Best Gold Outfits That Brides Can Wear Instead Of Red

Traditions play an important role in CLAD’s wedding styling and planning, and we love a fiery red lehenga or sari for our clients’ nuptials. However, it’s hard to ignore just how gorgeous a gold outfit looks on the big day. There are plenty of brides out there who skip the scarlet and pick a shimmering gold for their weddings. Sometimes bright hues like red may not be the first option for women who like pastels and metallics, and there are some brides who like to dress out of the box for their weddings.

There is a sea of gilded options out there for these brides, but we believe in curation and selection — only the best lehengas and saris for CLAD clients. Scroll through for our designer favourites that shine like the setting sun.

Sari by Sabyasachi

Saris are an elegant outfit for any wedding function, be it the sangeet, reception or the wedding day. We love how the nine-yards drape across a woman’s form, universally flattering any and all body types.

This glistening Sabyasachi creation elevates the sari with sparkling sequins splayed across the pallu and pleats which are made from a diaphanous pastel net. We love the unique full-sleeved blouse, and the heavy embellishment on the cuffs of the translucent piece. This sari requires minimal accessorising, with some heavy gold bangles and a statement ring. Keep the neck bare, and slicked back straight hair for a look that turns heads.

Lehenga by Anita Dongre

Who doesn’t love a pale gold lehenga? This is our top choice for a lehenga which has less shine, but looks exquisite on a bride. The full skirt features white and gold embroidery inspired by flora, with a minimally embellished dupatta that doesn’t draw one’s attention away from the skirt.

The plunging blouse, speckled with sequins and bead work, leaves room for the bride to wear a stunning necklace. We would pick a statement choker with pearls and gemstones, and complementary stud earrings to finish this look.

Lehenga by Tarun Tahiliani

For brides who want to evoke the grandiosity of the maharanis of yore, this one’s for you. Opulent with extensive embroidery and droplet detailing, this dull gold creation by Tarun Tahiliani steals the show with the structured peplum blouse. The sweetheart neckline paired with barely-there net sleeves is a beautiful combination, and the heavily adorned cascading skirt makes for a hard to forget silhouette.

Go all-out with regal polki jewellery in a dull gold finish to match the lehenga — bangles, choker, chandelier earrings, and a bedecked passa are our first suggestions. Contrasting ruby or emerald detailing on the jewellery would look even better.

Lehenga by Faraz Manan


Add some Art Deco and Art Noveau to the celebrations with this dazzling lehenga. This distinctive outfit is an instant crowd pleaser with it’s unique net and cutwork skirt, and the tube blouse. A modern touch to our Indian wear is always welcome, and for brides who like pushing the envelope with wedding styling, this champagne beauty is for you.

This lehenga gives a lot of freedom with styling. Brides can go minimal with delicate necklaces and earrings and let the outfit take center stage, or they can pick some maximal jewellery — think huge chandelier earrings, maang tikkas, statement neck pieces and more.

Lehenga by Gaurav Gupta

Gold may be too shiny for some brides-to-be, but if they still want a subtle metallic outfit for the big day, rose gold is the way to go. Gaurav Gupta obliges our rose gold fantasies with this magnificent sculptural lehenga, which borrows the best parts of western gowns and incorporates it into the traditional lehenga.

We love the architectural detailing on the blouse, and the fluidity that the sequin spangled skirt lends to the entire outfit. The romantic ruffles cascading down the sides of the skirt are a lovely detail that pulls the whole look together without the need for a dupatta. Keep your hair loose, and accessories minimal for this one.

Lehenga by Abhinav Mishra

In the quest for the ideal lehenga, mirror work can never be far behind. If lavish embroideries and decadent zaris leave more to be desired, then you’re a bride who would love this mirrored lehenga, crafted delicately by Abhinav Mishra.

A more traditional outfit, this lehenga features all-over mirror work on the skirt, blouse, and dupatta too, with whimsical fringing on the latter. Stick to big pearl or polki earrings for this one and skip the necklace. A headband would add a special touch to this look.

Lehenga by Sabyasachi

Glitter, fine fabric, and craftsmanship come together to form this marvellous Sabyasachi leehnga, with exquisite chevron detailing on the skirt. It’s the perfect gold lehenga for a bride who likes shimmer along with subtle detailing.

Grooms can also match their brides well with this lehenga, by picking complementary mustard, beige or ivory tones for their sherwanis and bandhgalas. We love the vintage vibe of this Sabyasachi creation, and some retro styling would look lovely here.

Lehenga by Dabiri Couture


CLAD loves the gorgeous heavy weight dupatta with this lehenga. The thick borders and rich fabric gives a regal feel to your bridal look, and the embellished skirt is the cherry on top of a gilded cake.

Brides — go all out on the jewellery with this one. Choose vintage heirloom jewels from your mother’s or grandmother’s cupboard to match the feel of this outfit, including but not limited to precious gemstones, diamonds, and complementary antique gold jewellery.

These are our top gold picks for the season, and if you want a wedding shopping and styling consultation, contact us for your options and our varied packages which can be tailored to your needs, and give you access to the best designer lehengas, saris, and looks available on the market right now.

*This article was written by Fawzia Khan, Creative Features Editor at CLAD