While planning a bride’s wardrobe or trousseau, utmost priority is given to the wedding day outfit! While that is justified, the reception lehenga for bride comes close second in importance. In fact, it is this particular ensemble that allows your creative juices to flow – you can experiment with it and make dramatic or unconventional choices!
Though reception gown is a go to choice for Indian Bride for her reception but trends are changing and many brides opt for Lehenags for their reception day. Moreover, on the reception evening, the bride is completely at ease! The tension or the anxiety of the wedding is over and it’s now time to enjoy. Also, the reception party marks the end of the wedding and we all know that all’s well that ends well. So, the reception outfit of the bride needs to be perfect!
Here are 40 brides who show us how creative one can get with their reception lehenga.
Bridal Lehenga to choose for your reception
1. Bronze and Gold Panels
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We already stated that gold is the most popular color for reception lehengas! But sometimes, an all-gold look with all-over embellishment becomes difficult to carry for some brides. In that case, you can go for a lehenga that juxtaposes a glittery gold texture with a bronze or matte gold one. This bride has done that! Her exotic lehenga skirt showcases vertical panel design structure with alternating bronze and gold bands.
2. Blue and Gold Floral Reception Lehenga
This lehenga has a lot of gold woven and embroidered details on a base of navy blue. But the mina work on the skirt showing not-so-traditional floral motifs makes it different from regular floral lehengas.
3. The Silver Reception Lehenga
Monotone looks go a long way on the reception day. Silver lehengas with self-tone details, showcasing crystal and sequin embroidery primarily, have a celestial beauty! This bride wears such a lehenga.
4. Fairytale Bling – Stunning Reception Lehenga
For reception or cocktail nights, gown-style lehengas in neutrals or pastels showcasing crystal, stone and bead embroidery, thread work etc go a long way to create that fairytale vibe. The use of silver for the embellishments and the use of flowing nets and frills, create a fairytale-like illusion!
5. The Golden Reception Lehenga Gown
Many brides are going for the fusion or the Indo-western look on their reception nights! This bride flaunts a decadent bateau neck gold gown in various kinds of textures, showcasing sequin and bead embroidery. The use of net and tulle also brings a new dimension to the look.
6. Multi-color Ethnic Boho Look
Multi-color ethnic wear never fails to have a boho appeal! This multi-color heavy zari work lehenga showcases a combination of various textures, embellishment types and of course, colors! It brings together chevron patterns and floral motifs. But in spite of being slightly boho, it has a royal appeal.
7. The Peacock Lehenga
An outstanding example of the richness of Indian craftsmanship, this gorgeous and heavy lehenga showcases exquisite gold zardozi, cut dana work, zari embroidery and elaborate detailing using pearl and crystals. But the most appealing element in the design are the artistic peacocks in thread work.
8. Subtleties and Contrasts
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This unique double-dupatta style lehenga is a timeless piece. In a rare color – which is the mix of beige and grey in pastel texture, this lehenga showcases extremely intricately detailed self-tone thread work along with the use of crystals. With such a lehenga is paired a rust toned second dupatta with metallic thread work in silver.
9. Pure Kanjivaram Silk Lehenga Skirts
The South-Indian style lehenga sarees are a great option to sport on the reception night! But traditionally, these pieces are not that heavy and come in solid tone silk with ethnic borders. But you can get your lehenga saree made in pure Kanjivaram silk. The woven designs on the skirt along with the heavy zari borders would look extremely royal for the reception.
10. Astel Florals
Don’t be surprised! If you thought that pastel florals are too simple for the reception, thing again! If designed cleverly, you can definitely sport this look on your reception. Instead of a few floral motifs, get the whole garden embroidered on your lehenga skirt – just like this bride has done! Use a lot of frills, tulle and nets to bring in different textures and dimensions to the look.
11. Experimental Silhouettes
This lehenga showcases a fusion of cuts and embellishment. On the flared skirt a layer of net has been added which is adorned in both zardozi work and crystals. The one-shoulder blouse resembles the bodice of a gown with floral sleeve design and instead of a dupatta an extended net drape is attached to it.
