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Indian Wedding Stereotypes

The wedding season can be chaotic, with a hundred things on the to-do list and shopping galore. Indian weddings are known for their fanfare and vibrant colours, but what else are they notorious for? Strand of Silk has compiled a list of the top Asian wedding stereotypes. These stereotypes are observed and snickered at. They are not always openly spoken about, but everyone knows a stereotype when they see one! They add to the icing on the cake, the nuts on your ladoos and the sprinkles to the cupcakes. Every big fat Asian wedding has these stereotypes, all of which add to the vibrancy and festivities of a wedding.

Indian Wedding Sterotypes - Wedding Preparation

Most often than not, brides are demure, feminine, polite and understanding even amidst all the wedding planning and stress! They try to keep their cool even under the most frustrating scenarios, because she knows as soon as she loses it, so will everyone else in the family, triggering a train of conflict. Nonetheless, there are also those brides who are completely the opposite. Think of words such as vain, inconsiderate and putting on a VIP or diva-like behavior, leading to the terrible tantrum stages. Indeed, this is the bride who relishes being the center of attention, taking on the persona of a Bridezilla, and a queen of contradictions.

Indian Wedding Stereotypes - Bridezilla

However, brides are not the only ones that undergo mood swings during an Indian wedding! Indeed, let me introduce to you the classic Groom in Denial stereotype. Think of those lads forever acting like they are still bachelors and believe it or not are in absolute denial that they are about to tie the knot. Not only this, but their lives are about to change…for worse probably, in their minds! These grooms in denial though are definitely less out spoken than our dear bridezillas. They take in the wedding festivities one glance at a time, with no one quite able to read into their thoughts.

Indian Wedding Sterotypes - Groom in Denial

Now, the next stereotype is one of my absolute favourites and puts an all too familiar smile to my face, known as the Know it All Aunties. Be it from A to Z, they will know the answers to everything or at least claim to. They are the dictionaries of advice and remarks, whether you ask for it or not; “How big have you grown!”, “You need to eat more,” and “It’s your turn to get married now”, with a pinch on the cheeks. Indeed, I am painting a picture of an all too familiar horrific (yet humorous) setting. These Aunties will have an opinion about everything from the fashion to food, the décor to the relatives, and the ceremonies to the couple.

Indian Wedding Stereotypes - Know it all Aunties

Not only are there stereotypes linked with these common characters you find at a wedding, but stereotypes also lie within the other intricate details of a Big Fat Asian Wedding such as the attire. Indian weddings are incomplete with bling, riots of colours and over-the-top outfits. More and more brides and their families are opting for designer pieces that exude elegance and a classic minimalism. That’s not to say that sequins, shine and embellishment are not welcome. They are still present in Indian weddings, but in moderation. Moreover, brides are opting for hues other than the classic red and gold combination. As breathtaking and exquisite this combination is, the Indian bridalwear horizon is expanding and putting aside stereotypes that a bride must only be seen in red. In fact, modern brides can be seen wearing shades of pink, orange, green and blue to name a few hues, similar to these stunning bridal lehengas by Anita Dongre.

Gorgeous Anita Dongre Lehengas available at Strand of Silk
This post is provided by Strand of Silk, an online retailer of contemporary Indian fashion and bridal wear.

For more inspiration, insight and non-traditional Indian wedding ideas, read on!

Images via Pinterest, Michelle Newell Photography, Beauty for Brides, Adit Studio Photography

 

Indian Bridal Dresses: Five Traditional Dresses You Just Can’t Ignore

India has always been big on traditions and customs. In fact they are the true essence of India. Each Indian state has its own set of rituals, customary food and clothes that make them unique. Many such cultures are slowly dying with people opting for modern alternatives. For the revival of said beautiful customs and practices, we have put together a list of breath taking traditional Indian bridal dresses.

The Pheran

Nargis Fakhri in Rockstar dressed as a typical Kashmiri Bride in the complete attire. The brides wear a loose fitting shirt known as the Pheran which is most suitable for the cold climate. Indian bridal dresses such as these are accessorised with jewellery and a head gear known as the Kasaba which is a piece of cloth. The Kasaba is embroidered and embellished with silver trinkets that hang on the forehead.

The Pheran
The Pheran

The Kanjeevaram Sari

A traditional Tamil bride wears a beautiful and elegant 9 yard Kanjeevaram silk Sari in bright colours and brocade work. Heavy traditional jewellery like the Oddiyanam or waist belt, Nethichutty or maang tika, Vanki or arm band and Maangamalai a mango shaped necklace is worn.

