Wedding Saree Styling Tips For Plus Size Brides
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Indian weddings include an array of traditional ceremonies, rituals, customs and much more that demands the prettiest version of you. Every bride wants to look elegant and the best version of herself on her wedding day. Let’s take a moment and admit that there is a lot of lehenga-lehenga thing going on social media for quite some time now. And plus-size brides may face a whole lot of turmoil while choosing their wedding lehenga as the Indian market offers a very limited variety of lehengas to choose from. So what’s better than wearing a saree at your wedding?

No matter what your body type or size is, never feel insecure about a saree. It is one of those styles that suits everybody. You can style it in numerous manners just the way you want it and there are many types of sarees to elect from- Kanjeevaram, Banarasi, Paithani, Silk etc This six yards of pure grace would never let you down instead it makes you look oh-so-gorgeous on your D-Day. It hugs your curvy body at just the right places that would help you to achieve your dreamy look. So, let me be your samaritan in the journey of selecting your wedding saree.

 Wedding Saree Draping Style

The possibilities are endless when it comes to draping. Neat and clean draping of saree can make plus size brides look like a complete goddess. One should never underestimate the power of a neat and tidy draped saree. And you can draw inspiration from  different brides of different regions. Every region’s bride has its own draping style, and they all look fabulous in their wedding attire.

  Saree Cum Lehenga Drape

And even you drool over that small-sized lehenga and can’t get over it until now, we still have a solution for you. Drape the wedding saree in lehenga style and there are tons of content available on the internet from where you can get inspiration from. This bride had nailed the saree cum lehenga look just by sticking to basics.

   Saree draped as a lehenga

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Pair your wedding saree with a third piece

A wedding saree when paired up with a bridal dupatta would look exquisite. Teaming up your wedding attire with a beautiful sheer dupatta would be a perfect fit for plus size brides. It would render a dash of delicate touch to the outfit and make it more feminine. But if you are shambolic about a sheer dupatta, you can opt for an solid bridal dupatta. After all that matters is how you style wedding attire. You can go for a monochromatic look by matching the dupatta with your wedding attire or you can play with contrast colors by opting contrast colored dupatta with your wedding saree.

 wedding saree styled with a heavy solid colored dupattawedding saree styled with a sheer dupatta

                  Image credit: Second innings                                          Image credit: Sumatra Dey

Saree as a Lehenga

 If you are conscious about your belly fat, opt for a high-waist, plain ethnic skirt pairing it with a contrast colored saree draped as a dupatta at the front and make pleats at the back. This is an elegant yet quirky way to level up your wedding outfit game. The entrepreneur and Instagrammer Tia Bhuva have a bunch of video tutorials on saree draping at her site and on her Instagram handle.

Tia Bhuva's way of draping saree using a skirt

                                                                 Picture courtesy: Tia Bhuva

Disclaimer: Though some images in this article don’t depict plus-sized beauties, the idea is to describe the bridal styling game with the help of pictures available.

Bridal blouse designs 

Partnering a designer bridal blouse with the wedding saree can give exemplary results as you can experiment with the necklines, sleeve length, fabrics, colors, and blouse designs. Certain necklines can add charm to the entire outfit for plus size beauties. Different blouse necklines such as scoop-neck, sweetheart, boat-neck and Plunging necklines flatter your upper body and would hide chubby arm fat making you look like a complete queen. And try to go for the blouse that has extended sleeves; If extra long sleeves are not your cup of tea, then you can obviously for a blouse whose sleeve ends just above the elbow or an inch higher. And in the case, you want to go for a verecund and sophisticated look, you can always opt for a full sleeve or three-quarter sleeve. It would look equally elegant and graceful, flattering the body curves of plus-size brides. 

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Do’s and Don’ts for plus size brides 

  • Try to gravitate towards the lighter bridal saree fabrics as the heavy fabrics make you look bulkier.
  • Go easy on the embroidery and opt for small motif saree works.
  • Select the lighter colors for the upper body and dark colors for the lower body.
  • Prefer small prints and patterns over large ones.
  • You can keep your hair open and flaunt those beautiful glamorous waves of curls or do an elaborate hairdo using hair extensions for an extra dramatic look.

  •  elaborate hairdo for plus-size brides

                                  Image source: Dhanika Choksi

  • Go easy on the border of your wedding saree. It should be thin to create an illusion of a slimmer body.
  • Pair the suitable accessory to complete the wedding bridal look. There are tons of wedding jewelry you can choose from the latest jewelry trend.
  • Opt for lacey and mesh detailing wedding outfit especially when you are going for pastel and light color wedding saree. pastel colored wedding outfit with mesh and lace work

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I hope these tips would help not only plus-size brides but others too, to look drop-dead gorgeous on their wedding day. But don’t forget to wear your most beautiful accessory that is your bright smile and confidence.

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