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Kanjeevarams come with an entirely unique style bible. The drapes of silk are a staple with most South Indian brides, and these days, they come in with brighter colours and intricate weaves with motifs that are one-of-a-kind. A look at our favourite Kanjeevaram brides and designers.

Gone are those days when brides just wore red or beige. Nowadays, Kanjeevarams go from purple to magenta to bright yellow, and all of them have a story to tell. We picked out 10 stunning looks from real brides and designers that will make sure your Kanjeevarams stand out among a sea of cookie-cutter drapes. Look out for unassuming colours and interesting designs to try in 2020.

Green is the new bride

Vivek Krishnan Photography

The pretty green House of Angadi kanjeevaram paired with a stunning maroon blouse is as traditional as they come. The intricate weave is perfectly balanced by an equally-embroidered blouse.

Sea green shine

This bride knows how to keep it stylish in sea green – and that’s an unconventional shade to pick from. The outfit from Mugdha Art Studio is stunning and comes with a silver weave.

Unique hues

Trust ace Hyderabadi designer Bhargavi Kunam to give you looks that are not only beautiful but one-of-a-kind with hues like mustard and teal alongside conventional monotone reds.

Red is always right

Photo: @gaatha.co.in

This Sabyasachi bride took a well-known shade and made it her own by making sure her saree had a monotone look. We love the high-neck blouse and the only colour-blocking came from her jewellery.

Wishful pinking

This bright pink sari by Kanakavalli is as stunning as they come, and the bride matched it with her trusted rubies and gold – a great way to mix and match.

Muted golds

Picture by @wearepixelarmy

The muted gold Sabyasachi with a maroon embroidered blouse is a stunning addition to any South Indian brides wardrobe. The zardozi border is another way to jazz up this saree to suit contemporary needs.

Powdery pinks

Powdery pinks are the latest addition to a beautiful bridal trousseau and can be worn for a variety of functions from Pellikuturu ceremonies to haldi functions. Advaya from The House of Angadi has some great options to choose from like this Kanjeevaram beauty on the left (alongside a pretty Kota) that showcases the rare technique of ‘Korvai’.⠀

When in doubt, go for bright red

Picture via Knotty Affair 

Indian cricketer Manish Pandey and actress wife, Ashrita Shetty look stunning as their outfits compliment each other’s culture and style. We love how Ashrita used her big border to create a blouse that keeps it monotone yet interesting.

Greys matter

Picture via Varun Suresh

This bride chose to go grey on her big day and we love how her Kanakavalli sari matched with her groom’s outfit. The muted gold border is a welcome addition.

Yellow dreams

Picture via Varun Suresh

The beautiful yellow Manavarai saree was custom hand-woven for blogger, influencer and makeup artist, Vithya by Casipillai Designer Collection.

Lilac love

Picture via Light Bucket Productions

Lilac is such a versatile shade and when it comes from The House of Angadi, you know it’s in style. The bride’s high-neck blouse and her traditional jewellery just went beautifully with this simple look.

Beige beauty

Picture via Made in Mono

The Tulsi Silks sari comes with intricate weaves and when matched with a red blouse, it exudes tradition with just a touch of modernity.

All pictures courtesy: Respective Instagram accounts 

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.