(Last Updated on : 20/07/2011)
Bridal lehenga is one of the most important and elegant attires of Indian weddings. Wedding is considered as an auspicious occasion in India and the bridal outfits are given special attention. Bridal Lehenga demands keen attention as it is the main attire and adds charm and elegance. A bit of cautious planning and right selection of the bridal lehenga will help in avoiding any unwanted situation. Factors like choice of suitable colour, designs and the correct fit play an important role in deciding the right bridal lehenga.
Types of Bridal Lehenga
Although, today the Indian brides have an ample variety of wedding dress to opt for but still the lehengas are the most preferred and the admired ones. Today, bridal lehengas are available in a diverse variety of styles ranging from simple lehengas, traditional wedding lehengas to designer wedding lehngas. One can find bridal lehangas for all occasion right from pre wedding ceremonies to the main wedding day. The bride can wear wedding lehengas on the wedding day and other simple types of lehengas on the other days.
Styles of Bridal Lehenga
In India, bridal lehengas hold superiority since ancient times. The attire of the brides differs in different parts of the country. Salwar-Kameez is the main attire of a Punjabi bride; a nine-yard Saree is the bridal wear of a Marathi bride while a Rajasthani bride would invariably opt for a colourful lehenga. Lehengas are mainly popular in states of Rajasthan
. But now a day bride from many region wish to wear lehenga as bridal attire. Bridal lehengas are mostly available in affluent colours, which imply festivity, fertility and richness.
Colours of Bridal Lehengas
It is true that a wide variety of colours are available for bridal lehengas. So, it becomes very important to choose the right colour for the bride. Light coloured lehengas like ruby red, bright orange, rust, turquoise and navy blue are well suitable for a fair complexioned bride. However, they should try and avoid pale colours or pastel shades. On the other hand a dusky complexioned bride can opt for colours like peach, lilac, bright orange, red, magenta, sky blue, sea green, pink and shades of blue. Usually for wedding purposes dark coloured lehengas are avoided. Further, colours of bridal lehengas also differ as per the different occasions of a wedding ceremony. For the evening occasions, bridal lehengas in the shades of deep navy blue and sapphire blue with a hint of silver are perfectly suitable. On the other hand, for morning occasions brides can opt for gold and copper shades of lehengas.
Designs of Bridal Lehenga
A lehenga is basically an Indian long skirt worn, with flair towards the bottom. It resembles flowing robes. It covers from the waist to the ankles. A long or short-length Indian blouse, called Choli and Dupatta complete the look. Both Ghagra and Choli, are made exquisite in matching shades and gorgeous designs, created on rich fabric, like silk
, crepe, georgette, chiffon, etc. However, when it comes to considering the elaborateness of designs, the Dupatta do not lag behind. In fact, the design patterns vary from one Lehenga-Choli to another. It depends on the concept of the dress-designer or the dress-manufacturer. Often, styles of presentation differ according to the demands of the customers. The glittering stitching designs of a traditional bridal wear vary from mirror-work, Zardozi
-embroidery, beads-work, and Zariwork.
Wonderful mix and match drapery is the main attraction nowadays. The lehenga-choli-dupatta with its grand get-up makes a bride look gorgeous like a queen on her wedding day. It is thus because of its elaborate look that lehenga-choli is preferred as the bridal wear among most of the communities in India. Lehenga-choli, with its charm and magnificence will continue to enhance the beauty of the Indian brides over generations.