Indian weddings are a spectacle to behold for their elaborate ceremonies, lavish settings, magnificent wedding dresses and bridal trousseau. These weddings are an opulent affair and a once in a lifetime fiesta to cherish memories of all that is bright and beautiful. Months before the wedding, there begins the marathon task of dress selection for the bride, the groom, and family members.
Thanks to creative fashion designers in the country, gone are the days when the wedding attire was limited to monotonous lehengas and sarees for the bride and sherwanis for the groom. The Indian wedding design and its fashion scene see an innovative array of choices to splurge upon this wedding season. Now you can look forward to embracing the upcoming festivities in resplendent lehengas, kurta sets and sarees that will bring out the inner diva in you.
Best Indian Wedding Dress Designers
We bring before you the top 25 best Indian wedding dress designers and the type of work they excel in so that picking up a gorgeous wedding outfit becomes easier for you. They present a splendid selection of the latest bridal dress design, ranging from Indian bridal dresses, bridesmaids outfits, traditional Indian bridal sarees, and wedding dress for the groom-to-be and his best men. Have a look.
1. Anita Dongre
Founder of House of Anita Dongre(2015), an Indian fashion house, Anita Dongre is the current Queen of Bridal Couture. The 56-year-old designer has introduced her couture Anita Dongre brand. It is known for exquisite and contemporary lehengas with pockets. Her wedding collections present an exclusive range of designer ensembles that feature exotic handicrafts.
She is coveted for bridal couture and derives inspiration from Rajasthan’s splendid crafts and other remote villages. If you are looking for seven yards of pure elegance or extravagant lehengas with a mosaic of intricate embroidery, or fine detailing, she is the right person to go to. Silk sherwanis with floral motifs and jari work are another attraction of her designer wedding collection. A typical Anita Dongre bridal lehenga is a designer masterpiece.
Social Profile: www.anitadongre.in , Instagram: @anitadongre, Twitter: @anitadongre
Design Style: Heavily traditional outfits in handwoven fabrics and elevated with intricate hand embroidery on silk, gota patti, and zardozi work.
Specialty: Designer Lehenga Sets, handmade Indian Sarees, Graceful celebrity styles with luxury and pret wear, Menswear, Anarkalis.
Celebrity Portfolio: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapur, Dia Mirza
Price Range:$2,800 to $7,000 (Rs2 Lakhs to Rs5 Lakhs)
2. Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Sabyasachi Mukherjee is known for his fabulous looking saris, suits, and lehengas. He has been instrumental in reviving Indian textiles and certain embroidery types. He has designed costumes for several Hindi movies like Guzaarish, Raavan, Babul, Black, and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. His designs have been showcased on international platforms such as Milan Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, and Miami Fashion Week.
Sabyasachi presents a chosen selection of bridal lehengas in rich patterns, regal weaves, and vibrant colors. From marshmallow pinks, vibrant fuchsias and reds to golden and peach, there is just everything for every bride-to-be. He is a favorite Indian bridal wear designer.
Social Profile: www.sabyasachi.com, Insta: @sabyasachiofficial, Twitter: @sabya_mukherjee
Design Style: Traditional Indian and fusion of styles, patchwork with embellishments in vibrant colors
Specialty: Handcrafted sarees, designer lehengas, exquisite Menswear, Sherwanis, Kurtas, headgear
Celebrity Portfolio: Anushka Sharma & Virat Kohli, Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherji, Sridevi, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, and the Ambanis
Price Range: Wedding lehengas $ 4150 to $13,700 (3 lakhs to 10 lakhs)
Light Lehengas for Mehendi or Sangeet: $1400 to $4150(1 lakh to 3 lakhs)
3. Manish Malhotra
Manish Malhotra started in 1998 as a costume designer and stylist, widely known for his works in Bollywood, Telugu and Tamil cinema, television, and even Hollywood. He launched his label in 2005 and is Bollywood’s most famous costume designer and among the best Indian wedding dress designers. He dons several hats as an entrepreneur, costume stylist, and also a social media influencer and revivalist.
