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Revive Your Old Wedding Lehenga

By Richa

Do you fear that you’ll never get to wear it again because it is too grand to be worn when attending other people’s weddings? Will your beautiful bridal lehenga never get to be in the spotlight again? Of course it can, give your bridal lehenga a second lease of life by following our creative ideas.

We spend hours of our time and thousands of rupees on our dream wedding lehenga. And we obsess over it – I want it to be salmon pink, medium-sized motifs, shouldn’t have red piping, should flare at the knees! But what happens to that, ‘Oh my god, this is sooooo pretty’ lehenga after the wedding? Well, for most of us it is kept away in a suitcase. After scrutinised research and great deal of efforts you finalize your wedding lehenga but it’s really disheartening to see that lot of your money is blocked in that heavy bridal lehenga, which you will keep safe for years in your wardrobe. But we’re here to change that age old habit!

It does not make sense to preserve your wedding lehenga as a prized possession in your closet! Why not reinvent and wear your special outfit on various other occasions as well? Wearing it on festivals and other family functions will surely be worth it. Be resourceful and take cues from various contemporary yet wearable looks that we have listed to get eyeballs rolling on you again.

Designer Pooja Bagaria of the label PBJ says, “Compromising on style or price because she cannot wear it again is very subjective. There is no right and wrong in this matter. But personally I would not compromise because it’s that ONE day that will never come again. That ONE day for me would justify its worth. For the rest, I can say who said you might not be able to wear it once again?”

While Designer Shikha Bhandari of the label Sionnah says, “Of course people have their specific budgets for the wedding, but now days a lot of people are giving good designer pieces with customisation in a reasonable budget, designer needs to be smart with colour and embroidery and you are sorted. I would not say to spend a bomb. Even in a lesser budget you can get a beautiful lehenga done. And about using it again, a wedding lehenga can be reused in a lot of different ways.”

Something New or Something Old?

“Well I don’t think renting a lehenga is a good option; since your wedding outfit is something which you have been planning since years and you don’t want to wear the outfit which is already been wore by someone else. Even if you are low on budget I am sure you can always find one in the local markets which will belong to you. If you are planning to go for classic and timeless piece just tweak your mom’s lehenga and you will get royal, vintage looking lehenga. Not to mention the sentimental value attached to it will be way more than any designer outfit. And of course buying a new lehenga is always a good option to think about,” says Designer Ritu Seksaria.

So, pretty women, does your heart ache for not wearing the wedding lehenga again and are you brainstorming on how to re-utilize your lehenga? Then worry not, we are here to give you awesome tricks on how to wear your wedding lehenga again in a whole new way. Check them out!

Turn Your Dupatta into Different Concepts

Most bridal lehengas have dupattas that are as intricately worked as the lehenga itself. So you can make yourself a saree by attaching your two and half meters or so dupatta with a plain coloured three meter cloth in a colour that matches the dupatta. You can use the blouse from your lehenga or get a new blouse stitched and flaunt your dupatta-turned-saree outfit.

If you have two dupattas you can also convert the lighter dupatta to the cape. Since capes are so much in fashion you might just make one of your own. There is no rule that you have to wear your bridal lehenga as a set, you can break them and wear them differently. Thus, if you have heavy embellished lehenga dupatta, then you can stitch it into a brand new heavy work kurti, which you can wear at evening parties and functions.

Cover Up the Heavy Work

The major issue with wearing your bridal lehenga is that it is too heavily-worked and is not appropriate to be worn for a friend’s or a relative’s wedding. While this is true, you can still manage to wear your bridal lehenga to your sibling’s wedding. After all, being the bride or groom’s sister means that you are allowed to be a little more flamboyant than the rest of the guests present at the wedding. But of course, you must not steal the bride’s spotlight with your bridal lehenga; cover up the skirt with a sheer long jacket or a shrug to make sure that a part of the heavy work is concealed, thus striking the right balance between simple and grand.

Swap the Grand Blouse and Dupatta for Simpler Ones

Swap your lehenga’s heavily-worked blouse and dupatta for simple ones with little or no work on them. This will help balance out the grand lehenga skirt and make it less of a bridal lehenga and more of a wearable festive outfit.

Transform it into an Anarkali Suit

As years go by, chances are that you’ve put on little weight and so, you are neither the same size nor have the same figure as you did on your wedding day. So if concern about how you will look in a lehenga is the issue, you might want to consider transforming your lehenga into an anarkali suit. Oh yes, it can be done; all you need is a really good tailor to give your lehenga the absolute makeover by attaching the skirt to the blouse.

Cut it up

Okay, this option is not for the fainthearted. If you are horrified at the mere suggestion of cutting up your bridal lehenga, then you should just try one of the other options mentioned above. But if your bridal lehenga is too old and completely out of fashion, then the only way to re-use it is by cutting up the borders and motifs from your lehenga and using it on a plain saree. This way you turn your bridal lehenga into a saree. Before you completely dismiss this idea as cold, practical and unromantic, consider this – you can make a saree out of your bridal lehenga and take photographs on your wedding anniversary to replicate your old wedding photos. Now isn’t that just super romantic?

Pair up your Choli with Plain Lehenga or Dhoti Pants or Go Creative!

Bring a twist to your bridal wear by pairing the bridal choli with a plain lehenga. You can mix and match the shades of your choli and lehenga and bring a modish look. If you want to bring a royal look, then you can attach an extensive border work to the plain lehenga and wear it at your cousin’s wedding or at parties.

Give it on Rent or Sell

Did you know you can even rent your wedding lehenga on many online sites? Shocked, but yes rather than decorating it in your wardrobe, you can let your wedding lehenga enchant someone’s beauty by renting it.

Save It

If you’re still unsure of what to do, or you don’t plan on re-using your dress for a while, the best bet is to have it cleaned and packed so the fabric stays for years to come. “I think I would keep my wedding lehenga intact in case I have a daughter and if she wants to wear it as it is for her Big Day or to have it altered into something more modern. You never know!” says Palak Bhalla, 27, entrepreneur.

These days wedding sarees are also have been raging as wedding attire for women. Designer Pooja Bagaria of the label PBJ share different ways to reuse them.

The easiest way is to drape the saree like a dupatta over a matching silk lehenga. You’ll need to have thicker pleats because your saree is longer than a dupatta.

You could probably make two dupattas out of your saree, one for yourself and one for your daughter when you wanna feel like twins in certain event.

If the embroidery in the saree can be transferred you could redesign a lil bit with the same.

Capes and saree are equally style statement attire. So you can get inspired by the style diva Sonam Kapoor and get a cape made for yourself to go with your wedding saree.

For the ones not so experimental the best way is to get a more sober blouse done to go with the saree and wear a well pleated ulta palla.

Get set to dazzle the wedding season with a restyled lehenga. And when the aunties and your jealous friends in the party will compliment you for your beautiful lehenga and ask where you got it from - you can just *wink* and tell them that you designed it. So get your lehenga out of the suitcase and put your ideas to work, go ladies.

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