India is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse nations in the world, with some of the most deeply religious societies and cultures. Indian culture has a variety of traditions and customs. People love each ritual and tradition regardless of whether it’s of East, West, North, and South.
And over here culture and festivals vary from region to region, caste to caste and section to section. In India, the wedding is not just the binding up of two souls but a bond that is to sustain for Saat Janam. Indian weddings are a kind of life celebration and brides flaunt their best looks ever.
Here are few bridal looks from all around India that are so beautiful and will leave you mesmerized!
1. Sikh Bride
No matter what quantity of jewels and gems a Sikh bride is loaded with, her look is incomplete without the two most essential things chooda and kalire. As far as Anand Karaj function is concerned the bride can choose either Anarkali suit or go with a heavy lehenga. The head up to the forehead is covered with a veil for the ceremony.
The chooda of the bride can be of a white, red, pink, peach color that her maternal uncle and aunt give her. The kalire is tied to the bride’s chooda by her mama. They are small golden or silver trinkets that serve as a blessing to the bride.
2. Christian Bride
Christian living in India have some traditions and customs which depends upon the region they belong to like Mangalorean Christians, Goan Christians, North-East Christians, etc. Not all Christian bride wears a white dress for their wedding, some might opt to dress up with bright colored sarees for various functions.
But the bride who decides to go for white, have to adhere to some strict fashion rules, the first is the net veil placed with the help of tiara, second will be a train in addition to their dress and lastly a white flower bouquet.
As per their custom, the bride with her father walks down the aisle in the church. We generally see that Christian bride go for a white wedding and so there is a large variety of option available in dresses, veil, etc for one to choose. Coming to their jewelry they go for platinum, silver or a diamond neckpiece, earrings or a bracelet.
3. Assamese Bride
As per their tradition, the bride is supposed to dress up with a mekhla chadar which is regarded as a bridal outfit and is presented to her by the groom’s mother. The color of the saree is generally off white or cream embroidered with gold-work. They generally restrict the amount of jewelry or makeup worn but the maang teeka is regarded as something very important and sacred.
4. Punjabi Bride
Punjabi Bride usually goes for a maroon, pink or red lehenga for her big day. However, there is no compulsion regarding the color, they can go for any color of their choice but black and white are avoided. In addition to her heavy lehenga and jewelry, a nath or nose ring forms an integral part of her get-up.
5. Muslim Bride
The notable thing of the Muslim bride would be the jewelry they are adorned with particularly the jhoomar and the silk cloth worn by her on her wrist which contains a silver or a gold coin presented to her by the groom’s mother before the wedding. They also wear a garland which supports the veil which hides their face. They can show their face after their Nikah. Their eye makeup is something to die for!
6. Telugu Bride
The bride changes her outfit twice during the wedding. She wears a silk saree added with jewelry and the Kamar bandh for the ceremony where she is brought in a Bamboo basket or tokri by her brother and maternal uncle. And she wears a white cotton saree with a red embroidery for Jeelakarra Bellamu and Madhuparkam function.
7. Bengali Bride
A Bengali bride wears a saree that is either white or off white in color with red, maroon and pink embroidery. The traditional dress consists of bright pink, maroon or red Banarasi silk sarees accompanied with zari work. Alta is considered an auspicious part of the attire and is applied on the bride’s feet and palm.
8. Malayali Bride
Like other South Indian brides, these brides are too loaded with metal jewelry. Their outfit consists of a white silk saree with a golden border. They were floral jewelry which consists of gajra, bracelet, and necklace which is made from white and orange rajnigandha flowers as well as jasmine flowers.
9. Tamilian Bride
The first thing you will notice about a Tamilian Bride is her jewelry. Her hair is braided in an adorable way and is adorned with gold jewelry. Most of Tamilian Brides wear a multi-layer necklace made up of gold.
The head of the bride is decorated with heavy jewelry. It consists of a single string maang teeka with matha Patti and long earrings moving up till her hair bun. A Tamilian bride wears a bright colored Kanjeevaram sarees with a zari border.
10. Maharashtrian Bride
Mundavalya which is a string of flower is something which makes Maharashtrian Bride different from other Indian brides. The traditional outfit is made of silk saree with a golden border know as Paithani and hair made up into a bun decorated with mogra flowers. Their wear saree in a dhoti style.
11. Marwari Bride
Marwadi Bride has the heaviest attire of all consisting of a beautiful, heavy lehenga with silk or goldwork. The jewelry she wears matches the heavy lehenga. Borla, Kundan choker or neckpiece, a fingerlet, a gold Nath are of notable importance. During the rituals, the bride is laden with a bandhni odhni, which acts as a veil to cover the head or face of the bride.
12. Gujarati Bride
Her traditional outfit is made wisely which is connected to her community. These brides wear a saree with front-facing pallu. She changes into two dresses namely a Gharchola and Panetar.
A Gharchola is a bright red saree with zari and silk work in the checked and stripes pattern. It is given by her in-laws to show their acceptance of the bride as their daughter. On the other hand, Panetar is a white saree with red, golden and green dots handmade and richly designed. It is considered to be the last gift to her from the maternal side.
13. Oriya Bride
Her outfit consists of maroon, red and magenta-colored, majestical lehenga or saree with proper handwork. The traditional wedding outfit consists of a red chunari along with gota work. The couple has to wear traditional headgear for the ceremony.
14. Andhra Bride
Their outfit is the most sophisticated and simple of all. Jewelry consists of a bajubandh, neckpiece, and earrings. They wear a silk saree with checkered and patterned work.
15. Kashmiri Bride
The attire consists of a pheran, raffle-designed, in addition, there is an ari or hook embroidery at the neck, cuff, and edges of the color red, yellow and pink color. The headwear consist of Kalpush accompanied by a white color cloth with a golden glaze paper called Zoojh and completely is called Tarang.
16. Ladakhi Buddhist Bride
She wears a goncha and loose trouser skirt, the traditional costume. The goncha is made of a thick woolen material tied with a belt around the waist and a Kamar bandh. They wear a Perak (headgear) covered with black lamb adorned with turquoise stone which is a kind of blessing to the bride for a happy life ahead.
17. Parsi Bride
She wears a white outfit, a saree with beautiful heavy embroidery. Her head is covered with palla of her saree throughout the entire ceremony.
But the modern brides have restricted to cover their heads with the palla till the rituals are performed. The jewelry consists of platinum and white pearls.