Decoding The Solah Shringar Look!

Decoding The Solah Shringar Look!

We are all familiar with the term ‘Solah Shringar’. Bollywood songs and common folklore have made sure that we at least have an idea of what Solah Shringar entails. But what we don’t know is that it has a deeper connection. There is a historical as well as a mythological connection to the term Solah Shringar.

It is believed that there is a logical alliance between the lunar cycle and women’s menstrual cycle. Hindus believe that the moon’s 16 phases have a negative effect on the menstrual cycle of women. Thus, to nullify the opposed effects the 16 embellishments are worn which correspond to the moon’s 16 phases.

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Interestingly, the ‘Shri’ in Shringar is another name for Goddess Lakshmi and this means that every new bride to be is considered as Lakshmi who will bestow their new family with health, wealth and happiness. Additionally, the wedding day for the bride marks her official entry into adulthood and therefore, to celebrate this occasion, she is gifted with 16 embellishments.

So here is the detailed explanation of ‘Solah Shringar’

Pre-Shringar – the divine bath

The ceremonies of the wedding for the bride begin with a beatific bath. Firstly, the bride’s tresses are oiled thoroughly and then washed with different herbs like Shikakai, Brahmi, Aloe vera, Amla, Bhringraj, etc. Thereafter, a concoction of milk, oil, turmeric powder, sandalwood powder, gram flour and a few naturally scented herbs is applied on her hands, legs, arms, face, etc. In India, it is called, “Ubtan”. This is considered to be a huge ceremony for the bride’s family. It also ensures that the bride will be glowing by the time she is readied for the pheras.

 

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Post bath, the bride’s hair is dried, styled and adorned with flowers. If myths are to be believed, a woman can easily enchant her man with her beautiful hair.

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Maang Tika

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The maang tika, as we all know, is worn on the head, in the center, where the hair parting begins. It may be made of any material like silver, gold, precious stones, etc. I think this is the most important ornament as it takes the look of the bride to a different level altogether!

Did you know, the maang tika is worn as it represents the third-eye of the goddess?

 

Sindoor

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Sindoor is considered to be the most significant ornament of a married woman (it is not an ornament technically but has much more significance than all the other jewels for the married women). For most of the Hindu women, it is compulsory to wear it. It represents their marriage and is also a sign of power and fertility.

 

Bindi

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Bindi has a very strong implication. It is considered to be a sacred symbol for married women. It is basically a round red dot which is placed on the forehead in the center. Bindi symbolizes the dedication of a wife towards her husband.

Kohl

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Kohl is also considered to be a very important part of the ‘Solah Shringar’ regime. It enhances the glow in the eyes of the bride.

 

Nose ring

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A nose ring or nath as we know it  is something an Indian woman puts on before she gets married and carries it throughout her life. It is a symbol of marital bliss.

Earrings

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Earrings are the most commonly worn ornament and for a bride they are just indispensable.

 

Mangal sutra

There are different types of necklaces which are worn by the Indian women as a symbol denoting their marital status. Mangal sutra is most commonly worn by women across the north and western region of India while, in the southern states, married women wear ‘thali’ necklace.

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It is needless to say that a mangal sutra is another cogent adornment for a bride which she needs to carry all throughout her life. It is presented to the bride by her husband.

 

Armlet

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Armlet is worn on the upper-arm. This ornament does not have any definitive significance but is definitely on the list of the solah shringar.

 

Bangles

 

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Bangles are the most prominent sign of a marriage and thus the bride wears a lot of bangles on her wedding day. You will find most of the Hindu married woman flaunting colorful bangles even in their day to day lives.

 

Mehendi

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Mehendi is an inseparable part of a wedding. No Hindu wedding can be complete without a mehendi ceremony. It is applied on every auspicious occasion and thus it has its own share of importance.

 

  Hathphool ( Ornamental flowers for hands)

 

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You must have seen a lot of Hindu brides wearing a lot of rings in her fingers which are all attached to each other with a string. They also do not possess any special significance, but they make the bride’s hands look beautiful and adorned.

 

Aarsi

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Aarsi is the humongous ring which is worn on the thumb. The most traditional aarsi hasa  mirror embedded on it so that the bride may look at herself and her would-be-husband in that mirror because during old times the brides used to take a yashmak and thus could not see their would be husband’s face directly.

