Wedding is the most important day for a bride, groom and their families. Usually the rituals, ceremonies and celebrations last from 3 to 4 days with fun, frolic and delicious food. India is a land of diverse cultures and religions. Whether it is North, South, East or West, different places have various rituals and customs. Be it festivals, weddings, or any other religious events, every place has its own uniqueness, flavor and grandeur.
In India, weddings are larger than life celebrations, which see brides and grooms flaunting their best looks. So, here are a few bridal looks from India that will leave you mesmerized.
Sikh bridal wear:
Sikhs have a different style of performing ceremonies. All the rituals happen in a Gurudwara, where people gather together to bless the couple. A typical Sikh bride will be seen wearing beautiful red or maroon chuda with kalire. For the Anand Karaj ceremony the bride can either opt for a heavy lehenga, or a beautiful anarkali suit with a heavy embroidered dupatta.
Punjabi bridal wear:
A Punjabi bride generally chooses a red, maroon, orange or pink embellished lehenga on her wedding day. Black and white are the colours which people generally avoid. The look doesn’t get complete without wearing matching gold, diamond or kundan jewellery. Basic pieces of jewellery like necklaces, earrings, bangles, nose ring, chooda, kalire are considered important.
Muslim bridal wear:
In Muslim culture, men and women sit separately in a room during the Nikah ceremony. The bride and groom cover their faces and can look at each other after the Nikah ceremony. Muslim brides usually choose a green colour sharara, lehenga or anarkali suit as per their preference. They consider green as an auspicious colour. The first thing you will notice about a Muslim bride is a beautiful piece of jewellery, especially the jhoomar on their hair. Most of the brides wear floral garlands and complete their look by wearing a matching nath or nose ring.
Christian bridal wear:
Christians have different cultures depending on their region, like Mangalorean Christians, Goan Christians, and North-East Christians etc. Not all brides choose a white gown, some can be seen wearing bright colour saress. Those who choose white gowns generally team it up with matching tiaras, flower bouquets and a net veil. As a mark of their traditional practice the bride is walked down the aisle in the church by her father. The brides generally choose subtle and classy earrings, neckpieces, or bracelets in silver, diamond or platinum. The best part is to see the young bridesmaid and groomsmen walking along with the couple.
Assamese bridal look:
The Assamese brides have to adorn the traditional mekhla chadar, a cream or off-white silk saree with gold work. This outfit is generally given to the bride by the groom’s mother. An Assamese bride goes low on makeup and keeps the jewellery simple. Their maang tikka is considered to be auspicious and is of utmost importance.
Bengali bridal look:
Bengali brides adorn beautiful white or off-white sarees with red, pink and maroon borders for various religious ceremonies. They can choose bright red, pink or maroon benarasi silk sarees with zari work. They usually choose a maang tikka supported by a single layered matha patti, and a bright red bindi. Sometimes one can see white and red dots of sandalwood paste on their cheeks and chin. Alta, a maroonish red color liquid, is applied on bride’s feet and is considered a major part of a bride’s makeup.