A wedding gown or traditional bridal gown is usually the formal dress usually worn by the future bride at a wedding ceremony. The color, design and social significance of this dress largely depend on the culture and religion of the wedding guests. There are four types of wedding gowns that are most widely used by most of the modern brides. The Saree, Jodhpuri, Ghagra and Safa. Each of these four have its own significance as it is worn in different religions and traditions. Here is a brief description of each of them:
The Saree is a traditional bridal gown that has been in vogue since the 18th century. This is a sleeveless, tight-fitting gown which is accompanied with a matching sari. It comes in a variety of colors such as white, ivory, red, etc. The fabric used to make this kind of wedding gown is specially made for this type of occasion. Made from crepe, silk, brocade or velvet, the wedding dress is usually sequined, embroidered or decorated with beads, stones or zardosi.
The Jodhpuri is another type of Indian wedding gown that has its origin in the state of Jodhpur in India. Named after the beautiful town named “Jodhpur Muiuddin”, this royal wedding gown was originated from the reign of Rama V (King Muhammad of Jodhpur). Its name Jodphur means “striking with one’s breath”. The colors available in this type of gowns are usually blue, red, cream and gold.
The Ghagra or Ball Gown Wedding Dress Style is another type of Indian wedding gown that is popular among most of the Indian brides. The Ghagra is a sleeveless, backless, A-line gown with a full skirt. The main features of this type of wedding gown is the neckline, skirt, sleeves and all. It is usually sequined, but other fabrics used are satin, silk and net. There is another style called the princess ball gown train which is also in the same style as the wedding gown train.
The embroidered or hand-embroidered Bridal Gowns is available in many different styles of sleeves and necklines. The most common is the A-Line silhouette, which starts from the waist and reaches till the hem. The princess cut, also known as the halter neck cut, starts from the waist and ends at the ankles. Halter gown wedding dresses also come in different styles of sleeves and necklines.
The flared or long gowns are very in. The choice of which type of wedding gown to wear depends on whether it matches your figure or not. It is common for brides to go for a straight gown with no shoulder puffs or choose the flare with a V-necked gown. For pear-shaped women, a long gown is best suited. The trumpet style of sleeves suits all figures, but for those with bigger busts, the flared styles of gown are best suited.