Also termed ghagra, the bridal lehenga is a swirling long, colorful skirt paired with a short bodice called choli. The bridal lehenga is worn around the waist, with its signature choli displaying the back and the midriff in all its bare glory. Fabrics commonly used in the lehenga are crepe and silk. Wearers of bridal lehengas are usually covered with radiant veils called odhani.
Necklaces, neck chokers, earrings, bracelets, bangles, tikkas and other jewelries may complement this raiment. Wearers can never go wrong with accessories like mojaris.
Bridal lehengas may have zardosi or kundan for embroideries and other establishments. As in bygone eras, bridal lehengas may be complemented by metallic yarn.
Mirror-work is part and parcel of most bridal lehengas. As a result, the ensemble practically casts radiance, especially when the ceremony is conducted in front of the fire.
For what it’s worth, the donning of bridal lehengas has rubbed off on ceremonies and functions other than weddings. So in vogue is it that beauty pageant contests in both national and international circuits are bound to use them.