add a fresh and modern touch to classic Indian silhouettes
  • Mirror work is back and is perfect wedding wear!
  • Crop tops and high neck blouses for a chic, structured statement look
  • Jewel tones (ruby, emerald, sapphires) make for a rich bridal piece
  • Fluro colours for a fun and festive look
  • Wine, berry, maroon and burgundy teamed with pinks or neutrals are perfect for the autumn / winter weddings
  • Blacks are back - black and gold, black and pink, black and white
  • Dusty rose pinks for a soft look and perfect spring wedding
  • All whites for summer weddings


Modern Chic

Dia Mirza in Shantanu & Nikhil

One of our favourite bridal looks of 2014. Dia Mirza exudes elegance and class at her wedding reception in this gorgeous raw silk lehenga. The cut, the colours, the hair, the makeup and oh, that jewellery! The definition of a modern Indian bride.

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Sonam Kapoor in Anamika Khanna

Another memorable look from 2014 - Sonam Kapoor wowed at the Cannes Film Festival in this stunning soft pink saree and that stunning jadau necklace. The loose draping style and the cape add a contemporary touch to the ensemble and would be perfect for a reception outfit!

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Sonam Kapoor in Shantanu & Nikhil

This ultra-modern understated crimson coloured bridal piece by the designer duo is perfect for the modern Indian bride. Minimal jewellery, slick hair, high neck blouse all add to this understated chic bridal look. Love it!

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Neha Dhupia in Payal Singhal & Anju Modi

Black was a feature colour for the year as well. We love this black and cream chic ensemble worn by Neha Dhupia at the 2014 Filmfare Awards. We are a big fan of the flowy Payal Singhal skirt and it is perfectly paired with a plain high neck sleeveless blouse by Anju Modi. The simple Amrapali jewellery completes the look. Definetely wedding attire for a subtle but chic look.

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Aditi Rao Hydari in Payal Singhal

Another favourite black lehenga we couldn't help but include. We love this piece by Payal Singhal at Lakme Fashion Week, especially the gold high neck blouse with button detailing at the front. A festive outfit for a wedding reception or pre-wedding cocktail.

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Kalki Koechlin in Nikhil Thampi

We absolutely loved this whole look on Kalki! It's modern, fresh but ethnic. The mustard against the black is lovely and that belt beautifully creates such a structured look to the traditional sillhouette. So sophisiticated and perfect reception attire.

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Sonam Kapoor in Tarun Tahiliani

Sonam Kapoor is trés chic in this black and white saree by Tarun Tahiliani. We're a big fan of this innovative way of wearing a saree in a dhoti style. We do hope more wedding goers are open to trying this look!

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Shraddha Kapoor in Shivan & Naresh

Red against blush pink colour block saree with a retro hair and makeup. So cool, so chic.

Hot and Heavy

Alia Bhatt in Manish Malhotra

Of the heavier lehenga styles - we love this vintage red Manish Malhotra piece from his new bridal collection. We love that the heavy detailing on the piece doesn't take away from the overall cut.

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Sonakshi Sinha in Manish Malhotra

Sonakshi Sinha shows us how to work the jacket-style anarkali version of the MM red lehenga at Salman Khan's sister's wedding. She balances out the heavy work with soft makeup and pink lips. The look is chic and we're a fan!

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Dia Mirza in Anita Dongre

Onto more colourful pieces - Anita Dongre's new India Festive collection is perfect bridal wear. Dia Mirza wore this lovely blue lehenga for her Sangeet - and we're a fan.

Jewel Tones

Ridhi Malhotra in Manish Malhotra

Wow. What a piece! Jewel tones have been popular among bridal pieces and Manish Malhotra's niece, Ridhi Malhotra manages to pull off this sapphire blue and gold lehenga with elegance at her wedding reception. 

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Bipasha Basu in Neeta Lulla

Bipasha Basu in a beautiful couture piece by Neeta Lulla. The emerald green lehenga and maroon blouse are the perfect colour combination for a autumn / winter wedding.

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Malaika Arora Khan in Seema Khan

Emerald green was a big wedding colour for evening events. Malaika Arora Khan looked stunning as usual in a Seema Khan saree for her sister-in-law, Arpita Khan's wedding. The sparkly gold blouse definitely adds a bit of festivity and we love how the kundan jewels that add a vintage touch to the look! 

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Bipasha Basu in Manish Malhotra

We are loving dark tones of blue and gold combination - it is perfect for an evening wedding function. Bipasha Basu looks beautiful in this sleeveless floor-length Manish Malhotra piece.

The Kapoor & Arora sisters in Manish Malhotra

This picture sums up some of the biggest trends of 2014. Red Wine & Rose colours have been huge in the winter months and this look is set to continue in the new year. Revival of mirror work was also been hugely popular in festive wear thanks to Arpita Mehta and MM's recent collections.

