Jan 31 2019
Earlier, an Indian bride’s only choice for their wedding was saree. But today wedding gowns are also being preferred by the brides. Now, most of the Christian brides wear gowns, and the most interesting fact is that even non-Christians also wear gowns during the wedding celebrations.
The gown trend was prevalent in Goa for many years, especially due to the area’s Western influence. But for Kerala-based Christian brides gowns are slowly becoming a style statement. Many consider the gorgeous gowns have an alluring beauty of its own, even though many call it a Western fixation.
Nowadays, Hindu as well as Muslim brides wear gowns of pastel shades like off white and subtle gold for their engagements and receptions. According to Muslim tradition, gowns are acceptable with a veil or a shawl, so Muslim brides wear brightly coloured gowns for mehendi functions.
The price of a wedding gown varies from Rs 4,000 to 1 lakh! For uniqueness in designs and sizes, many people opt for customised gowns from designers.
Usually materials used for gowns like Italian Chantilly, Thai silks, Dutchess satin etc are imported.
Gowns with Indian embellishments like embroiders are in great demand as they offer a fusion style. For hi-end weddings, gowns embellished with Swarovski crystals too are used. Many still prefer conventional styles in wedding gowns and among the various designs; A-Line gowns are the most popular. But NRIs and those who are into cross-cultural marriages prefer off shoulders, spaghetti straps, low backs etc.
Gowns with flairs and those with a mermaid line accentuate femininity. A personalised styling from a designer can highlight the figure or can hide any unseemly bulge with innovative draping techniques. And if non Christians think a white gown is odd, jazz it up with traditional embroidery patterns and motifs. So go ahead and be the show stopper at your own wedding donning a gorgeous gown. No doubt, gowns are going to be the most stylish statement you can ever make on your special day.
Picture courtesy: Reji Bhaskar & Nias Marikar