Owner / Creative Director
Indeevari ( Indi ) Yapa Abeywardena

She is the backbone of “INDI” couture wear, “IYA Bride” along with “iBRIDE Bridal Lounge” and the brands diffusion Line “INDI DIVA”

Living almost five years in one of Europe’s major fashion focal points has allowed Indi to absorb the knowledge regarding numerous areas within the fashion industry. With experience, she has understood that fashion can make a person feel better. It is not something purely superficial; as appearance can have profound effects personally and to the world at large.

After graduating from Middlesex University London in BA Fashion Design, as well as a Womenswear special from the University of Hertfordshire, the following year. Finishing off with an internship as a part of the permanent cadre at the Design Department of Henry Bertrand London, UK’s largest supplier of chiffon, organza and pure silk fabrics to the fashion world, helped her in furnishing skills in design.

Having taken part in a wide range of international fashion shows from her own label INDI which was launched in Sri Lanka at the Colombo Fashion Week in 2011. Up to this point, March 2013 was the highlight of her career as she participated under a collection inspired by Mexican floral and geometric embroidery designs at L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival in Melbourne.

Unilever Beauty Council

Indi Yapa Abeywardena is a Member of Unilever Beauty Council, Unilever Sri Lanka, in a revolutionary move, launched the ‘Beauty Council’, an industry body consisting of the most influential industry experts to inspire women of Sri Lanka to realize the true value of beauty. The Beauty Council will aim to inspire women to be their beautiful best by redefining perceptions of beauty in Sri Lanka.

The Beauty Council will comprise of industry powerhouses and inspiring role models who have made significant contributions in their diverse fields of expertise. Beauty Gurus Ramani Fernando and Nayana Karunaratne, fashion powerhouses Ajai Vir Singh and Fouzul Hameed, renowned fashion designers Darshi Keerthisena and Indeewari Yapa Abeywardena, award-winning film actress Pooja Umashankar, former Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe and now etiquette mentor Rozanne Diasz, National Director for three international pageants Prasanna

Pathmanathan and Head of Beauty Categories for Unilever Sri Lanka Sharmila Bandara will comprise of the Beauty Council and will play an active role in inspiring and educating Sri Lankan females to be more confident and empowered, every day. Speaking on this unprecedented endeavor, Sharmila Bandara said, “The Unilever Beauty Council will be a movement to increase understanding, acceptance and inspiration towards making women not just look beautiful but feel beautiful and to be the best they can be.”

The Council will lead extensive initiatives in educating various segments on the stigma surrounding beauty in Sri Lanka and its effects, fostering female entrepreneurship, imparting best global practices to the beauty industry, self-grooming and education on etiquette, as well as programs on upping the fashion appreciation and personal grooming of the Sri Lankan youth.


The Brand (IYA Brand)

IYA Bride and iBRIDE Bridal Lounge is one of the most prestigious names in the bridal industry in Sri Lanka. Since our inception in 2015, IYA Bride has set out to create an experience that every bride fantasizes about, from the moment our outfits are put on at the first fit on to the day you walk into your wedding. Our outfits are crafted starting with an incredible fit, the most luxurious fabrics, French lace, and hand sewed crystal details/embroidery. Each of our outfits sets out to accentuate the beauty of the individual brides resulting in our collections

Each outfit is designed and overseen by Indi, such as perfectly proportioned layers and jackets cuts, artistic back detailing, and curve enhancing draping. Each outfit is crafted to enhance each bride’s best features. At iBRIDE Bridal Lounge, we also offer features that set us apart from the rest from design customizations, fabric changes, and expedited shipping we offer services that are unique to only our brides. We invite you to lets us Design your dream Bridal Outfit, May it be a Kandyan Saree, Made up Saree, Saree Drape, Saree Dress, Lehenga’s and to the most beautiful Gowns.

A Message from Indi – Hi ladies! We understand a bride’s wedding is one of the most important days of her life. You would want to look effortlessly beautiful and feel confidently comfortable in an exquisite outfit of her dreams with the luxurious look… all within your allocated budget! At our studio, we take a fresh approach to streamline our business model and cut out outdated overheads to put our savings where it mattered, into your outfit!

