Culturally rich, full of colors and liveliness… that’s how I would like to describe India. Though describing a country like India in one sentence is complex therefore I wouldn’t try to commit that mistake. Instead I would like to go some extra mile to enlighten everyone about the vibrancy of what I like most about Indian customs and tradition. It’s none other than the effervescent big fat Indian weddings. India is known for its cultural and religious diversity, where each state has something special to offer in terms of tradition, ritual and fashion.
Wedding trousseau trunk of Indian brides varies from state to state and religion to religion. The trousseau of a Bengali bride boasts of two primary colors – red and white. Considered as auspicious color in Hindu weddings, red colors rules the trousseau of a Bengali bride accompanied with intricately crafted gold jewelry. Choker necklace, jhumka earrings with shankha pola (red & white bangles) are considered as the most treasured pieces in her bridal trousseau.
Contrary to the Bengali bride, a Rajput bride put emphasis on the grandeur and opulence of the Rajput culture. Her trousseau will be packed with embellished outfits dipped in rustic color palette with accents of golden zari and gota work. Her treasure box essentially comprises of gold choker necklace, nath (nose pin), earrings and the bor (traditional maang tika). Classic heirloom jewelry assortment and charismatic kundan ornaments prettified with colorful gemstones like rubies, emerald and topaz add a touch of royalty to her trousseau.
Punjabi weddings are all about more glamour and glitter. Amidst the drum beats and festive galore, a Punjabi bride is decked up in richly embellished lehenga choli or a gorgeous salwar kameez. Scintillating gold jewelry highlighting opulence with zari and zardozi embroidered Indian bridal wear completes her look for the wedding. The trousseau of a Punjabi bride includes a large variety of Indian bridal dresses ranging from salwar kameez, sarees, and lehengas.
Moving from north to south, a bride from a Malayali family exudes beauty through sparkling precious yellow gold jewelry. Draped in the traditional white Kasavu saree with golden self woven threads into it, the bridal trousseau of south Indian bride include dozens of gold necklaces, earrings, saree belt, bracelets and bangles that are a symbol of prosperity and growth of the family.
With every passing season, fashion is evolving and so is the wedding industry. Fashion designers are experimenting with Indian bridal wear designs. From jacket style lehenga to bridal sarees with a sari belt, fashion designers are bringing up new styles to allure the modern brides. According to the Indian wedding dresses 2013 trend report, new refreshing colors will be ruling the palette for example aquamarine, ivory, vintage pink and peach. Haute couture dresses with extra flare and ruffles and a touch of vintage will be the new fashion for wedding 2013.