Indian weddings are known to be extremely joyous, colorful and rich celebrations, composed of several functions and parties in which not just the bride and groom but all their friends and family members are included. The opulence of the events has to be reflected in the clothing worn as well. Since brides are the center of attention at Indian weddings (and most other weddings), bridal attire is necessarily the richest and most ornate of all. A lot of religious and cultural significance is attached to the bridal dress; it has to be traditional, elegant and fashionable, as well as being the most beautiful and ornate piece of clothing in the entire room. The bridal sari is such a hit precisely because it combines all the requisite qualities of bridal attire in one seamless, stylish package.
Of course, sarees are ancient Indian garments that have been worn for special occasions like weddings for many centuries. There are many traditional varieties of the Indian bridal saree that are produced in specific areas of the country and are the staple bridal attire in that region. Some of the best bridal sarees are these gorgeous regional varieties that have been worn for many years by blushing Indian brides. For instance, a Benarashi saree, the bridal version of the rich and opulent Banarasi sari, is the most coveted outfit for brides in Uttar Pradesh, while in south India, that honor would go to silk bridal sarees like the Kanjivaram sari. Another stunningly beautiful Indian bridal sari is the Paithani sari from Maharashtra, renowned for its fine silk fabric and intricate and opulent gold thread designs. Further south, Kerala Kasavu sarees made of white silk with gold borders are the norm for brides. At any conservative Indian wedding, bridal sarees from that region are a common sight. They have also transcended their regional boundaries and have become popular all over India. Sarees such as the richly woven and embellished Banarasi and Kanjeevaram sarees are popular picks in most bridal saree collections.
At the same time, there are many women who prefer to balance the traditional element with a more modern, stylish vibe. They prefer to go for designer bridal sarees which combine all the opulence and beauty of traditional Indian textiles and embellishments with appealing modern cuts and designs. Another attraction of the designer bridal saree is its exclusive and luxurious look. These are created by high end designers who utilize the finest of materials, most exquisite embroidery styles and artistic and innovative patterns to create something truly one of a kind. The latest bridal sarees often incorporate unconventional hues such as silver, white or grey and off-beat designs made with modern materials like crystals and beads. Though rich and ornate in their look, they are considered bold choices for the Indian bride.
Those with more traditional tastes will find plenty to choose from in any well stocked bridal saree collection. From bold red hues to attractive pinks and maroons, there are plenty of shades for the bride who wants to channel a completely traditional look. In most bridal sarees, India inspired designs and patterns are a given, even if they have an otherwise modern or off beat look. Bridal saree designs are created using exquisite indigenous techniques such as zari, zardosi, ek taar, mirror, beads, Kundan, cut dana, gota patti, booti and aari work. Intricate patterns of nature inspired motifs, mythological figures and artistic symbols are the most frequently seen designs in any bridal sarees’ collection.
Bridal Sari Styles and Trends
When it comes to bridal sarees, designer looks are considered the trendiest. Many Bollywood celebrities have chosen to wear designer bridal sarees for their own weddings which has further increased the demand for these gorgeous creations. However, the more traditional bridal sarees have an eternal appeal that does not really fade away because of new trends in the market. Ultimately, the choice of bridal sari is entirely based on what the bride wishes to wear and the cultural and religious expectations she has to meet.
Whatever bridal sari is chosen, it is extremely important for women to accessorize and style the look properly. Part of the quintessential Indian bridal look is the inclusion of heavy and ornate traditional jewelry. The type chosen would depend on the type of sari worn. For instance, a gold zardosi embroidered bridal sari would match beautifully with Kundan necklace sets, complete with traditional pieces such as the mang tikka, nath, anklets and kamarbandh. A more subtle south Indian bridal silk saree can be accessorized with heavy filigree gold sets or Thewa sets with mythological symbols. Designer bridal sarees can be accessorized with modern jewelry sets made of crystals, diamonds or precious stones, though it is very important to include multiple pieces to create the authentically ornate bridal look.