My designs are made to your exact measurements for a perfect individual fit. Our outfits are hand sewn by senior tailors and we pay more for quality fabrics, and delicate lace to offer brides their dream outfit at an amazingly affordable price and that goes to the bridesmaids, flower girls. Our brides desire freedom of movement, flattering cuts, on-trend styles and timeless pieces using all at the highest quality materials available. Outfits are designed by me at my Studio and include the option to collaborate with me to create your dream, So YES!!! We at IYA BRIDE listens to your ideas and requirements too.

How far in advance should I make an appointment?

We understand every bride has a different timeline. Our recommendation is to book your appointment at least six months prior to your event.

In addition to our styles having limited availability, you will want to factor in time for any alterations. We want to be sure that you will walk with your style.

When should I begin looking around?

We recommend you start opening a Pinterest board, start a bridal diary 6-12 month before your wedding and locking in your designer 6 months prior to your wedding to avoid any rush. This is the ideal timeline however we know not everything in life is timed so please drop us an email or give us a call to work on an appointment date for you.

Can I bring family & friends to the appointment?

Absolutely, however, as we’re a boutique store we can only accommodate groups of up to 3 people including the Bride on a Saturday. If your party is any bigger than this we will always be able to assist you in booking a weekday appointment! We do recommend limiting the number of people you bring with you to your most trusted nearest and dearest as too many opinions can be confusing!

How far in advance should I book an appointment?

We open up our calendar for 12 months in advance at a time. Our availability for Saturday appointments sometimes books out up to more than a month in advance so the more notice you can give us, the higher likelihood we will have an appointment available for your desired date. For this reason, during peak season, we only take Saturday appointments for brides who have a wedding date & that falls within the next 12 months. We are much more flexible during the week if you are, so whatever your wedding date, let us know what might suit and we can check our appointment availability for you.

Can I Skype/Facetime/ WhatsApp in my appointment?

Yes, you are welcome to involve your overseas relatives and friends at our meeting at the studio and If you are unable to visit the studio, we can certainly use other means of communication.

What should I expect?

Our first appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes max, which is the perfect amount of time to discuss bride’s ideas, budget, color palate, bridesmaid’s details, exchange wedding info, such as venue, photographer, MUA. Your bridal designer will be there with you to help you make your selections, advice you on your requirements. Feel free to ask as many questions you can. After our initial appointment, we will send you a rough quote via email. If you’re satisfied with the budget, please place the deposit of 50,000 LKR to lock our services in.

How flexible are you with designs and listening to the Bride’s needs?

We at iBRIDE Lounge and IYA Bride designed by Indi Yapa Abeywardena make sure to discuss all points with the bride and what matters to her, we make sure we listen to your needs, what colour the bride wants, what neckline, what ideas she has, what pictures she has saved for herself, then we will give our feedback to what we as the designer thinks will suit the bride. After an exchange of all this info, the designer and bride will come to an agreement of what her ideal bridal outfit will look like.

What about my Bridal Sketch?

We will only sketch for your bridal outfit, once shopping for all materials, fabrics etc is done, this is because we do not want to limit ourselves when we go shopping. We do not sketch for bridesmaids.

We will only sketch for your bridal outfit, once shopping for all materials, fabrics etc is done, this is because we do not want to limit ourselves when we go shopping. We do not sketch for bridesmaids.

Why should I order my bridesmaid outfit at the same place?

It is recommended that all bridesmaids outfits be booked at the same time. We at IYA Bride prefer to do the entire bridal party, as this will stop any conflict in color coordination, outfit quality/style between bride and bridesmaids, sharing of pictures afterward, fabric buying etc.

Also, note this does not mean that all the girls must come in at the same time. If any of your attendants live out of town/country and cannot come into the studio for measurement, they can be measured via out online measurement chart.

My wedding is in a few months… can you still help me?

Yes, if you have the budget, we certainly can.

My wedding is next week…the bridal designer who was doing my Bridal messed it up? Can you help me?

YES! Don’t panic … we have helped brides with such stories in 24 hrs

Do you have a cancelation policy?

We have a non-refundable deposit policy for the entire bridal party. If for any reason the wedding is cancelled, you can use your deposit within 12 months again for your Bridal outfit.

What is the price range for your dresses?

We work according to the bride’s budget, feel free to let us know how much you have allocated for your Bridal Outfit and Bridesmaids etc.

Do you make dresses for curvy girls / plus size?

