3 Important Walima Dresses for Pakistani Weddings

Every bride wants to look ten times more beautiful on her wedding than she usually does. Who wouldn’t want to look stunning on her special day? On their walima day, brides want to look elegant and exquisite and to make her day memorable. Light and pale shades are the colors for this day. Unlike the bright red common on Barat, the light walima shades stand out in terms of decency and elegance. Until recently, the walima dresses were dominated by shades of light gray only; including white or off-white. Now, a range of dull or pale colors have come into fashion.

Pakistani bridal dresses for walima usually strictly follows the Pakistani culture and by following traditional dresses in Pakistani culture, the brides reflect their cultural heritage. The 3 most commonly worn walima dresses are as follows:

  1. Lehnga

A lehnga is a full-length skirt in Indian and Pakistani cultures. On the walima day, these are worn typically with a long shirt and dupatta. A glamorous look can be achieved by delicate embroidery and weaving. Like in most other walima dress styles, these Pakistani bridal dresses for walima is usually paired with a long dupatta that is more intricately designed than the shirt or the lehnga. On the other hand, the shirt can also be the most heavily embroidered. Colors for walima in lehnga design is most commonly dull or dark gray, beige or off-white.

  1. Maxi

A maxi is a floor-length dress. Occasionally, it is longer, trailing on the floor behind the bride. This dress is form fitted at the top and loose after the waist, spreading like a long frok. Studded with pearls; usually all along its length or at the bottom, and being full-length, these dresses can give the bride a royal look that most women look for on their walima. The dupatta can be heavily embroidered or left plain with a fully embroidered maxi. Either way, the design of the maxi itself can give a stunning look that will be sure to turn heads.

  1. Sharara

The sharara design with a long or a short shirt, is also gaining popularity as brides try deviate slightly from the usual lehngas and maxis. This beautiful style is now very common in Pakistani brides today. The sharara and shirt are often both heavily embroidered and normally both the same color for the walima ceremony. The color scheme for this typically mesmerizing dress varies from peach, light pink, pale yellow to light green, gray or white.

These glamorous traditional styles typical of Pakistani weddings are topped off with just the right amount of work on the dresses. From embroidery to pearl and bead work, anything can be used to add beauty to the dress. Dupattas are usually shifon or net, while the material of the dress varies. Laces, zari work, dabka, sitara and sequin embroidery are all also sometimes used to decorate the outfit.

Lehngas, shararas and maxis are thus among the most commonly chosen dresses for walima in Pakistan. The styles have in them an elegance that is expected in brides on walima.