A gown without a veil. A saree without zari. A blouse without embroidery. On a wedding day, these seem off, don’t they? It is akin to a bride without jewellery. A traditional Indian wedding is dipped in dipped in silk and embellished with gold. A wedding with jewellery is unthinkable. Why, even the simplest of weddings is incomplete without a glint of gold, a shimmer of silver, a dash of diamond. There are certain things a bride can do without but jewellery is not one of them.
So here are the six jewellery favourites every bride needs:
Mesmerising Maang Tikkas
A maang tikka truly sets the bride apart from everyone else. It adds a touch of royalty to the bride’s wedding ensemble. Brides have so much to choose from – from kundan stones to plain gold, from small pendant-styles to mathapattis, there is no dearth of styles and fashions when it comes to maang tikkas.
It goes without saying that a necklace has no substitute on your wedding day. Bold, multi-strand necklaces and even classic, perfectly cut diamonds sync up exquisitely with your outfit, no matter what it is – whether you’re wearing a lehenga-blouse, a saree-blouse or a gown. Another universally flattering cut is the V-neckline – something that every church wedding witnesses these days!
As a bride, your ears simply cannot go bare. That you have to flaunt heavy earrings on your wedding day is a myth. It is, after all, your day and your choice. The prevailing trend is to go in for stone-studded earrings with light, pastel tones. If your wedding is on the grander side, we suggest you opt for bold reds and maroons for that Palace-wedding feel. Whatever you choose, be sure it complements your outfit. You don’t want to end up wearing pastel pink if your outfit is a bright green!
Need those Nose-rings
So you don’t have a nose piercing. Big deal! Presenting the new-fangled trend of clip-ons. Whether you’re going in for a small stud or an elaborate string that links your nose ring to your delicate hairdo, these little lovelies are all that rage. Now, not every style may suit your ensemble, so keep in mind that nose rings have to go perfectly with your jewellery. A stringed nose ring is only good if your wedding dress is a little on the heavier, traditional side. If you’re a blushing bride from the South, we suggest a small stud that oozes tradition. If you’re from the East or North, clip on those large rings!
Bling on those Bangles
Not only are bangles a great fashion trend for brides, they’re also the merriest jewellery item in their box. The gentle clink of bangles as a bride goes through ritual after ritual, the femininity and grace they accentuate is unparalleled. From solid gold to delicate silver, from classic glass to precious platinum, bangles are an absolute must in a bride’s box.
We know what you’re thinking – what about rings and anklets and about a dozen other objects of glittering desire that a bride needs? Well, we’ve just about grazed the top of the list. For a perfect wedding, a bride does need all this and more. So, if you do come up with everything else she cannot do without, just leave us a comment below!
Let’s get ready to bust the biggest wedding myth there ever is: “Weddings are a Girl Thing!” Aren’t we forgetting something? Ah yes. The man who ties the knot! While we’re busy around the bride as she basks in limelight, the groom’s needs often go unnoticed, which is a pity, for he has quite a few!
Gentlemen, it’s your day, too. You’re expected to look and feel better than your best. So prepare to bite the bullet and man up for a pre-wedding regime, the likes of which you haven’t seen or experienced before!
Taarini presents the 5 wedding essentials for every groom:
Your hands are going to do a lot of the work at a wedding, especially if it’s a traditional Indian wedding. Our rituals involve a lot of sprinkling, holding, grasping and folding. So, needless to say, your nails are going to catch the cameraman’s attention more often than not. The last thing you want is for a candid shot of, well, nails that look like they’ve had a rough day at the salt mines! So, men, it’s time to hit the salon for a well-timed manicure.
The way we see it, this is a win-win. You look good and you enjoy the feel of it! Facial today, fantastic tomorrow. Nothing says “well-groomed” like a groom with skin as smooth as alabaster. Besides, the bride will appreciate it too, and on the wedding day, that’s a bit of a plus!
Just take our word for it: massages work wonders. They’ll warm up your cold feet a day before the wedding, and calm those nerves. A jittery man does not a photogenic groom make, after all. Who says only the bride is entitled to a glow? Grooms, book yourself a spa session, because you’re going to need it.
Nobody said getting married was a walk in the park. (We make it look easy, but that’s besides that point!) It’s actually a walk on the treadmill. Think a little ahead for a moment. If you truly want to be Mr Handsome on your wedding day, a great way to do that is to hit the gym. Squat, lift, crunch, repeat. Getting in shape will also work wonders for your glow we talked about before!
