Why Is Benarasi Saree A Bengali Bride’s Best Choice?


Wedding day is the day of culmination of the hopes and anticipations of every woman. A strange amalgamation of nervousness and excitement, happiness and melancholy-the wedding day is truly special in the life of every woman. However, what is marriage without the beautiful drape of a stunning saree? When it comes to saree, Benarasi happens to be a top favourite of Bengali women for generations.

Bengali Wedding Rituals


Benarasi saree is a native to Benaras (Varanasi) and is one of the finest sarees available in india. Known for gold brocade, silver zari, superior quality silk and luxurious embroidery, this saree is a staple item in a bride’s trousseau in India.



    Fabric has a very important role to play when it comes to your wedding attire. The saree you choose to wear should reflect your sense of style and yet you should feel comfortable in it because there are so many wedding rituals you have to smile your way through. It should be classy yet gorgeous so that it reflects the refinement of your taste while you look elegant as a bride. That is why, Benarasi sarees have stood the test of time, especially among the Bengalis. Sophisticated and stunning, Benarasi saree is a Bengali bride’s first choice!
    Whether you choose a saree in single bright shade or in multi-coloured hue, wear the colour that makes you happy. Vibrant red, majestic purple, effervescent yellow or brilliant blue- pick the colour that compliments your personality as well as your bridal jewellery. Benarasi sarees are available in a wide range of shades. However, steer clear from anything black because, when it comes to Indian wedding, any slash and dash of black is a strict no-no!


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    Traditional designs or contemporary ones, wedding sarees come in a variety of trends and trappings that accentuate the bridal flavor. Sequins, zardosi embellishments, beads, thread work, zari and stones are the most commonly used ones. Choose the design that you find best! If you find it difficult to decide, the safest option is to go for the conventional time-honoured bridal designs for the most popular Benarasi saree.
    Everything comes with a price tag. Wedding saree is no different. While wedding is a one-in-a-lifetime affair when you have to look at your beautiful best, it is also important to keep the money matters in mind. A decent Benarasi wedding saree would be priced at Rs 8000 to 10,000 (as a starting range). This affordability makes it a top favourite among middle-class Bengalis.
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My Blue Benarasi with gold-silver zariwork and patterns of lotus I wore for my reception, December 2012


Some of the best places to buy authentic and beautiful Benarasi sarees in Kolkata are Adi Mohini Mohan Kanjilal, Priya Gopal Bishoyi, Benarasi Kuthi, Indian Silk House and Adi Dhakeshwari Bastralaya, just to name a few.

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My purple Benarasi I wore for my Wedding, December 2012

Though Benarasi sarees are relatively heavy, now-a-days, Benarasi sarees are also available in lighter and finer variety. In fact, the majestic purple Benarasi saree I chose to wear for my wedding and the azure blue Benarasi saree I wore for my reception are not only dazzling to look at but extremely comfortable and light-weight too! No wonder, Benarasi sarees are so very popular among Indian Brides.

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