• Ajay Manaktala

Best Indian Bridal Designers 2020 | Wedding Fashion

Updated: Jun 28, 2020

Mehendi, Sangeet, Ceremony or Reception designers, we got you covered.

Indian bridal fashion can be an intimidating experience. 


There are:

  • hundreds of designers,

  • various Bollywood favorites,

  • celebrity models and endorsements

  • uneducated consumers who are psychological prey for merchants

  • fabrics, latest styles and trends to know (minimal, traditional, elegant) that can change overnight

  • some of the highest costs in bridal across any wedding industry

  • and even Instagram handles dedicated to calling out copycats in the Indian fashion industry.


Mumbai and Delhi have some of the top fashion designers in India, and other cities are also dominating the international bridal market.


It may even make sense for an NRI bride or groom to simply pay extra to buy their outfit in Beverly Hills, Hong Kong, Singapore or New York given the lead times and travel to secure a designer saree by Manish Malhotra or whoever.


Combine that with the stress of planning your big fat Indian wedding, social media, Instagram and Pinterest...what’s a dulhan to do?


I decided to simplify it for you.

 

Who are the most popular Indian fashion designers? The best Indian bridal designers for weddings in 2020 are:

  1. Anita Dongre

  2. Sabyasachi

  3. Manish Malhotra

  4. Gaurav Gupta

  5. Ridhi Mehra

  6. Jinashili

  7. Anamika Khanna

  8. Amit Aggarwal

  9. Suneet Varma

  10. Tarun Tahiliani

  11. Arpita Mehta

  12. Shantanu Nikhil

  13. Falguni shane peacock

  14. Abujani sandeep Khosla

  15. Rohit Bal

Every Indian fashion brand has their own unique style and flare for looks they’re known for, and each has high end collections and mid-range collections. 


Some are massive with locations in any major city, some are strictly on Instagram and custom order only.  Shopping in India for wedding outfits can also be it's own adventure!


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Which one is the Sabya?

Some are bridal designers for women, some do both men and women, and some say they do wedding designs yet have just ten percent for the men. 


They’re so many tips and tricks for looking unique and gorgeous during your big day (HINT: more money doesn’t mean you’ll look better) that I’ve decided to explain all the factors that make each designer stand out. 


Remember: Just because a designer is expensive does not mean they’re better! Do a blind test with your friends (e.g. send them images without designer names on them) and see which ones they like! You’d be surprised how your mind biases your senses based on supermodels, photoshop, makeup and Instagram likes!

What To Wear to an Indian Wedding?


If you’re an Indian bride from Delhi or Bangalore or Mumbai, chances are you already know about anarkalis, kurtas, lehengas, sherwanis, jodhpuris and all of the usual Indian wedding clothes.  


We have a full guide on what to wear to an Indian wedding for first time guests, including your Mehendi and Sangeet with reference outfits in all ranges.  


We also have a full guide on how much Sabyasachi Outfits cost in dollars. 


However, if for example you’re an NRI bride or not familiar due to background with Indian tailoring and textiles, go ahead and also get up to speed reading that and come back here.  


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Paresh Lamba is not in our list (only men) but great for Bangalore grooms who do tuxedos.

It’s very important you’re up to speed and the basics of Indian fashion so when you do go into these shops you aren’t intimidated and get caught up and make a costly mistake!


You know how when you’re buying a car the dealer might sneakily ask you about a $1200 sound system at the end, and because you’re caught up in the moment you’ll say yes? Then you’ll get home and realize you just wasted that money because it was totally not required and also super overpriced?  


Indian luxury designers are known for doing the same thing! So get educated! 


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Top Indian Fashion Designers for Bridal Attire


Here are 15 of our favorite (and some very famous) fashion designers from Mumbai and Bollywood, Delhi, Hong Kong, Calcutta and everywhere in between. 


REMEMBER: EACH DESIGNER IS GREAT AND NOBODY WILL KNOW "WHO YOU'RE WEARING" EXCEPT YOU!


1. Anita Dongre


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Every mall and major shopping area in India has an Anita Dongre showroom.  As a result, she’s moved beyond super high end designs to the mid-range market as well including frocks and gowns.  Her stuff is for upper middle class Indian brides who want something gorgeous but not crazy over the top.



A step above minimal and a few steps down from insanely royal and heavy, she’s a great choice depending on the lehenga or sari you choose. 


A fan of pastels (who isn’t?) and breezy outfits is one way to describe her lines.  They do have an elegant Jaipur line thats looking like all the Sabya rage these days as well. 


Great For: Wedding ceremonies and mehendis or just a nice cocktail function.  Also has many casual everyday wear options like jumpsuits dresses. 


Costs: Bridal Lehengas are between 70,000 INR (around $1,000 USD) up to 350,000 INR ($5,000) USD and their website says it takes about 8 weeks.  Although if you’re in NYC or nearby I’d suggest you just go to their shop there because who buys a $5,000 dress by mail? 


2. Sabyasachi


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When it comes to the epitome of luxurious high end weddings, Sabyasachi is the Vera Wang (or maybe higher?) of Indian bridal.  Extremely royal lehengas with palace vibes, one look at the classic Sabyasachi lehengas and gowns and you know it’s not going to be cheap.  

Sabysachi is easily the best wedding dress designer in India.


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Wanna cry?

Famous clients include:

  • Kim Kardashian, 

  • Beyonce, 

  • Priyanka Chopra, 

  • Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh

  • the Ambanis

  • and pretty much any other famous multi-millionaire or billionaire seen at Indian weddings have rocked Sabyasachi dresses at one or all of their functions.  

