In a series of ceremony the Bengali bride receives sarees and sweet-meats from her husband-to-be’s family. In the Haldi and oil ceremony the bride is smeared with oil and haldi so that her skin will glow and she shall look more beautiful and gorgeous on her wedding day. Even sandal wood paste is used to give her a flawless skin.
The bengali bride looks no less than a princess on her wedding day, the whole focus of the wedding is almost the bride alone and hence her friends and relatives try their best and make her look fabulous.
The hugely popular banarasi silk that the bengali bride wears for her wedding is of high quality and very heavy. Now a days the brides also prefer the kanjeevarams, paithani , etc as even they are elegant , royal and spectacular when draped. The sarees are also available in poly-silk and chiffons and georgettes which are quite popular too.
The white saree with red border is worn by the bengalis mainly during puja days.And also during durga puja there is the ceremony of sindoor daan on dashami.That day is like traditionally reserved for wearing the white garad silk saree with red border.
Every Bengali wife is supposed to wear an iron bangle along with her white shankha(shell bangle) and red pola(coral bangle) apart from the usual sindoor that every Hindu wife has to wear.
and we Bengalis have like mainly two different set of traditions among us. Its like one set belongs to East Bengal ( erstwhile Bangladesh) and the other part belongs to West Bengal. This happened when there was like united Bengal before partition.nowadays its actually no big thing but yes there is difference in eating habits, yearly traditions and in wedding rituals too.
Bengali wedding rituals