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Adorning the Bride with Jewellery

Posted by shaadivows on April 20, 2009

Jewellery is very important in any Indian Wedding. The Indian bride is decked in different pieces of jewellery, which compliment her.1-sm33431

Today’s Indian bride prefers to experiment keeping traditions intact, same goes for the jewellery she chooses. Girls prefer jewellery which shouldn’t be restricted to their wedding and can be worn on special occasions after marriage as well.

Bridal jewellery can range from gold (most popular), platinum, diamond and even silver, depending on the taste, clothes, look & budget. These days, wide variety of stones are also available which are different in size, shape, colour, quality, price, like rubies, emeralds, amethyst etc. If you are ready to splurge then you can opt for designer or customised jewellery. Jewellery is also available on rent if one doesn’t wish to spend a fortune on the same.

Jewellery for pre-wedding functions need to be minimal and not over the top. Go for a gold or silver chain with a diamond/precious or semi-precious stones pendant. Bride adorns heavy jewellery on her wedding and reception.

Basic items which are a part of the Indian bridal Jewellery are the Maang Tikka, Nose ring (which varies in size and shape across India-In some communities it is seem as a symbol of matrimony), Necklace (sometimes multiple necklace of varying lengths are worn), bangles and bracelets (Bangles can be of different kinds. It can be made of gold, silver, iron, ivory, glass, ceramic or other metals depending upon the custom and rituals of the particular region), rings, hathphool, armlets,  waistband, payals &  toerings.  Today it is not so important to load the bride with jewellery from head to toe rather its mandatory to see the items chosen are comfortable and stylish. They should go well with the garment and occasion.

For Hindu Brides, the mangal sutra becomes one of the most important part of a women’s wedding jewellery, she has to wear through her lifetime. This is tied around the neck of the bride by the husband during the wedding rituals. It has to have some black beads along with the gold pendant. It is believed in Indian traditions that to protect the couple from evil eyes. Now – a – days, the mangaksutra have taken a more stylish avatar and have become more sleek and contemporary, the gold pendent is often replaced by a diamond one.

The kind of jewellery also depends on your caste, like the marwaris usually prefer diamonds while the punjabis prefer heavy and chunky gold jewellery with colour stones.

 

Choosing the right kind of jewellery:

  • 2The brighter or the more bling the better. Well, you don’t necessarily need to abide to this rule. Bling and gold are surely in but your bridal jewellery would be incomplete without stones that match your bridal outfit.
  • Indian weddings include a lot of show-off but you shouldn’t go overboard. Try keeping the focus on a few pieces combining them with simpler items. You can try layering strands of diamonds with a heavy choker. Make sure you don’t layer two heavy pieces of jewellery together.
  • Make sure you like and are comfortable with what you are wearing
  • As suggested buy your pieces according to the budget, look and occasion
  • Avoid buying as an investment as there is a chance that you might compromise on design.
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Accessorising the Groom

Posted by shaadivows on April 14, 2009

As discussed earlier the Groom these days is very particular about his look and accessories play a big role in it.

pr-616The first accessory that comes to mind for the groom is the Nagras or Juttis, these are the most popular footwear options for the Indian Groom. Juttis come in different size, colour and design. The embellishments differ from embroidery to stone work. If the groom goes for Indian Attire Nagras are the best option available. The other options for Indian wear are Kolhapuri slippers, other traditional Indian slippers. Preferably one shouldn’t mix Indian wear with Western shoes and vice versa.

Cufflinks also play a very important part, especially when you adorn a jodhpuri suit. It should go with the entire look. One can choose from a wide range including diamond & semi-precious stone cufflinks.903_072

The turban or Pagdi special worn by the Hindu/Sardar grooms. It is usually made using different fabrics like leheriyas, tie dyes, or self woven brocades. The colour of the pagri should be in accordance with the wedding attire.

Sehra is an important part of the Indian Bride and groom accessory. It is a veil of flowers tied to the forehead, in front of the face. Sehra varies from one feet to full length sehra.

The unique traditional groom accessories are Swords and Knives that represent prestige and royalty. These knives are normally hand crafted and the groom holds them throughout the wedding process. A waistband or Kamar Patta is also very rarely seen in the weddings. They are traditional handcrafted materials that provide royal appeal to the wedding dress.

