Carefully choosing what is worn to a traditional Indian wedding is extremely important whether you are the bride or a part of the wedding party. Indian weddings are known for their grandeur and festive bringings, but they are also known for their style and their glamour.
A wedding is usually accommodated with days of celebrations and rituals. Dressing accordingly will make the wedding ceremony much more enjoyable for all as well as the rituals more glorifying. Take a look at the traditional Indian bridal wear and you can be certain that you are wearing the proper attire to a traditional Indian wedding.
The Indian bride typically wears a dress made of a bright red fabric. Unlike in the US where white gowns are worn, the red dress means happiness to her new family and life ahead and white is a color used to mourn at funerals. Black is never worn by the bride to a wedding ceremony, and no one in the wedding party or in attendance of the event should wear black either.
Traditionally the bride will wear a red bridal lehengas that are embroidered with silver or gold as well as stones, crystals and sequins around the neck and on the arms and other areas of the garment. The skirt is ankle length and paired with a choli. The choli top shows the midriff and features tight sleeves. Most Indian brides will wear a dupatta or a chunni as well. This is a long stole that wraps around the neck and over the shoulders.
There is another option for the bride, which is a salwar kameez. Many brides choose to wear this in weddings today, but this is all a personal decision. This is a tunic-like dress combined with salwar and a dupatta. All of the pieces are heavily embellished, and available in red satin and other expensive materials.
The bride always wears red in India weddings, and her wedding party will accommodate her bright colors with the dressing they choose. The wedding party will not wear red, however, they will look for colors on the same hue level. All of the wedding party’s garments will also feature embellishments.
The groom’s dress for a wedding ceremony depends largely on the family’s location in India and his personal preferences. Some grooms wear traditional long jackets. Known as Achkans, these long jackets reach the knees and sometimes lower. They are worn with churidars, or tight trousers that bunch at the bottom of the leg on each side. Other options include kurta pajamas with matching shirts and trousers adorned with embroidery and others wear Jodhpuri suits.
As you can see, the selection for the groom is large.
Both bride and groom, as well as all in attendance of the wedding party, are required to dress appropriately and with clothing that accommodates Indian religions. Some ceremonies will require that you cover your head as you enter a place of worship.
To dress according to Indian religion, the clothing worn to the ceremony should cover the shoulders and cover your legs, even if sitting in the floor. You should not show any more skin than what is required and always honor the temple or church that you are entering.
The Traditional Indian Wedding
By accommodating the traditional Indian wedding colors you can greatly honor your heritage and carry on the tradition of your family and your history. It is always possible to add a bit of modern touch to the wedding, however this should be done modestly so not to take away from the traditions you are trying to behold.