Manish Malhotra is known to give a luxe-modern touch to Indian traditional wear with his statement prints and magnificent Kashmiri and Resham work on Banarasi, Chanderi, velvet and brocade backgrounds. Whether it is a finely-crafted lehenga, a styling off-shoulder Indo-western dress, or a royal Bandhgala, Manish Malhotra outfits are nothing short of being a showstopper.
Social Profile: www.manishmalhotra.in , Instagram-@manishmalhotra05, Twitter: @manishmalhotra
Design Style: Fusion of traditional and contemporary styles with embroidery, lace, brocade, net and embellishments, Chikankari and Kashmiri embroidery, modern draped tunics, bold patterns colors and patterns
Specialty: Sarees, Bridal wear, Anarkalis, Indo-western Gowns, exclusive designer men’s wear
Celebrity Portfolio: Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Madhuri Dixit, Kriti Sanon, Karan Johar, Shahrukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor
Price Range: Wedding lehengas: $7000 to $18,000 (5 lakhs to 13 lakhs)
Light Lehengas: $5500 to $7000 (4 lakhs to 5 lakhs)
4. Gaurav Gupta
Gaurav Gupta started his brand in 2005, and today his collections are coveted by celebrities, fashion icons, and brides alike. Many of his creations have been seen on the red carpet. He is famous for futuristic Indo-western designs with eccentric cuts and sculpture-like garments. He is a go-to favorite for cocktail function dresses and sangeet ceremonies or wedding reception attire.
Master of creating splendid pieces out of muted pastels in organza, silk and chikankari fabrics, Gaurav Gupta bridal wear is molded to suit modern-day brides. His lavish collection includes breathtaking couture gowns and metallic concept sarees that will take your heart away. He is among the best wedding designers in Hyderabad.
Social Profile: www.gauravguptastudio.com, Insta-@gauravguptaofficial
Design Style: 3D-embroidery, volume play, drapes, ruffles and frills
Specialty: Couture gowns, Concept sarees, metallic sarees,
Celebrity Portfolio: Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Shriya Saran, Priyanka Chopra, Kalki Koechlin, Aditi Rao Hydari, Parineeti Chopra, Tabu, Lisa Ray, Amy Jackson, Kirti Sanon
Price Range: $1100 to $2800 (Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 2 lakhs)
5. Neeta Lulla
Known for an eclectic mix of exclusive and meticulously crafted bridal ensembles, Neeta Lulla designs everything from bridal lehengas, trousseau outfits, saris, ready-to-wear, and gowns to costumes for movies, commercials and musicals. She launched her flagship store in Mumbai in 2005.
Neeta Lulla has won accolades for her design work, and she has won the National Film Award for Best Costume Design for movies like Lamhe, Jodhaa Akbar, Devdas, and Balgandharva,
She generously uses applique and patchwork using rich fabrics such as Kanjivaram, brocade, and applique embroidery. A Neeta Lulla lehenga is actually real magic woven in threads.
Social Profile: www.neetalulla.com, Insta-@neeta_lulla, @houseofneetalulla, Twitter: @neeta_lulla
Design Style: Indo-western, pastel shades and delicate colors with beads, shimmering threads, frills, handcrafted 3D motifs
Specialty: Lehenga sets and salwar suits with embellishments, sequined kurtas and blouses with zari, Saris with gota embroidery and intricate beads, ornate jackets with dhoti pants
Celebrity Profile: Aishwarya Rai, Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Shriya Saran, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Tamana Bhatia, Aditi Rao Hyadri, Shilpa Shetty, Vani Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, and Sushmita Sen
Price Range: Bridal wear: $2400 to $7000 (Rs.1.75 lakhs to 5 lakhs)
6. Ridhi Mehra
Ridhi Mehra hails as a fashion designer from Delhi who started a Contemporary Indian wear luxury label in 2012. She is known for her European influenced Indian wear in bright colors and striking patterns. Her ensembles bring western aesthetics to traditional Indian wear with clean cuts, delicate details, and fine tailoring. She is known for her refined taste in redeveloping existing silhouettes and has an entirely innovative dress design approach.
