Friday, November 11, 2016
Traditional or Modern Bridal Lehenga Choli?
As soon as you nod for marriage to your significant other, being the bride, the next activity you would get busy with is planning the wedding. Owing to the colorful and unique nature of the ceremonies, western brides are increasingly opting for traditional Indian weddings. In place of white wedding dresses, they can wear bright colored lehenga cholis, sarees and even suits for Indian weddings. Starting from the pre-wedding ceremony, the wedding ceremonies and to the post-wedding rituals, nothing could be as more fun as a couple celebrating their wedding in a traditional way.
Traditional vs. Modern Bridal Lehenga Cholis
Irrespective of being a western bride planning a traditional Indian wedding, or being an Indian bride, the major things that you really need to think about is your bridal ensemble that you shall be wearing on your wedding day. In Indian weddings, brides from various regions wear different ensembles; however, the most popular ensemble is the bridal lehenga choli. Also known as ghaghra choli or chaniya choli, this ensemble comprises of several different pieces.
There is the lehenga - a long skirt and the choli. The choli is a fitted blouse which is worn over the lehenga. One can play with the length of the choli, a short one for having the midriff bare or having a waist length choli or having a kurta or jacket instead of a choli. A few more pieces, makeup and accessories are used to enhance the beauty of the bride on her traditional wedding. You can actually make your choice for the traditional or modern bridal lehenga.
Let’s take a quick look at the differences between the two in terms of material, style and design:
Irrespective of which region you are from, you are bound to have a blast wearing a traditional lehenga choli. There is a certain soothing feeling that most brides feel once they go through the traditional rituals with the intricately-crafted lehenga choli.
During ancient times, only the royals wore lehengas for their weddings. Over the years, it became the traditional ensemble worn by the brides in most parts of the country. The traditional designs of lehenga cholis include skirts in A-line shape, full flare, fish tail or mermaid design.
The traditional bridal lehenga cholis used to be made with heavy fabrics like silks and khadi; however, owing to the modernization of everything, lighter fabrics like satin, chiffon, net were brought into use. The embellishments now vary from zari, zardosi, thread work, resham work, mirrors, beads, sequins, stones, crystals and more.
Modern brides prefer finely embroidered dupattas in net and satin as they are soft and easy to carry. The latest trend also allows carrying two different dupattas, one for covering the head and other for the temporary ‘ghunghat’. Modern bridal lehenga cholis are also characterized by bright colors which offer mere royalty.
In the end, be it a traditional lehenga choli or a modern one, you are bound to look the best of you on your big day.