There is red and then there is Bridal Red. If you happen to be in India or ever attended an Indian wedding you would know that there is more that one kind of “Bridal red”. You have the dark maroon, that is oozing with luxury which South Indian Brahmins (like me) prefer for our wedding saree, particularly for our Nine yard sarees that we tie the knot in. You then have the lush tomato red or a soft pinkish red that is favoured by modern day North Indian brides for their Ghagras as they want to be slightly different while still being traditional. You can find a rusty red that a groom would wear in his reception Sherwani. You have the brick red that is slightly generic but a must at weddings for a lot of guests would be attired in it. In between you would find the mother of the groom in a dominating yet subtle dull red holding the position of power. You would also find the orangish sindoor red in the skirts of the little girls running around the mandap, trying to play ‘bride’. In the midst of all this, there is one particular shade of red – rich, brilliant and royal, one that captivates your attention like no other – The Rich Indian Bridal Red.
Unlike blue, which suits all skin tones, red is a tricky color to wear. So even when brides shy away from wearing bright reds in their clothes, they use them in their accessories as it is a “Shubh or auspicious” color. A while back, I got a call from a girl who wanted to give her sister a surprise wedding gift. She had seen one of her friends wear my Red roses bridal set for her wedding (Haldi function) and had fallen in love with it. She wanted a beautiful set in red and gold for her sister as she thought she would look pretty in it, though it was not a tradition in their family to have such a function.
However She wanted it in less than a week’s time with a considerable reduction in cost to fit her budget. To begin with it seemed impossible but I didnt have the heart to say no to her because of the emotion behind it. So I figured out how to make it work and created the set. Here it is.
It is simpler compared to the first one but still contains a Necklace, a pair of earrings, haath phool ( tie up style) and Maang Tika with head chain. Indian Brides wear Mehendi or alta on their hands during their wedding but I think with this haath phool, a simple coat of nail polish will suffice. What do you think?
This set is my third bridal set involving red roses with hopefully one more on the way. I did make a pink set with real flowers and white set resembling Jasmine flowers in between. Will post them soon.
Apart from Red, white and gold I am not aware of any distinct bridal colors from around the world, are there any important bridal colors in your culture? Please share with us in the comments.
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