12. Floral Golds – Reception Lehenga
This reception lehenga follows the same concept as the previous one – the net layer on the silk skirt showcases a mix of embellishment techniques. In this case, they follow the floral theme with a bout of colors such as peach and pink. The blouse is an off-shoulder one with ornate straps.
13. Gown-Style Reception Lehenga in Subtle Tones
It’s the reception so you can add western elements to your outfit! This bride does that by flaunting this gorgeous Gaurav Gupta gown-style lehenga. It features a lot of net and tulle work. The off-shoulder blouse, the muted pastel tone, the wavy stole and the gown-style cut – all indicate a play of textures.
14. Velvets and Receptions
Like the wedding lehenga, velvet is a very popular fabric for the reception lehenga as well! In this case, this velvet zardozi work skirt is unique because of the choice of color – a slate grey with brown undertones! It is coupled with a satin solid blouse and organza dupatta with ornate border and floral prints.
15. Popularity of Organza
For the weddings, brides usually go for traditional heavy fabrics like silk, brocade or velvet. For the reception you can go for lighter ones like organza. The fabric is also making a huge comeback this year and you can get yourself a reception lehenga in organza with zardozi work, just like this one.
16. Velvet Blues
Like the gold zardozi lehenga, the dark blue or navy lehenga is also a top choice with brides when it comes to receptions. This bride wears one with gold zari embroidery, all over velvet lehenga. The belt details add to the splendour of the look.
17. The Dull Gold Lehenga
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Gone are the days when only the bling counted as shaadi-worthy! This lehenga in a dull gold fabric looks aesthetic with gold metallic zardozi work, thread embroidery and a contrasting red dupatta.
18. New Colors?
Reception lehengas are meant to be experimental. It is the reception when the bride has full liberty to choose a color that may not be so bridal after all! This Sabyasachi lehenga has such a color – a blue toned grey! On it, traditional gold thread embroidery looks artistic.
19. Light Beige With Silver
We mostly associate beige with gold toned embellishment! But this lehenga defies that rule as it showcases silver tone embroidery, zardozi work and crystal work on a light beige fabric.
20. Pastels and Chikankari
The reception party look needs to be gorgeous! In case, you want to stay away from all that zari and bling, you need to choose a style which is subtle yet striking and rich! Chikankari is one such art and combined with pastel fabrics and a bit of gota-patti or sequin work, it looks mesmerizing.
21. Contrasts in Blues in Reception
Another stunning reception lehenga from Sabyasachi Mukherjee! This design uses the concept of the dark blue velvet reception lehenga and fuses it with the contrast dupatta look. Here a dupatta in a lighter tone of blue has been used! Also, this lehenga showcases exquisite and intricate all-over gold zari embroidery.
22. More Floral Golds in Reception Lehenga
Pastel floral thread work in myriad hues on a neutral base is the main design language of this lehenga. But what makes it even more ‘Indian shaadi-worthy’ is the broad polki themed gold woven design and embroidered band on the lower half of the lehenga skirt. The floral thread embroidery has also been juxtaposed with gold zari work.
23. Solid Velvet Dupatta
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A very unique and stunning design concept is showcased in this lehenga – on a base of pastel blue silk, multi-color floral embroidery and zari detailing is seen. What makes it unique is its pairing with a solid maroon velvet dupatta with zari border.
24. The Solah Shringar Lehenga
Concept lehengas are becoming extremely popular, especially with reception night looks. For example, this all-pink lehenga embeds in it the 16 ornamentations of a married woman – solah shringar – that are considered auspicious in Hindu culture.
25. More Blues and Contrasts
Seen here is another stunning example of a Blue reception lehenga in a combination of blue and gold. The contrasting lighter blue dupatta and the full-sleeve choli make it even more beautiful!
26. Magenta Reception Lehenga
Pink and its shades are much loved by brides for their reception lehengas! However, this combination of a vibrant magenta pink coupled with matte gold zari embroidery looks mesmerizing. The outfit has a royal appeal and is perfect for those brides who want to sport a traditional look on their reception day too.