While dresses for women with curves has become a growing trend with new bridal lines, we have done so since our brand launch.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we do! We will ship your outfit to you wherever you are based around the world.

Finding a beautiful wedding dress to suit your body shape can be tricky but to make sure you look your best on your big day we’ve come up with a guide to help you recognise which style works best, whether you’ve got an hourglass figure, a pear shape or you’re tall and slim.

Hourglass

Women with an hourglass shape have a perfectly balanced top and bottom half with a defined waist.

Do’s: The hourglass figure is one of the easiest to dress, but it’s still best to pick a dress that shows off your waist – usually your best asset. Mermaid styles are particularly flattering, while a draped bodice will show off your narrow waist. A-line gowns with a bodice that hugs your hips, waist and bust are also great choices.

Do’s: The hourglass figure is one of the easiest to dress, but it’s still best to pick a dress that shows off your waist – usually your best asset. Mermaid styles are particularly flattering, while a draped bodice will show off your narrow waist. A-line gowns with a bodice that hugs your hips, waist and bust are also great choices.

Triangle

If you are a triangle shape, you are wider on the top of your body, with hips narrower than your shoulders.

Do’s: Look at covering your shoulders to lessen the expanse of skin and draw in your figure. V-neck dresses, or dresses with straps and sleeves, work well to disguise wider shoulders. You can also draw the eye-line down by having more detail around the hip area and opting for a larger skirt to balance out your figure.

Don’ts: Avoid bulky sleeves or huge amounts of detail on the top half as this will draw attention to your shoulders, as will halter and off-the-shoulder necklines. Try to avoid embellished necklines and bust areas.

Pear

The classic pear will have a nipped-in waist and narrow shoulders, with wider hips and bottom.

Do’s: It’s important to try to balance out your body shape as a pear, so go for dresses such as princess styles, which have cinched-in waists and will help to accentuate your smaller top half and disguise wider hips. Strapless gowns are also very flattering on pear shapes, while Empire lines will skim your hips. Sturdier fabrics, such as Duchesse satin and taffeta, are especially effective since they won’t cling.

Don’ts: Anything that draws attention to your bottom half should be avoided, such as tiered, trumpet and mermaid style dresses. These styles generally won’t flatter a pear shape.

Willowy

Women with a willowy figure will be tall and slim with an undefined waist.

Do’s: Willowy brides are one of the only shapes that can get away with a high neck line but can also carry off a ball gown with a fitted bodice and full skirt. Corset backs will also help to create the illusion of curves as will clever use of beads or jewels. If you have a small bust, look for a bodice with some ruching to create volume.

Don’ts: Avoid portrait, off-the-shoulder or halter necklines if your collarbone is a little bony. Empire line dresses also run the risk of being a little tent-like on willowy frames.

Apple

Apple shapes are more voluptuous, with full breasts and a rounder bottom and hips.

Do’s: An Empire line dress will de-emphasize your waist, giving you a linear look. You can also elongate your figure with high waistlines and a skirt that flows away from the body. Fitted bodices, especially ones with a corset back, will help to draw in a fuller waist, and rushing to the side can also create the illusion of a more defined waist. Go for V-necks or sweetheart necklines with straps.

Don’ts: Princess line dresses draw too much attention to your middle, and fabric on the bodice that has a sheen to it, such as organza, satin or silk, will add volume and call attention to your chest. Avoid trumpet dress styles, which emphasize the area where your body is widest and flare out at the legs and the knees, where you are most slender.

Petite

If you’re 5’1” and under, you fall into the petite frame range

Do’s: Keep things simple with smooth lines and not too much fabric to help elongate your figure. Narrow A-line dresses work well for petite brides.

Don’ts: Avoid ballgown and mermaid dresses which will swamp your small frame. Dresses with dropped waists can also make your legs seem nonexistent, and anything calf length will make your legs look short.

Plus-Sized

Ladies with a plus-sized figure are fuller all over, often with larger busts and bottoms.

Dos: An Empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length dress will flatter your tummy area and skim your hips. A-line dresses are also flattering, as are corsets.

Don’ts: Try to avoid anything too floaty, as this will cling to the parts of your body bits you don’t want to emphasize. Structured fabrics can help give you a defined shape. Avoid anything too billowy as this will make you look larger.


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