Myriad colours, festive sounds, song and dance, sinful desserts, brilliant fireworks and gales of laughter are some of the things that go into the making of every big Indian wedding. Planning and preparations begin a good year in advance. While the families occupy their time making arrangements for the week of revelry leading up to the big day, the biggest question on the mind of the bride-to-be is how she wants to style her look for the most important day of her life.

With the innumerable options available today, choosing the bridal outfit can be a daunting task. Ornate bejeweled lehengas and rich Kanjeevaram sarees are the most popular choices. With a little help from a designer, bridal dresses today are completely customizable to suit the desired look, taste, body structure and even the complexion of the bride.

Gone are the days of red and gold bridal wear; the new-age bride lets her personality shine through in her choice of colour, fabric, cut, embellishment and even the drape of her dress. Be it a lehenga or a saree or even fusion wear, the options are aplenty from the elegant and understated to sheer opulence in look and style making today’s bride spoilt for choice. spoke to Nataasha Sehgal Dubliish, head designer at NatNon Fashions and we got her to share some expert advice for all our brides-to-be on the big and small details to be kept in mind while choosing the bridal attire. This is what she had to say:

Set the budget
The sheer variety of choices easily available today can often make choosing the right bridal outfit a nerve wrecking experience for any woman. The first and foremost step is to set a budget which will significantly narrow down the options available. 

Choose a comfortable style
Next, along with the choice of cut and preferred colour options, it is also very important to pick a piece that the bride can comfortably carry. A-lines and panel cuts work very well for fuller brides and can be easily teamed with a deep cut back choli with shoulder top embellished doris for that glamorous touch. Fishtail cuts and gathered lehengas are an excellent option for the tall and slim. A toned midriff can beautifully carry short cholis, otherwise longer cholis can be opted for and heavy cuts should ideally be avoided. A net overlay on the midriff section with light embroidery is an interesting option that also looks very elegant.

Opt for dual colours
While choosing the colour, two tone shaded lehengas are gaining popularity. Teaming the lehenga with 2 different colour dupattas also creates an interesting new look.

Complement your personality
No matter how simple or ornate the bridal attire is, it should enhance the glow of the bride and complement her personality. It is important to relax and enjoy your big day and make memories for a lifetime.