27. The Unconventional Reception Lehenga
From a perfectly traditional reception lehenga we move on to an ensemble that will be considered unconventional in the Indian wedding scenario. This unique green lehenga is in a rich silk fabric in the color of moss green. The flared skirt is adorned with antique zari embroidery, thread work in orange and light blue and metallic bead work too. The blouse is off-shoulder on one side and has baggy sleeves on the other.
28. Beige Thread Work Reception Lehenga
Neutral colors look great on reception lehenga and pairing them with dense and intricate embroidery or thread work in self-tone creates a look which is both subtle yet gorgeous. This bride wears a light beige tone lehenga with all over self-color thread embroidery and a bit of sequin work.
29. Floral Meets Maroon – Reception Lehenga
We usually associate floral maroon lehengas with pastel shades and non-glitter embellishment like thread work etc! This floral lehenga uses those elements and mixes them up with a dark maroon or wine tone along with zari work and zardozi embroidery. The result is this exquisite double dupatta style heavy lehenga, perfect for the reception night!
30. Gold is Gold
When in doubt, go for gold! Gold is the undeclared red for receptions! Like it goes without saying that a wedding lehenga is red, it is also obvious that a bride who does not want to experiment with her reception lehenga look will go for one with heavy gold embellishment. This one has belt detail too. Checkout more of Golden Lehenga.
31. Pastel Grey Lehenga
Talking about monotone celestial looks, we come to this pastel grey lehenga which showcases embroidery, crystal and sequin work along with woven design details. If silver is too bling for you, you can go for such a lehenga!
32. Teal and Pastel Pink Reception Lehenga
Unique color combinations go a long way! This teal silk lehenga is adorned with gold and pastel pink thread work. It shows traditional floral and bell motifs. The net pastel pink dupatta makes the color combination look even more appealing.
33. Unique Choli and Veil With Multi-Color Floral Lehenga
If you are keen on sporting an unconventional look on your reception, you can go for such a lehenga! The exquisite flared lehenga showcases multi-color embellishment forming a whole garden. But the real unique aspect of this outfit is the choli which is off-shoulder with full sleeves. Instead of a dupatta, a net veil has been added.
34. The Summer Moon Reception Lehenga
The color as well as the romance of the silver summer moon is evident in this lehenga which also showcases sequins and crystals like starts. The tasselled blouse has embroidered belt detail. This lehenga is surely inspired by the night sky and the ethereal glow of the full moon.
35. Neutral Tone Reception Lehengas
Not only do neutral tone lehengas look extremely elegant on the reception day, they can afford to contain a lot of bling factor without looking over-the-top. For example, this bride’s ivory lehenga has a lot of silver zari work yet looks so subtle and elegant.
36. More Silver Lehengas for the Summer Reception
37. Mirror Work Blues
This dramatic royal blue lehenga will satiate your love for the bling and the boho! Along with mirror work it showcases zari detailing in vertical lines all over the skirt. The full sleeve choli looks beautiful along with it.
38. Beige Embroidered Lehenga
Like every other Tarun Tahiliani creation, this beige reception lehenga is nothing short of stunning! The embroidery which includes both thread work and zari work involves motifs inspired from the clothes of Rajputana princesses. It makes this lehenga look extremely royal.
39. Embellishment on Net
Call it embellishment or a display of artistic finery, this off-white yellow toned net lehenga is absolutely mesmerizing! Net is definitely in trend and in this case it has been adorned with exquisite detailed thread embroidery in self-tone along with mirror work.
40. Shisha Embroidery Reception Lehenga
This light beige lehenga showcases exquisite shisha embroidery or mirror work. The mirrors have been used in all shapes and sizes. It gives the ensemble an ethereal grace.
The reception is the second most important occasion in an Indian wedding, after the wedding day itself! For perfect dream-like reception lehengas, customized especially for you, get in touch with GetEthnic.