MAKE WAY FOR THE SHAADI STYLE SQUAD

My fi­ancé must know the bride is com­ing with an army of brides­maids. So, I did a shoot with them wear­ing match­ing out­fits

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Snigdha Ahuja snigdha.ahuja@hin­dus­tan­times.com DRISHTI MISHRA, BRIDE-TO-BE

For many of us, scrolling through so­cial feeds full of wed­ding posts is a daily thing. And, if you are tak­ing notes for your up­com­ing nup­tials, there’s a chance you’d have match­ing brides­maid or grooms­men out­fits on the top of your list.

In­spired by Chris­tian wed­dings, cou­ples are mak­ing sure their #shaadis­quad dresses iden­ti­cal. Tra­di­tion­ally, the bride and groom’s best friends, sib­lings or close fam­ily make it to this clan and are pre­scribed tasks through­out the cel­e­bra­tions. The trend has grown to in­clude a uni­form of sorts for these cho­sen ones.

Brand con­sul­tant Anushka Sharma, 25, who re­cently got mar­ried, says,“I thought gift­ing my friends iden­ti­cal brides­maid out­fits would be a cute ges­ture. My mom and I con­cep­tu­alised the saris from scratch. Since it was a Goa wed­ding, we chose yel­low and green for the me­hendi func­tion,” she says.

The brides­maid, too, are lov­ing wear­ing sim­i­lar out­fits. Var­sha Se­h­gal, 26, a deputy sales man­ager at a lux­ury ho­tel, says, “My friend who got mar­ried re­cently gifted all her brides­maids match­ing sets of sal­war-kameez. I love the trend and will do it at my wed­ding too. The bride’s girl gang is as im­por­tant as the groom now,” she says.

Not only the ladies, the grooms are also dress­ing their A-team in iden­ti­cal out­fits. Pho­tog­ra­pher Deep Kan­war re­cently clicked a wed­ding party with grooms­men dressed in sim­i­lar suits. “It’s a big trend this year. Brides­maid and grooms­men wear­ing iden­ti­cal out­fits make for fab­u­lous pic­tures,” he says.

The cou­ple’s stylish squad is also a part of their pre-wed­ding shoots that cost up to `25,000 per day.

Also, it’s not only pri­vate tai­lors who cre­ate match­ing out­fits. Iden­ti­cal de­sign­er­wear is also pop­u­lar. “We are get­ting a lot of or­ders for match­ing brides­maid out­fits. Wear­ing sim­i­lar de­signs is an in­ter­est­ing way for brides­maids to show their af­fec­tion for their friend,” says de­signer Samant Chauhan.

Match­ing brides­maid out­fits are in trend. We are get­ting a lot of or­ders for such de­signs this sea­son SAMANT CHAUHAN, DE­SIGNER

PHOTO: PARAN SINGH PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

The grooms­men make a stylish mark at Ri­nee and Preet's wed­ding wear­ing match­ing mus­tard suits

A still from the Hol­ly­wood movie Brides­maids (2011) that gave the low­down on the bride’s BFFs in a comic way

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