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The Women of Bengal are very charming and beautiful with lovely long black hair. The unique style of draping their sarees makes them look homely and traditionally awesome. The Bengalis have a very pleasing way of pampering the brides-to-be. The Bengalis are very artistic and hence the brides are decorated with lovely ornaments and showered with gifts and sarees.
Special dishes, that the bride likes, are made and served to her, generally a fish delicacy is prepared and a number of sweets are prepared for her. The shakha-paula ceremony (in which the bride has to wear one pair of red and white bangles) is really amazing. And the brides’ relatives go to the ganga river and pray for the good-life of the bride and the groom.
In a series of ceremony the bengali bride receives sarees and sweet-meats from her husband-to-be’s family. In the Haldi and oil ceremony the bride is smeared with oil and haldi so that her skin will glow and she shall look more beautiful and gorgeous on her wedding day. Even sandal wood paste is used to give her a flawless skin.
Red is the color that Bengalis love and flaunt it on every special occasion. The Bengali brides wear red, maroon, pink color saree on their wedding day. The banarasi silk in widely used and is common and most popular. The traditional saree is generally in white with red or maroon or pink border. The bengali bride might prefer a completely bright red silk saree with gold zari or buta work on it. The sarees with kantha work also look amazing on the brides. The silk sarees that are available for brides are hand crafted beautifully with various ancient prints and designs.
The designer silk sarees that are available largely and easily are uniquely made to compliment the bengali bride’s beauty. The designer silk sarees are available in various combinations of colors for according to the brides’ needs but of course red is the major highlight of the saree. The silk sarees have gorgeous peacock prints and other creative designs made in gold threads that make the bride look like a damsel from heaven. For the modern bengali brides even ready to wear, hassle-free silk banarasi sarees are tailored.
The hugely popular banarasi silk that the bengali bride wears for her wedding is of high quality and very heavy. Now a days the brides also prefer the kanjeevarams, paithani , etc as even they are elegant , royal and spectacular when draped. The sarees are also available in poly-silk and chiffons and georgettes which are quite popular too.
As marriage is the happiest and auspicious day of their life they spend hugely on the sarees and ornaments. The alta is a must for Bengali brides. They apply generous amounts of alta on hands and feet of the bengali bride and decorate her with a particular design. The ornaments are huge and very attractive and very pleasing. They are made in gold which is considered to be auspicious and also wearing ornaments of gold are compulsory for the bride. The lipsticks that they wear are in different shades of bright reds.
The bengali bride looks no less than a princess on her wedding day, the whole focus of the wedding is almost the bride alone and hence her friends and relatives try their best and make her look fabulous.
The bindi that adorns the face of the bengali bride is quite huge. On the bride’s fore head small white and red dots are decorated to make her look even more cute and pretty. The bride might choose any design she likes. The decoration on the forehead just above the eye-brows ends near the end of the brows or it may even extend a little.
The bengali bride is made to look more stunning with exquisite jewelry that her mother or grandmother might have passed on to her. Much of the special jewelry is ordered to be made for the bride according to the bride’s taste and liking. There are many types of bangles that the bride has to wear for her wedding. The bangles that the bengali bride wears are customary and really traditional. There are bangles called nowa, ruli, etc.
The heavy necklaces that brides choose are adorned with beautiful designs of peacocks, butterflies, drops, semi-circles with pearls, etc. The bengali bride also may also choose to wear various gold chains and gold rings on her finger.
The bangles are made from lac, gold and have particular designs on them. The bengali bride has to tie her hair up in a bun. If the bride may like she can adorn the bun with shimmery accessories. Then the bride has to wear a veil over head and then a mukut for the final finish of her hair and head-gear. The mukut is available is different shapes and designs that is compulsory and has to be worn.
The bengali bride is decorated and pampered with love and affection and various other gifts. The Bengali wedding has a splash of red everywhere and of course the Bengali bride is spectacular.