Uncategorized

Reusing Indian Wedding Outfits: Reception Lehenga

July 24, 2017

There is never going to be a piece of clothing as special as your wedding or reception joda, yet so many desi girls just let their wedding outfits waste away in the back of the closet or under the bed. We’ve invested thousands of dollars into these pieces sometimes, and they only get one day […]

reusing wedding lehenga, updated wedding lehenga

There is never going to be a piece of clothing as special as your wedding or reception joda, yet so many desi girls just let their wedding outfits waste away in the back of the closet or under the bed. We’ve invested thousands of dollars into these pieces sometimes, and they only get one day in the sun?

For years I’ve been itching to recreate some of my favourite pieces from my bridal trousseau but the timing has never really worked out. When my younger sister got married Zara was quite young and I just couldn’t imagine wearing these heavy pieces and carrying her around, but I finally got my wish to ‘be bridal’ again at my cousin Esha’s wedding. 

I shopped my closet and pulled out two pieces that I thought could work together – my reception lehenga, and a net pink sari from my wedding clothes. My reception lehenga was one of the first pieces I bought when I started shopping for my wedding, and I still love the simplicity of all-over red. Initially I thought I would have the super heavy dupattta re-styled into a kameez, but I couldn’t bring myself to have it cut. Thankfully, seeing all my clothes out together gave me the idea to pair a kameez made from one of my saris with the lehenga!

reusing wedding lehenga

reusing wedding lehenga

Here is a before shot of me in my reception lehenga, and the sari before it was re-invented … Sorry I don’t have a better full shot of my lehenga (ironic because it was my reception!), and I sort of had to stage a pic of the sari because I couldn’t find a single one of me wearing it.

reinventing your wedding lehenga

The key to re-inventing pieces is to let go of any restrictions. It’s easy to feel like a certain kameez always goes with a certain colour or type of bottom, but Indian tailors can do amazing things if you are open to experimenting.

Speaking of tailors, I was so happy with the work that Pink Rose Tailors did for me on this and a few other pieces. They are proper tailors that will tell you what can and cannot be done with a piece of fabric, and take your current measurements. If you live in BC/Surrey/Vancouver, so worth the trek to Payal Centre.

reusing wedding lehenga

OUTFIT:
Cost: $80 for lining fabric and tailoring of the kurta

reusing wedding lehenga

reusing wedding lehengareusing wedding lehenga

ACCESSORIES:
Cost: $0
Old (from Mom’s trip to India), and borrowed from a friend.

The best part of re-inventing some of my old clothes was the cost benefit! I got to re-wear some of my favourite pieces, and it barely cost me anything. 

reusing wedding lehenga

+ show Comments

- Hide Comments

add a comment

  1. Nice one, can you please give me the direct link where can I buy this.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Browse By Category

Motherhood

DIY

books

style

Travel

so hot right now

I'm Raj, your go to girl for creative business tips & cocktail recos

Things you should know about me. I'd always 'rather be reading', cute shoes are my jam, and I've never met a carb I didn't want to try.

I'm also a bad-ass at launching brands, and my marketing campaigns have won international recognition. I also love writing and Instagramming (that's a word now right?)

more about me

hey there!

Planning Your Content with Intention: A Step-by-Step guide to planning Instagram content. 

get it now

free download

My Bibi's Shawl

read it

diy | relationships

free download

Paragraph

free download

101 Instagram Caption Prompts!

Ever find yourself stuck on what to post next on Instagram? Those days are long gone! I've got 101 Instagram here prompts that you can swipe and use to fill your next 90 days of content.

DOWNLOAD

First Name

Email Address

A lifestyle destination for creative desi mamas. Sharing my loves (food, family, fashion, beauty, and books). Along with tips & tricks for creative entrepreneurs and influencers.



Home
services
About
offerings
blog

pink chai living

follow along 
on Instagram:

SEND ME A NOTE >

GET ON THE LIST >

@pinkchai >

© pink chai living 2021  

podcast
photography