Waistband/ Kamarbandh

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Another significant ornament for the bride is the waistband. The bride wears it around her waist. It gives a very delicate look to her waist and also helps in holding the lehenga in place.

Anklets/ payal

 

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The modern day anklets are the traditional payal which are worn on both the feet. They generally have ghungroo attached to them which make a pleasant noise when the bride walks.

 

Toe rings

 

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Toe rings are worn on the fingers of the feet. The number of toe rings depends on the bride’s choice. She may wear 1, 2 or 3 pairs of these tiny trinkets.

 

DIY mehendi designs for Karva Chauth

DIY mehendi designs for Karva Chauth

When it comes to dressing up, Indian women don’t really need an excuse. We have so much to look forward to – weddings, festivals, anniversaries, birthdays and much more. So come Friday, the 30th of October, the ladies will be making a beeline for the nearest parlours and salons to ensure they look their best on Karva Chauth.

DIY Mehendi Designs

Karva Chauth is one of the most sought after festivals in India, celebrated by married women who fast for their husband’s long life. This fast is a toughie as one is not allowed to drink any water before the moon makes an appearance. Because Karva Chauth holds a lot of importance in Hinduism, preparations are made days in advance. Along with new outfits, getting Mehendi applied on hands and legs is considered very auspicious.

With the popularity of this fast spreading leaps and bounds, getting a nice design drawn, requires one to wait in long queues. And there is no guarantee that your turn is going to come or if the design is going to turn up as per your expectations.

Why allow yourself to face this situation when you can flaunt the most exclusive design without stepping out of the comfort of your home. Here are some DIY mehndi designs for you to try this Karva Chauth:

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Karva Chauth Mehendi designs generally include intricate and delicate floral patterns. Alternatively, other popular patterns include leafy, lacy patterns, symbols such as peacocks, swans, sun, moon, stars, lotus blossoms etc. Opt for either a full hand or half hand design, both look beautiful and eye-catching.

The symbols have a unique significance and meaning associated with them. For instance,

Peacock –stands for grace and beauty

Swans-stands for success and beauty

Sun, moon and stars: stand for ever-lasting and deep love between soul mates

Lotus blossoms: stand for femininity, purity, creativity, beauty

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Yearning for some twist?

Patterns with glitter and shine

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Adorn the edges of your mehndi shapes and patterns with glitter. Preferably, choose a glitter color that matches the color of your outfit.

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If you are a beginner and new to drawing patterns yourself, you may choose to go the half and half Mehendi way or a minimalistic style.

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This is nothing but decorating half of your palm and hands with mehendi and leaving the other half empty. Drawing inspiration from the Arabic style, this one is popular amongst office goers and ladies who don’t have the time and patience to draw an elaborate design.

You can also opt for the Palm mehndi style, wherein the design is drawn in the palm area with thin and dark lines.

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However, if you are well-versed with the nuances of mehendi designs, you can surely opt for the two in one mehendi designs.

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mehendi-12This is one of the oldest styles and finds its way in the genre of bridal mehendi as well. The design consists of numerous shapes, curves, circles that are split into two with one part drawn on one hand and the other part on the other hand. When you join your hands, you will see the gorgeous complete design.

Get ready and enjoy every moment of this festival. Ensure that husband dearest pampers you with all the love, affection and attention. After all, it is your day and you ought to be treated like a Queen!

CHECK-LIST FOR THE TO-BE BRIDE

CHECK-LIST FOR THE TO-BE BRIDE

Amidst all the rush to gear up for your D-day, to make a grand bridal entrance, keeping track of to-do list is no easy task. Time seems to be ticking away faster than ever during this period that months seem like days and days like minutes. The smartest thing to do is be armed with ways to prepare for the dream wedding that awaits you. Keeping a check-list of what to do is as important as wedding itself as there will be ’n’ number of tasks to be performed without giving a miss. You don’t have to be a professional planner or go insane with Post-its or create crazy bits of paper to stay organized. Just be all geared up to ensure that your ‘Day’ of your life is free from all hitches. Just cross off every item on your customized list once its done and you are on the go!

