What’s So Trendy About Bridal Wear -That Everyone Went Crazy Over It
Brides are not just a word in India; it is a culture in itself. The glory and the tradition that holds an Indian wedding together starts from the Indian bridal wear.
India could be a small portion of the whole Asia continent, but the varieties of Indian bridal wear is more diverse than the whole world together.
From North to South and from East to West, you can notice different bridal outfits that signifies the cultural differences of India. And if you think the Indian bridal wears are limited under the boundary of North, South, East, and West, you are wrong again! Different regions of India depict different bridal outfits which are quite hard to summon at once.
However, in this article, we have tried to summon all the bridal collection that upholds the front of Indian culture, and a little short description of each Indian bridal wear will enlighten you more to dig deeper.
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10 INDIAN BRIDAL WEARS OF DIFFERENT REGIONS OF INDIA –
1. Bengali Bride –
Just like most of the Indian weddings, Bengali brides ought to wear red or maroon Banarasi silk saree that has an exquisite zari work along the edges. Bright red bindi and red Alta are another two accessories of a Bengali bride.
Also, as a part of the Indian bridal wear, a Bengali bride wears ‘maang teeka’ supported by a single-layered ‘Matha Patti’. The eyebrows, chins and cheek area are generally painted by the dots of sandalwood to make her look even more beautiful.
Bengali wedding has tons of rituals to be followed. ‘Dodhimangal’, Haldi and many pre-wedding pujas prepare a Bengali bride for her ultimate day of desire.
2. Punjabi Bride –
Speaking of North India, Punjabi wedding is all about the wedding lehenga. Although there is not any colour restriction about the wedding lehenga for a Punjabi bride, it should not be of black or white.
As a part of the India bridal wear, Punjabi brides also wear lots of heavy jewelleries, but their most integral jewellery is the big nose ring which is a must accessory.
A Punjabi Bride has to go through a number of different rituals as well such ‘Roka and Thaka’, ‘Chunni Ceremony’, ‘Haldi’,’ Sangeet’, ‘Kalide’ ceremony etc.
3. Muslim Bride –
For a Muslim bride, the most important attire is the ‘Jhoomar’. For Muslims, jewelleries are the most important part of a wedding. Mostly, Muslim brides wear green or bright yellow colored lehengas.
However, there is no specific restriction on the dress colour. Also, every Muslim bride wears a big floral garland supporting the veil that covers their faces during Nikah. Another striking part of a Muslim bride is their finely painted eye makeup.
Muslim weddings do not have many rituals, unlike other Indian weddings.
4. Tamilian Bride –
The main attraction of a Tamilian bride is her jewelleries. South India Brides wear a lot of jewelleries on their wedding day, and Tamil people are not an exception. The hair jewelleries are the most exciting part.
Every Tamilian bride has her hair braided on her wedding day with big gold jewelleries on it. They mostly wear bright coloured Kanjivaram sarees including white.
A Tamillion Bride prepares herself through some rituals such as Maalai Maatral, Oonjal, Sambandhmale, Loukika custom etc.
5. Telugu Bride –
Among all the other Indian bridal wears, only Telugu weddings consist of two bridal outfits in the same day. In the first part when she is being carried by her brother and uncle, she wears a traditional saree of any colour.
And for the main ritual, i.e. for Jeelakarra Bellamu ceremony, she wears a white cotton saree, usually with a red border.
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Just like any other South Indian weddings, the bride is prepared through a lot of elaborated rituals such as Nischitartham, Pellikuthuru, Kashi Yatra etc.
6. Malayali Bride –
If you follow the trend of India Bridal wear perfectly, you can notice the fine difference between all the South Indian weddings. In case of a Malayali Bride, she wears a white silk saree with a golden border on.
A Malayali wedding is mostly all about metal jewelleries and simplicity. Also, they mostly prefer floral jewelleries that go well with their Indian bridal wear.
Malayali Weddings are quite simpler weddings, and the bride does not have to follow lots of rituals. The wedding is only divided into three phases– the pre-wedding days, muhurtham and the wedding day.
7. Maharashtra Bride –
The main attraction of a Maharashtra Indian bridal wear is the Dhoti style saree of the bride. The bridal outfit of Maharashtra bride is always composed of two contrasting colours yellow-green, green-red etc.
Usually, the bride wears a silk ‘Paithani’ saree with Kamarbandhani’. Also, Mundavalya or the string of flower or pearls as head jewellery is the significant characteristic of a Maharastra Bride, and this is the thing that distinguishes a Maharashtra Bridal wear from a common Indian Wear.
Maharashtra wedding has many steps for the brides. Sakhar Pada, Muhurt Karane, Kelvan, Haldi are some of those rituals.
8. Andhra Bride –
The bridal wear of Andhra Pradesh is quite similar to that of South Indian bridal wear. The bride wears a simple silk saree accompanied by minimum accessories unlike the Tamilian or Telugu brides. The saree of Andhra Bride has to be silk saree with a check or any kind of patterned work.
Unlike other South Indian weddings, Andhra weddings are quite simple. Gauri Puja and Ganesh Puja are two important wedding rituals of Andhra Pradesh.
9. Oriya Bride –
The most important exquisite part of an Oriya bride is her headgear. Oriya Brides wear big headgears as the part of their Indian bridal wear. And as for their wedding lehenga, they prefer bright red, maroon or magenta.
The difference between Oriya Bridal wear and any other North Indian bridal wear is the traditional headgear.
