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How To Make Your Budget Bridal Lehenga Look & Feel Like A Designer One!

BY Apoorva | 14 Nov, 2022 | 6426 views | 4 min read

Designer lehengas have a different aura. They are plush, gorgeous looking but all this comes at a heavy price tag. While every bride wishes to don that ultimate designer lehenga, the price tag is what stops them. But we believe that your wedding day is the one day that you shouldn’t have to compromise. So we’ve pulled out our best tricks and tips on how to make your budget bridal lehenga look like a supremely designer lehenga. Read on and keep bookmarking!

Focus On The Number Of Kalis In The Lehenga

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Remember how designer lehengas make for the perfect twirling pictures? Kalis are the secret! Kali is a triangular piece of the lehenga skirt which makes up the entire flair. Most budget lehengas cut down a few kalis to bring down the cost but you lose that look, which is why it’s important to pick lehengas which have a minimum of 16-20 kalis. If you don’t have kalis in your lehenga, check the flair before you buy. This will ensure you don’t lose the look and have those perfect twirling pictures.

Opt For A Second Dupatta

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Adding an extra dupatta to your lehenga not only adds drama to the whole look but also makes it look very premium. Try to pick a dupatta that is contrasting to the original dupatta so that it adds a pop of colour. If you are getting your lehenga made, ask them to have certain common embroidery or lace that will tie them together with the look.

Say Yes To Trails And Veils

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Trails and veils have been a major celebrity bridal feature in 2022 and its an easy way to make your budget look seem more designer. Opt for lehenga with a trail, ensuring that your entry is super grand. Or opt for a tulle veil that will act like a second dupatta on your head. Recent designer bride Arpita went for a lux-looking veil and removed it post her entry. Easy peasy!

Add A Gorgeous Belt To Your Look

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Bridal belts are trending and how! You can pick a fun kundan belt or even get one made that is matching to your lehenga. Its super chic and gives your waist that clinched look – also tying the complete look together.

Don’t Forget The Can-Can!

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If you want that designer princess vibe to your lehenga, don’t forget the can-can. This will instantly fluff up your lehenga and make it look more dramatic!

Mix and Match

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Your lehenga skirt is the one that is the costliest part of the outfit. Check with your bridal lehenga store if they allow you mix and match pieces. Opt for a heavier blouse with your lehenga skirt to give it that more-superior look instantly.

Or Opt For A Different Blouse Silhouette!

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Pick a blouse that has a unique blouse style, making it stand out and look as unique as it can be. Like this lovely cape blouse! You can check these statement blouses to be inspired by and also, 50+ lehenga blouse designs from 2022 brides.

Glam Up Your Existing Dupatta

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If you think your existing lehenga dupatta is very plain – jazz it up a little. You can add a lace border, a scalloped lace or even fringe detailing to it to give it that facelift. Tassels too can be fun!

Pay Attention To The Details

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While the smaller things may look like they don’t matter, its actually these things that make a difference. Change your blouse and lehenga latkans to more premium ones to make the finish look better. This is a pocket-friendly change, but it will elevate the look. Pay attention to the zip and button quality of the blouse – change that too even the quality used is inferior.

Glam Up Your Look With A Cape

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Not a fan of dupattas? You can instantly glam up your budget lehenga look with a fun cape or jacket, giving it that contemporary designer look.

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Looking for budget-friendly lehengas that look like designer ones? Check out these 20+ Places To Buy Bridal Lehengas In Chandni Chowk: Prices, Pics & More.

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