The ONLY Sonam Kapoor Wedding Post You Need To Read

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We cleared out the clutter, and picked the BEST and ONLY details you need to know.

At first look, it might seem like fashion-icon-cum-actress Sonam Kapoor had a traditional wedding. Dressed in a red lehenga with mehendi applied all the way to her elbows and adorning heavy jewellery, Sonam danced non-stop with family and friends like any bride would.

But as you get into the details of the big fat Kapoor-Ahuja wedding, you’ll begin spotting unconventional, fresh and unique ideas.

From the bridal looks to the decor, small personalised details to food that looked SO good, there was a lot to love about #SonamKiShaadi.

I. Intimate At-Home Mehendi Ceremony

You know how brides like to get their Mehendi done at home, amidst close friends and family? That’s exactly what Sonam did by hosting a small ceremony at her Mausi’s Bandra house in Mumbai.

1. The Bridal Look

Outfit

We LOVED her outfit – it’s perfectly light for a Mehendi at home, and the colours are anything but run-of-the-mill.

Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi Outfit- Purple and Orange Sharara by Anuradha Vakil
Image Courtesy: Rhea Kapoor

She wore a beige, soft grey and peach Anuradha Vakil sharara, to which the Ahmedabad-based designer added a border that belonged to the bride’s mother.

Jewellery

Also note how she did NOT wear floral jewellery, a trend that seems to be followed by almost every single bride out there on her Mehendi day! Instead, she just picked a pair of gorgeous earrings to perfectly complement her outfit.

Makeup & Hair

Simple twisties in her hair (Sonam’s favourite go-to hairstyle!) with a middle-part and soft waves completed her Mehendi Hairstyle. The makeup was minimal, which is just right for a home Mehendi ceremony.

2. The Groom’s Complementary Mehendi Outfit

We loved how Anand Ahuja, the man behind Bhane and VegNonVeg, wore a rose pink sherwani (soft colours, just like his bride!) and coordinated by picking a greyish-lavendar pocket square to match her lehenga.

Sonam Kapoor on her Mehendi Function with the Groom - Anand Ahuja wearing a Rose Pink Sherwani by Raghavendra Rathore
Image Courtesy: Filmfare

3. Bridal Mehendi Design by a Top Mehendi Artist

Veena Nagda is one of the most famous mehendi artists in India, so obviously, Sonam chose to get her intricate mehendi design applied by the best in the business! The popular lotus motif was incorporated into the lovely mehendi design.

Sonam Kapoor's brial mehendi design by Veena Nagda
Image Courtesy: Siddhant Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor's bridal mehendi design by Veena Nagda
Image Courtesy: Karan Johar

ALSO: See more popular mehendi design trends for 2018

4. The Cute PJs the Bride Changed Into After The Function

Definitely made for a great photo-op!

Sonam Kapoor in her cute PJ's showing off her Bridal Mehendi by Veena Nagda
Image Courtesy: Pernia Qureshi

II. Big Mehendi Bash

A lot of brides do this, and you should consider it too – get your own Mehendi done a day earlier, so that on the day that your guests are getting Mehendi applied, you can walk around and have fun chatting and dancing with them. If you get your Mehendi applied at the same time, you might not be able to enjoy the festivities as you’ll be stuck on a chair for a long, long time!

1. The Insanely Gorgeous Bridal Look!

Outfit

Considering Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla are one of Sonam’s favourite designers (and vice-versa from what we hear!) – the bride wore a multi-panelled lehenga to her Mehendi that took their team 18 months to create! Multi-panelled lehengas (as well as tassels on her dupatta!) are a big wedding trend, and her lehenga had panels of different pastel hues (the colour difference is more evident in the next picture).

Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi Function Outfit- Pastel coloured Multi-Panelled Lehenga by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla
Image Courtesy: Anaita Adajania

It was simply GORGEOUS.

Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi Function Outfit- Pastel coloured Multi-Panelled Lehenga by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

Makeup & Hairstyle

Namrata Soni, another favourite of Sonam’s, is one of the top 3 bridal makeup artists in India. Of course, she did Sonam’s makeup on all the functions, and we love the pink pout and winged liner she gave the bride. We also strongly suspect that the Mehendi hairstyle, with mogras running across a long messy braid, will become a wedding trend this year!

Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi function Makeup and Hairstyle by Namrata Soni- winged eyeliner look with braid and flowers
Makeup & Hair Stylist: Namrita Soni; Image Courtesy: Anaita Adajania

Jewellery

The jhumkas and maang tika were smashing! As was the peacock kaleerey the bride chose to wear!

Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi Function outfit and jewellery
Image Courtesy: Tanya Ghavri
Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi Function Golden Peacock Kaleerey
Kaleerey by: Mrinalini Chandra Label

2. The Groom’s Outfit With A Hint of Quirk

Anand wore a white and gold outfit as well, but what made it special was the diagonal striped pattern on his jacket and kurta’s collar and piping!

Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi Function- pastel lehenga by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, groom- a jacket on kurta
Groom wear: Arpita Mehta
Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi Function- pastel lehenga by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, groom- a jacket on kurta
Image Courtesy: Sanjay Kapoor

3. The Offbeat White & Gold Mehendi Theme!

Think Mehendi and you’ll imagine bright, bold colours. Sonam & Anand opted for a white and gold Mehendi instead. The decor AND the dress code – everything was part of this theme. And what a refreshing theme it was!

The decor for all the functions was created by Rani Pink Love, a Delhi-based decor company. There were plenty of reflective elements throughout the venue, including rows and rows of these customised bunting and white mogra flowers everywhere!

Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi Function Candid Shots
Image Courtesy: Swara Bhasker

Don’t miss the cute elephant mehendi design on the groom’s hand! Groom mehendi design idea you can share with the man in your life?

4. Contemporary Desserts for the Guests!

While endless types of halwas are there at any decently big sized Indian wedding, Sonam Kapoor went for an endless array of western desserts for her guests! A dessert table by Le15 looked gorgeous with macaroons, cupcakes, brownies and tarts (hungry yet?)

Sonam Kapoor's Mehendi Function- Desserts by Pooja Dhingra (owner of Le15 Patisserie)
Image Courtesy: Lee 15 Patisserie

But wait, there was more! Bombaykery, a Gurgaon-based bakery, served yet another long list of modern desserts to the guests, including churros, banoffee jars and live waffle counters! Yum! We wish more couples start incorporating conventional bakery desserts at their weddings. It’s not just the kids who enjoy these, you know? 🙂

III. The Anand Karaj Wedding

There was a morning Anand Karaj ceremony at Sonam’s Mausi’s Bandra home, and the things we loved the most were the decor, the bridal makeup, and the Anamika Khanna lehenga Sonam wore AFTER the main ceremony!

But before we get into it, we need to address THIS –

During her big bridal entry, the actress was walking under a dupatta used as a phoolon ki chaadar. We wish someone from the bridal gang had read our Phoolon Ki Chaadar tips that we’d just published that morning! They would’ve known that you, ideally, shouldn’t use a chaadar like this without a supporting frame because, well, exactly this happens. The bride could not be seen while she entered since the brothers didn’t realise how to hold the piece of cloth properly.

Now that you know what NOT to do, on to all the wedding details!

1. The Decor!

Rani Pink Love created a beautiful watercolour backdrop for the main wedding ceremony.

