8 Stunning Saris and Lehengas Worn by Real Brides

Discover inspiration for your South Asian wedding.

8 Stunning Saris and Lehengas Worn by Real Brides

Photo: Lin & Jirsa

As much as we love the look of a classic white or ivory bridal gown worn in the Western world, we would be remiss to not acknowledge the beautiful wedding ensembles from other cultures. In particular, we have featured many stunning celebrations from couples with Indian and/or South Asian heritages. The saris and lehengas worn by these brides feature vivid colors and intricate metallic embellishments.

Just as with Western wedding dresses, the designs range from the traditional looks the mother of the bride might have worn at her own wedding to more daring, modern styles. Given that weddings from this region span three days, brides have the opportunity to wear several showstopping outfits. 

If you are a bride of South Asian descent, or you are marrying into a family of this culture, we hope you find inspiration in the photos below – all from real weddings. Click each photo to see more of the ceremony and reception décor. 

indian bride and bridesmaids in red and gold saris, traditional south asian wedding attire

Photo by Studio AvantGarda

pakastani couple at sangeet, bride in turquoise and yellow sari, traditional south asian wedding attire

Photo by bobbi+mike; Floral Design by HMR Designs

white bride marrying indian man, bride and bridesmaids in saris

Photo by Premark Weddings; Planning & Design by Engaging Affairs

Indian bride in turquoise and pink sari and lehenga with parents walking down aisle

Photo by Haring Photography

indian-american bride in red, blush, and gold sari

Photo by Alucinarte Films

indian bride in fuchsia sari and orange bouquet of mums

Photo by Lin & Jirsa; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden

indian bride in red, blush, gold sari with groom in traditional attire, south asian first look

Photo by VIVIDA

Read more about the family and cultural traditions real brides incorporated into their wedding days, and discover author Sonali Dev's advice on blending Indian and Western traditions.