Leave the experiments for another day. Your wedding is not the best time to see how you might look with a Mohawk. Or with green highlights. Spring for an upscale trim. The bride will love, the cameras will too. If you want, try it out a month before your wedding so you have time to see how it looks, grow it back and repeat it a week before your wedding day.
So you see? The ‘getting ready’ part is one of the best and most fun aspects of getting married. (Apart from getting married itself!) Keep in mind that the groom deserves special treatment in the days leading up to the wedding, too. Beauty regimens are not for the ladies, after all!
Gone are the days when all a groom needed on his wedding day was a dhoti and a shirt, or a sherwani. There’s a new world order, a paradigm shift. The fashion world has transformed the way grooms dress on their big day and keep those cameras pointed at them as well. From jazzed up velvet’s to surprisingly stunning layers, men are conquering that wedding stage and how!
So, brides, step aside, while we show your men the five trends that grooms are flaunting on their big day.
The Blushing Bridegroom
Pastel pinks are not just a girl thing. That kind of fashion ideology belongs in the back of your closet, along with those medieval tan-shaded salwars! Today, a soft blush is just the ticket. It is soft, simple and sophisticated, with just enough flavour to make you an absolute eye-popper. Paired with a light grey bandhgala and dhoti pants, you will ensure that everyone makes room for the groom.
Long Time No Layers
They’re bringing layers back into men’s fashion and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’ve noticed that they’re a crowd (and camera) favourite at Indian weddings. Layers are the best way to enhance an outfit, and if the occasion is, well, your wedding, we’d say enhance as much as possible! Open sherwanis are the word of the day, men, so get ready to love your layers.
While you’re making eternal promises to your bride, make sure you vow to wow her as well. There’s no better way to do it than in regal velvet. It’s got a certain charm and elegance, especially if worn in ivory and maroon. A tinge of gold to bring your royal magnificence will go a long way as well. The only thing you’ll need to carry off this look is a wedding glow, and if you’re the groom, that’s the battle won already!
Back in Black
OK, we’re going to give you a pre-wedding or post-wedding tip: black out. Black velvet. Self-designed black. Rose-patterned black. It doesn’t matter. That bandhgala needs to be black. From a cocktail party to a bachelor’s bash, black is in, gentlemen.
At the end of the day, simplicity steals the show. Always. Amidst all the glitz and glam, it might be refreshing, even delightful, to see a groom in a crisp sherwani with minimal embellishments. A pale gold or bronze sherwani works wonders with joothis to boot. But do not go too plain. You are the groom, after all, and those cameras need something happy and shiny to capture!
Men, take it from a team that has seen more than its share of weddings – a well-dressed groom is a universal favourite. Everyone expects the bride to glow, so when you do – in your preferred outfit – it’s going to come as a delightful surprise. So, be sure to don something remarkable and steal a bit of the bride’s thunder.
It’s a brand new year and although the winter weddings are rolling out, it’s time to look to the future, where the promise of new trends and new beginnings await. We have been keeping an eye out for exciting wedding trends from peonies to posies, from sarees to sherwanis, and we have news for you folks: 2018 is going to be a blast as far as weddings go!
Get ready for an eclectic mix of brand new traditions and delicious feasts, breathtaking décor and lavish fashion. Here are the wedding trends to watch out for in 2018.
Remember when red ruled weddings? Well, the reign of red is going to come to a halt. Navy blue sarees and lehengas are ruling the roost. From store-fronts to runways, it is a burst of navy and rightly so. So, block your orders, brides, before you miss out on your gorgeous lehengas!
More and more brides are embracing new cultures. With intercultural weddings making their presence felt in India, you’d better race to your wardrobe and update it. Bohemian fashion trends are making a headway, so you might want to consider embellishing your feet with chain anklets that steal the show!
Apart from upgrading your wardrobe to a navy ensemble, you might want to focus on the after party-wear as well. We hear that Indo-Western outfits are making heads turn at sangeets and after-parties, so start looking for that perfect dress to don.
Makeup trends evolve quicker than any other, so here’s the latest scoop: bold eyes are coming back. Blue eyeshadow, long, sweeping winged eyeliner, glitter mascara with a touch of smoky smudges hugging your eyes are grabbing attention.
There you have it! 2018 is all set for an exciting new twist to weddings. We’ll be back with décor trends for the coming year very soon, along with some suggestions to make your upcoming wedding the event that everyone will remember. Do watch out for more!
