The wedding season is about to commence in full swing. For those of us who have received their multiple e-vites and plan on becoming a wedding-hopper during the next couple of months, this article is especially for you. We love winter weddings. What separates cold-weather ceremonies from its summer counterpart is the abundance of regal hues that override the summery pastels, and, of course, the rich fabrics replacing the diaphanous ones - and the one that's been buzzing on our radar is velvet. Since you'll begin shopping for weddings any time now, we thought, why not bring you up to speed by suggesting these velvet styles from some of our favourite designers that will turn the spotlight on you.
Thanks to our favourite influencers, tie-dye has become a thing again. If you love the traditional printing technique, take a look at this contemporary purple lehenga set by Akanksha Gajria. The spaghetti-strap blouse features a sweetheart-neckline, which we think is the perfect way to highlight the dainty neck. Do one better by pairing a kundan choker set with a mathapatti.
Torani sarees have been making the headline for quite some time now, and rightfully so. This half-velvet-half-organza saree is extremely covetable (read celebrity-approved) so we suggest you make it a part of your wedding-guest wardrobe, especially because of the colour palette which is all the rage this season. Don't know where to wear it? We suggest a quaint reception ceremony.
Ride the crest of the peplum-kurta trend with this luxe style by Mishru. The scarlet hue, the peppy gharara pants, and of course, the embroidered velvet kurta makes for a stunning outfit to wear for a close-knit wedding. We're also crushing on the contrast white dupatta, inspiring us to wear similar statement-making jewellery, like a fuchsia choker set or a maangtikka.
Want to stick to classic traditional styles? Look for outfits that have an innate old-world charm and are replete with vintage elements. If you have this exact look in mind, we have this velvet maroon kurta set by Sue Mue featuring brocade pants with floral motifs. We love how this outfit seems cosy sans a dupatta, making it apt for indoor weddings. Style this outfit with kundan chandbaalis and embellished juttis.
Nothing says modern wedding without some contemporary looks. If you're a bride who has a clear directive for your bridesmaid's looks, pick modern velvet styles for a cocktail party or sangeet. We suggest this fuss-free one-shoulder tunic set by Nautanky, that comes with twirl-friendly flared pants. To make the piece lean toward trendy and chic, one can opt for oversized statement danglers and kolhapuri slip-ons.
Rich velvet styles look breathtaking when they're inundated with equally-lush jewel tones. Deep-set shades are ideal for an evening phera ceremony, which is why we're vouching for this exquisite purple gharara set from Heena Kochhar. Since the pants have detailed floral embroidery, you can style your floral-inspired danglers with this style.
Living for vivacious hues? Pick the much-trending citrus shades that are equal parts serotonin-boosting and elegant. We like our pastel hues in amalgamation with these shades, making this tinted lime-green Kanika Sharma piece a befitting choice for a daytime mehendi ceremony. Elevate your ethnic look with a pair of crystal-encrusted jhumkis and juttis that complement the gota patti and dori work on the kurta.
Our heart always comes back to the less-is-more mantra, especially after looking at uber-minimal styles like this elegant red lehenga by Shorshe Clothing. Pick temple gold jewellery that is in tandem with the banarasi brocade blouse and highlight your lips with a similar scarlet shade.
Which one of these velvet styles are you picking for a winter wedding? Let us know in the comments below.