Ridhi’s dresses will be a breath of fresh air to all those seeking to break the monotony of heavy bridal wear. She is one of the affordable Indian bridal designers.
Social Profile: www.ridhimehra.com, Insta-@ridhimehraofficial, Twitter: @mehra_ridhi
Design Style: Minimalistic designs, floral embroidery, and subtle shades
Specialty: Indian Ethnic Wear for men and women, Custom Clothing, Couture and Wedding wear, Jumpsuits, Gowns and Sharara sets
Celebrity Portfolio: Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit, Parineeti Chopra
Price Range: $1100 to $4200 (Rs. 80, 000 to Rs.3 lakhs)
7. Tarun Tahiliani
Tarun Tahiliani is fondly known as ‘The Matter of Drapes.’ He founded India’s first multi-designer boutique, Ensemble, in 1987. He is best known for combining traditional aesthetics with modern design. His signature style is to blend Indian textile heritage and craftsmanship with his tailored silhouettes.
The wedding collections of Tarun Tahiliani consist of sartorial excellence in saree gowns, lehengas, embroidered kurtas and sherwanis. The best part is that his men’s wear collection is on par with the women’s wear and has been presented in a classy and elegant manner, inspired by the Mughal era in history.
He not only designs exquisite wedding wear but has designed glamorous red-carpet event ensembles as well.
Social Profile: www.taruntahiliani.com, Insta-@taruntahiliani, Twitter: @Tarun_Tahiliani
Design Style: Regal silhouettes, luxe fabrics, monotones, digital prints, ornate embroidery with beads and semi-precious stones, zardozi work
Specialty: Designer Bridal lehengas, concept designer sarees, Anarkalis, Mens kurtas and bandhgalas, gowns, potli bags and clutches
Celebrity Portfolio: Shilpa Shetty, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Chitrangda Singh, Kriti Sanon, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapoor
Price Range: Bridal wear- $3500 to $ 12,400 )Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Rs. 9 lakhs.
8. Suneet Varma
Suneet Varma is one of India’s foremost couturiers and among the best Indian wedding dress designers. His name and label are synonymous with timeless style and glamour. Celebrities walking the International and Indian red carpet take pride in donning a Suneet Varma outfit. His designs can turn heads around and are a real work of art. He works with the finest textiles and ornaments to provide you with an extraordinary bridal look.
His latest couture collection is a notch up in design with lehengas with his signature mirror work, shiny sarees with disco ball sequins, and Anarkali kurtas with resplendent embroidery.
Social Profile: www.suneetvarma.in, Insta: @sunitvarmaofficial, Twitter: @SuneetVarma
Design Style: Soft fabrics, ruffles, frills, corset-style dresses, gota work, Khari printing, zardozi, meenakari, mirrorwork.
Specialty: Bride ensembles, traditional wear, designer sarees and lehengas, Anarkalis
Celebrity Portfolio: Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Preity Zinta
His signature bags are carried by the ‘Sex and the City’ star Sarah Jessica Parker and Hollywood divas Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.
Price Range: Bridal wear $ 3500 to $7000 (Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs)
Lighter lehengas and gowns: $1100 to $4200 (Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 3 lakhs).
9. Shantanu Nikhil
This designer label, ‘Shantanu & Nikhil ‘, by brothers Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra, was started in Delhi in 2000. The label’s signature style mixes modernity with expressionist art and shows Victorian influences in voluminous designer gowns, new-age lehenga skirts and sari gowns. Most of their ensembles are based on a ‘progressive fusion’ design philosophy.
