Statement Bridal Dresses and Trends that every Bride needs to know!
Indian bridal dresses are famous for their gorgeous and rich forms. The quintessential makeup and accessories is a supplement to the grandeur of the attires. While sarees are common, the traditional bridal wears show interesting variations depending on their ethnicity and traditions. Lehengas, Salwars, and Ghagras are bridal dresses of the Northern and Western parts of the country.
Goes without saying that you would need more than a couple of outfits since the wedding span at least a few days and include about half a dozen events. Every bride wants to look her best on her big day and undoubtedly her attire on every function of the ordeal matters a lot. However, there are a million different styles and designs of bridal dresses to choose from, but very little time. If you’re a confused bride wondering what to wear, then you’ve come to the right place.
Types of Bridal Dresses
Indian weddings are colorful, bright, and are full of traditions and occasions of mere joy. Each and every culture showcases its unique customs that are a delight to witness. Here are a few types of bridal dresses:
The Tamil bride wears Kanjeevaram silk sarees in bright colors. The sarees have exquisite Zari borders and golden ‘Buta’ embroidery. The most beautiful adornments of the bride are the jewelry on the hair and worn around the waist. They also wear a beautiful headpiece called ‘Nethi’ bordering the forehead with ‘Maangtika’. The bride wears a waist belt, called ‘Oddiyanam’ and 2-3 layers of gold necklaces.
The bride wears a white silk saree with a gold border called ‘Kasavu’. They wear gold jewelry and also a lot of floral jewelry. This gives simplicity and elegance to the bridal dressing. They adorn Jasmine and Rajanigandha flowers on their head along with gold ornaments.
A Gujarati bride’s wedding outfit is intricate and is deeply connected to her community. Gujarati brides wear their saree with the pallu facing to the front. A Gujarati bride’s traditional bridal sarees are Panetar and Gharchola. She changes into both the sarees during her wedding. A Panetar is a white saree with red, golden and green dots in a Bhandhini style. It is the last gift from her parents and relatives from the maternal side. On the other hand, Gharchola is a bright red silk saree with zari work in stripes and checks. This saree is from her in-laws to show their acceptance of the bride as their daughter.
The “Mundavalya” is the first thing one will notice in a Maharashtrian bride. It is essentially a string of flowers or pearls. The bride wears a Paithani. The Paithani is a two-tone silk saree with a golden border. Her hair is tied in a bun with mogra flowers. Usually, the bride wears the saree in a dhoti style. The bride wears a traditional crescent-shaped Nath, and a matching Bindi with a red dot. Her jewelry mostly comprises of white pearls and gold.
As per Assamese wedding customs, the bride has to wear the Mekhla Chadar, a traditional bridal outfit, given to her by the groom’s mother. The saree is usually an off-white silk saree with gold work. An Assamese bride goes low on makeup and their Maang tikka is most auspicious and is of utmost importance. They wear only the traditional jewelry.
As traditional bridal attire, Bengali brides usually wear bright red, pink or maroon Benarasi sarees with zari work. The Alta applied on her feet forms a major part of a Bengali bride’s makeup. The bride wears a Maang Tikka with a single layered Matha Patti. She wears a bright red bindi and the area above her eyebrows is painted with white and red dots of sandalwood paste.
The Telegu brides wear interesting outfits. They have to change their outfits twice for the rituals. During the Kanyadaan ceremony, the bride is brought in a basket by her maternal male relatives. At this time she wears a Kanjeevaram saree complete with her bridal jewelry. Next, in the Madhuparkam ceremony, the bride changes into a white cotton saree with a red brocade border. Jewelry consists of gold and pearl.
The wedding in this region takes place mostly on lines of the Sikh tradition. The traditional wedding dress is a Salwar Kameez or Lehenga. The color of the dress is mostly red and it is exquisitely decorated with beads and embroidery. A dupatta covers the head and the bride’s jewels include a ‘Ranihaar’—long, ornamental gold necklace. She also wears the famous red and white ‘Choora’ bangles, Tika, Nath and most importantly the ‘Kalire’. The Kalire hangs from the Choora. It consists of pretty golden and silver danglings.
The traditional bridal dress is called the ‘Pheran’. Pheran is a combination of Indian and Iranian dressing. The outfit hangs as a loose knee-length kameez with beautiful Ari embroidery over the edges. The bride wears an elaborate headgear called the ‘Tarang’. They keep a white cloth turban called ‘Zoojh’ on the bride’s head along with a ‘Kalpush’. Finally, a beautiful drape of embroidered dupatta covers the head. The bridal Lehenga has heavy Zari and Kashmiri embroidery. The Bride wears heavy gold jewelry. She wears a unique jewel through the ear lobes called the ‘Dejharoo’ which comprises a pair of small pendants.
The Marwari community belonging to this place has heavily decorated bridal attire with gold and silk thread work. The chiffon Dupatta called the ‘Odhni’ is a very important part of the bridal outfit. Tucked to the waist, it covers the head like a veil and is complete with hand embroidery. A Kundan neckpiece, a gold Nath and Borla (a fingerlet) are the most important jewels for Marwari brides.
