One might say that even a dream to be a Sabyasachi bride comes with a price tag. We all love our beloved designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee for blending love and art to create a masterpiece that suits every bridal dream. Wearing a Sabyasachi lehenga or a saree for your wedding is just more than a dream come true – it’s an experience – that is meant to be cherished forever. But the harsh reality shows it’s head out when we can’t afford it most of the times.
Let’s not worry about the notion that you cannot make a perfect bride without being a Sabyasachi bride. Luckily, since the bridal fashion is ever-evolving in this modern era, we have plenty of talented designers swooning their way to the top and making every bride’s dream come true to look enchanted as ever. That said, below is the list of ten designers that you must consider when looking for being an uptown yet traditional Indian bride or for an exquisite bridal wear piece, Here is our list of Sabyasachi Alternatives:
1. Payal Singhal
Playful, gorgeous, flattering describes Payal Singhal’s collection quite elaborately. The charming work of organza, silk on the printed lehengas will make your heartbeat skip a beat or two. The innovative feminine silhouettes doused in flirtatious ruffles, labyrinthine florals, meticulous zari work and eclectic details are all and more than you can expect from her collection. Her lehengas add punch to wedding wear, hence don’t miss out on her collection when you want to stand out as a modern and an edgy Indian bride.
My personal favourite is the Naira Lehenga set with Naz Jacket. You can shop this one for INR 199,500 ( https://www.ogaan.com/designers/payal-singhal/naz-jacket-with-lehenga-set?category=Payal+Singhal)
You can check out her full collection – https://www.ogaan.com/designers/payal-singhal
2. Shyamal & Bhumika
Talk about contemporary, modern yet classic and you have all defined Shyamal&Bhumika. The designer’s work is regal, and he puts just the right amount of extravagant dosage to satiate the dreamy Indian bride’s big fat wedding. The beautiful floral lehengas and quirky jacket work will make you the most modern and uptown bride anyone has ever seen. Check out their collection here – https://www.shyamalbhumika.in/
3. Raw Mango
By designer Sanjay Garg, Raw Mango is purely breathtaking with its re-invented charisma of hand-woven sarees that bring out the beauty of sarees into Indian wedding culture wonderfully and elegantly. The designer’s brilliant use of colours, and innovation of weaves, their gorgeous bootis, and their beautiful borders, make every saree look like a dream to wear. My personal favourite is the Rani Gulfam Saree (https://www.ogaan.com/designers/raw-mango/rani-gulfam-sari?category=Raw+Mango)
You can check out his full collection – https://www.ogaan.com/designers/raw-mango
4. Anita Dongre
From the shy colours of blushing pink to the bold red and greens, Anita Dongre has all the bridal wear fantasies under her hood. The most important and impressive thing about her collection is that the bridal lehengas are handwoven and hand-embroidered made by rural women. Experience the sustainable fashion with beautifully handcrafted embroidery work by Anita Dongre and look your best in the organic artwork specially designed for the modern Indian bride in you.
There are many favourites of mine from her collection, hence it is hard to pick one. But the Leya Lehenga, Gulika Lehenga, Rhia Lehenga and the Varali Set stand out the most.
Check her full collection here – https://www.anitadongre.com/shop/woman/indian-wear.html
5. House of Masaba Gupta
‘Masaba’ means wildflower in an African language and the designer’s work reflects everything wild and revolutionary in terms of fashion essence. The designer’s collection caters to women of all ages, and the silhouettes are no fuss, but sustainable and viable, yet of high cut and fashion. When you dream of an Indian bride to be wild, bold and fashion reverberant yet holding up the Indian traditions in place, you talk about a modern Indian bride. A modern Indian bride is independent and full of life with all the boldness that she can carry and convert into something magical is what resonates with the designer’s collection as well. My personal picks are Mint dry flower & gold leaf embroidered half & half organza lehenga set with double dupatta, Fuchsia white rabbit bustier and shrug with fuchsia corn stamp lehenga and Indigo blue tropical banana ruffle pleated crepe saree. Explore her collection here – https://www.houseofmasaba.net/
Torani by Karan Torani defines handcrafted luxury inspired by the myriad tales of Indian mythology. Torani is a potpourri of all things nostalgic that binds you with a memory long forgotten. The label works with and revives timeless Indian textiles and embroidery traditions. I love the prints and hand embroidery on his lehenga collection. My favourites are Neelam/Gudhal Multikali Nandini lehenga and Gulabi cheent chanderi lehenga choli. Check out the full collection here – https://torani.in/
6. Anushree Reddy
Festive pieces with the traditional Hyderabadi zardozi embroidery – define Anushree Reddy’s designs – fitting every Indian bride and other traditional wears. My personal favourites are the Mint green floral embroidery lehenga and Magenta pink zardozi embroidered lehenga. Check out more of her designs here – https://www.ogaan.com/designers/anushree-reddy
7. NS by Nakul Sen
Bright colours, traditional hues blended with western flavours – Nakul Sen’s namesake label – speaks a lot about the culture of India blending with global. The collection is inspired by architecture, heritage pride and unusual textures. The multi colour lehenga set with resham work is absolute darling and very hard on tear your eyes off from (https://www.ogaan.com/designers/ns-by-nakul-sen/multi-colour-lehenga-set-with-resham-work?category=NS+by+Nakul+Sen
). Explore more of the collection here – https://www.ogaan.com/designers/ns-by-nakul-sen.
8. Dabka Dori
Dabka Dori is a Delhi-based label that believes in curating pieces with heritage-inspired aesthetic and a touch of modernity. My favourite is the dusky pink dori gota lehenga. Explore their collection – https://www.ogaan.com/designers/dabka-dori.
9. Rajdeep Ranawat
Rajdeep Ranawat’s aesthetic is a fusion of European colours and embroideries with the exoticism of the orient. The panelled bandhej leela lehenga set is my favourite. The multi panelled duppion skirt is the standout of this piece. Explore his collection – https://www.ogaan.com/designers/rajdeep-ranawat.
10. Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor
Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor’s bright festive pieces focus on the charm of traditional Indian crafts with a seamless combination of hand-embroidery and sparkling mirror work. The standouts are the maroon georgette lehenga and yellow georgette lehenga with a cape dupatta. Check out her collection here – https://www.ogaan.com/designers/tamanna-punjabi-kapoor
The dreams that the closed eyes see doesn’t always have the fate to get shattered in reality; rather, we have the options and alternatives to make them real and as much dreamy as they can get.
Hope this article helps you in every way for finding bridal alternatives that won’t burn a hole in your pocket but make you look the most regal bride ever.