Wedding gowns - a secular favorite!
If you thought you’re going to spot the bride in a voluptuous wedding gown only if you've been invited to a Christian wedding, well, think again. For general observations as well as reports reveal that a flowing, pristine wedding gown has become a secular favourite with young brides-to-be. Now-a-days, marriages have become a magnificent affair, replete with resplendence in everything that you can think of. Young couples along with their parents, leave no stones unturned to make the wedding as memorable and splendid an occasion, as they can, of course, within their means. And would-be brides, it has been noticed of late, have been taking a lot of fancy in flaunting the good ol’ wedding gowns, traditional yet with unconventional improvisations.
Sarees and lehngas apart, wedding gowns have also become a major area of investment for brides hailing from diverse religious beliefs. Call it an impact of movies, a liberal attitude, a fixation of western lifestyle and customs, or simply the pretty and pristine look associated with wedding gowns, there are many who want to give it a shot on their D-day. While Indian communities apart from Christians mostly believe in loud dressing up of the bride, what it with elaborately embellished sarees and lehngas, heavy jewellery (mostly in gold), as an ensemble, it gives an extremely decked up look. Wedding gowns, on the other hand, no matter how frilly, ornate or flowing they are, usually give a very serene and sober look. Moreover, modern bridal fashion for such gowns come with a huge range of choices pertaining to the silhouettes, necklines, gown length, with also specific styles for headpieces, lingerie, veils, footwear etc.
Even though India relatively has been a little late in accepting the gown tradition, now brides are whole-heartedly fascinated by the allure and appeal of a Christian bride, and want to follow her footsteps. Gowns are now, in fact, a top-notch style statement in the wedding circuit, amongst Christian and non-Christians brides alike. Clearly, the times and trends have changed. NRIs as well as India-based brides are meticulous choosing wedding gowns for the most significant ceremony of their lives. This might also be accounted to the rising number of Indians settling overseas as well as the increasing prevalence of cross-cultural marriages. Hindu brides mostly select gowns in pastel shades such as off-white and subtle gold, for their engagements and receptions held in resorts and hotels. Even Muslim customs do not forbid gowns, consequently they are also opting for white as well as coloured gowns for mehndi functions, similar to that of Arabic weddings. The price of such wedding gowns range from Rs.4,000 to a lakh, as offered by various retails stores and designer showrooms. One can take their pick according to what suits their taste as well as their pocket.
Even in high-end thematic weddings, gowns are a popular choice, since it blends well with a vintage touch and delicate, old-world feel. Designers say that materials which are not available easily in India, are being imported to meet the growing demands of comely gowns, enriched with fine quality laces, silks, satin, hand-sewn crystals, Indian embroidery, faux pearls, rhine stones, etc. With such gowns, the volume as well as detailing of lehngas and sarees can easily be substituted with. Though very bold styles such as a broad back, off-shoulders or deep necklines are yet to be in vogue, most non-Christians prefer gowns that showcase an Indo-western fusion. The bottom-line remains, the upsurging trend is noteworthy.
Wedding gowns can thus accentuate your femininity in a unique way. Also, their growing popularity is encouraging designers to come up with new draping techniques, besides other details, to highlight the slim silhouette of the bride as well as to conceal undesirable bulges. Hindu brides also may choose to jazz up an usual white wedding gown with ethnic embroidered patters and motifs. All said and done, go for a wedding gown and you you’ll cherish the memory for years to come.
Also, check out different items for the wedding:
1. The Knot Wedding Shop’s unique place card holders are the perfect finishing touch to your wedding reception tables.
2. Capture those special moments with unique disposable wedding cameras for your guests, now on sale at The Knot Wedding Shop!
3. The Knot Wedding Shop has to-be-wed wear that’s cute for brides, cool for grooms, and perfect for moms and dads!