“A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.” ~ Carolina Herrera
The bridal attire on the wedding day truly is a remarkable one, and is selected with utmost care and time. Every girl dreams of her wedding day, and the wedding dress that she is going to put on as she steps into matrimony. A typical Jane Austen type story with her bridesmaids by her side and her family smiling with tears in their eyes – all too well-known for the romanticism and typically associated with Christian weddings. Muslim and Hindu weddings are equally dreamy in their functions; and there’s the bridesmaids and family too! – just filled with emotion and love on your special day. In these different religions across Kerala, the dedication and care that is spent into weddings and the attire is all-consuming, and the one aspect that holds them uniquely apart is in their clothing chosen for the sparkling day – read on to be enlightened!
The White Gown
Traditional movie-style, Christian weddings are all too well known for their elegant attire, with the classic white gown for the bride. Although its standard custom to see the bride dressed in white, it’s not uncommon to see that they also do choose to alternately wear a saree instead.
With the gown, there are different styles that a bride can consider when it comes to her wedding day. The commonly seen style is the ‘Princess’ or ‘Ball-Gown’ cut, known for its grand skirt that makes one truly feel like a princess on the momentous day. However, how about considering something different instead, such as:
• Chiffon Skirt
• Empire Waist
• Organza Cut
• Lace Wedding Dresses
Naturally, you can even have combinations of these in order to be able to make your wedding gown truly spectacular!
Graceful in its attire, a typical Muslim wedding has the bride adorned with jewellery and draped in a gorgeous and embellished ‘lehenga’ – a three piece set that consists of the skirt, a blouse, and a ‘dupatta’; the shawl that is arranged over the head. This particular outfit is largely popular in Kerala, with the latest trend being the Arabic Lehenga – a long blouse piece that is layered over the long skirt. For this, you could either have a flared skirt or an A-line cut in order to have the blouse sheen gracefully over the skirt. However, there are a variety of skirt styles that you can obtain to make your lehenga distinctive, to name a few examples:
• The Mermaid or Fishtail
• Panelled Lehenga
• Straight cut
The ‘saree’ is predominantly common in Hindu weddings, as shown in the below picture. The draping of the saree is expertly completed in a fashionable manner in its pleats at both the waist and across the shoulder, that is so intricately and neatly accomplished to create a truly sophisticated look. In Kerala, there are primarily two types of sarees that are used on the wedding day; the ‘Settu Mundu’ or the ‘Pattu Saree’. The former type of attire encompasses two pieces with no pleats across the waist, and is widely known for its distinguished colour use in off-white with a golden border. The ‘Pattu Saree’ on the other hand comes in a wide variety of shades, and is traditionally a silk saree, embellished gracefully to make the lady look truly like a bride on her wedding day.
About to get married? Excited yet about your wedding dress? If you’re looking to buy your wedding attire for your upcoming wedding with your family, be it the classic gown, lehenga, or saree, our wedding planners are wizards in assisting and providing suggestions across these styles. Do feel free to contact us at EvenTree and we’d be absolutely delighted to assist. 🙂