It looks like we’re going to have to wait for a long, long time before Game of Thrones hits our screens again with the force of a hundred Dothraki armies. But why let that stop us from continuing to celebrate one of the world’s arguably biggest shows yet? Brides, let down your hair and get ready to celebrate Westeros style with glamor taking centre stage!
Presenting stunningly beautiful bridal hairstyles inspired by Game of Thrones:
Do it like Daenerys
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Everyone wants a piece of the great, not to mention stunning, Khaleesi. Her luscious locks are admired by cosplay artists, everyday bloggers and even college students who love the spotlight. So, why must brides shy away? This is your day to shine. So, do it in pure Game of Thrones style with an elaborately wavy hairdo inspired by the Targaryen House!
Locks of a Lannister
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Let’s face it: nobody does grandeur quite like the Lannister. When she had long, flowing hair, Cersei Lannister was the most definitely the contender for the Glam Throne. With braids and loose hair ending in curls, her hairstyles were intricate and elaborate, not to mention regal to the last strand. So, it makes it only fitting that a bride adopts her stunning hairstyle for her wedding day.
Tresses like the Tyrells
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Granted, Margaery Tyrell may have bid goodbye to the show a while ago, but that’s not to say her legendary long hair remains buried. The damsel sported stunning hair-dos in her lifetime, and you can easily emulate her highness’ styles.
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All you need is a curler and a few precious minutes with bobby pin that promise to stay out of view all evening! You can wear your hair in a closely curled weave or an elaborately held twist that bounces with volume.
Manes like Melisandre
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The Red Woman is everything a bride aspires to be on her wedding day: fierce, stunning and not one to be trifled with. What better way to feel every bit as breathtaking as Melisandre than copy her hairstyle? It requires the least fuss to look drop dead gorgeous. An elegant knot that is twisted at the top leading to a cascading waterfall of straight hair is all the camera needs to work itself overtime!
Go ahead, be the Westerosi queen you were meant to be. Although the Stark girls – Arya and Sansa – boast hairstyles that suit their own fancy and are certainly attractive in their own way, nothing screams, ‘I do’ quite like the four ladies who were bestowed with the Taarini spotlight. You can also feel like a bride yourself on any given day with these DIY hairstyles. What are you waiting for? Get prepping!
As wedding planners, one of the most oft-heard requests from couples today is how we can make their wedding stand out from the rest. While this may seem like a Herculean task, at Taarini, we’ve discovered that there are few tips and tricks to getting it right. The most important thing to do is bring something that will remind people of you – a colour, a flower, a song or even a setting.
This is an era of theme weddings, where couples are eager to tell the world they’re different. If you find yourself wanting something unique for your own wedding, here are a few things to keep in mind while deciding on a theme:
Where’s it going to be?
The theme of your wedding depends largely on location. If you’re going in for a traditional temple wedding, the theme will shape itself accordingly. If you’re thinking of a large open ground with lawns and a special seating area, prepare for a theme reboot. Similarly, for a banquet hall or hotel. So, first pick your location and the theme will follow. You don’t want to decide on a boho wedding and host it in a temple, do you?
How unique is your personality?
Spend some time pondering your and your spouse’s personality. Is she an artist with an affinity for bright colours? Is he filmy and flamboyant with a penchant for theatrics? Put your heads together and come up with something you would both love to see manifest itself at your wedding, even in the smallest way! A Bollywood-style red carpet entry for the diva couple; a simple setting made only of paper craft for the book-lovers; A vintage arrangement for those who rock the retro. Your wedding can be anything you are deep down, whether it’s sassy or classy.
Are you picking the right season?
Let’s face it – you’re not going to host a beach wedding in Monsoon season. Nor can you host a Winter Wonderland fairy-tale wedding in blistering May. So, pick your season. Summers and open garden weddings do not bode well for heavy Indian outfits. Winters, on the other hand, are your best friend if you want an open-air wedding. With bright, colourful tents and settings, it could be a stunning affair.
What colours do you choose?
You could love black, but a word of advice: black and weddings do not go well together generally. Spare a few hours thinking about your outfits. Amp up the colours around you at your wedding to make sure everything is in one colour scheme. Choose something that will complement your outfits, rather than draw attention away from them. We’ve noticed that bright colours like orange, green and yellow work wonders, while colours like indigo, grey and maroon tend to dull things down.
What’s the DJ playing?
