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!