It’s almost time for the wedding season again. We all know the Big Fat Indian wedding is the beautiful fusion of the great Indian culture and tradition, fun ceremonies and such bright colors! There are family, cousins, friends and so much happening for days that it’s hard not to feel excited. And of course, who doesn’t love dressing up and looking like royalties in our best Indian clothes? The traditional saree is an all-time favorite for weddings. And it’s not just for the actual wedding ceremony but Indian sarees are the first choice for other wedding functions as well as the engagement, sangeet, mehndi and more.
If you didn’t know already, finding the right sarees for countless wedding rituals, before and after the D-Day is not that easy! There are so many options and so little time! Then again, being too extra or too plain or wearing the same thing over and over again is not an option! Hold on! Before you panic, we are here to help with some exceptional tips and tricks to selecting the best bridal and wedding sarees for all your wedding functions.
Making it official- Engagement Saree
Regardless of what people say, the engagement ceremony is quite a significant one. It is adorable when both the bride and the groom have butterflies in their stomach, trying to exchange coy glances and declaring their love for each other by exchanging the rings. It is the engagement ceremony that marks the official beginning of all the other wedding ceremonies too. As the bride-to-be, you can use the lovely prelude of engagement to set the tone of your wedding festivities to come.
You can choose an engagement saree that reflects your personality and style. It’s advisable that the saree you wear at your engagement is youthful and in sync with contemporary fashion. Your saree should make you look fresh and lively as this occasion marks the transition of your life. When picking sarees for engagement, stay clear of bright and loud colors with heavy embellishments – plenty of time to be flashy later. Instead, choose classy engagement sarees with subtle colors. You can select a simple beige colored silk saree with a heavy border or a minimalistic crepe saree with light embroidery and embellished blouse, pastel-colored lehenga sarees for engagements are also a good choice. You can even choose different hue colored sarees for this occasion too like purple engagement saree, mauve engagement saree, teal engagement saree, and more- the options are unlimited.
Haath peele Karna- Haldi ceremony
Technically the Haldi ceremony is not part of the actual wedding ceremony but it is an important ritual nonetheless. The Haldi ceremony is where the friends and family apply haldi (Turmeric) on the bride and the groom which is considered to ward off evil and enhance the skin’s complexion. Once upon a time, brides would wear any plain clothes for the haldi ceremony which would then be discarded. However, times have changed now and this fun ceremony is a great time for the brides to join the fun and frolicking with family and friends, and take some Instagram worthy pictures of course!
Considering that turmeric is yellow, bright and bold shades of yellow are the preferred colors to wear at the ceremony. As the haldi ceremony is more than a little messy, the bride’s saree should be light and comfortable. You can choose a simple georgette saree, a yellow chiffon saree, mustard-colored cotton saree, or even an art silk saree. In case, yellow is not your color, even shades of orange, mustard, beige color saree are good picks for the haldi ceremony.
A bride is incomplete until her arms and feet are decorated with sacred henna. This ritual is very sacred in Indian as well as middle-eastern weddings. As fresh henna is green in color, so green-colored sarees are an obvious pick for the mehndi ceremony. An emerald green saree or green saree with forest tint is ideal. Avoid lighter shades of green as the mehndi might stain the light green saree and ruin your pictures. As you will be sitting for a long time, choose sarees made with light fabrics like a green georgette saree, or olive green art silk saree or dark green cotton saree, crepe sarees are appropriate for celebrations and will be great for your pictures too.
Groove to the beat- Sangeet ceremony
The sangeet night is usually the one people look forward to the most. It is all about fun and foot-tapping melodies where your guests and you can dance till the morning light. While choosing the outfit for the sangeet night keep in mind that you need to look absolutely immaculate at the same time the saree can’t be too heavy that it will restrict your dance moves.
Remember Deepika Padukon looking ravishing in the blue georgette saree while shaking it on the dance floor in badtameez dil? That’s the perfect look for the sangeet ceremony. You can get some Bollywood inspired sarees for the sangeet too. Similarly, a bright half and half sarees, printed georgette sarees, lehenga sarees, beige art silk saree, net sarees, printed sarees all offer a splendid Sangeet look. Try stylish and new age blouse designs, or try a very edgy saree drape!
D-Day- Wedding Ceremony
This is the big day and it is quite intimidating. You know that all eyes will be on you and you have no idea what saree will you be wearing. Relax, don’t listen to all the unwanted advice or trend forecasts. Instead, go back to the basics and choose a bridal saree that you like and that suits your body type.
When it comes to choosing wedding sarees for the bride, you can not go wrong with the all-red traditional bridal sarees. You must choose a bridal saree that is elegant and chic yet practical and easy to carry. You must also choose the bridal saree that complements your skin tone, your accessories, and even the wedding theme. An elegant saree will give you a royal look that will stand out. A heavily embellished red and golden lehenga saree is a good pick for the wedding ceremony, a stunning pure silk saree or a red and green Banarasi silk saree, a kanjivaram south silk saree will all give you the blushing bride look that you desire.
The last ball- Reception
The great Indian wedding is concluded with a grand reception function where the bride and groom make their first appearance as Husband and Wife to the world. It is essential that this function is magnificent and dreamy. Shades of pink, red, and pastel colors are the most preferred choice for the bride to wear for the reception. Modern brides opt for heavily embellished sarees that are adorned with zari work, stonework, embroidery, motifs and more. If you want a more subtle but regal look, Banarasi silk sarees also offer an elegant persona for the blushing bride. Pure silk sarees with heavy border, Floral embroidered sarees are also trendy sarees to wear at the reception.
We hope this quick guide will help you find the best wedding sarees online for your big fat Indian wedding and ensure that your wedding is as magical as you dream of.