5 Ways To Re-Use Your Wedding Lehenga !

by mehak on September 25, 2013

in Bridal Blog, Bridal fashion

You shouldn’t be treating you bridal lehenga as  a jaded Bollywood actress from yester year, because a little bit of a makeover and it can totally be a sizzling item number of today as well. If that gorgeous piece of art you bought as your wedding lehenga is lying stashed away in your closet somewhere, and crying out for some attention, then you need to read this !

While most of us think “Oh my god its so heavy, how can i ever re-use my lehenga“..here are a few ideas:

– Take the dupatta and wear it as a half saree: Your dupatta is probably one of the prettiest parts of the lehenga, and you can totally re-use that with the blouse and wear it as a saree in this way. For eg: Lets say your blouse is emerald green and you have a red dupatta. What you need to do is get either a smaller piece of plain red fabric, and wrap it around your hip  and pleat it, or get some plain red fabric stitched as a pleated skirt. Wear this, and now attach your dupatta at the pleats, turn it around yourself and wear it like a saree . So you have  the pleats being plain red fabric and the dupatta being the rest of the saree. My mom has actually attached extra fabric to her wedding lehenga dupatta just so she can wear the dupatta as a saree.It looks heavy enough to be worn to a close wedding, but not overly bridal.

Get a semi-sheer , flowing  jacket worn over your existing lehenga skirt : You can get a beautiful , sheer floor length jacket made that you can wear over your lehenga skirt as a jacket lehenga. The lehenga would show through because the fabric is sheer and it would give a modern twist to the outfit- plus these are SO in vogue !

For a more modern, chic look-change up your blouse to a plainer one:  Get a plain, raw silk fitted top made that comes down below your navel as your blouse.  Using a darker jewelled color like Navy and Emerald green will ensure it doesn’t look as bridal.  You can even get a cropped jacket made as a blouse.Pair this with a light, shaded dupatta just worn across your chest and the original lehenga skirt.

Get An Anarkali made out of it: If you are someone who has put on a bit of weight, and feel like you wont be wearing a lehenga again, jut get the skirt of your lehenga attached to the blouse for a simple, cost effective anarkali you can flaunt on your brothers wedding !

For Lehengas that are very old & if you are ok with cutting up your lehenga : My mom’s lehenga is really old  (30 years now!) and so because the styles have changed, she doesnt really want to use that gold tissue lehenga again. So she  is contemplating taking out the gorgeous gold-bronze borders from her lehenga and attaching them to an outfit or saree. Ofcourse there is sentimental value attached in cutting up your wedding lehenga, but hers is lying pretty much unused! You can find some beautiful pieces of embroidery, or some borders and you can revive them by putting it on new fabric!

Just Wear it as is !!!: Its true. You may think you will look like a bride, but you wont !!! Wear it with simple jewellery, a different draping style and you can totally carry it off if you have the confidence

Ditch the Original Skirt- Get a Plain Raw Silk Skirt with a lot of flare and wear it with your heavy dupatta and blouse! Plain silk skirts are super in vogue at the moment. You can get some nice borders from Kinari Bazar, and you have an outfit you can rock in- at a friends wedding !

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Marathi Weddings September 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

I loved the Dupatta as a half saree idea!! I didnt think of that option. I penned down my thoughts on reusing the wedding lehenga in this post: http://www.marathiweddings.com/2013/09/reader-query-lehenga-vs-saree.html


Preeti Kaur September 25, 2013 at 11:37 am

Loved the ideas <3

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Maliha September 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

My mom used some parts of her heavy lehenga added some light fabric to it and with some alteration it became a gorgeous outfit for me to wear for my brothers wedding :D But, it was her nikaah lehenga so it wasnt like red instead it was a light pink one and it had that timeless dainty yet detailed work on it so it was a lot easier for me to pull off.


Isha September 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Thumbs up Mehak!!! You come up with such great ideas!!! :-) Though I’m yet to wear my bridal lehenga in November, this post is already making me conjure up images of what to do with it later :P Love your blog and your refreshing style of writing… Way to go!! Cheers :D


Ketika September 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Great article!


Nidhi Pandey September 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Wow loved this post.. esp the idea of attaching extra fabric. Thanks!


Shivi@COSMOCHICS September 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Gr8 ideas! making an anarkali out of it sounds interesting as well!


Supria September 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Wearing it as a half saree always works!


Shikha September 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Nice ideas, light skirt and heavy choli and multiple use of dupatta.. :)


MissBoPeep September 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm

superb ideas… Le me see what I can do with mine :P


poo@beautyandmakeupmatters September 25, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Amaizng tips dear.. the draping as half saree is a good option!! :)


Shreya September 26, 2013 at 1:00 am

Such a creative idea dear ! Loved the anarkali trick :)


coralcrue September 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

I have so many things in my cupboard that I can re-model based on your lovely suggestions, Mehak. Great post!


sneha September 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

This is amazing.. very helpful ideas.. Thanks a LOT mehak..:)


Preeti Kaur September 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

loved the dupatta half saree idea… simply genius :)


thedelhibride September 26, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Great post! My bhabhi recently re-used her wedding lehenga on my wedding! She took her skirt as is, and paired it with a really plain (no embellishments at all) blouse and dupatta. It worked so well!


Shumi October 1, 2013 at 1:12 am

Hey Mehak! I’ve mailed you for some help! Could you pls check and revert! *waiting*

– a bridezilla 3:)


Shumi October 1, 2013 at 1:13 am

this is regarding my wedding lehenga.. :)


karenp October 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I have many heavy suits and lengha from my wedding last year that I want to create new pieces with. Does anyone know a really good tailor or designer in Chandigarh area that could help me turn my stuff into new anarkalis!


mili December 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm

great ideas…mahek
but i hv lengha of my wedding, its of kind of fish cut(nt so much,,bt ya no anarkali types)…how can i re-use it.
waiting for ur idea.


priyal February 6, 2016 at 11:49 am

i have heavy dupata .use kaise wear kru ?
suit nai buy krna jst dupata ka kuch sujest kro kya ban sakta hai…


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