We cannot tell you just how important music is at a wedding. Tell your DJ to mix it up. Nobody can sit through three to four hours of romantic music. Nor can they tolerate an endless stream of peppy numbers that beat down on their eardrums. A blend of melody and dance tracks should do the trick. Again, make sure the song list is in tune with your theme. You simply can’t have punk rock playing in the background, with you dressed like a vintage 20s style Rajput!
Indian weddings are stepping away from the traditional and adapting themes. It’s a great way to show the world who you are, and leave them with a memory of something unique and one-of-a-kind. This doesn’t have to mean you’ll have to break your bank. At Taarini, we will show you how you can have any theme wedding you want, even within a budget. Just shout out to us and we’ll be happy to help!
Designing the perfect wedding takes time, effort and a wild imagination – three things that there is almost no room for when you’re so caught up in the rest of your wedding planning. After all, if you don’t make sure your lehenga is pressed and steamed, who will? And while you’re doing that, your table décor is left woefully abandoned (oh no!), and thereby starts the vicious cycle.
Thankfully, at Taarini weddings, we take care of your wedding design for you, whether your wedding is a grand affair or a quaint little budget wedding. Having taken care of this important aspect of weddings on numerous occasions, we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeves to help you make sure that nothing is out of place on your special day. From décor to food to themes, we’ve done it all. So, sit back and keep calm as we take you through five things you need to have on your checklist to make your wedding as gorgeous as it can be!
Table Décor, Centerpieces
Classy, spunky, cheerful, sophisticated. Centerpieces are more than just flowers in a vase. Guests spend a lot of time sitting at their table during dinner at a wedding reception. So the centerpiece is something they are bound to remember. The best thing about table décor and centerpieces is that they serve more than one purpose. If your reception is a soft, dimly lit event, your centerpiece could be a beautiful bowl of water with floating petals and candles in it to light up the table! Just make sure it goes with the theme of your wedding, and you should be good to go.
Lanterns and paper craft
With more and more couples getting excited about offbeat weddings, we at Taarini have seen a sudden interest in unusual décor. So step aside thick flower garlands, hello lanterns. Wedding lanterns are absolutely stunning, particularly if your reception is out on the lawns in the evening. They spark cheer and energy in the wedding party and what’s more, they’re extremely easy to make as well. Get ready to create your own delightful ambience!
Gone are the days when a simple ‘Just Married’ sign on the car bumper was enough to show the world you were newlyweds. These days, things are a tad different. Well, a lot different. So, don’t hesitate to bring on satin sashes for the bonnet, and pastel-coloured ballons for the bumper. You can also show the windows some love – just wrap your flower in a lace of gold or silver to add a touch of festive glamour, and you’re all set to tell the world you’re married!
It’s not always about flashy bulbs hanging from the ceiling. After all, as the bride and groom, it’s certain that you’re going to have your own designated lights to make you look even more pristine and flawless. When it comes to covering every detail of your wedding, be sure to spend some time picking the lighting at the chosen location. Soft, romantic lighting looks great outdoors. Fairy lights, tea lights, crystal-inspired lights, even a few lamps lined up along the pathways are bound to delight your guests! If your wedding is indoors, though, choose bright lights that make your photographer’s job a lot simpler.
From your garlands to your mantap decoration, flowers are everywhere. But go in for something more than a bundle of just jasmines and roses. There are several blooms that can bring out the beauty of an Indian wedding – marigolds and gerbera daises, especially. If your wedding is a more elegant event, hydrangeas and orchids work wonders!
Too often, it’s these little things that make a wedding special and extraordinary. And too often, it’s these little things that go amiss. Wedding décor set the tone and feel of the entire event, and even if the elements are a little off, the atmosphere might get dulled down or a little too jazzy. At Taarini, our policy is always “Ambience in advance”, to give you every bit of magic your wedding needs. Keep our tips in mind if ever you’re planning to design your wedding in a unique way!
It is not for nothing that the word ‘Bridezilla’ became common parlance in the world of matrimony. With so much going on nearly every day, starting with the engagement and ending only when the final plate has been cleared at the Reception dinner, it is a wonder that a bride manages to flash her 100-watt smile every time the photographer says, ‘One more for the camera!’
Every bride needs a survival kit. Before and after the wedding, but mostly during. Don’t be puzzled. With a wedding, there’s always so much happening at once, that something is bound to slip up. Too often, makeup emergencies arise, or the bride’s outfit or saree meets a snag. It’s on these occasions that bridal essentials, however small, come in handy. So here is a succinct round-up of 6 things that ever bride should keep around on her wedding day.