As one of the world’s most religiously and ethnically diverse lands, India boasts unique, culturally rich wedding ceremonies that run from elegant and sophisticated to beautifully intricate.Part of the complexity stems from the concept that when an Indian couple marries, entire families and communities are involved.

The Big Fat Indian wedding can be anywhere from three days to one week long and typically includes several events.

Indian brides and grooms wear bright, vibrant colors and are usually decked out in gold jewelry and at least three or four dresses are worn for all the different rituals involved.Many Indian brides wears a traditional red sari, since red represents happiness and good luck , adorned with crystals and real 24-karat gold thread. White is avoided since it’s a color reserved for mourning. The groom wears a Kafni, a long shirt extending to the knees, with Pijamo, leggings. The groom also wear a turban.

Some of the most popular fabrics used for bridal wear are Silk, velvet, Chiffon, Cotton and Georgette, all with heavy intricate work to grace this auspicious occasion. Silk Fabric drapes beautifully and instantly bring a very formal look to any silhouette.Pure georgette is woven out of silk and is a light-weight, crinkled and sheer fabric apt for lehengas.Chiffon is a dreamy fabric used to create flowy anarkali gheras and heavy sarees.Velvet like silk is one of the ostentatious fabrics which is elegant and has always been associated with royalty.Velvet yokes with other flowy fabrics and velvet blouses are a winter staple for sure. They are widely used in all kinds of bridal wear.