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Traditional with a Twist

Kangana Ranaut in Anju Modi

Although there is a lot of embroidery on this piece, it doesn't give a heavy vibe. Kangana Ranaut breezed down India Couture Week 2014 in this gorgeous black Anju Modi lehenga that is every bit chic as it is traditional. The long sleeve blouse, up do hair, dark-eyes-nude-lips makeup with button statement earrings and hair accessories all add to the modern / contemporary elements to look. Perfect for a Reception event!

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Chitrangada Singh

Another favourite red bridal outfit. Chitrangada Singh looks mesmerising as a modern Indian bride with her flowy red and beige lehenga and her hair down. The kundan and polki jewellery by Moni Agarwal add a traditional touch to the look, especially the nath (nose piece). Love!

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Karisma Kapoor in Ritika Mirchandani

If there is anyone that loves black and white, it is Karisma Kapoor and she looks so sophisticated in this Ritika Mirchandi piece for a diwali function. The full sleeve, long length and high neck bodice creates a structured and formal look. Love the styling with statement earrings, dark eyeshadow and light coloured lips for a statement look.

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Kareena Kapoor in Anand Kabra

Plain sarees can be dressed up with statement blouse pieces. This ensembe is a perfect case in point. That high neck beaded blouse is to die for and can be worn so many different ways with so many different coloured sarees / lehengas.

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Deepika Padukone in Jade by Monica & Karishma

A lovely ombre orange and pink saree with gold embellishments. It's the perfect saree for guests attending an evening wedding function. Beautifully paired with jhumka earrings by Amrapali.

Neons & Fluros

Esha Gupta in Manish Malhotra

Lots of neons and fluros in 2014 and who better to show us how it's done than Esha Gupta in this fluro yellow and pink outfit by Manish Malhotra. Such a fun colour combination - perfect for a mehendi or sangeet! We love though that she dressed up the outfit with an updo, subtle makeup and some statement earrings. Definitely a highlight from 2014!

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Esha Gupta in Manish Arora

This time Esha shows us how to do neon colours with a less formal look - beach waves and some minimal jewellery to complement the bold colours. She wore this for Ridhi Malhotra's sangeet function.

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Sridevi in Manish Malhotra

You're never too old to wear fluro - Sridevi shows us how to pull off a fluro orange/pink floor-length anarkali with grace at Ridhi Mehra's wedding.

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Ileana D'Cruz in Arpita Mehta

Ileana Cruz is a show stopper iin this festive pink lehenga choli - a perfect look for a Sangeet!

Back to the Weaves

Neha Dhupia in Sanjay Garg

Neha Dhupia also sports the rich fabrics of Sanjay Garg but with a blue and silver skirt and contrast plain hot pink 3/4 sleeve blouse and dresses it up with some heels. It works.

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Kangana Ranaut in Sanjay Garg

Such a cool look. Kangana looks effortless in this rich blue Raw Mango by Sanjay Garg piece for a Diwali function. We love how she has styled this piece with flats, nude makeup and dupatta. We can see a chilled out bride or wedding guests wearing this for a mehendi or a sangeet.

Flower Power

Nargis Fakhri in Anushree Reddy

Florals were big in 2014. Anushree Reddy's Portobello collection is full of soft pinks and mint greens with floral touches for the vintage bride. A beautiful outfit for an engagement, sangeet or reception.

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Esha Gupta in Manish Malhotra

Florals prints on a modern version of a lehenga were also a feature of 2014. We love this Manish Malhotra piece Esha Gupta wore for a launch - fresh and sophisticated! The crop top (another huge trend of the year) definitely adds a more modest touch to the look.

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Sonam Kapoor in Payal Singhal

Another floral print skirt-blouse - one of favourite Payal Singhal outfits and we loved it on Sonam Kapoor. The 3/4 length shirt blouse and the high waisted skirt is so chic and perfect for an engagement or a pre-wedding function!

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Vintage Sarees

Kareena Kapoor in Sabyasachi

Florals also make for a vintage look. Kareena Kapoor oozes with elegance in this understated neutral coloured saree with berry floral embroidery on the pallu. A lovely look for a morning wedding ceremony perhaps.

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Priyanka Chopra in Sabyasachi

Another black and grey saree - again the florals and high-neck, half sleeve blouse give the outfit a vintage look.

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Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor also styles her grey saree with black floral embroidery with a vintage hair do. Longer sleeves always add a more vintage flavour to a saree or lehenga.

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Kalki Koechlin in Sabyasachi

Ah that peach coloured sequined saree and sleeveless gold blouse featured in a Fench magazine editorial was definitely one our top wedding looks. So vintage and so chic. 

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Sridevi in Sabyasachi

Navy blue against pastel blue and gold - a lovely combination. We're seeing lots more Sabyasachi pieces coming through in this colour and we're loving it. Sridevi is all class in this stunning saree.

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