Wedding Dress: Style 1-5

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We are often asked questions concerning tradtional bride and groom dress for different regions within the indian sub-continent. Here’s some information that you might find useful.

Indian brides dress up in different attires across the length and breadth of India. In some regions, red and maroon are favored colors and in places like Maharashtra, green is the preferred color. Biharis and Kannadigas consider yellow saris auspicious. Parsi and Christian brides wear white. You can see here how wedding attires vary according to regions. Even the grooms wear different kinds of outfits and turbans.

Wedding Dress Style 1: Gujarati bride and groom dress

A Gujarati bride typically wears her sari tied in the Gujarati style with the pallu draped in front. She may choose, that is, white with a red bandhini border or Gharchola, which is red bandhini with gold squares. Though red is auspicious, modern colors like jade, peach and blue are making their way in. Grooms wear dhoti kurta in pale shades like cream or fawn, offset with a colorful bandhini dupatta.

Wedding Dress Style 2: Rajasthani bride and groom dress

Rajasthani brides wear a poshak comprising ghagra, choli and chunari. Red, orange and maroon are preferred colors along with parrot green. The bride wears a rakhri at her forehead and a choker around her neck along with dangling earrings. Armlets called bajuband and gold and ivory chudas or bangles also make up the bridal adornment. Grooms wear a golden achkan or long coat with churidar, jutis and a saffron turban with a serpench. Grooms also wear jewelry around their neck and waist.

Wedding Dress Style 3: Bihari bride and groom dress

Bihari brides favor red and yellow saris. She covers her head with the pallu. Her hair is adorned with a tikla matching her outfit. Bichiya or toe ring is essential wear apart from heavy gold jewelry and red bangles. The groom wears dhoti kurta with a headgear called maur. He wears the traditional tika on his forehead. Nowadays, grooms are opting for sherwanis and bandhgalas.

Wedding Dress Style 4: Bengali bride and groom dress

Bengali brides opt for Banarsi saris with heavy brocade work. They wear a large red bindi with small white dots around it, a mukut or crown made of soft shoal wood with sandalwood or fuller’s earth carvings and a veil. Alta or red paint on their feet and conch shell bangles are essential wear. This picture will give you an accurate idea of the facial makeup. As she’s lifted by her maternal uncles on a piri, she hides her face behind betel leaves. The groom wears a silk kurta and dhoti with a garland made of flowers.

Wedding Dress Style 5: Assamese bride and groom dress

Assamese brides are epitomes of simplicity. They drape muga silk shawls as an upper garment, like a pallu while the bottom half of the garment is called lungi. Traditionally, the bridal mekhla chadar  is in cream with motifs of flowers, animals and birds. Some brides may wear a mukut or white crown influenced by Bengali culture. For Assamese brides, sindoor, rather than the mangalsutra is a symbol of matrimony. The groom wears a dhoti, kurta and drapes a silk shawl around his shoulders.

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