Their collection includes both grand and contemporary designs that are perfect for celebrating the festive and wedding season ahead.
Social Profile: www.shantanunikhil.com, Insta-@shantanunikhil
Design Style: Contemporary styles in ethnic dresses, sheath silhouettes, lacework, Intricate embroidery
Specialty: Designer Men’s wear, sherwanis, kurtas, pants, Corset sarees, Indo-western gowns
Celebrity Profile: Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapur, Hrithik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty
Price Range: Lehenga sets: $2500 to $9600 (Rs. 1.8 lakhs to Rs. 7 lakhs)
Gowns: $1240 to $6500(Rs. 90,000 to Rs. 4.75 lakhs )
Men’s wear: $800 to $4000( Rs. 58,000 to Rs. 2.75 lakhs)
10. Falguni Shane Peacock
Falguni Peacock and Shane Peacock founded their luxury ensemble store in 2005 with the aim to create luxury looks, season after season. The brand uses advanced technology like virtual consultations, virtual styling, and shop-able videos that allow the designers to virtually co-create designer ensembles.
The duo has been known for their chic diva-style ensembles with impeccable embroidery and wide style range. They have come up with trendy styles like bustiers with front zippers, mandarin collars, and baroque prints on rich raw silk fabrics.
Social Profile: www. falgunishanepeacock.in, Insta: @falgunishanepeacockindia
Design Style: Traditional regal styles with contemporary techniques, use of rich fabrics like silk and velvet, sheer, crystals, stones, beads, feathers, and sequin work
Specialty: Wedding gowns, cocktail party dresses, Lehengas, Anarkalis, Kurta sets, Evening gowns, Designer men’s wear, Sherwanis
Celebrity Portfolio: Western wear: Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Jenner
Indian: Kangana Ranaut, Manushi Chillar, Tapasee Pannu,Yami Gautam, Kriti Sanon
Price Range: Bridal lehengas: $4200 to $8500 (Rs. 3 lakhs to 6 lakhs)
11. Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla
The fashion designer duo started in 1986 with their designer boutique Mata Hari. They have been instrumental in showcasing their talent, both on the national as well as international platforms. Sandeep Khosla and Abu Jani are noted Indian fashion designers who co-own the label Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla.
They are best known to infuse Indian craftsmanship with European tailored silhouettes to create a new textile heritage. Their signature style combines traditional aesthetics with modern designs. Their couture house is among the most celebrated ones in India and abroad.
Social Profile: www.abusandeep.com, Insta:@abujanisandeepkhosla, Twitter: @AJSKOfficial
Design Style: Exquisite hand-embroidery, Chikankari, mirror work, zardozi work,
Specialty: Bridal and custom couture, Double Saree, Anarkalis, Designer Men’s Wear
Celebrity Profile: Judi Dench, Freida Pinto, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Dimple Kapadia, Jaya Bachhan, Parmeshwar Godrej
Price Range: $3000 to $7000 (Rs. 2.15 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs)
12. Rohit Bal
Rohit Bal is one of India’s most successful and respected designers. He has been successful in blending traditional patterns and craftsmanship with modern sensibilities. His designs are popular with Indian society and celebrities. He launched his collection of traditional Menswear in 1990. Time Magazine dubbed the designer “India’s Master of fabric and fantasy.”
Rohit derives his inspiration from India’s royal heritage, and his dresses speak elegance with luxurious fabrics and rich embroidery. You can find a vast range of wedding wear for various events and ceremonies in his collections, each with a unique look and appeal.
Social Profile: www.rohitbal.com, Insta: @rohitbalofficial
Design Style: Unique and creative use of Lotus and Peacock motifs, spectacular Khadi and Muslin construction in his clothing, bold colors like red, black, and white.
