A wedding is a very colorful affair in India, and an Indian bride always look gorgeous in her traditional outfits paired with stunning jewellery.
The costumes at the weddings vary across the country but traditionally a lehnga-choli, sari or salwar kameez are the most popular outfits for a bride. Wedding outfits are usually made up of rich fabrics like silk, chiffon, satin, brocade etc and are embroidered with gold and silver thread. Shades of red, yellow, and green are the most preferred colors for wedding attire.
Since weddings display the financial status of the families and the occasion is a sort of status symbol, opulence is the keyword in the Indian wedding costumes. Bridal wear is personalized and unique where the colours and designs are selected after consultation with a good textile designer after detailing the body profile, need and the budget of the bridal couple.
The various customs and rituals are given utmost importance while choosing the wedding costumes. The costumes vary with the changing regions and culture. Indian wedding generally continue for several days and a new attire is worn each and every day.
Bridal sarees is the traditional wear for the women living in India.However, this costume attracts many women from different countries and regions. This tradition is crafted for many years and there is a wide variety in the designs and fabric of sarees. The Indian wedding sarees are designed by renowned fashion designers as well.
The bridal sarees are mostly preferred in the shaed of red, pink, yellow and sometimes green. All these colors are so vibrant to add glamour to the beauty of an Indian bride.
The bridal saree suppliers offers a variety of Indian saree from banarasi sarees to kanjivaram sarees and the bride can choose the saree according to her choice to add elegance to herself on her wedding day. The unlimited choices in designs and colors of bridal sarees are available which suits to women of different complexions.
Sarees with heavy or light embroidery make the wonderful choices for the brides. Another is golden zari work done on the wedding sarees, sequins work, mirror work, kasab work, organza work and much more.
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Lehenga is the traditional wear in India which is mostly preferred by north Indian women.It is a three piece outfit consisting of long skirt type of outfit which is worn below waistline, a choli or blouse for upper body and a dupatta. The lehenga is made in a number of styles and colors. For a bridal lehenga the most preferred colors are the shaded of red and yellow.
Types of lehenga choli:
A lehenga choli is a combination of long skirt, choli and dupatta. This type of ethnic wear can differ in style, design, fabric, and many other things.
Lehenga/ Ghagra Choli: This is very famous and traditional form of ethnic wear which is very much liked by Indian women at different functions. A bride also prefers it at her marriage.
Chaniya Choli: This type of wear is mainly famous in Gujarat state of India. It is a vibrant form of traditional dress and is liked by women of all ages and worn on festivals as well as marriages.
Sharara: Sharara is more convenient to wear as it is mainly a combination salwar and kameez but the salwar looks like a skirt because of its large circumference.
Lacha: Yet another form of lehnga choli is lacha which is famous for its unique embroidery and mirror work.
Lehngas can be further divided in many types apart from the given categories.
Bridal Gowns: The bridal gowns are being introduced in Indian weddings as a new concept. This style is purely influenced with the western style and is due to increased awareness of people about the latest trends. The Indian bride wants to look gorgeous at her wedding and religions and castes are not the boundary when it comes to selection of wedding dress.
Bridal Salwar-kameez: Salwar Kameez is mainly preferred by the Muslim and Punjabi brides. This traditional wear comes with various patterns, designs and colors. Heavy dupatta gives a more elegant look to the dress. Different types of embroideries on different types of fabrics with some bright bridal colors look stunning on the bride.
Most men prefer to adopt the western dresses for their weddings though some still go for the traditional wear. This consists of headgear and two main body garments like one top covering the upper half of the body and the other bottom half.
The kurta which is loose fitting cotton shirt and the kameez which is a three-quarter length tunic having embroidery are very popular for Groom’s outfit. While lower garments include a dhoti which is unstitched cloth or trousers such as the pyjama which is a soft loose-fitting trousers or the salwar which is trousers gathered at the ankle.
The grooms attire is extremely important because it is another visual element that should match the theme, the style of the wedding day, and the bride’s dress. If all the elements come together, it makes the wedding more beautiful.
When buying a groom’s outfit, you need to take so many things into consideration: What is your budget? Is it a day or evening wedding? Do you want to look casual or formal? What season is the wedding? Which Colors to choose? Which type of fabric to choose? And above all what is the choice and preferences for the Groom.
Clothing options for men are inspired by Bollywood and therfore have become more adventurous as pink, orange or other bright colors and even dupattas are acceptable for accessorizing. Below are some popular clothing options which are being adopted by the Indian Grooms:
- Achkan: long coat with a mandarin collar, no lining, made from light material
- Kameez: loose-fitting shirt or tunic with pockets, usually worn with salwars
- Kurta: loose-fitting shirt that can be worn with formal western or Indian pants
- Kurta paijama: pre-matched set of shirt and pant that can range in formality from sleep- to wedding wear; popular because of its high comfort level
- Salwar kameez: pre-matched pant-shirt combination
- Sherwani: knee-length, coat-like garment with lining; made from heavy suit material (see picture below)
- Churidar: tight-fitting cotton pants, worn with a sherwani or long kurta
- Paijama or salwar: loose-fitting, lightweight pants with a drawstring waistband; wide at the top and narrower at the bottom; worn with a sherwani, kurta or kameez
Western wear for men always means a full suit, even if it is hot, at least during the first part of the wedding. Full suit also offers you the option to select the cotton fabric in summers. Later, the suit jacket may be removed. During the baraat, the Indian wedding procession, the male relatives and friends also wear colorful turbans that mark their involvement in the wedding.
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