Top 5 Red Sarees for the Wedding Season
Indian weddings are elaborate affairs – with functions and rituals, stretching for days. Known for their grand style and magnificence, these big fat shaadis – as they are fondly called – comprise of gorgeous set-ups, months of preparations, lots of fanfare and, of course, tons of awesome outfits.
The Color Red
Red – the auspicious symbol of love, marriage and togetherness – is the color of choice, when it comes to shaadis, shagun, reception or any of the ceremonies. Red Saree is often the bridal saree among many Indian sub-cultures, while Punjabis love their Red Wedding Suits. Most Indian brides, as everyone knows, covet Red Bridal Lehenga Choli!
And why not – after all – this is the color of passion, beauty and strength – and it even signifies the supreme Goddess – as per the Hindu religion! The elegant and timeless color complements all complexions, shapes, structures and even ages – as there are many shades and tints of this hue – to go with a variety of tastes and occasions.
No wonder then that red saree – the ultimate wedding combo – continues to rule the wedding closets in India. And, you can never have enough of these gorgeous hued sarees in your wardrobe. Here, we bring you this season’s top trending Red Sarees – some of which, you surely will wish to add to your wedding trunk –
1 Shimmering Sensuality
Shimmer and sizzle are the perfect partners of the intense red’s depth and sensuality. Combine these and what you get is an ensemble that’s sure to make you the talk of the town – or at least – the ongoing wedding whirl. Wear such a stylish drape for a friend’s wedding, a cocktail party or even your own pre-wedding date night. Combine a shimmery red saree in net, shimmer or tissue fabric – with a chic blouse for an extra effect.
Don’t go overboard, though, with such fabrics and hues – as there is always a risk of being too over the top – so choose wisely. Silver complementing red is always a better choice rather than gold – for such a pick. Or, if you wish to stick to the yellower tones – choose vintage copper or bronze embellished red shiny drapes.
2 Pretty in Plain
A pick that never fails the litmus test of timeless taste – a muted, plain all-red saree in a lustre-free fabric like georgette, lined delicately with an attractive border – like a pearl lace (see image). It is a sure shot way of showing the world your elegant side. This kind of subtle yet sensuous appeal always stays fresh – and has an ethereal charm. Pair the drape with a tasteful blouse in red or maroon velvet. Go for a gold bustier for a risqué look, though!
3 Evergreen Beauty
The classic style that stays fresh forever – this kind of red saree is not only a trousseau must-have, but also makes for an excellent gift option for the festivals like Karwa Chauth, or during weddings for the bride, sister-in-law, mother or mother-in-law. Gold and red is a combination that seldom goes wrong. Plus, given its flattering appeal and cultural connect – red and gold is considered apt for all kinds of auspicious ceremonies, festivals and special occasions. God Bharai – the Indian version of baby shower, house warming/ gruh pravesh, Ganesh sthapana, other types of rituals and worships – are other occasions, when you can wear or gift this stunning red beauty.
4 Half & Half Style
Don’t wish to go too red with your saree? Or, bored of the usual wedding style red drape? Well, get yourself the trendier half and half variety – where you have half of your saree in red, while the other half can be in a different color. Take cue from the one shown here – which is half red and half beige – the neutral tone effectively toning down the fieriness of an all-red expanse. Also known as designer sarees for their innovative pairings of fabrics, colors and textures – half and half drapes are good break from the monotonous lengths of fabric. You can also choose sarees with embroideries, borders or stylish blouses – for extra effect! However, you got to be careful in draping them – as they can look quite unflattering or strange, if not styled well.
5 Ethereal Weaves
Planning to invest in an heirloom worthy splendid weave for your wedding, trousseau or as a gift to your nearest one? Well, red is one of the safest hues to pick in these kinds of special, super expensive purchases – because this is one color that never goes out of fashion. Plus, it can be worn at almost any age – with some styling variations. You can choose a red Banarasi Saree with muted or vintage gold weaving – or a wide bordered Kanjeevaram silk in matt red – for a more versatile and contemporary appeal. This kind of rich elegant saree can also be the perfect Reception saree for a new bride.