Your wedding is probably the biggest event of your adult life. There are your birthdays, your graduations, and then finally your wedding events. A girl dreams of her wedding day all her life and finally when she meets the one, lives out her own fairy-tale.
I was just like those girls too. I didn’t plan my wedding out, but always thought about where to do the shopping and what colors to wear. It was not until recently that I really began thinking about my wedding events and outfits. I think it matters who your groom is. Once you meet the one, then it is easier to narrow down the million of choices of designers, styles, and colors and come up with a coherent vision.
If you are planning your wedding and shopping for your dress and don’t know where to begin, read this post. First of all, I want to say congratulations. This is a big moment in your life-a turning point, where you become someone’s wife and have all the responsibilities it entails. If you live outside Pakistan, you will be happy to learn that many Pakistani designers now have stockists internationally and have estores. However, if you are more of a traditional bride that would like to do shopping in Pakistan galis with their mom and sisters, then you are like me.
Here are the top designers recommended for each event.
1. Shehla Chatoor: What I like about Shehla Chatoor’s designs are they are true amalgamation of the eastern and western aesthetics. She designs gowns, kimonos, and even jackets, but with beautiful prints and embroidery. I personally am not a big fan of her wedding attire, and to be honest, she doesn’t do that many either, but her western-wear and fusion wear is to die for. Knowing and by judging her designs, I would highly recommend her for your bridal shower. Rich fabrics make her designs stand out so you, as a bride can carry them in a sea of couture. Her cuts and silhouette are quite western and sleek so bridal showers are perfect occasions to don her designs.
2. Muse Luxe: Muse Luxe embroidery is one of the most unique in Pakistan’s fashion industry. They use a comibnation of sequins and freshwater pearls on both western and eastern fusion wear. If your bridal shower is an Eastern feel to it, then this is definitely the designer to go to. They have western wear, but it’s nothing too impressive.
1. House of Kamiar Rokhni: When I first saw Kamiar Rokhni designs, I thought this is Bunto Kazmi meet Lahore. Colorful combinations and traditional gota work is their signature style. Mehndi is a colorful, traditional, and vibrant event and a bride needs to look just as colorful and vibrant as the decorations, thus if you are looking for tradition and colors for your look, look no further than this design house.
2. Wardha Saleem: Wardha Saleem is a Hyderabadi, whose designs reflect her Sindi background. I actually visited her studio in 2015, and was quite impressed with her work. She has a wide selection of cuts and silhouette, which are traditional and trendy. Her embroidery is what stands out in her designs. She incorporates animals, birds, mughal princesses, and other motifs that tell a story. The difference between Wardha Saleem and other designers are not just the vibrant colors, but the intricate level of embroidery.
3. Nomi Ansari: Nomi Ansari is a lengha designer. So if you want to dress like an Indian bride, then go to him. His color combinations and dupattas are what stand out. His designs are pretty standard when it comes to a lengha-choli, but his use of colors and patterns make him stand apart. His dupattas are some of the most beautiful I have seen. They are heavily worked, but are not heavy to carry. For more modern twist to something traditional, go for Nomi Ansari.
1. Farah Talib Aziz: Farah Talib Aziz designs are beautiful. She is quite popular for her Mehndi and Wedding designs, but to me they look too common. Her embroidery is beautiful, but the designs are nothing we haven’t seen before. What stands out are her chickenkari pieces. Traditionally, a Muslim bride wears white on this day so, if you have this upcoming event go to Farah Talib Aziz and look into her chickenkari pieces. She does lenghas, long kameezes, and peshawas with the most beautiful work. I have seen these particular pieces in just white, but the dupattas can be any color you want. So if you want some red on your Nikkah outfit, then a red dupatta is the way to go.
2. Elan: Elan has a very distinct European style to their embroidery. Their motifs are very western and their colors are mostly pastels. I am not a big fan of their color combinations or anything they design in color. I guess it has something to do with the nature of their embroidery designs. So again, if you are going for light colors for your Nikkah, then do look into Elan. You won’t regret it.
1. Bunto Kazmi: If you want to look like a Mughal princess, then look no further than Bunto Kazmi. Her work has a very distinct style and you can spot a Bunto outfit from a mile away. Although she does lighter colors, which would be great for a valima event, I recommend her for your most important day-your baraat. Unlike other designers, she sticks with a few color combinations on each outfit, and she mostly designs farshi and regular ghararas. I had the pleasure of seeing her embroidery in person, and ladies, she is worth every penny. Her work is very intricate and neat. I don’t know how true it is, but I have heard she creates one design for each bride so none of her brides look the same. Truly a special designer for a special bride!
2. Tena Durrani: We have focused on Tena Durrani on another post so we won’t go to deep into this. Tena Durrani has very modern cuts in her bridals. They are mostly lenghas with different length cholis and long shirts. So why look into Tena Durrani? If you are looking for a budget-friendly designer outfit, then Miss Durrani is probably one of the designers to consider. She uses a lot of reds and pastels in her designs so you as a bride as a wide selection to choose from.
3. Zara Shahjahan: Zara Shahjahan is a fairly new designer on the market. She is based in Lahore and is another budget-friendly designer. She uses a lot of tissue in her designs so if you like the shiny, glossy look then do look into tissue and her designs.
4. House of Umar Saeed: Umar Saeed is all about color combinations. His work and Bunto Kazmi’s work is a little similar, but he is more daring with color. I guess it’s the Lahori in him. His clothes have a modern feel to it, so if you want a more modern touch in your outfits with a traditional flair, then go for him.
1. Faraz Manan: Faraz Manan is all about pastels. That is the reason we recommend him for your Valima event. It is common for brides to wear deep, rich colors on their baraat, and lighter, softer colors on their Valima. If you want to blow your budget, and look like Middle Eastern royalty, then go to him. His clothes don’t come cheap, but you pay for you get. There is ALOT of embroidery and his motifs are very western with modern cuts.
2. HSY: HSY is another Lahori designer, which monopolizes wedding wear. HSY is great for Valima. He has very avant-guard and new designs and he plays with very modern cuts and silhouettes. So if you want to look different on your wedding dress, then consider HSY.