South Indian wedding sarees are preferred in somber shades. Off-white and cream shades are traditional. The saree features minimal embroidery work, although heavy number of wrist and neck piece accessorizes the Malayali and Telugu brides. Silk fabrics are the preferred by South Indian brides. The lack of embroidery work but greater attention to print design makes for a more reserved look. The saree is coupled with a blouse in consistency that clashes like bottle green or magenta. To top off the attire the traditional ‘gajra’ of flowers, crowns her braided-bun.
In the Marwari and Gujarati cultures, the bride blossoms in flamboyant colors with heavy print-work and silk and gold embroidered embellishments. Cotton and chiffon fabrics are regulars at those weddings although silk is not ruled out! The Marwari brides don’t shy away from donning heavy jewelry to maintain her diva-like aura, on this important occasion. The Gujarati brides are a slightly more traditionally artistically enthusiastic about their saree prints as well. Gujarati wedding sarees are draped differently with the ‘dupatta’ draping in front of the bride’s visage. The Gujarati tradition requires the bride to change between the ‘Gharchola’ saree and the ‘Panetar’ saree during the wedding rituals.