Indian Christians have certain customs that varies according to their origin. Not all Christian weddings in India, have brides wearing a white dress, some of them stick to wearing brightly colored sarees for various events. But, those who choose to wear white, have to wear a net veil supported by a tiara, a train along with their dress and a white flower bouquet. For their jewelry, they stick to earrings, neckpieces, or bracelets and these are all in silver, diamond or platinum.
The first thing you will notice about a Muslim bride’s bridal dress will be her jewelry. Another important part of her bridal look is the silk cloth on her wrist wrapping the silver or gold coin tied by the groom’s mother ahead of the wedding. Muslim brides wear floral garlands attached to the veil that covers their face. The bride reveals her face only after the Nikkah. A Muslim bride’s makeup is something to die for, the finesse of the kajal, lip color and eyebrow pencil turns them into ethereal beauties.
State-Of-The-Art Trends in the Bridal Universe
From elegant, simple outfits to bold and vibrant outfits, Indian bridal dresses are as diverse as the people of the country. But what are the latest trends in Indian bridal dresses? What should you look out for while picking your trousseau? We tell you all so that you can be the bride who is the talk of the town for her style quotient.
Gold Is Here To Stay
As of the fashion statements made, gold is the new red in Indian bridal clothes. Lavish lehengas in beige and gold with ornate golden embroidery and intricate designs are ruling the mandaps. The charm of these colors lies in the fact that they lend the bride a regal glow that is hard to achieve with any other color. More so, neutral colors like gold and beige are timeless. They can easily be a part of your festive wardrobe for decades to come.
Floral All The Way
Floral designs are now a hot trend in bridal dresses now. The floral assault that began this spring has been going strong and is continuing to hog the limelight. It is perfect for women who want a bridal dress with a feminine charm. Designers previously incorporated floral prints in their summer bridal wear lines. Now, they are adapting them as embellishments in richer, more extravagant bridal outfits meant for the colder seasons. Floral prints look best on bridal dresses in pastel shades like peach, mauve, mint and powder blue – reminding you of summer, sunshine and spring.
Gone are the days when you would have to struggle with your heavy embellished dupatta and try to fit it around your body as well as your head. The ‘Double Dupatta’ trend is here to save you from all the trouble. What is it about? You wear a heavy dupatta as a drape around your lehenga and use a contrasting dupatta over your head. The colors you choose for your dupattas is governed by your outfit. The main dupatta can be a solid silk with a zari border. And, the second dupatta can be simpler, with a thinner border. If your dress has a lot of colors going on then, choose both the dupattas in the same color.
Off Shoulder and Cold Shoulder Blouses
This season’s hottest blouse trend will please you no end! Off-shoulder and cold shoulder blouses are emerging as a staple in bridal dresses, this wedding season. Brides can pair these blouses with lehengas, dhoti pants, and even sarees. A well-fitted off-shoulder blouse will help you show off your tiered necklace. If off-shoulder is too radical for your wedding, then an alternate trend unlike off-shoulder outfits, the cold-shoulder ones feature a strap and have a cut-out on the shoulder. In the case that you want to incorporate this style into your wedding trousseau, skip the dupatta and show off your jewelry.
Sharara and Farshi Pants
To those of you who don’t know, a Sharara is a pair of traditional Pakistani pants. These pants are fitted till the knees and flare out below the knees and look like a lehenga. A Farshi pajama is similar to a Sharara, but the only difference is that it is fit only at the waist – it is more like the Palazzo Pants. When you pair it with a longer, choli and a dupatta, the pajamas are a nostalgic reminiscent of the Mughal Era. These pants have made an appearance in a big way in the bridal circuit this year.
Velvet is once again back to the bridal universe. They are back in colors as varied as mellowed hues to brilliant bright tones. With its rich texture and heavy fall, velvet is the perfect choice for evening wear. The luxurious material is apt for exquisite Zari and Zardosi embroidery. For a more regal look, try a velvet lehenga complete with golden embroidery. It will certainly be a little heavy to carry but is surely worth every bit of the effort. To flaunt this trend, wear the velvet in deep tones – those are the colors in which velvet looks more appealing.
Statement Indian Gown
Gone are the days when Indian wedding wear was restricted to just Sarees, Anarkalis and lehengas. Designers have cleverly created stunning versions of the western gowns with an Indian touch that make it appropriate for wedding wear. These Indian gowns have made it into bridal wear in a big way to cater to the modern day bride. They are gowns that are designed along the line for ceremonies that do not call for authentic traditional wear. The beauty of these Indian gowns is that they blend well with Indian accessories like traditional chokers and chandelier earrings.
We hope that this read has given you an idea as to how and what to pick out for your wedding trousseau. Also click on the links to check out ideas for bridal hairstyles, wedding cards or wedding themes. If you’re looking for something specific, then check out the bridal designers in Chennai here.
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