Wedding is one of the most important day in an Indian woman’s life. Her vesture for the day will be chosen, keeping in mind the tradition, new arrivals in the market, graceful colors etc. A Hindu bride in India mostly wears a saree on the wedding day. Sarees differ from place to place,caste to caste, area to area, across the territory. Nowadays brides choose contemporary sarees as well for their weddings.
North Indian bride prefers a net saree with different types of embroidery works on it. They are mostly transparent. Some of the north Indian brides may prefer lehenga-choli with elaborate dupatta.
Banarsi sarees are one of the kind preferred in Bihar and Bengal.They are silk sarees made in Kashi, modified with golden work in Bengal and are known for their gold and silver brocade. They are adorned with intricate design, and, because of these engravings, are relatively heavy.
Kanjeevaram is a traditional silk which is preferred by brides all over south India.It is known for its wide contrast borders. Popular amongst these are those with temple borders, checks, stripes, floral etc. Rich variety shows pallu with paintings of raja Ravi Varma, Indian epics, etc.Thecolor of the border is usually different from the main body.
Paithani silk is mostly worn by a Maharashtrian bride. It is characterized by the borders of an oblique and square design. A unique character of these type of sarees is their kaleidoscopic effect. Its pallu have designs ranging from mangoes to peacocks.
Pattu saree is a traditional attire of Kerala. Brides in Kerala during the auspicious tying of marriage knot in temple prefer to be in a pattu saree. It is mostly white or off white in colorwith golden border and pallu. It’s woven out of cotton and silk.
Bandhejis another kind of saree worn mostly by brides of Rajasthan, Gujarat and parts of Uttar Pradesh. Bandhani comes in a variety of colors, designs & patterns and these variations are region specific. The colors that are most prominently used in Bandhej are yellow, red, green, and blue.
Apart from these popular varieties there are some regional bridal wears exclusive to those areas like the Muga silk of Assam. The bride in Assam will hardly reject a muga silk for her wedding. Muga is one of the rarest silk produced in the world. It is produced only in Assam. It is totally golden yellow in colour and its golden luster increases with age. The bridal version of muga silk is known as mehelka-sadar, which is in two pieces.
Sambalpuri saree is a choice in Odisha. An Oriyya bride would by and large choose this kind of saree. They are known for their incorporation of traditional motifs like shanka(shell), chakra(wheel) and phul(flower). The work on the aanchal( or pallu) is what makes them unique.
Modern day brides prefer a lot of designer wears. Most designers play with colors, patterns and fabrics to create the modern wedding trousseau. All across India, there are some exclusive works done on bridal sarees. Some of the common ones include the Gota work, which is a type of metal embroidery done on pallu and hem of the saree and Zardosi which can be done to silk and net sarees.
All in all, weddings are a fashionable affair in India and the typical bridal sarees representing regions and cultures just addto the overall charm and beauty.