In general, an asian bride, especially an Indian is brought up to be gentle and polite, knowing how to behave and in proper manners. This is nothing but the effect of a great tradition, which casts its spiritual influence on all generations down the ages. In India marriage is considered as sacrosanct and no social contact. The foundation being thus marriage is regarded in high esteem and the institution of family is valued with utmost commitment. Whatever it is, can you say the actual time when an asian bride looks prettiest? It is on the wedding day, when a bride looks the best. For an Indian wife it is the beginning of a new dream and a journey into woman hood. But to make the asian bride the best, according to Indian tradition lots of measures are taken. It begins with the beautician or her friends dressing her up, since professional make up is able to bring out her beauty. In general all kinds of rituals to make the beauty of the very lady are observed on this fateful day. Well, do you know how this gets prepared? This is nothing but the diktat of the holy treatises. The process of beautification is consisted of sixteen parts, from head to toe, since only for this day in her life she would be the focus of attention. In the Hindu tradition, this is known as 'solah shringar' that starts from the top of the asian bride with the hair and ends with her toe. At the very beginning, her hair is washed and bejeweled with flowers and ornaments with 'borla'. Now, do you know what is borla? It is a conical shaped ornament to be fitted on the head. This followed by the application of a cream of turmeric and gram flour, the main idea being to wash and also clean the hands and arms of the asian bride, better to say the Indian bride. What comes next is the 'mang-tikka' or 'bhor' ornament that is worn along the hairline. In the Hindu tradition 'kajal' or the traditional eyeliner has great significance, in general a driblet of kajal is applied in any holy and propitious occasion. Along with this shades of lipsticks and nose rings are also applied. In general, nose rings are made of gold. But affluent families also make nose rings out of pearl and diamond. Even in several Hindu societies nose rings are never removed and they become symbol of married woman like 'mangalsutra'! Whereas in many societies nose rings like earrings are not so important. For many earrings are must. They are of different shapes and sizes. Necklaces of various designs and sizes adorn the necks of brides. They can be and are of different lengths; short, long or choker or collar type.
But this is not all! For an asian bride, preferably an Indian bride floral garlands happen to be an important part of the attire. Bangles and also the bracelets, made by flowers impress everyone. What is the significance of flower? Like many alien notions of religion and tradition flower is of special importance in the Hindu religion. From the birth to the demise everywhere there is the need of flowers, so how can marriages be excluded! But also bangles made of gold, silver, iron, ivory, glass, ceramic or other metals depending upon the custom and rituals of the particular community is a common sight. Now comes the most crucial aspect, the garment that is worn by the bride. In the Indian context it is called sari. The sari as a rule has rich and heavy embroidery with gold and silver threads and beads pinned or woven on it.
The bride thus in complete dress is taken to the venue of the marriage for the observation of the essential religious rituals. But all eyes are fixed on her every step, admiring every detail clinically.