Monday, May 11, 2009

Who's afraid of color?

Though I will most likely go with a more traditional western/American style look on my wedding day in the end, I've found myself thinking more lately about how I might incorporate Pakistani elements and wondering if maybe a bridal lehenga might not be the way to go after all.

Dusty Gold Aurang shirt and lehenga, $2,000 from Bargello. Purple calla lilies, image from The Knot. Tejani bridal jewelry, image from Maharani. Bridal hair image from Maharani. Brian Atwood gold strappy leather 'Katie' sandals, $636 from BlueFly.

I'm not sure if I love it as much as the mint green lehenga (almost white) I came across a few months ago, but I'm starting to feel more comfortable with color these days (although I would probably want to still find color that is more subtle if I do go this route). And, if I can find something that I love as much as some of the Bargello outfits (which are made to your measurements, so at least alterations should be minimal) in my price range, I might have to give this even more serious consideration. If I did, though, I would probably avoid the heavier head ornaments and dark make-up often sported by South Asian brides... I still want to look like myself, after all.


  1. I do like the look of those bangles - with the lighter ones framed on either end by a darker color.

  2. What fabulous items! I love the idea of combining ethnic and western items! Perhaps you could incorporate some ethnic jewelry with a more classic dress? I'm sure whatever you decide upon, you'll look fab!

  3. I also love the idea of incorporating traditional ethnic pieces into the wedding. If it's in your budget, maybe you can wear two different dresses the day of?

    I ended up wearing my traditional Chinese wedding dress, my white western dress and two evening gowns (Chinese wedding tradition) on my wedding day. A lot of dress changes, but I was very happy that I did it!

  4. Laughing: It does seem more interesting than just one solid color, doesn't it?

    Shell: That is what I will most likely end up doing. I think a Pakistani bridal outfit would confuse most of the people who know me (and would completely freak out D's whiter-than-white family ;), and I'm not sure I would feel entirely... authentic in something like that. But the jewelry doesn't bother me.

    Paige: I'm pretty sure I can't fit both into my budget, but maybe I could think more about that. I'd certainly love to. :)


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