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I’d like to give you the on-not-so-clear or the so called superficial check-list of the to-be bride before i go explaining in detail of the very important things to be considered. Work your budget and set some priorities, where to save/splurge. After all, once in a lifetime wedding. It’s like living a dream! Fish out the best ideas right from your dream wedding venue to the return gifts for the guests. Compile the guest list Select the venue for the wedding and other ceremonies taking place along with. Now that the date and venue has been fixed, send out personal invites or save-the-date cards to all the guests. Search, interview and book vendors. Keep everything written once the vendor is decided, be it for food, photographer or the floral designer. In between, don’t skip dreaming about your honeymoon just to give you the energy boost amidst the tiring wedding planning. Don’t forget to register your wedding website. Book your stylist for hair and make-up and most importantly saree draping. Shop for the love bands. Oh yeah! The engagement rings. Most exciting thing about marriage is dressing up. Shop for the best bridal wear you are ever dreaming of! Shortlist your favorite designer and book an appointment so that your request to get a dress designed do not get rejected due to heavy wedding rush! Finally do not forget to keep in constant touch with the vendor to confirm the date, details and deposits.

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Detailed view of your check-list which defines your look on your D-day goes this way!

BRIDAL WEAR:

Every girl dreams of a fairytale wedding, and craves to look like a princess in her wedding attire. Apparently, her designer or tailor is the most important person during her wedding period next to the groom. As they are usually the busiest people before the wedding marathon begins, get your outfits done well in advance. All the alterations and refitting must be done so that you don’t get to struggle hopping to your tailor just before the wedding. Need inspiration? Visit a wedding dress trunk show or bridal fair.

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ACCESSORIES PLAY THE GAME:

Weddings are so much fun to play dress ups for because you get to complement your bridal attire with right and rich accessories. Nothing is more depressing than forgetting the matching bangles or the right pair of earrings that elevate your look. Take time out from your busy schedule of ticking away various tasks to put together all your various accessories, from bindis to jewelry to bobby pins to safety pins to put your saree in place.

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HAIR AND BEAUTY:

Just a couple of days before wedding, take some time out and get your hands and feet pampered. Yes! It’s manicure and pedicure time! Wax and facial treatment like facials need to be done. You can’t possibly look worn out after all the hustle-bustle of the wedding preparation. Right? Pretty hands and beautiful feet makes a beautiful bride. Say a big no-no to chipped and unpainted nails, so help yourself to make you feel good and look good!

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SEXY SANGEETH:

The first dance! Are you waiting to match the steps of your soulmate? Are you waiting to sway with him? Dreaming big of the bride and groom’s showstopper performance which is a lifetime remembrance? Yes, there are rehearsals thrown and lots of video lessons to teach you steps that you’re not going to trip on your long skirts and beautifully draped sarees. Practice walking around wearing high heels and dance in your flowing outfits. It’s your night! Let the mood stay unwavering and healthy!

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HEALTHY YOU:

The motto behind every bride is to look the best and prettiest on her D-day. If thats the case, the guests can’t stop raving about the beautiful bride, which we all wished for secretly. It’s not a bad idea to go on a pre-wedding detox to help you prepare for your wedding and looking all glow. To feel healthier from inside, go on lots of veggies and fruits for a couple of weeks before walking down the aisle and see your skin take all the shine of the stars.

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It’s important to know the ways to prepare yourself for the upcoming wedding to prevent you from getting exhausted to scheduling things. This helps you in such a way that you don’t have to worry about the tiniest of things and can then spend all your time looking pretty pretty and having fun! Any queries? Comments box is all yours!

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Top Five Trending Wedding Hairstyles

Top Five Trending Wedding Hairstyles

A woman feels like a queen on the special day of her wedding. It is very important for the bride to look the best on that day with unique wedding hairstyles and a perfect ensemble. She spends a good time of her life planning and dreaming about the perfect wedding while rest of the life is spent recalling the beautiful old memories that embraces the present.

Her bridal wear and hairstyles are the two most essential factors of her day apart from the sizzling hot makeup. There must be a perfect synchronization between the bridal dress and her wedding hairstyle. The customary rituals and ceremonies of Indian wedding can be complemented only with traditional designer bridal hairdo that can adorn her hair like a crown for the main day. The hairstyles must make her feel truly special, and that she can rock with confidence on pre-wedding ceremonies and reception. 

Talking of the most amazing wedding hairstyles, we have the following trendy ones that are popular all over the world.

Roll Buns:

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Roll Buns

Designer buns with concentric rolls can add an extra volume to the hair when done with utter perfection. It is a celebrated designer wedding hairstyle of all time as it goes amazingly with a sober wedding gown as well as the gorgeous Indian bridal dresses. Parts of the hair are separated and pulled away to form respective buns by rolling the hair and then finally pinning them up together.

