Selecting a Bridal Saree

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Indian weddings are solemnized with utmost sanctity amidst elaborate rituals and customs. According to the Hindu religion, it’s believed that the bride and the groom are bound for seven births. Owing to the importance of this day, a number of Indian parents start planning for their daughter’s wedding even before she is out of her nappies. As a result, pomp and show are inevitable on an Indian wedding.

Every bride tries to make her wedding day special by purchasing the best possible apparel and jewellery. For an Indian bride, the wedding apparel may differ according to her religion and caste. For instance, a Marwari bride may be dressed in chania choli, Punjabi bride in lehnga or salwaar-kameez, Marathi bride in Nau Waari and a Guajarati bride in Panetar. Though every wedding apparel has its own significance, but bridal saree is on top of the list.

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A wedding saree may be extravagantly beautiful but neither beauty nor perfection will depend only on the material and cost of the saree. As your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience, each and every detail of the saree is important and the following tips will help you to make the best possible selection of your bridal saree.

Latest Designs
Look for the latest designs that are not only elegant but also trendy and glamorous at the same time. The price of a bridal saree may vary from a few thousand rupees to a few lakh rupees. These are available in various varieties like zari, zardozi, mukaish, silk thread embroidery, pearl work, kundan, mirror work and many more. Moreover, these sarees are available in various fabrics like silk, georgette, chiffon and crepe. The fabric should be selected according to the season and it also depends on your personal choice.

Suit your body structure
A bridal saree must be selected according to your body structure, height and complexion. If you are even slightly overweight, you must avoid wearing sleeveless or puff-sleeved blouse as these styles tend to emphasize flabby arms. It’s a great idea opt for U-shaped or V-shaped necklines in such a case. On the other hand, halter necks and high collared necklines will be perfect choices if you are slim.

Red is the most accepted colour in a bridal saree but that’s not a hard and fast rule. For instance, the Gujarati panetar is a white wedding saree with a maroon border. Brides in UP prefer to wear a yellow wedding saree. Moreover, the color of a wedding saree also depends on your personal choice. If you have a dark complexion, you will look your best as a bride in pastel colors like peach or pink.

If you keep all these points in mind while selecting your wedding saree, you will surely look like an angel on your special day. Apart from this, the happiness and glow on your face will make your saree much more beautiful and alluring.

by Shaloo Verma