Sonam Kapoor's wedding ceremony. Waterpaint Backdrop by Ranipinklove decorators
Image Courtesy: Vogue India
Sonam Kapoor's wedding ceremony. Waterpaint Backdrop by Ranipinklove decorators
Image Courtesy: Reels and Frames

And the guests got to hang out in this stunning blue Bar Palladio Jaipur inspired outdoor area <3

Sonam Kapoor's Wedding Day Ceremony - Blue Bar Palladio Jaipur by Ranipinklove
Wedding Decor Courtesy: Rani Pink
Sonam Kapoor's Wedding Day Ceremony - Blue Bar Palladio Jaipur by Ranipinklove
Wedding Decor Courtesy: Rani Pink
Sonam Kapoor's Wedding Day Ceremony - Blue Bar Palladio Jaipur by Ranipinklove
Wedding Decor Courtesy: Rani Pink

Watercolour backdrops and Bar Palladio-inspired decor are probably going to blow up as the next big wedding trends!

2. Bridal Makeup That Complements The Jewellery

There’s plenty going on with the wedding look – the bright red, the gold embroidery, the guttapusalu neck piece layered with a choker and that big Matha Patti. Namrata Soni, the makeup artist, wisely chose to go for an almost no-makeup look (just like Anushka Sharma did!) so that the focus stayed on the bride’s statement matha patti.

Sonam Kapoor's wedding makeup by Namrata Soni - almost a no-makeup look so that the matha-patti is the highlight.
Makeup stylist: Namrata Soni

BONUS! Learn how to layer your necklaces the right way and see popular bridal necklace styles

So, how does Namrata Soni describe Sonam Kapoor’s bridal makeup look? According to an interview on Vogue India, she said they went for “an almost non-existent eyeliner in black, individual lashes just to open up the eyes and gave it some drama, soft peach cheeks and a beautiful red stained lip—a tinted one.”

3. Unusual Lehenga Designer Choice

Sonam has a very public love for Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla and Anamika Khanna. But on her wedding day, the designer surprised the world by choosing to wear a traditional red and gold lehenga by the reclusive Anuradha Vakil. Little did we know, though, that Sonam had decided Anuradha was the person who’d create the most important outfit of her life almost a decade ago!

Sonam Kapoor's red and gold wedding lehenga by Anuradha Vakil
Bridal Outfit Courtesy: Anuradha Vakil

Anuradha Vakil is an Ahmedabad-based designer, and according to this article, Sonam discovered the designer and her work pre-Sawariya and had told her she’d get her wedding lehenga designed from her back then. Lo and behold, once her wedding was fixed, she went down to Ahmedabad to place the order!

Although we loved that Sonam went for an “heirloom piece”, it’s way more traditional than any of us had imagined what the fashionista would wear on her big day.

4. Personalised Footwear (And Flats Only For The Bride!)

Sonam Kapoor is Sonam Kapoor, after all. So she got her Jimmy Choo wedding shoes personalised with a cute “A <3 S” message.

Sonam Kapoor's personalised Jimmy Choo flats for her wedding day
Image Courtesy: Jimmy Choo

We really, really, really liked how she wore flats on every single wedding ceremony. Comfort is so important!

5. Wedding Favours

Speaking of flats, the wedding guests went back home with juttis from Fizzy Goblet (a footwear brand all us millenials lust after!)

Sonam Kapoor's wedding return gifts - juttis from Fizzy Goblet with a personalised message
Image Courtesy: Fizzy Goblet

The personalised message reads, “Here’s a little something to share our joy. Hope you had a wonderful day with us. With love, Kapoor & Ahuja Family.”

Once again, the couple went contemporary and picked a modern, trendy brand like Fizzy Goblet to give their guests a thoughtful gift!

6. The Blush Pink Lehenga She Changed Into After The Main Ceremony

OMG.

We went nuts trying to find a full-length clear image of what looks like a really pretty Anamika Khanna lehenga!

Sonam Kapoor's wedding lehenga post wedding ceremony by Anamika Khanna
Blush Pink Lehenga designed by: Anamika Khanna
Sonam Kapoor's wedding lehenga after the main ceremony by Anamika Khanna and cake by Le15 Patisserie
Image Courtesy: Anamika Khanna

But this is all we could find. Anamika Khanna herself has shared these very images on her Instagram! If anyone has a full-photo, we’d love to see it!