Specialty: Bridal Couture, Traditional ethnic sarees, designer bridal lehengas, Sherwanis, Men Kurta sets, Bandhgalas, jackets, matching accessories
Celebrity Portfolio: International -Uma Thurman, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell
Indian: Madhuri Dixit, Genelia Dsouza, Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone
Price Range: Bridal wear: starts from $2100 (Rs. 1.5 lakhs)
Sarees start at $1100 (Rs. 75,000)
Kurta sets start from $ 500 (Rs. 35,000)
13. JJ Valaya
JJ Valaya is a noted Indian fashion designer who founded the House of Valaya in 1992. He has been designing stunning collections for both daily wear and ready-to-wear and bridal wear with equal aplomb. He is a pioneer in the field of fashion and has several labels under his name.
His collections for both men and women boast of a rich textile heritage with elan. You can get a stunning celebrity look with a JJ Valya bridal ensemble.
Social Profile: www.valaya.com, Insta: @jjvalaya, Twitter: @JJValaya6
Design Style: Classic silhouettes, rich fabrics, hand embroidery, gotta patti and zardozi work
Specialty: Bridal trousseau, evening wear, sarees, Anarkalis, elegant Men’s wear comprising of regal sherwanis, and embroidered kurta sets, formal pleated shirts,
Celebrity Portfolio: Cate Blanchett, Madhuri Dixit, Kangana Ranaut, Shraddha Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Nargis Fakhri, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Arjun Kapur, Akshay Kumar, Kabir Bedi, Hrithik Roshan
Price Range: Available on request
14. Varun Bahl
Varun Bahl is known for his signature style of blending vintage elements with modern silhouettes to create a beautiful amalgamation of classic and contemporary. He started his own brand in 2001. He has carved out several impeccable ensembles for Bridal wear, Pret, Couture, Women wear & Menswear. His designs are known for their subtle det ailing and the choice of the most delicate fabrics.
Varun’s wedding wear collections show an impeccable eye for detail and are capable of making a style statement in the real sense.
Social Profile: www.varunbahl.com, Insta: @varun_bahl, @varunbahlofficial, @varunbahlcouture, @varunbahlpret ,Twitter: @varunbahl_
Design Style: Traditional Indian wear revamped with new-age designs, zardozi and applique work, floral threadwork
Specialty: Embroidered sarees, embellished designer bridal lehengas, stunning evening gowns and saree gowns, designer Nehru jackets and bandis
Celebrity Portfolio: Kareena Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone, Mira Rajput Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Karisma Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Sridevi, Shilpa Shetty, Twinkle Khanna, Nimrat Kaur, Gauhar Khan, and Jacqueline Fernandez.
Price Range: Bridal wear- $4200 to $7000 (Rs. 3 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs)
15. Manish Arora
Manish Arora is another well-known fashion designer based in Delhi, known as the “Master of Quirk.” He is known for his unique prints and motifs and a burst of bold and off-beat colors in his ensembles. He started his own label Manish Arora in 1997 and then the second one Manish Arora Fish Fry, in 2001, which focused on patchwork and embroidery.
He has redefined traditional designs with a modern look in vibrant colors and bold prints. He has made a name for himself in the global contemporary fashion scene. He also launched his jewelry line in association with the label Amrapali in 2012. It showcased a range of hand jewelry, pendants, and neckpieces.
Social Profile: Insta:@manisharorafashion, Twitter: @fishfrymanish
Design Style: Psychedelic color palette, contrast colors, kitsch motifs, western silhouettes with beads, sequin, embroidery and appliques, ruffles,
Specialty: Mirror work lehengas, Experimental Women’s wear like maxi dresses, gowns, cigarette pants, ruffled lehenga skirts, tunics, fringe tops, kaftans, jewelry, and hair accessories, bold clutches, women footwear
Celebrity Portfolio: International: Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry, M.I.A., and Nicki Minaj
Indian: Sonam Kapoor, Shahana Goswami, Pallavi Sharda
Price Range: Fusion Skirts start from $300 (Rs. 20,000)
16. Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna
This designer duo is known for its contemporary and chic ensembles that blend comfort with style. They launched their label for both men and women in 1997 .Their dresses are known for their well-defined cuts and fine detailing. They are the brains behind the brands H20 and CUE.
