Choosing the right costumes and accessories for any occasion is a challenging task for men and women. The bigger the event tougher becomes the decision. Wedding being an once-in-a-lifetime occasion the bride and groom take utmost care in selecting the right combination that suit them the most.

Nowadays one gets to see the latest trends in marriages. People today are more conscious about their look. They are more particular about the type of clothes they wear and the make up or hairstyle they do. They are willing to spend huge sums of money on bridal wear. The bride and the groom dress up exceptionally well to steal the show. People prefer traditional costumes for the actual wedding ceremony while settling for a fashionable attire for the reception. Indian bridal costumes vary across the country. Traditionally a sari and a lehenga-choli are the most popular garments for the bride. Tamil brides prefer saris to other costumes and bring about a touch of innovation by wearing the saris in different styles viz., the Gujarati style and Bengali style. Gujarati style of tying the sari (wearing the pallu from back to front on the right shoulder) for reception is fast catching up among this generation girls. This style gives them enough scope to exhibit complicated zari work in the pallu. "Trend keeps changing. Nowadays even south Indians prefer wearing a ghagra-choli for reception," says Rani Gautam, a beautician with an experience of over 15 years.

It is important to choose the right kind of accessories for the right kind of dress material. Bridal jewellery is an important accessory in a Indian woman's life. Women prefer simple and light jewellery for the reception and go for heavy jewellery during the wedding ceremony. The bride is adorned with jewellery from head to toe. The jewels include necklace, bangles, rings, bracelets and earrings mostly made of gold. However affluent classes settle for diamond or platinum jewellery. Today's woman prefers contemporary designs that are presented in a sleek manner. They go for trendy jewellery that are not too heavy and detailed and can be used for all occasions. Another aspect that needs more attention is the hairstyle. Decorated hair buns and long plaits with colourful danglers at the end are out of fashion these days. Young and modern brides prefer lighter styles. "I want to leave my hair loose for my reception and I am not in for any garish hairstyle," says Sarika Mohta S, a fashion design graduate, who is entering wedlock in mid-February. While the brides are dressed gorgeously the grooms lay more emphasis on western style suits with an Indian touch. The usual custom among men is to wear a western suit at the reception while they wear silk dhotis and kurtas for the wedding ceremony.

Sherwanis and kurta pyjamas with elaborate and intricate designs near the neck and hands have become a fashion statement among men. Men prefer to wear sherwani with a shawl (as over coat is out of date) and golden 'rajah' shoes for their reception.

Make over mania has caught up men too and they land up at parlours before the grand gala occasion.

Nanthini

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