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Dressed in red adorned in her bridal ensemble every girl dreams of being the perfect bride on her wedding day. Wedding is one of the most anticipated moments that a girl waits for eagerly. An Indian bride irrespective of which culture she hails from is considered as the epitome of beauty and grace. India is a land of diversity owning to which the bridal outfit differs from place to place. The different type of bridal outfits worn by an Indian bride is what adds on to the beauty of Indian wedding.
An Indian wedding is more than the unification of two souls rather it is celebration of the joining of two families in the bond of togetherness. Our country is a wonderful eclectic mix of new and old age rituals and when it comes to weddings it’s a blend of the rituals. Every ensemble adorning the bride is symbolic of a tradition, of her rich culture. Right from a Punjabi bride’s kaleere to a Bengali bride’s chandan bindi, the variety of different attire is what adds on to the beauty of Indian weddings.
A bride is the centre of attraction at a wedding and every guest waits eagerly to catch a glimpse of her. So here we present before you some of the best bridal looks from across different cultures of Incredible India that is sure enough to take your breath away. Check em’ out brides!
The Oti Shundor Bengali bride look tops our list for its simplistic charm. A Bengali girl is naturally blessed with sharp features and with a minimalist makeup highlighting her features she looks like a swoon worthy bride. Dressed in a red or off white banarasi saree with zari work, Alta adorning her hands and feet, matha patti, Mukut on her head and not forgetting the chandan bindi or Phota adorning her forehead, a Bengali bride’s look is sure enough to sweep you off your feet with its charm and beauty.
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Donning a heavily embroidered lehenga or anarkali suit, with an equally heavy makeup, adorned with jewellery embedded with precious stones and not forgetting the mandatory Chooda and Kaleere on her hand, a Sikh bride’s look is surely to leave you awestruck. What adds more charm to her look is the veil that covers her head during the entire ceremony.
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The timeless beauty and charm of a Christian bride never seems to fade away. Dressed in a white wedding gown or saree, with a net veil adorning her head, minimalist makeup, minimal jewellery and a flower bouquet in her hand, a Christian bride’s look is surely to bewilder you with its enchanting charm.
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Muslim girls are blessed with a radiant skin and good features. Decked in a yellow ghaghra or green ghagra or a heavily pleated skirt or Sharara with an embroidered long sleeved blouse, dupatta on her head, mandatory Polki Maang or Jhoomar Tikka adorning her hair, nose ring and mandatory silk cloth wrapped around her wrist and contoured and highlighted cheeks her look is surely to make you to drool over it.
Assamese people believe in simplicity which is why their bride has a simple look. Wearing the traditional Mekhela Chadar paired with a silk cream or off white saree with traditional jewellery and minimalist makeup; an assamese bride looks simple yet beautiful.
Dressed in a bright colored Kanjeevaram saree with a zari border, hair tied in braid, decked up in traditional gold jewellery with a single strip maang tikka, matha patti and long dangling earrings a Tamilian brides look is reminiscent of her rich traditions.
As per the customs of Telegana a telugu bride is supposed to change her look twice during the ceremony. She wears a silk saree with a kamarbandh for the ceremony when she is brought in a tokri or bamboo basket by her maternal uncle and brother. For Jeelakarra Bellamu and Madhuparkam ceremonies she dons a traditional white cotton saree with a red border along with minimalist jewellery and makeup.
Rajasthan is known as a land of vibrant history and culture. A Rajasthani bride’s attire comprises of a ghagra choli with elaborate zari and gotta patti designs, Rani Haar & choker known as Aad, Rakhdi covering the head, bajuband and the essential Nathni. A Rajasthani bride’s ensemble signifies the rich traditions of Rajasthan.
Simple yet sophisticated is the way one would describe a Gujrati bride’s ensemble. Just like a Telugu bride a Gujarati bride changes her outfit twice during the ceremony. As per Gujarati traditions, a bride is supposed to wear a Panetar which is a white saree with maroon border and red and green dots during the initial ceremonies. For the main ceremonies like varmala, pheras, bidaai she is supposed to change into a Gharchola which is a bright red saree with silk and zari work in checkered patterns. She pairs her outfit with traditional jewellery which comprises of Gala No Har (necklace), Kan Ni Butti (ear ring), Nathni (nose ring), Poncho(bracelet), Bajuband (armlet), Bangadi (bangles), Patla (wide bangles), Chandlo (maangtika), Chadda(payal). A Gujrati bride pulls of her traditional look by pairing it with a light dewy makeup to looks the epitome of perfectionism.
A Mundavalya which is a unisex ornament made of two string pearls worn around the forehead with two dangling strings is what separates a Marathi bride from the league. Dressed in an auspicious red, green, yellow or purple Paithani saree with a Mundavalya and no makeup or minimalist makeup a Marathi bride’s look is surely to mesmerize you with its simplistic charm.The myriad of different cultures and religions offers a different and unique approach to the weddings. This is just a tiny teaser into beautiful bridal looks of a bride from Incredible India. Did the looks bewilder you its charm? Tell us in the comments below about your favorite Indian bridal look.
By Nitisha | 20 Aug, 2019
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