Their dresses are an extraordinary work of shimmer, sequins, crystals and hematite stones. The fabrics abound in satins, frosted silks, and organza. Most designs focus on slits, power shoulders and futuristic style elements and are designed keeping in mind Gen Z.
Social Profile: www.rohitandrahul.com, Insta: @rohitgandhirahulkhanna
Design Style: Metallic colors, linear structures and geometric designs, embellished designs, rich fabrics
Specialty: Contemporary Indian fringe and tassel sarees, drape gowns, sheath dresses, Men’s Wear – jackets, tuxedos, shirts, kurta pajamas
Celebrity Portfolio: Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann Khurana, Sonakshi Sinha, Mira Rajput, Anushka Sharma
Price Range: Wedding lehengas: $1600 to $3500 (Rs. 1.1 lakhs to Rs. 2.45 lakhs)
17. Ashima Leena
Ashima Singh and Leena Singh duo have created a globally recognized brand Ashima Leena or AL that has changed the design aesthetics of Indian fashion since 1993. Ashima Leena or AL creations are popular for their bridal couture and detailed hand embroidery patterns. They are recognized globally and have customers from across various countries, like the USA and the Middle East.
Most Ashima Leena designs display a riot of colors in prints. They attempt to blend old-fashioned tradition in contemporary styles. The duo loves to work upon a mix of the east and the west designs. Layered capes, long skirts, crop tops, kaftans, palazzos, etc., are popular creations in their designer collection.
Social Profile: www.al-design.in, Insta: @ashimaleenaofficial, Twitter: @AshimaLeena
Design Style: Antique Persian motifs in rich color combinations of royal blue, gold and tranquil maroon, grand hand embroidery patterns, fabric designs
Specialty: Designer bridal lehengas, Anarkalis, sarees, shararas, salwar suits, long skirts, kaftans, stoles
Celebrity Portfolio: Gul Panag, Sharmila Tagore, Soha Ali Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Nargis Fakhri
Price Range: Available on request, starts in the range of $700 to $1100 (Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 75,000)
18. Ridhima Bhasin
She is a young and talented fashion designer best known for her contemporary styling of Indian dresses. Her designs are bold yet feminine and edgy with a hint of the contemporary. As a designer, Bhasin loves to experiment with her signature styles and incorporates a variety of nature prints and mirror embellishments in her ensembles.
She came up with her own label, ‘Ridhima Bhasin’, in 2014 after working under her dress designer sister Ritika Bhasin.
Social Profile: www.ridhimabhasin.com, Insta: @ridhimabhasinoffical, Twitter: @RidhimaBhasin01
Design Style: Fabric play with georgettes, silk and laces, unique shades, embellishments, fine cuts
Specialty: Couture sarees, cape style lehengas, embroidered jumpsuits, dhoti pants, mirror work dupattas, designer mules
Celebrity Portfolio: Kriti Sanon, Rakul Preet, Shilpa Shetty, Mouni Roy, Payal Shah, Raveena Tandon, Parineeti Chopra, Karishma Tanna, Lara Dutta
Price Range: $140 to $3500 (Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 2.42 lakhs)
19. Shyamal & Bhumika
Shyamal & Bhumika are a designer duo from Ahmedabad. They started designing in 2000 and established their brand in 2003. They made their debut at Fashion week in 2006. From there, the fashion industry has looked up in awe at their exquisite collections. Their brand has an image that represents opulence and elegance and is truly luxurious, yet minimal and wearable.
If you are looking for an elegant yet traditional dress-up, the duo is your go-to place. Their designs will never fail to mesmerize you with their magical charm and finesse. A Shyamal & Bhumika evening gown is a dream that comes right out of a vintage fairytale. It strongly reflects a passion for their craft.
