Oriya weddings are best described in one word i.e. minimalistic. The weddings are simple yet elegant and are designed keeping in mind age-old traditions and rituals. Everybody, including the bride and the groom are dressed in sarees and dhotis, respectively. While a dash of richness has always been observed in the clothing, women choose to wear sarees which are a blend of Eastern and South Indian styles with intricate embroidery, prints and Zari work. The sarees are mainly of Silk, cotton, or chiffon. While these are the common saree fabrics, a change in this trend has more women opting for net and georgette sarees as these are easy to carry and can be draped in different styles.
Over the years, Oriya matrimony, including the bride’s attire has seen several innovations. The overall appeal of their present outfits gives it a contemporary look with a traditional twist. Some of the traditional sarees that play a significant role in Oriya bridal attire are sambalpuri silk, khandua pata saree, ikkat, sonepuri and tussar silk. These sarees and fabrics continue to be a part of every Oriya bride, but with a twist. Excited to know what the twist is? Read on.
- Opt for Lehenga Choli: If you are going with the traditional colours and fabrics for your wedding dress, but still want some change, you can opt for a lehenga choli in place of a saree. Lehenga choli looks equally elegant, while adding grace to your wedding attire. You can either get your lehenga choli stitched or get it ready-made in the fabric of your choice, i.e. silk, cotton, or benarasi.
- Blouse with a Flared Skirt: If you want to adorn a simple look and a lehenga seems too heavy and over-the-top for you, you can get an elaborate blouse stitched with a flared skirt in benarasi, georgette, chiffon, or silk satin. This style matches that of a lehenga, thus giving you the same look and feel but without being as heavy and flowy.
- Lighter Uttariyo or Dupatta: This is a mandatory piece of garment for an Oriya bride, and you might have seen that it is beautifully designed with sequins and zari work. If you want to add a dash of urbanity to your look, you can choose a net dupatta, which is light in weight, adjusts properly over the head and looks aesthetically appealing.
- Silver over Golden Mukuta: On the wedding day, the Oriya bride is donned with heavy gold jewellery and a gold mukuta. But everything gold makes the bride look heavily loaded. So, if you are a bride-to-be, or a bride’s friend/cousin helping with her attire, you might want to tone down the look a bit. So, the bride can wear a not-so-big silver mukuta to set up a perfect contrast.
- Contrasting Bangles: You can always pair the gold bangles with red, maroon, orange or green coloured bangles. You can choose the colour depending upon the colour of your outfit. You can also further enhance the look of the bangles by choosing a gold kada – a bold bangle.