Even the wedding dresses for men they have include hodhpuris, Sherwanis and some Kurtas which are all insanely priced. They look great, the models Sabyasachi chooses are impeccable (along with their photographers) but make sure you go visit a store and try it on properly.  


Almost everybody I know goes into a Sabya store in Mumbai or Delhi and gets caught up with the “urgency” even though everyday bride and grooms are coming in.  


No bride or grooms regret buying a Sabyasachi, but most agree if they bought something even at half the cost it would have been more than fine. You will look elegant and royal in almost any Indian wedding outfit since there is insane embroidery, jewelry, bridal hairstyles, makeup and a lot more that goes into your look. 


Here’s a hint...there is no busy season when you have bride and grooms coming in your showroom everyday, it’s just business as usual. 


We have a full guide on Sabyasachi prices.  However, he is one of the top designers in the world for Indian wedding outfits and the first name that comes to the world’s mind when they think “Indian fashion.”  



A typical Sabyasachi sari takes around three to four months to make.  So if you can easily afford it and have the time for a few India trips (Yes, you need to go there to see what you’re getting in real life), go ahead and pick one up! 


Great For: Your big fat wedding ceremony.  Also nice choices for Mehendi functions. Women’s line is much more exhaustive than mens. 


Costs: Bridal Lehengas are between 300,000 INR (for something in the lower to middle range) all the way up to 1400,000 INR.  That means $4500 for the basic Indian wedding dress they offer up to $15,000. And you’ll wear it once. 


3. Manish Malhotra


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While Sabyasachi wins in the royal princess bride department for ethnic Indian bridal wear, Manish Malhotra wins for Indian western wedding reception dresses.  If you want to look like Cinderella and have the ballroom gown, highest quality fabrics and pristine look for your special event, Manish Malhotra is your man.


He has some very glitzy fashion shows and is another Bollywood bridal favorite.  Designer suits by Manish Malhotra and the latsest kurts are also a favorite for the couples these days.



They also do very gorgeous wedding lehengas and saris but from what I’ve seen, if you can afford all the designers most brides end up with a Sabyasachi lehenga for their wedding and opt for Manish Malhotra dress at their wedding reception.  Usually big fat Indian weddings now have a western flare as well so we’re seeing wedding receptions be predominantly western and the Hindi/Muslim ceremonies be Indian fashion. 


Great For: Your wedding reception or a film award ceremony.  Wonderful shaadi options also that are a cut above minimal and less than gaudy for your wedding ceremony. 


Costs: Bridal Lehengas are between 200,000 INR ($3,000 USD) up to 1500,000 ($17,500) but the sky's the limit as you can customize and accessorize to your heart's content.  Typical turn around times are two to three months. 


See Also: Indian Wedding Cost USA


4. Gaurav Gupta


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Another Bollywood favorite that has some over the top Indo-western designs.  If you want to walk down the runway or a street in Colaba and get some eyeballs, here is your designer.  Also if you want something that is not traditional, Gaurav Gupta is perfect for it. Bollywood celebrities love the eccentric cuts and unusual combinations that a Gaurav Gupta evening gown is known for.


Part futuristic (like something out of Star Trek) and part elegant, Gaurav Gupta has a signature style and price point to match.  GQ Magazine loves him every year and if you’re a younger bride looking for something more sleek and experimental, go ahead and give his shop a visit. 



A premium designer that can literally make your fairytale wedding, well, a fairytale and looking like something out of Narnia or Lord of the Rings.


Great For: Your cocktail function, Sangeet or Wedding Reception.  I’d personally skip for my wedding dress. 


Costs: Bridal Lehengas are between 1,00,000 ($1500) and go up from there.  Men’s outfits will be around 50,000 INR and above. 


5. Ridhi Mehra


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Festive and flowy with an Instagram grid that has strong blends of red and beige is a good way to describe Rishi Mehra’s style. 



She is a great designer for festivals and special occasions such as: 

  • Karva Chauth, 

  • Diwali, 

  • Weddings, 

  • evening events, 

  • award ceremonies 

  • Jumpsuits for any occasions. 

Ridhi has a unique look that isn’t insanely OTT glamorous but still beautiful in its own right.  A beautiful blend of east meets west defines her style with her favorite tones being beige, pastels, greens and reds. 


On the men’s side there isn’t much in terms of variety but if you want something to match or complement the ladies look they have some decent pricing for the kurtas and lighter bundis (vests). 


Great For: Your cocktail function, Sangeet or Mehendi.  Also perfect for your sister’s wedding or close family friends. 


Costs: Various bridal options and cuts you can pick but starting at 80,000 INR ($1100) for something decent for a wedding up to 300,000 INR ($4500).  Jumpsuits from 25,000 INR ($400). Mens Kurtas start at 9000INR ($150 USD) up to 35,000 INR ($500 USD).


6. JinaShili by Shili


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This Hong Kong based designer specializes in custom made jumpsuits, pantsuits and Indo-western fusion wear that will guarantee to stir some compliments at whichever function you choose.  Easily one of the best Indian designers in Hong Kong.




A very androgenous runway look with half and half cuts that is sure to be noticable. They’re several made to order options available and the signature style appears to be chic/sophisticated with a knack for two tone color combinations. 


Asymmetrical cuts and high quality fabrics are also one of the key selling points we see bride and bridal party guests boasting about.