Social Profile: www.shyamalandbhumika.com, Insta: @shyamalbhumika, Twitter: @shyamalbhumika
Design Style: Brocade and velvet work, extensive embroidery, embellishments, pastel shades, monotone floral applique
Specialty: Indian wear, Bridal wear, lehengas, cocktail gowns, sarees, Sherwanis, Bandhgalas, Jodhpuris, bandis
Celebrity Portfolio: Kangna Ranaut, Sania Mirza, Dia Mirza, Hema Malini, Esha Deol, Juhi Chawla
Price Range: Lehengas $3000 to $5000
20. Ritu Kumar
Ritu Kumar is the largest and the most reputable fashion brand in India since 1969. She has launched 3 labels under her name: Ritu Kumar, Ri, and LABEL Ritu Kumar. Her brand has seen massive growth across 93 stores across India today.
Her designs show a unique blend of traditional Indian crafts with contemporary designs to create a new class of ensembles. Credit goes to her to revive the zardozi work in India. Ritu Kumar outfits are beautifully handcrafted by the best-skilled artisans of the country. She has continued to be a coveted Indian bridal wear designer for decades now.
Social Profile: www.ritukumar.com,
Design Style: Vivid colors, natural fabrics, traditional weave, intricate embroidery work, zardozi work, hand block prints
Specialty: Lehengas, Anarkalis, Kurta sets,
Celebrity Portfolio: Mischa Baton, Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit, Lara Dutta, Dia Mirza, Jemima Goldsmith
Price Range: Bridal lehengas $1800 to $16,000 (Rs. 1.3 lakhs to Rs. 11.4 lakhs)
Lighter Lehengas: $305 to $5100 (Rs. 22,000 to Rs. 3.7 lakhs)
21. Anamika Khanna
Anamika Khanna started as a fashion designer in 1998. She is renowned for her modern wear made from Indian textiles through a creative modernization of Indian crafts. Most celebrities are often spotted in finely crafted Anamika Khanna couture for red carpet events, parties, movie promotions or private get-togethers.
She is hailed as the first Indian designer to have an international label ‘Ana Mika.’ She has earned several accolades in a host of national as well as international fashion weeks.
She will be remembered for her designer lehengas in the movie ’Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ and designing the lavish 10-kg lehenga that was gifted to Lady Gaga by Simi Grewal as part of her appearance on her chat show. Anamika Khanna bridal lehengas are wardrobe –worthy pieces.
Social Profile: www.anamikakhanna.in, Insta: @anamikakhanna.in, @anamikakhannabridal, Twitter: @KhannaAnamika
Design Style: Modern wear from Indian textiles, drape variety
Specialty: Dhoti pants, lehengas, drape saris, shararas, lehengas, and floor-length jackets
Celebrity Portfolio: Nita Ambani, Sonam Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karishma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Simi Garewal
International: Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, Zadie Smith
Price Range: Lehengas $2100 to $3400 (Rs. 1.5 lakhs to Rs. 2.46 lakhs)
22. Aki Narula
Aki Narula is a well-known fashion designer and costume designer. He is a renowned Bollywood wardrobe, which has shown his creative skills for films like Bunty Aur Babli, Dostana, Highway, Rockstar, and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. He launched his brand label “AKI” in 1996.
Aki Narula is comfortable in creating both Indian and western wear for men and women. He designs clothes that are fun, bright, and cheery and cool with an accent towards leisurewear. His outfits can be found in some of the most premium fashion stores throughout India. A glimpse of his bridal wear designs can be seen in the outfits of the Housefull 2 movie.