Kanjeevaram Saree
Kanjeevaram Saree

The Gharara

Most Muslim brides opt for a very traditional Indian dress called the ‘Gharara’. The Gharara originated in Lucknow during the era of Nawabs. It consists of a kurti, dupatta and wide legged pants that are ruched at the knees and flare gracefully. Indian bridal dresses such as these are the epitome of elegance.

Gharara
Gharara

Princess Mehrun-nisa of Rampur is seen dressed up as a typical Muslim bride with the traditional gharara and jewellery like the Mathapatti and Jhumar. In most Ghararas, the kurti is left plain while the dupatta is wrought with heavy brocade, and embroidery. The flared pants are paid the most attention ranging from chiffon, to Kamkhab and Benarasi material with intricate zari and zardozi work.

Gharara
Gharara

The Paithani

A Maharashtrian bride is incomplete with the traditional Indian dress, Paithani. Paithani is a silk sari hand-woven in Aurangabad. They have detailed patterns and motifs like the border has oblique and slanting patterns while the pallu usually has a peacock made on it. Traditionally, the brides only wore yellow and golden Paithanis for their Indian bridal dresses, but over the years the colours blue and green have increased in popularity. The jewellery is somewhat heavy with a gold choker and several other long necklaces, traditional Marathi jhumkas, mango shaped nose rings and a bajuband or armband.

Paithani
Violet Paithani
Paithani
Orange Paithani

The Mekhla Chadar

The traditional wedding dress of Assam is the Mekhla Chadar an off white or cream sari made of Muga silk. It is characterized by striking golden silk embroidery all over the sari. It actually consists of three different pieces of clothing meticulously draped so that it distinctly resembles a sari. The traditional Assamese jewellery is called the Jun Biri which is handmade wrought with coloured stones and is half-moon shaped. The Maang tika is a very important element of these Indian bridal dresses, as it has typical Assamese motifs.

Mekhla
Mekhla

Be beautiful. Be opulent. Go traditional with your Indian bridal dresses!

 

From Indian Clothing to the Grand Decor: The Richness of an Indian Wedding

India is rich in diversity and this element is evident in everything from the food, Indian clothing, customs and traditions. This diversity and richness is also reflected in Indian marriages. Marriage not only symbolises the sacred union of two people, but also the union of two families.

Describing the sheer joy and festivity surrounding an Indian wedding would truly be a Herculean task. So I will let these Indian wedding photographs provide you with a glimpse into the vibrant and cultural extravaganza of an Indian wedding! The bride and groom both look lovely in their Indian wedding clothing. The groom is seen wearing a creamy gold sherwani with subtle, but intricate embroidery. The groom is also seen wearing a turban or sehra with white flowers tied in suspended strings, with his exquisite Indian clothing. The bride is wearing a beautiful mustard and red bridal lehenga with a royal blue border. The colour red in Indian clothing symbolises fertility, prosperity and marital bliss. The bride has beatifully styled her ensemble with elaborate jewellery made of gold and precious stones, as well as a ghunghat or veil, draped elegantly over her hair as a sign of respect to the gods. The bridal veil also adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to the Indian clothing.

From decorating your hands with intricate mehendi designs, to jazzing up the festivities with beautifully adorned horses, the list goes on when it comes to dealing with the intricacies of an Indian wedding! Nothing compares to that special butterfly feeling you get when you are going to see your better half on your actual wedding day! And for some, reality doesn’t begin to sink in until the wedding ceremonies have commenced. For others, the entire experience feels like a dream world!

Once the wedding ceremonies have finished, the photo sessions commence and the bride and groom can truly be the center of attention in their impeccable Indian clothing. Everyone wants to snap a photo with the bedecked handsome groom and stunning bride. On top of this, the photography stage has been decorated with high attention to detail from the gold and red drapery, to the elegant vine leaves trickling down from the ceiling. Not to forget the exquisite floral setting teeming with flowers in every colour such as red, white, lilac, pink and orange. At a closer glance, you will be able to notice the bride and groom’s lavish gold seat with plush red seating. The next morning, you can pinch yourself to make sure that your dream wedding actually did take place!

Beautiful Henna Design
Beautiful Henna Design
Indian Wedding Horse
Indian Wedding Horse
Indian Horse - Indian Wedding
The groom all set and on his way to the wedding venue on a horse!
Groom - Indian Wedding
The groom is all smiles and ready for the festivities to begin!
Indian Bride - Indian Wedding
Here comes the stunning bride!
Wedding Ceremony - Indian Weddings
Let the wedding ceremony commence!
Photo time - Indian Weddings
Photo time!
Photography - Indian Weddings
Say cheese!
Group photo - Indian Weddings
A gorgeous group photo is a must at Indian weddings