 

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Accessories for the Bride

Posted by shaadivows on April 10, 2009

red-bridal-shoes2Selecting the right bridal accessories are as important as selecting the right jewellery and attire. When you go for shopping, be sure they go well with the dress. Matching the colour of the accessory with the clothes or the embroidery is very important. The accessories reflect your personality. Picking up the right accessory will enhance or destroy your personality. Now-a-days many options are available to choose from. A look is complete only when everything goes well with each other.

 

Accessories should compliment your clothes just like your hair do or makeup does. Remember not to over accessories yourself. Carry stuff that you are comfortable in and it shouldn’t be over-the-top.

 

Shoes are the most important accessory for the bride as they add essence to your dress and your look. Be very careful while choosing the kind of shoe. The most important feature of a shoe is that it should be comfortable. Shoes should be stylish but not at the cost of comfort. For a bride her shoe is very important. The heels should also depend on how tall is the groom, if you want to look taller than him, that’s up to you.

These days brides prefer designer sandals and shoes. You can choose from a variety of heels like flat heels, platform heels, wedged heels, pencil heels, etc. Shoes usually mean sandals or open-toed shoes that can be plain or decorated, for example with beads or stones that match the dress.

Now comes in the Bag/Clutch, there are various options available in this category as well. This again depends on individual style. Matching the colour, embellishment and style of purse depends on your dress. A sequence Saree with a low cut blouse won’t go well with a big bag. A heavily embellished lehnga won’t go with a non-embellished bag. There are various kinds of bags to choose from: long string bags, clutch, the Indian batua etc. While choosing a bag make  sure you know:bag

  • What colour to buy
  • What style to choose from
  • What kind of embellishments
  • Material

 

Other accessories include a stole or shawl specially in winters. Indian brides generally decorate their hair with flower accessories and some go for hair clips, beads, semi precious stones etc.

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Dressing the Groom Up

Posted by shaadivows on April 9, 2009

Now its the time for the groom to dress up. Wedding is an equally big day for the guy, because it is an eventful rather than a magical day. With the Metrosexual concept picking up, guys today have become very particular about their look.

sherwani2Sherwani is the most popular attire for the Indian Groom. Sherwani signifies elegance and style. It is the most traditional of Indian garments. It is a close fitting jacket like garment, of knee length or longer, and has a opening in front with button fastenings, a Nehru collar. It is worn with a Kurta over a Churidar/Pyjama/Shalwar/Dhoti.

Sherwani is a typical attire of the North Indian, Muslim and Punjabi weddings. They are available in a staggering variety of colours with varying degrees of embroidery from minimal to absolutely gaudy – whatever suits your style of dressing. Made of silk or raw silk, Sherwani comes with zardori, zari, thread work, chikankari, jamevar, sequins, bead, resham, kundan etc. Now a days khes or long scarf or a shawl draped over one or both of the shoulders. The nagra or jootis go really well with Sherwani. Sherwanis price range between 15000 upwards.

The Jodhpuri is similar to the western suit, except that the jacket has a short nehru collar, it is worn with matching formal trousers. It can be worn with a shirt underneath in a matching or contrasting colour or even a round-necked close fitting top. Jodhpuris are designed using varying degrees of embroidery like discussed above to add some ethnic touch and individuality to the garments. It is a good mix between the Indian and western garment.

Kurta Pyjama is preffered by the groom for the pre-marriage functions. These are long tunics of knee length or longer worn over pyjama/trousers in a matching or contrasting colour. You can adorn a long scarf in contrasting colours, draped over one or both the shoulders.

The pyjamas come in a variety of styles. Most common is the churidar, a very tight trouser that is cut longer in length than required with excess cuffing at the bottom or straight cut pyjamas.

Our favourite western suit comes handy especially for reception. One should be very particular about the fabric, colour and cut.

Unconventional Groom Wear

The Marathi groom wears a shirt or Short Kurta on Dhoti with a cap.

In south India Grooms wear a festoon dhoti that is commonly called as “Veshti” that is accompanied with a kurta or “Jabba”. Kerala has groom wearing white Lungi with or without a kurta.

 

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Bridal Attire

Posted by shaadivows on April 9, 2009

Conventional Indian Bride

Wedding being your very special occasion, your attire needs keen attention. Every bride wants to look her best on the most important day of her life. Traditional Indian bridal dresses are believed to be the most glamorous and most colorful wedding dresses in the whole world. Here I would highlight the conventional & unconventional attire for an Indian bride.

weddin1231The most popular bridal trousseau is the heavily embellished bridal lehengas in bright hues like red, magenta, pinks, maroon etc. Indian lehngas for the bride are adorned with different heavy embroideries, stones. The Lehngas can start from Rs. 5000 and go upto figures in Lacs. Various cuts and styles are available in the market to choose from depending on you body type and preference.

