Wedding season is in full swing and anxious brides are putting together last-minute touches to their final looks. It’s the most important day of their lives and looking less than perfect is not an option. So why not turn to people who’ve done it before for some advice? Instep rounds up the best celebrity brides we’ve seen in recent years – these are women who’ve braved the day, been ogled at by thousands and given a resounding stamp of approval. Take inspiration from them and we guarantee you’ll be the bride who’s talked about for years to come.
Dressing up as a bride is part of the model’s work routine, and she wanted to make sure that on her actual wedding day, no one could deny what she was – a real-life, glowing bride, not someone playing make-believe. She needn’t have worried, because designer HSY and make-up artist Shahzad Raza worked their magic to ensure Mehreen looked outstanding. The wedding dress by HSY was a sight to behold – a seven-piece ensemble fit for a queen that included a lehnga, shirt, a choli, dupatta and a sari!
“I wore only light lipstick, eyeliner and blush, because I didn’t want to look like a heavily made-up model out of a shoot,” said Mehreen. Her five-layered statement necklace and gold choker were designed by the model herself. “I had always dreamed of being a very traditional bride and I got my wish but at the same time, it was a very individual and personalized look,” she says. Going the extra mile and designing elements of your look that are unique to you pays off in the end – you won’t get lost in the sea of brides dotting the social stratosphere this wedding season.
The adorable actress who’s loved for her sweet, girl-next-door portrayals on screen married her childhood sweetheart in 2012 and chose to wear Sania Maskatiya at her wedding. “Syra had a very definite idea of what her wedding outfit should be like,” reveals the designer. “She’s got a fun and bubbly personality that shines through and she was quite adamant that she didn’t want an OTT, auntie-type outfit overpowering her.”
The bride was the picture of perfection in the gorgeous pink ensemble worked in intricate silver embroidery. She wisely kept her jewellery simple; there was no overload of the typical eastern ‘set’ and the subtle diamond pieces looked classy and feminine. Young brides should take a leaf out of Syra’s book and opt for the kind of fresh and dewy look that made the talented actress one of the best dressed brides we’ve seen in recent years.
Those of you who prefer a more traditional look can take inspiration from Feeha Jamshed. The designer and heir to the TeeJays’ throne looked regal in a stunning Umar Sayeed gharara at her wedding. She, too, chose to give the traditional red a miss and opted for a cream and gold ensemble with a hint of colour in the form of a purple and green chatta-patti border on the gharara and dupatta.
Feeha is known for her strong style statements and her vintage jewellery elevated the bridal ensemble from typical to va-va-voom. From the oversized jhumkas to the jhoomar and saat-laara (seven-layered) necklace, the pieces oozed old-world glamour and sophistication. December and January brides who are still deciding on their wedding outfits need to start rummaging through their grandmothers’ closets to dig out old-forgotten treasures, for vintage never goes out of fashion.
The self-confessed tomboy would be the first to tell you that fashion is not her strongest suit and so she leaves her style decisions to good friend Kamiar Rokni. For her wedding, the designer gave her an ethereal peachy pink lehnga with a train, worked in gold and silver embroidery. “Juggan is very pretty and feminine so I wanted to give her something soft and girly,” says Kami. Too much fabric and colour can drown the petite actress (other vertically-challenged brides, please take note), so Kami says he made sure to keep the overall look non-fussy and subtle, yet very traditional.
“I have the kind of face that doesn’t look good with a lot of make-up so Maram Aabroo gave me a very low-key look, which looked fantastic considering that it was an afternoon reception,” the actress shared. We couldn’t agree more; if you’re making the most of a sunny winter afternoon on your wedding, it would be wise to give the heavy kohl-rimmed eyes and dark lips a miss in favour of a softer look.