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Bridal Attire

Posted by shaadivows on April 9, 2009

Conventional Indian Bride

Wedding being your very special occasion, your attire needs keen attention. Every bride wants to look her best on the most important day of her life. Traditional Indian bridal dresses are believed to be the most glamorous and most colorful wedding dresses in the whole world. Here I would highlight the conventional & unconventional attire for an Indian bride.

weddin1231The most popular bridal trousseau is the heavily embellished bridal lehengas in bright hues like red, magenta, pinks, maroon etc. Indian lehngas for the bride are adorned with different heavy embroideries, stones. The Lehngas can start from Rs. 5000 and go upto figures in Lacs. Various cuts and styles are available in the market to choose from depending on you body type and preference.

  • Rajasthani Lehnga Choli gives a royal & Traditional feel. The Lehnga is kaalidar with lots of volume in it, it is accompanied with an odhani (veil) which slightly bigger than the normal chunni.

  • Fish cut Lehangas: These are mermaid cut lehngas.

  • Other kind of lehngas are Cicular,Paneled Lehnga, A-line lehnga etc.

If you are slim go in for trendy Lehanga Choli patterns with a deep neck cut. You can choose a wide range of fabrics to highlight your perfect figure such as raw silk, organza or Benarasi. If you are comfortable, you can opt for deep backlines or else Choli with thin straps.

If you have broad shoulders bring the focus to your neckline, with deep neck (Deep and not wide).

Don’t opt for heavily embellished necklines if you have a heavy bust. If you are flat figured with improper bust size or shape, choose an A-line Lehnga made up of soft fabric like Crepe and Georgette. Wear elaborately embroided Cholis.

To look taller go for U or square necklines. Avoid short sleeves and in fact sleeveless is a total no for short height. For disguising your short stature, drape dupatta in such a style that it flows from your shoulder to the knee. Don’t indulge in heavy work or heavy fabric dupatta.

If you have a broad waist ideal would be a longish kurti style Choli in dark hues. If you are heavy go in for a long length choli for a slimmer look with a deep neck showing a bit of cleavage.

Another popular dress for Indian Brides is the favorite Saree. Sarees have been a well known attire across the world. The wedding sarees are given alot of importance and are draped in different styles. Bridal Sarees come in different fabrics like: silk, georgettes, crapes, Banarasi, Kanjeevaram & silk. The price range for a bridal Saree are in the same range as the wedding lehngas. The embellishments on a saree can range from Zari to embroidery, organza, zardosi, sequence, cut work, mirror work, patchwork, pearl work, kasab and kundan. 

Women with a heavy bodytype should choose from georgette, silk chignon or chiffon. Very Thin girls go for organza, tissue and tussar saris. These saris give a fuller effect and a broad look. Shorter women should opt for sarees with little or no border in a single colour.

The third common outfit for an indian bride is the Salwar/Churidaar Kameez. Mostly bridal suits are available in silk and brocade. Heavy embroidery is made on the suits with zardosi and zari work. The prices vary from 5000- Over a Lac.

They range from traditional cut, Anarkali cut, Patiala Shalwar, Punjabi Suits.

Flaunt your slim figure but disguise your short height with long kurtas. For ladies with broad shoulders, without sleeves is a total no. Bulky women should cover up their arms and should go in for little longer sleeves say about 5 inches & take care that Kameez length is not too short.

Unconventional Bridal Attire

pale_turquoise_gharara1A gharara is a traditional garment, worn primarily by Muslim women in the Indian Subcontinent. It consists of a kurti (a short, mid-thigh length tunic), a dupatta (veil), and most importantly, a pair of wide-legged pants, ruched at the knee so they flare out dramatically. The Gharara are very popular amongst Muslim brides specially in North India & Hyderabad. Originally it was developed by the Nawabs of Lucknow. One can choose from normal or Farshi Gharara. The price range is from 15000 upto lac of rupees.

The Shararas have gained popularity in India off late. Popular amongst Muslims Sharara has a lot of flare and is slant stitched and it is longer than the conventional lehengas. A full length blouse is worn on a sharara. Price starts from 15000 and goes upto lacs of rupees.

Indian Christian brides choose from Bridal Gown specially in white or pastel shades. There are few good bridal gown designers in India and the price range starts from 10000 and goes up depending on the kind of work, fabric & style.

Drapes of sarees can change your look completely. Gujarati saree is commonly known as the seedha pallu saree, Maharashtra Sarees are eight metres instead of the usual five-and-a-half meters. The saree is a cusp between a saree and dhoti. Bengali Style sari is worn pleatless; it is wrapped around the waist, brought back to the right side and the pallu is thrown over the left shoulder, The Sixties style (Mumtaz style) is a long saree, a Parsi Drape or Gara is long and it’s pallav is draped in front when worn in the Parsi style.


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