Indian Bridal Attire
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One of the most anticipated and memorable aspects of an Indian wedding is seeing the bride’s beauty and attire on her special day. There will be plenty of sparkle and glitz around her, but it will never steal the show. The bride is always the center and focal point of the Indian wedding day. She will be sparkling too. The bridal Saree or Lengha is an eye-catching and exquisite piece of work detailed with embroidery and intricate designs. Brides in Gujurati weddings typically wear a Saree tied with the Palav - the rest of the Saree material that isn’t wrapped around her waist, facing the front. South Indian brides wear a Saree made of silk and complimented with gold bordered lining. Additionally, many regions in India adorn the bride with jewels or wrap her saree in a specific manner. Guests can also expect to see Bindi’s - circular red and/or white stickers - above the bride’s eyebrows. The area between her eyebrows remains empty until the ceremony until the groom places Sindhoor (red vermillion) there. Along with her stunning outfit and jewelry, the bride will have her hands and feet decorated in resplendent Mendhi, sealing a head to toe transformation for her wedding day.
Hindu Bridal Wear
A traditional Hindu bride wears red to symbolize the planet Mars. Astrologically speaking, Mars is the planet in charge of marriages and that represents prosperity and fertility. Once she finishes make-up and hair, the Hindu bride begins draping her Saree – which is wrapped around the waist. Or she puts on her Lengha - a skirt that you slip on. Next, the bride puts on her jewelry with the help of her mother and close relatives. She will also wear a ‘Tikka’ on the center of her forehead representing the ‘ajna chakra’ (perception in Sanskrit). Around her neck will usually be jewels like uncut diamonds, gold and gem stones similar to what Indian royals used to wear. The groom’s mother typically gives her daughter-in-law-to-be a gold bangle to wear amongst her row of bangles, or ‘Chudiyan’, on her wrists. Additionally, the mother of the bride places ‘Jhumki’s’, (heavy set earrings) and small items of jewelry such as anklets, nose rings, toe rings, and arm bands on her daughter. The last item placed on the bride is the ‘Dupatta’ – a long head scarf or veil.
Punjabi Bridal Suit
A Salwar Kameez is often the attire of choice for a Punjabi bride. This is a very opulent pant suit, or lengha. Traditionally, Punjabi brides wore gold jewelry, but modern times have seen various styles of jewelry become the norm. White and dark red bangles made of ivory known as ‘Chooda’ are often worn by the bride. These bangles are usually worn in multiples of four and according to tradition the bride should wear them for at least a year after her marriage. In current times, many brides choose to wear them for a shorter period. Nowadays, Brides only choose to wear it for a month following their nuptials. Like a Hindu bride, a Punjabi bride wears a Dupatta to finish her look before leaving for the wedding.