Bohemian Curls:

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Bohemian Curls

Bohemian curls provide a completely different yet extraordinary look to the bride. She can go with this particular hair style if she has medium to flowing long hair. It an easy hairstyle, once you are done with the Velcro curls. Set the curls in proper place and then put a band or crown around your head to leave the long strands loose at back, away from your face.

Side and Pinned Buns:

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Side Bun

When some hair from the top of the head are twisted and turned to form an illusion of a real bun, it is known as pinned bun. They go amazingly well with Indian wedding dresses like Lehengas and Shararas. This bun is a perfect choice for the ones who want a big bun yet don’t have enough long hair. The legendary high bun or side bun is another popular Indian bridal hairdo that sometimes can go well with off shoulder wedding gowns as well. Women with big, prominent eyes along with puffy cheeks can choose this style to enhance her look on the special day of her life.

Designer Braid:

Designer Side Braid
Designer Side Braid

Bun is the patent wedding hairstyle for Indian women, especially the ones with extremely long hair. Designer braids of three or more bunch of hairs look amazing when designed with fresh flowers along every twist. There are classic Indian jewelled accessories as well that exactly complements a thick embellished braid. The forehead can also be ornamented with exclusive Indian jewellery.

Spanish Updo:

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Spanish Updo

When you have thick and long hair you can always choose to style your hair with the Spanish updo, an important part of the variety of wedding hairstyles. The hair is horizontally parted into two halves when the upper part is designed with beautiful styles like rolls and twists while the lower half is left as it is or might be curled. The upper updo can be decorated with fake crystals, bows or even glittering hair-clips.

Hope you like our collection of designer Wedding Hairstyles, and will experiment with them soon!

 

Top Designers for Indian Wedding Dresses

Top Designers for Indian Wedding Dresses

Indian weddings are always grand affairs and equally grand are the Indian wedding dresses. Weddings give a chance for many families to show off their wealth with all the pomp and splendour by choosing theme weddings, designer bridal wear and by making the wedding itself spanning over 2-4 days comprising of food, drinks, cocktail parties, DJ nights, rituals and get together functions. So if the wedding itself is such an elaborate affair why leave out details for the bridal wear. Find out about the trendiest and most creative designers of the Indian fashion industry from whom you could purchase your wedding outfit for the D-day and make it as perfect as possible and as you might have dreamt of.

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Ritu Beri: She is one of the most sought after and well-known bridal wear designers of the country. She has designed various gorgeous outfits for many celebrities of the Bollywood industry too. Her designs are well cut and elaborate and there is no doubt that she continues to be many women’s favourite. She makes use of different kinds of fabrics ranging from organza, silk, chiffon etc, depending on the silhouette the bride wishes to see herself in and makes sure that her Indian wedding dresses are truly Indian. Although grand and elaborate, RituBeri makes use of subtle colours of ivory, off white, grey etc. and also introduces contemporary cuts for modern day styles.

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Sabyasachi: He too is known for his classic designs and is known to be one of the first Indian designers who pioneered in use of textured fabrics for the Indian wedding dresses. His designs make use of matte finished subtle colours that reflect pure elegance and beauty in combination with vibrant colours like red. Dazzling embellishments and zari work add to the beauty of the outfits.

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Sabyasachi Bridal Couture

 

Rohit Bal: An equally exceptional designer, what sets his designs apart from the rest is the fact that his outfits are free from any kind of stone or zari embellishments. Many of his designs are also stocked in international fashion houses and are known for its sober yet gorgeous looks. Although bridal wear is his area of design, he does them on special request for weddings so you could get them customised your way. The designs on his outfits make use of intricate embroideries in thread and make use of fabrics and styles that reflect his native Kashmir. He is also celebrated as one of the most exceptional and unique designers in the fashion world.

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Rohit Bal Collection

A good way to look around for the best designer Indian wedding dresses is to attend the special bridal exhibitions conducted during different times of the year. These exhibitions not only showcase the best designers and their collections of bridal wear but also give you details about wedding decorations, layouts, wedding invitations, wedding favours, jewellery etc. and every other wedding detail that you could possibly think of.

Tips for Choosing a Gorgeous Wedding Dress

Tips for Choosing a Gorgeous Wedding Dress

Choosing the perfect attire for your D-day can be sometimes extremely difficult. Even if you might have dreamt of this moment for a long time, no dress might seem the best or the perfect one for you. Remember there is no single perfect wedding dress but choosing a gorgeous dress can depend on various factors.

