Bridal Diaries: Dia Mirza

Since the Pakistani bridal scene is becoming more and more overly influenced by Indian sensibility, here I feature Dia Mirza, as an inspiration to all the brides to be. There’s not one thing you’d want to change about her look on any day. She looked absolutely splendid and effortlessly elegant!


For her mehndi Dia chose none other than the magestic Ritu Kumar. She wore a custom-made marigold yellow anarkali with intricate chanderi embroidery paired with a fuschia duppata accented with turquoise facings. Keeping the jewellery minimal and delicate, Dia looked beautiful!

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Photo credit: Ritu Kumar


On the sangeet ceremony, Dia wore a gottapati embroidered lehenga by Anita Dongre. The electric blue colour was so well chosen for her complexion, she looked ever so radiant. Natural make-up and no fuss kundan jewels, Dia looked fabulous.


Photo credit: Anita Dongre

Wedding day:

Since all the religious rituals are held on the wedding day, Dia opted for another very traditional Ritu Kumar creation. She wore a gold lehnga with a chatta patti border paired with a gold duppata for the head and an emerald one on the side. Accented with traditional emerald jewellery including a side jhoomar, she looked like a signature Asian bride. I believe that this look is very difficult to pull off in this modern age, because when everything is so vintage inspired, you do tend to end up looking like you’re from the 1950’s! So here’s how not to look like an ancient bride and still be traditional yet timeless.

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Photo credit: Ritu Kumar

Grand reception: 

The best for the last; on her grand reception dinner Dia Mirza wore a very modern peachy-pink and gold lehenga by Shantanu and Nikhil. She accessorised it with gorgeous diamond and emerald jewellery from Golecha Jewelers. Dia Mirza looked divine, in the daintily crafted bridal couture with soft hues, delicate textures and opulent embellishments. She certainly was a princess right out of a fairytale.

diya reception

Photo credit: Shantanu and Nikhil

Just a bonus picture from Dia Mirza on her first diwali after marriage, she looks gorgeous!

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So that my friends is how to carry off desi bridal couture in total style and splendor without having to go too OTT (over the top) or having to do excessive skin show! You seriously don’t have to strip off the back or sleeves or wear cropped cholis to look like a modern bride or be glamorous for that matter.


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