  • Rajasthani Lehnga Choli gives a royal & Traditional feel. The Lehnga is kaalidar with lots of volume in it, it is accompanied with an odhani (veil) which slightly bigger than the normal chunni.

  • Fish cut Lehangas: These are mermaid cut lehngas.

  • Other kind of lehngas are Cicular,Paneled Lehnga, A-line lehnga etc.

If you are slim go in for trendy Lehanga Choli patterns with a deep neck cut. You can choose a wide range of fabrics to highlight your perfect figure such as raw silk, organza or Benarasi. If you are comfortable, you can opt for deep backlines or else Choli with thin straps.

If you have broad shoulders bring the focus to your neckline, with deep neck (Deep and not wide).

Don’t opt for heavily embellished necklines if you have a heavy bust. If you are flat figured with improper bust size or shape, choose an A-line Lehnga made up of soft fabric like Crepe and Georgette. Wear elaborately embroided Cholis.

To look taller go for U or square necklines. Avoid short sleeves and in fact sleeveless is a total no for short height. For disguising your short stature, drape dupatta in such a style that it flows from your shoulder to the knee. Don’t indulge in heavy work or heavy fabric dupatta.

If you have a broad waist ideal would be a longish kurti style Choli in dark hues. If you are heavy go in for a long length choli for a slimmer look with a deep neck showing a bit of cleavage.

Another popular dress for Indian Brides is the favorite Saree. Sarees have been a well known attire across the world. The wedding sarees are given alot of importance and are draped in different styles. Bridal Sarees come in different fabrics like: silk, georgettes, crapes, Banarasi, Kanjeevaram & silk. The price range for a bridal Saree are in the same range as the wedding lehngas. The embellishments on a saree can range from Zari to embroidery, organza, zardosi, sequence, cut work, mirror work, patchwork, pearl work, kasab and kundan. 

Women with a heavy bodytype should choose from georgette, silk chignon or chiffon. Very Thin girls go for organza, tissue and tussar saris. These saris give a fuller effect and a broad look. Shorter women should opt for sarees with little or no border in a single colour.

The third common outfit for an indian bride is the Salwar/Churidaar Kameez. Mostly bridal suits are available in silk and brocade. Heavy embroidery is made on the suits with zardosi and zari work. The prices vary from 5000- Over a Lac.

They range from traditional cut, Anarkali cut, Patiala Shalwar, Punjabi Suits.

Flaunt your slim figure but disguise your short height with long kurtas. For ladies with broad shoulders, without sleeves is a total no. Bulky women should cover up their arms and should go in for little longer sleeves say about 5 inches & take care that Kameez length is not too short.

Unconventional Bridal Attire

pale_turquoise_gharara1A gharara is a traditional garment, worn primarily by Muslim women in the Indian Subcontinent. It consists of a kurti (a short, mid-thigh length tunic), a dupatta (veil), and most importantly, a pair of wide-legged pants, ruched at the knee so they flare out dramatically. The Gharara are very popular amongst Muslim brides specially in North India & Hyderabad. Originally it was developed by the Nawabs of Lucknow. One can choose from normal or Farshi Gharara. The price range is from 15000 upto lac of rupees.

The Shararas have gained popularity in India off late. Popular amongst Muslims Sharara has a lot of flare and is slant stitched and it is longer than the conventional lehengas. A full length blouse is worn on a sharara. Price starts from 15000 and goes upto lacs of rupees.

Indian Christian brides choose from Bridal Gown specially in white or pastel shades. There are few good bridal gown designers in India and the price range starts from 10000 and goes up depending on the kind of work, fabric & style.

Drapes of sarees can change your look completely. Gujarati saree is commonly known as the seedha pallu saree, Maharashtra Sarees are eight metres instead of the usual five-and-a-half meters. The saree is a cusp between a saree and dhoti. Bengali Style sari is worn pleatless; it is wrapped around the waist, brought back to the right side and the pallu is thrown over the left shoulder, The Sixties style (Mumtaz style) is a long saree, a Parsi Drape or Gara is long and it’s pallav is draped in front when worn in the Parsi style.

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