Your wedding day is likely to be the most important and happiest day of your life, so it’s no surprise that so much care is taken over the clothes we wear on our wedding day. In practically every culture, wedding garments are incredibly special, and Asian culture is no exception.
The Importance of Colour
Indian weddings are known for being particularly colourful occasions. This means that everyone, the bride, groom, and wedding guests will be dressed in beautiful, colourful garments. Red is a popular colour for Indian brides as it symbolises good luck and prosperous fortune, making it the perfect hue for the bridal wear.
However, brides can be seen displaying just about any colour and may choose to use a number of different colours to add a touch of excitement. The below dress from Sonas Couture combines the traditional red colour, but adds other colours such as grey and gold, giving it a more modern touch.
The lengha is the bridal skirt worn by Indian brides. This skirt tends to be long with luxurious embroidery and is paired with a short blouse or choli, leaving the midriff bare. The term is often used to refer to the full outfit worn by the bride.
The sari is a little different to the lengha as it features a long, wide drape which is then wrapped around the waist and draped over one shoulder. Like the lengha, they are made in a range of bright colours and feature ornate embroidery, creating a stunning and luxurious garment.
The anarkali consists of a long dress that is usually ankle length, but can also be knee length. Like the lengha and sari, it features heavy embellishments and embroidery, but it keeps the midriff covered, presenting a look closer to that of western wedding dresses.
The bridal jewellery can also be a particularly important element of Indian bridal wear. While there are many variations on Indian bridal wear according to region of origin, religion and style, Indian brides tend to wear plenty of jewellery that may feature some of the following elements:
- Nath – this is a nose ring that usually has a long chain attached to it which is connected to one of the earrings.
- Maang Tikka – this is a decorative chain that is worn in the hair parting and along the hairline, featuring a large, jewelled pendant at the centre of the forehead.
- Haathpool – this is a piece of jewellery which features a bracelet and ring which is attached with chains.
- Jhumki – these are the bridal earrings which often feature precious metals and stones and tend to be ornate in style.
- Payal – this is the anklet traditionally worn by Indian brides. It will often feature small bells which will jingle when the bride moves.
Indian bridal wear is particularly special, offering a truly special and feminine style for the bride on the most important day of her life.