In any Pakistani wedding, the most striking feature would be the Pakistani bridal trousseau that shows off the glowing bride at her best. The bride will undoubtedly look like a billion stars from heaven enthralling one and all on her grand wedding. Even the bridesmaids dressed in traditional salwar kameezes are dazzling, to say the least.
Even if you love shopping (who doesn’t?) scouting for the perfect wedding outfits can be hectic for any bride. More so if you are from Pakistan and wish to wear your heritage on your sleeve. You have the mehndi dress, your valima dress, your wedding dress and inevitably the outfits for functions that follow.
And you are spoilt for choice. Much sought after ensembles include ghararas, shararas, anarkalis and lehengas with intricate antique embroidery, Kashmiri handwork, mukaish, garra, zardozi... the list goes on and on. It all amounts to quite a lot of fancy new clothes. Not to mention the cost.
Some are lucky enough to get all their wedding clothes from the motherland. Just be sure to get a variety of outfits with varying levels of fanciness and “kaam” (bead embroidery). Its worth the effort even if you have to make thousands of trips back and forth to the store/tailor to finally get it right.
The thing is if you’re based abroad, and don’t have much time to spend on this you end up rushing this task. Or you can always order online.
Keep a close watch on your bridal budget that will surely spiral out of control (party dresses are around $750, bridals are $3,000 and up.) No wonder a lot of women opt for designer replicas or knock-offs. That is the best-kept secret in the world of Pakistani fashion.
There are a number of Facebook groups where entrepreneurs hawk designer replica dresses. You can get good quality outfits for even as low as $200. Some of them are based in Pakistan and will ship the outfits to you. Just make sure to meet them personally and make sure you are not being ripped off! It does help if you have friends or relatives in the motherland.
The current fashion trend seems to be unusual styling, young silhouettes, embellished by a classic touch with customary handloom work. Use of fine thread work, unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, designs have dazzling enhancements in vibrant colors. There is a strong emphasis on silk velvets, gauzy, delicate fabric – especially hand-woven jacquard that gives off a luxurious and opulent look.
The vendor’s catalogs are sure to overwhelm you with a wide range of wedding outfits, all of the latest styles and designs. Keep in mind the golden rule, whatever you choose, should match the accessories and bridal jewelry you wear on that lovely day. Remember, all eyes would be on you that day!
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