Pre Wedding Functions Sarees
In India, weddings are no less than festivals- albeit more thought out, extremely elaborate and sacrosanct. The pervasive Hindu religion in India has a lot of rituals and ceremonies to be followed, before the wedding ceremony. The same goes for other sects and communities – like Sikhs, Muslims, Gujaratis, Jains, Bengalis and many more. Each group has many pre-wedding ceremonies and functions, which precede the wedding ceremony – making the whole affair a memorable and grand one.
The pre-wedding celebrations mainly include the engagement, ring ceremony, roka, Ganesh puja, mehendi (henna) function, haldi ceremony, sangeet, shagun and tilak – plus a few modish additions like cocktail parties and bachelorettes. These rituals may vary slightly across different communities – and other rituals may be added to the list.
The attire one selects for pre-wedding functions depends upon the type of ceremony or event. It should also take into account the importance and time of the event or ritual. For example, for a haldi ceremony women usually wear yellow and beige coloured saris or they may choose suits in the same color shades. For the ring ceremony, which is also a modish evening event, a shimmery sari with sequins and stone work is suitable. The ring ceremony is generally held after dusk, hence darker hues like black, brown, grey and magenta would be apt. For the mehendi function, saris in shades of green or other bright, peppy hues like pink, blue and yellow can be adorned with minimal accessories. While for the Ganesh puja and tilak – and also other traditional ceremonies, pure silk, handloom or brocade sarees with zari work and embroidery are good options. Again, keeping in mind the overall tone and theme of a pre-wedding function, a lady may choose her sarees. In fact, dressy lehenga saris, stylish fusion wear blouses and crop tops paired with light with border saris and other shimmery, trendy styles are also cool for modish and Western functions.
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