Indian Bridal and Wedding Wear
The Wedding season is here, at least on the television with the various television soaps. I just thought of sharing this article with you all, since I attended a friend’s wedding recently. I enjoyed every ceremony right from the haldi ceremony to the wedding reception. I also thought that I would write in a series of articles dedicated to the bridal wear, for every religion in detail. So here, my first article of the series goes which is dedicated to traditional Indian Hindu Bride.
The Indian wedding’s are all about beautiful clothes, loads of jewelry and celebration. The traditional rasams are simply never ending. Indian Bridal wears are oozing with grandeur and elegance. To begin with, the Haldi ki rasam is the first rasam. Usually the Bride wears a yellow dress for the rasam; a sari is usually not advised for the Haldi rasam.
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The next rasam in the line is the mehendi. Applying mehendi can be the first step to the Bridal attire. Now a days, Brides like their mehendi right from their arm on the hand and from the knees on the legs. Of course, we don’t get married again and again so making the most out of everything is acceptable. An elegant churidar for the mehendi suffices, since here again the sari is tough to manage with the henna applied over the hands and legs.
You can accessorize for these occasions with minimal jewelry, since for the Haldi you cannot wear jewelry and the same goes for mehendi. But you can glamorize these rasams by wearing a “maangteeka” and blinking earrings. The sangeet and other supplementary rasams can be light and informal. You can experiment with a sari for the sangeet.
And now it’s the big day, the wedding day. The wedding day is certainly one of those days where you compete with yourself for looking the best. To begin with, the hair. Most of the brides tend to ignore their hair since the head goes below the ghoongat. Whereas a variety of hair dos can be done for the wedding with or without the ghoongat. The hair bun or jooda is the safest escape for any type of hair, leaving the hair open is simply not for the wedding day.
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The next in the line is the wedding attire. Thank god we are Indian and have to wear Red on the wedding. Well, most of them wear red even today whilst many are experimenting with different colors too which is not a bad idea. But a red Ghagraa, sari, Lachaa, or churidar are simply sensuous and elegant. The red color completes the Big Fat Indian Wedding.
Saris are supposed to be the most ethnic and traditional wedding attire, but in the contemporary times, the shalu and banarasi are overshadowed by the designer ones. Make sure you get the fittings for your wedding attire done a week before the wedding. And do not wear anything which doesn’t make you feel comfortable.
After the wedding dress, the ghoongat or the veil must be sought after. The veil seems to be disappearing from the Indian weddings, but there are few brides who love the ghoongat to be there, the ghoongat in a way adds the extra oomph and completeness to the whole bride look.
The jewelry for the wedding day. The more you wear, the lesser it is. Starting from the maangtika. Choose a maangtika which compliments the shape of your face. If you have a round faces go for something which is slightly big. Similarly square faced or long faced brides need to be very wise while choosing the maangtika. You can pick one like “Ichcha” of the “Uttran” fame wore. The nathni, is also very important since it an accessory which should accentuate your face and the bridal look. Big round nathnis are very “in”. It’s almost a symbol of an Indian bride. And those who do not have pierced noses need not worry, press over nathnis are available in the market. You can play safe with the nathni, make sure you do not pick a very small one; you can have a big one.
The earrings and the neck piece need to compliment each other; you can wear heavy chandeliers and a matching neck piece. You can have a neck tied necklace followed by a slighter longer one and an even longer one. But since gold is given due importance in an Indian wedding you can choose your jewelry according to the attire you are wearing. You can have a “baajubandh” for the arm and a “kamarpatta” for the waist.
A lot of bangles are a must for the wedding day. You can accessorize with the “lachcha” and payal. The bridal shoes or sandals are the last accessory to complete the bridal attire. Pick a pair which is comfortable. Do not opt for sandals which very high heeled. Pick a pair with normal heels, not too short, not too high. Spray in a lot of perfume and wear on the tons of “gagraa” to get ready for your big day.