Social Profile: www.aki-narula-fashion.blogspot.com, Twitter/Instagram handles NA
Design Style: Embellished drapes, texture blends, color blocking
Specialty: Heavily embroidered lehengas, kurtas, designer leisurewear
Celebrity Portfolio: Rani Mukherjee, Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta, Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham
Price Range: Available on request
23. Gauri & Nainika
The sister duo, Gauri and Nainika, has successfully created a myriad of popular feminine dresses influenced by European styles. A Gauri & Nainikas’ signature dress at a cocktail party can make you turn a hit in seconds. Their dresses have crisp silhouettes and are designed from high-quality fabrics.
They speak of luxury without going over the top with an Indo-western bridal look in outfits. These dresses are the favorite choice for the current generation brides. If you are looking for a more modern and glamorous look, for pre-wedding photo shoots, cocktail parties or pool parties, their ensembles are a must. They have styled a host of Hollywood as well as Bollywood celebrities on the red carpet.
Social Profile: www.gauriandnainika.com, Insta:@gauriandnainika, Twitter:@gauriandnainika
Design Style: High-quality fabrics, ruffles, European designs, embellishments, bold hues
Specialty: Evening gowns and cocktail dresses
Celebrity Portfolio: Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Kangana Ranaut, Nargis Fakhri, Lisa Haydon, Sara Ali Khan, Kriti Sanon
International: Carrie Underwood, Gabrielle Union, Jena Malone, Tory Kelly, Kate Walsh, and Efrat Dor.
Price Range: Gowns $620 to $3000 (Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 2.15 lakhs)
24. Rina Dhaka
Known as a designer for modern, independent women, Rina Dhaka is a veteran Indian fashion designer. She has pioneered avant-garde fashion in the late eighties. She has presented her designs on various international platforms, like, Paris, London, New York, the USA, South Africa, Mauritius, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Rina Dhaka lehengas, dresses, kurta sets, kaftans can make you a showstopper and give you a diva appeal. You can set upon embracing your bold inner diva by indulging yourself in Rina Dhaka’s ultra-glamorous collection.
Social Profile: Insta: @rinadhaka, Twitter: @rinadhaka
Design Style: Sheer work, lycra, Jacquard lehengas, Crochet work, zardozi and gota patti work, light embroidery
Specialty: Lehengas, kurta sets, Anarkalis, dresses, tunics, kaftans, jacket pant sets
Celebrity Portfolio: Naomi Campbell, Marta Marzotto, Uma Thurman, Tara Palmer Tomkinson, Vittorio Radice, Lara Dutta, Diana Hayden
Price Range: Light lehengas $330 to $700 (Rs. 24,000 to Rs. 50,000)
25. Rocky S
Rocky S is another Indian fashion designer. He launched his fashion brand, ‘Rocky Star,’ in 1995. Besides his own clothing line, he has also designed costumes for Bollywood stars. His design elegance shows through the costumes used in movies like ‘Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham,’ ‘Robot 2’, ‘Krrish,’ and ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai.’
Rocky has been known to passionately design every piece of clothing, with a complete focus on its cut, fit, and comfort. Rocky loves to work upon old-world charm to convert it into new-age magic. He draws inspiration from the Baroque and Gothic periods. Such influences can be across all his designer collections.
For the brides who prefer the Indo-western look, the Rock Star wedding wear designer collection would be an apt choice.
Social Profile: www.rockystarworld.com, Insta: #RockyStar, Facebook: RockyStar
Design Style: Glamorous and edgy designs, decorative prints, intricate embroidery
Specialty: Designer gowns and dresses, exclusive lehengas
Celebrity Portfolio: Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Esha Gupta, Shilpa Shetty, Katrina Kaif, John Abraham, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, and Beyoncé Knowles.
Price Range: Lehengas: $550 to $2100 (Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 1.5 lakhs)
These are the top 25 best Indian wedding dress designers. They just not create wedding ensembles, but works of art that are sheer elegance and luxury. A wedding dress by any of these dress designers can help you become a style icon on your special day.
Go ahead and choose a dress of your dreams and make your wedding preparations a success story.