A traditional Gujarati wedding is a right mix of rituals, eye-popping colours, music and the rich culture of the state. A Gujarati wedding has got a number of pre-weddings and post-wedding functionsWell, this is not about the rituals of a Gujarati wedding but about the beautiful Gujarati bridal look.
Traditionally Gujarati bride wears an ethnic saree that is draped in the state's own style. 'Panetar and gharchola' are traditional sarees of the Gujarati brides. Panetar, a white silk saree with red and gold zari border, is a gifted to the bride by the maternal uncle while gharchola, woven using silk and zari threads with bandhani work, is gifted to her by the in-laws. Usually, the bride will wear the panetar at the beginning of the ceremony and will wear the gharchola at the end of the ceremony. The red or green gharchola saree is embellished with floral and animal motifs.
Gujarat's centuries-old tie-dye techniques are visible in both these sarees. They are decorated with mirrors and have unique weaving techniques. The panetar saree is not plain the white body will have linear stripes or sometimes golden checks.
The Gujarati saree drape is quite different from the traditional saree drape we are used to. The pallu which is draped over the right shoulder is pleated and fixed to the left hip. Though many brides are opting for designer lehengas and other more global bridal wear many ladies still prefer to stick to their roots and wear the panetar and gharchola in a traditional way.
The bride will wear gold jewellery that will include ornaments in precious metal and kundan pieces. The usual jewellery pieces are large choker type necklaces, long gold chains, chandelier earrings, maatha patti, toe and finger rings and an elaborate nose ring or nath is a must for a Gujarati bride. The arms will be adorned with a mix of gold and glass bangles. Gujarati brides also love to wear an armlet around their forearm.Placing a dupatta over the head completes the Gujarati bridal look.