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Think of weddings in India and the first picture that emerges is of decadent bridal lehengas and jewellery. But there is more to the sartorial story. A number of hand-picked elements come together to create a perfect look. And a variety of clutches, handbags, and bucket bags certainly prove to be a great add-on. From Sabyasachi’s leather bucket bags to Tarun Tahiliani’s intricately embroidered clutches, many Indian couturiers have rolled out their renditions of bridal bags. 

Here are some of the hautest bridal bags on our radar to take some inspiration from –

Tassels forever

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Image: Courtesy Tarun Tahiliani Instagram

Leave it to couturier Tarun Tahiliani for creating wonders with basic details. It is not just the intricate embroidery of the clutch that stands out, the beautiful tassels with colourful beads make it a piece to go for. Also, since it follows a dual colour scheme of pink and green, it gives you enough freedom to pair it with different outfits, making it one of the hautest bridal bags to bookmark.

Leather buckets

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Image: Courtesy Sabyasachi Instagram

Leather buckets have proved to be a global, seasonless trend. How about picking up an Indian rendition by ace couturier Sabyasachi, featuring intricate embroidery and mirror work? We say, investing in pieces that have a timeless appeal is always a good idea. Also, given the fact it is in tan brown, you can pair it with the outfit of your choice, beyond the wedding day.

Mini clutches

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Image: Courtesy Papa Don’t Preach Instagram

Mini clutches with beautiful embellishments in a pop of colour, what’s not to love about them. So whether you are planning to wear a cropped lehenga or tailored trousers with a cape, these clutches come in handy. Count on Papa Don’t Preach for a spectrum of colours; think bubble gum pink, tangerines, neons, and even jewel tones. We love the way this clutch has been effortlessly looped in with a chain around the waist. Certainly one of the bridal bags that can be carried in a variety of ways.

Go all out

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Image: Courtesy Ridhi Mehra Instagram

You can never have enough of embellished clutches or handbags in your look, thanks to several designers who are creating some of the most exquisite handpieces for brides. When it comes to Ridhi Mehra, muted tones are always something to look out for. This oval clutch featuring white beads and pearls all over with a tasteful infusion of greens makes a strong statement.

Peek through PVC

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Image: Courtesy Outhouse Jewellery Instagram

How about investing in pieces that add a bit of drama to your look. PVC bags are always a welcome idea. Put all your required beauty essentials in it, and you are sorted. Just add a pinch of fun by opting for colourful crystals, case in point being this Outhouse see-through bucket bag. What do you think of it?

Bold shapes

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Image: Courtesy Shivan and Narresh Instagram

Petite and demure is out, go bold or go home. Bridal bags this season are all about being out and loud – that’s the dictate for the year to come, and we certainly live by that. Pick up beautiful clutches in small sizes to go along with your ensembles; think whites and pastels. However, if you want to make a statement, a sexy leather clutch with gold hardware will do it for you. Crushing over this Shivan and Narresh piece!

It’s all in the textures

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Image: Courtesy Jade Instagram

Want to avoid those big handbags? Exquisitely crafted clutches made in a variety of textures can be your answer. This Jade clutch with gold hardware, lock, and a tiny chain as a strap has all the makings of a hero piece. So whether you are opting for a statement sari or a decadent lehenga, this one will go with everything.

Gold standard

Image: Courtesy Love To Bag Instagram
Image: Courtesy Love To Bag Instagram

One can never have enough gold in ones look. Maybe it is time to veer away from a gold lehenga or gold embellishments on your blouse and dupatta but carry a gold clutch. From heavily embellished ones to even exquisitely crafted metallic ones, the repository of is brimming with options.

Embroidered perfection

Image: Courtesy Anita Dongre Instagram
Image: Courtesy Anita Dongre Instagram

Old school but evergreen, that’s how we would sum up these beautiful potli bags by Anita Dongre. There is an ethnic charm these pieces exude when paired with lehengas or even saris.

Feather details

Image: Courtesy Tarun Tahiliani Instagram
Image: Courtesy Tarun Tahiliani Instagram

Count on Tarun Tahiliani to seamlessly tie different elements in one piece. From gold and white beads to his signature embroideries and delicate feathers, everything seems to come together in this piece. When picking up something of this kind, let the piece do the talking, go minimal with the lehenga.

Staff writer