7. A Wedding Cake With Chocolate Frosting and A Dash Of Humour!

Le15 Patisserie Chef and wedding guest, Pooja Dhingra, created this cake the couple cut just after they were married. The cake topper will make you smile, and it’s nice to see how cream frosting wedding cakes are back!

Sonam Kapoor's Wedding cake by Pooja Dhingra - owner of Le15 Patisserie cafe
Cake by Lee15 Patisserie Chef: Pooja Dhingra
Sonam Kapoor's Wedding cake by Pooja Dhingra - owner of Le15 Patisserie cafe
Cake by Lee15 Patisserie Chef: Pooja Dhingra

The 2-tier wedding cake had the couple’s wedding hashtag #EverydayPhenomenal piped onto it as a personalised touch!

IV. The Grand Reception Party!

The morning ceremony was followed by a big star-studded reception evening at Leela hotel in Mumbai. Sonam wore a chevron lehenga, and then changed into a white outfit to dance the night away. Which means the bride had a grand total of 4 outfit changes on one single day! Yes, let that sink in first.

1. Unique Bride & Groom Outfits

Sonam Kapoor's wedding reception- Grey and silver Lehenga by Anamika Khanna, Anand Ahuja's Sherwani by Raghuvanshi Rathorewith sneakers.
Sonam Kapoor’s Outfit by: Anamika Khanna
Sonam Kapoor's wedding reception- Grey and silver Lehenga by Anamika Khanna, Anand Ahuja's Sherwani by Raghuvanshi Rathorewith sneakers.
Sonam Kapoor’s Outfit by: Anamika Khanna

Sonam Kapoor finally got into a fashionista-level chevron-pattern lehenga in shades of ivory, grey and silver! It was an Anamika Khanna lehenga.

Her groom looked dapper in his sherwani, but what everyone was talking about was the sneakers he paired them with! While everyone’s split about their opinion on this, here’s what we think. Men have been wearing formal suits with sneakers for years now, so world, this was inevitable.

2. The GORGEOUS 7-tier Wedding Cake!

This was a work of art created by Pooja Dhingra of Le15 Patisserie. There are, literally, no other words to describe it.

Sonam Kapoor's 7-Tier Reception by Pooja Dhingra - owner of Le15 Patisserie cafe
Cake by Lee15 Patisserie Chef: Pooja Dhingra
Sonam Kapoor's 7-Tier Reception by Pooja Dhingra - owner of Le15 Patisserie cafe
Cake by Lee15 Patisserie Chef: Pooja Dhingra

3. The Fourth Outfit Change in 24 Hours!

Like we mentioned earlier, Sonam changed into a super-comfortable white Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla dress so that she could dance the night away on her Reception!

Sonam Kapoor's post-reception Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla's white dress
Sonam Kapoor Outfit: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

And finally, we’re leaving you with this picture that sums up Sonam’s wedding perfectly – Big Bollywood Stars. Comfortable Bride. Endless Dancing.

Sonam Kapoor with Shahrukh Khan on her reception in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla's white dress
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Up Next: What The Guests Wore At Sonam Kapoor’s Wedding!

We’ll round up the best-dressed celebs to give you tons of wedding fashion inspiration. Make sure you come back tomorrow!

Vendor List

Mehendi

Bride’s Outfit: Anuradha Vakil

Jewellery: Sunita Kapoor (Bride’s mother)

Mehendi Artist: Veena Nagda

Sangeet

Bride’s Outfit: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

Wedding

Bride’s Outfit: Anuradha Vakil

Groom’s Outfit: Raghavendra Rathore

Reception

Bride’s Outfit: Anamika Khanna

Decor: Rani Pink Love // Planners: Wedniksha // Bridal Makeup Artist: Namrata Soni // Wedding Photographers: Reels and Frames // Wedding Cakes: Le15 Patisserie

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