Indian culture is a blend of so many cultures, where people of all religions and community co-exist. Every culture has its own values, and the people belonging to such culture strictly abide by those values, thus making themselves unique. Indian weddings are known for the elaborated rituals and customs, where all the near and dear ones participate in the happiness of the newlywed couple and bless them. Among so many communities, one prevalent community is Punjabi community, which is considered as very flamboyant and vibrant. The people of Punjabi community are large-hearted, who are known to live life to the fullest.
Punjabi weddings are very colourful and cheerful. People enjoy the weddings and other ceremonies irrespective of age and other restrictions. The functions are grand and very traditional. The people attending the weeding are generally dressed in beautiful and traditional clothes where women wear colourful Punjabi suits, while men wear kurta pyjama or choodidar. The dresses won by the Punjabi brides and groom are very special. The dress of the brides is generally in red or pink, enhancing the beauty of the beautiful Punjabi girls. Salwar suit is the main dress of Punjabi brides, which is complemented with beautifully embroidered heavy dupatta. The Punjabi grooms wear sherwani (a long coat with traditional Indian embroidery) and pyjama, or western suits.
The elders of the family puts pagdi (turban) on groom’s head, before he leaves to get his bride, and a female member ties sehra around the turban. The groom is then given a pink designer wedding gown cloth, which contains money as shagun. The traditional sword is tied around the waist of the groom. Punjabi brides and grooms dress differently for different rituals of the wedding. The duration of the matrimonial ceremony is about 3-4 days where a number of rituals are followed. For each day, the Punjabi brides and the grooms don a new dress.
The trends have changed and the Punjabi brides love to wear designer lehengas in auspicious colours like red or pink and matching jewellery. The bridal suit or lehenga is studded with stones and embellished with heavy embroidery work. The embroidery consists of stone, zardozi or phulkari work (a traditional form of embroidery work, very famous in Punjab)
A heavy chunni or dupatta is kept over the bride’s head, and she is decorated with heavy jewelry, which might be gold, diamond, or imitation jewellery. Earrings, necklace, anklets, mangtikka, and kaliren are the main components of a Punjabi bridal jewellery kit. Prior to the wedding, the bride is gifted a set of bangles, also known as chooda, by her maternal uncle which she wears on her wedding day. The set of chooda is made of red and white bangles, which are made up of plastic and ivory, and is in red and white color, studded with beautiful stones, which is to be worn by the Punjabi bride for at least one year.
Beautiful designs of henna are applied on the hands and feet of the bride, which are considered as auspicious and make the bride look very gorgeous. The henna designs really complement the bridal attire and jewellery. Professional make-up artists perform make up of the bride to enhance her beauty and give her the best look.