All the Oriya Brides have to follow the rituals almost same as that of a Bengali wedding, i.e. Dodhimangal, Haldi etc.
10. Gujarati Bride –
Unlike any other Indian bridal wear, Gujarati brides wear their saree with a front facing Pallu, and that creates the unique look of Gujarati bride. And just like Telugu wedding, Gujarati brides change their outfit twice.
At first, they wear a Panetar, and at the second step of the wedding, they wear a Gharchola. Both the sarees come in red colour. However, there is no strict restriction on the colour choice except black. And the main attraction of a Gujarati bride is their magnificent blouse with exquisite Zari work.
SOME ETIQUETTE AN INDIAN BRIDE SHOULD FOLLOW –
Traditional ethics or etiquettes are an integral part of an Indian wedding and most of these etiquettes are to be met by the bride herself only. Most of these ethics are related to dress and some are related to behaviour. Let us have a look.
1. Wear Red
Although not every Indian Bridal wear is essentially red in colour, it is the traditional dictum and expectation that the bride would wear red.
However, this ‘wear red’ dictum has an exception i.e. the South Indian bridal wear. Telugu and Malayali brides wear white at the time of their wedding.
2. No black
The colour black is completely prohibited from an Indian wedding. Even an Indian bridal wear cannot have a touch of black anywhere. Also, it is expected of the guests that they do not wear black dresses as well.
3. Wear all the traditional accessories
Every bride needs to wear the accurate traditional accessories with their bridal wear.
Different Indian bridal wear demands different kind of accessories such as for Maharashtra, it is Mundavalya, for Bengal, it is Mukut or for Oriya, it is a big traditional headgear.
4. Bride to be seated in one place
The bride at an Indian wedding is not supposed to be roaming around the whole wedding venue.
They have to be seated in one place and at the time of their wedding, they need to be escorted by any male family member.
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5. Middle parted hairstyle
As per the traditional ethics, all the brides should have their hair parted from the middle. This is to carry out the ritual of ‘Sindoor-Daan’ properly. This ritual is mostly associated with a Hindu wedding.
6 GREAT BRIDAL COLLECTIONS TO DIE FOR –
1. Red Bridal Wedding Lehenga
Before any big fat Indian wedding, every bride wishes for an expensive designer bridal collection to choose from, right? And among all the designer bridal collection, Sabyasachi’s red bridal wedding lehenga is the one of the best.
The floral embellishment combined with the fine silk gave this wedding lehenga a different personality. And to give it a more of an Indian bridal wear look, heavy designer box-shaped work was added at the edge of the long lehenga. The blouse of this lehenga has the same cherry red colour as of the lehenga. And the design of the blouse has completely matched the design of the wedding lehenga which completes the looks of it. This wedding lehenga has a side parting veil which has little floral embellishment just like the lehenga itself. In a nutshell, the congested designing of this wedding lehenga and the perfect contrast of cherry red and golden embellishment speaks out the statement of this Indian bridal wear.
2. The crimson and green wedding lehenga
Talking about the collection of Indian bridal wear, no one has a better collection than the designer Mr. Sabyasachi. At the second place, we have brought another Sabyasachi’s design which gives a little bit intimate traditional look to the wedding lehenga.
The combination of crimson red wedding lehenga with dark green dupatta can ask no more! Also, the heavy golden zari work at the edge of the lehenga and blouse is something no one can take their eyes off from. Also, this wedding lehenga has a double dupatta which gives a little more of saree look to this particular lehenga.
3. The Magenta wedding lehenga
Picking another one from the Sabyasachi’s collection, the magenta coloured wedding lehenga. The raw silk gives this wedding lehenga a distinct character, and it is the USP of this lehenga. The combination of magenta and golden zari work is amazing! The wedding lehenga does not have much heavy work of the zari; rather it has a light floral design with a thin layer of zari at the edge of the lehenga.
As for the blouse, it has a distinct design from the magenta lehenga itself. The blouse has floral print all over, and the basic colour of the blouse is baby pink. Now, combine it with a double dupatta of golden colour and this wedding lehenga will surely steal everyone’s attention.
4. Golden Lehenga
Now, if you are looking for a gorgeous designer bridal collection for a Muslim wedding, this Golden lehenga might be the absolute fit.
The whole wedding lehenga has this charming light golden colour with little golden and white embellishments on it. It has a light design that is spread all over the wedding lehenga.
5. White and pink south Indian bridal wear
South India bridal wear is all about saree. And this white-pink Indian bridal wear is a perfect pick for any Malayali or Telugu bride. The pure silk character of this saree has been showcased perfectly with such a milk-white colour.
And the pink border only makes this white saree look even more gorgeous. Also, it comes with a baby pink veil to complete the look.
6. Green Kanijvaram saree
This green Kanjivaram Indian bridal wear is a gem of South Indian wedding. Green and red, these two colours have established the contrast of this saree so well. It is a typical Tamilian bridal wear. The box embellishments on this Indian bridal wear clear out its statement a little more. The borders of this Indian bridal wear saree are thick, and that goes well with the whole attire and accessories.
The bridal collections of Indian brides are so vast that it cannot certainly be covered under only one article. The above lists are some of the sneak-peek into the culture of Indian bridal wear and how the designer bridal collection has an important role in an Indian wedding. So, if you are getting married soon, start picking out your wedding lehenga or Indian bridal wears from now on!
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