Indian wedding dresses are elaborate and elegant clothes worn by the bride, bridegroom and the guests attending the wedding. The dresses beautifully uphold the culture and ethnicity of the person. Weddings, being considered an auspicious occasion act as a place for women to dress in beautifully crafted wedding dresses and sarees.
Indian wedding dresses through the ages have been designed with heavy embroidery and adorned with sequins and tassels. Culturally, the most commonly worn colors in weddings are red and yellow. For the bride, a saree is mainly preferred as the bridal outfit in South, West and East India whereas in other parts, lehengas, ghagra choli and odni act as bridal dresses. Indian wedding dresses usually include a wide spectrum of various kinds of lehengas, ghagras, salwars and sarees.
These traditional outfits are mostly paired with heavy jewelry and often combined with purses or small bags. Through the ages, these dresses have gone through numerous modifications and changes. The present trends include off shoulder or cold shoulder blouses being paired with gorgeous skirts with flairs, long Kurtis or embroidered salwars being paired with palazzos and even lehengas in floral patterns. Most of these wedding dresses are combined with stunning dupatta which are gracefully carried, adding more elegance to the outfit.
The Indian wedding sarees mostly consist of heavy threadwork, embroidery, bead work, zari work and even stone and resham work. These sarees have been a major part of the Indian culture since the very beginning. These mesmerizing sarees are worn on various events during the weddings, which include the mehendi, sangeet, haldi and even on the final day of the ceremony. The Indian wedding sarees which are chosen for the bride are mostly red, a shade of turmeric yellow or traditional shades of pink. Sarees worn on weddings nowadays are most often made of georgette, chiffon or faux chiffon. These exquisite sarees are enhanced by the use of mirrors, sequins, beads and shimmering gemstones. The heavy makeup and jewelry further add grace to the bridal attire. Weddings are a lavish affair and thus extra care is taken regarding the dresses and ornaments.