Wedding gowns: For Christian weddings, styles could range from a completely formal wedding to semi-formal or casual ones. A typical formal wedding would involve a veil with wedding gowns that come with a train and sometimes gloves too. They speak sheer elegance and look very beautiful too. Semi formal weddings do involve a traditional white wedding gown or sometimes light pastel shades nearing white but without a train and veil. Shorter length dresses or other styles can be chosen for a casual wedding. Whichever theme you may choose, the best way to ensure that your dress looks good on you is to choose them according to your body shape. There is no single perfect dress but there could be one that looks best on you. Fabrics, shape, colour necklines and gown styles – every detail must be looked into to ensure that your wedding dress looks perfect on you.

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Jatin Varma Gowns

Indian weddings are an elaborate affair and a single bridal wear is not enough because the wedding itself is a long drawn out affair that comprising of several rituals and a separate event associated with each ritual. One has to choose equally elaborate outfits for each of these events. While this can seem overwhelming, it also gives you the chance to wear more than one style of outfit for your wedding, especially if you’re the kind who isn’t satisfied with merely trying out one style. Wedding dresses in contemporary styles come in a wide variety of styles that can leave you feeling confused. Other than the traditional nine yard sarees, we also have Anarkali suit lehengas, lehenga sarees etc. available for women these days.

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Opt for colours that suit you: while red is undoubtedly the most widely chosen and popular of colours for a wedding dress, sometimes brides want to choose something other than red for their D-day. You would also require choosing bridal wear for the other events for which you might not want to wear red. Bridal outfits come in different kinds of colours and designs but while choosing a gorgeous wedding dress, you must keep in mind that not all colours might suit you. You must opt for colours that would make you look the best.

Jewellery: Indian weddings are incomplete without gold jewellery. A number of brides these days also opt for diamond or kundal style jewellery as well. While you purchase your perfect wedding dress, also keep in mind the kind of jewellery you have or plan to wear and whether they can be coordinated well with your bridal attire. For wedding gowns in white, pearl or diamonds are a good choice. Keeping it simple will make you look elegant.

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5 Must Know Trends in Indian Wedding Dresses

5 Must Know Trends in Indian Wedding Dresses

Modern day brides seek bridal wear styles that are unique, elegant and not over the top and yet something that sets them apart from the rest on their special day. Here’s a quick look at the 5 most must known trends in bridal wear.

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Lehengas: Lehengas have been part of traditional Indian wear during weddings, whether it is on the D-day or for the numerous events that form a part of the big fat Indian wedding. Wedding dresses with designer tags on them are all the rage. If your wedding is a grand affair, why not opt for a designer lehenga to suit the theme and style of your wedding.

Pink Lehenga
Pink Lehenga

Anarkali lehengas: The traditional Anarkali Suits can be traced back to the era of the Mughals. The lehenga styled Anarkalis come with a lehenga in place of churidaars and those that are made of sheer fabrics such as georgette and chiffon or net also have a blouse underneath.Indian designers try and introduce newer trends and styles in Indian wear which are now opted by many women as an unconventional yet grand form of bridal wear that can set them apart from the rest. Lehenga style Anarkalis are long and flowy and look very elegant. They reflect a fine combination of the best of both styles. Most Anarkali lehengas come with heavy embroideries and gotapatti work or zari work embellished on them making them ideal as wedding dresses. Anarkali gowns that end till the ankle and carried along with a dupatta are also among the latest styles and can be worn for any of the wedding events.

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Anarkali Lehenga

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Lehenga Sarees: These sarees have drawn inspiration from the South Indian style of half sarees worn by women. These sarees are not the conventional nine yard fabric but uses a lehenga and has a long dupatta stitched with them to give the effect of a pallu as one would find in a traditional saree. Lehenga sarees just like the Anarkali is a combination of two styles that gives you the best of both.

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Lehenga saree

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Different colours: Make a statement by opting for a colour other than the typical red for your wedding. A number of brides are choosing colours other than red for their wedding dresses. Shades of magenta, pink or entirely different tones such as blue or green are also being chosen by brides today for their wedding attires.

Colourful Bridal Wear
Colourful Bridal Wear

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Short dresses for Christian weddings: Ditch the full length wedding gown and go for a shorter knee length or t-length retro style dress for your wedding in colours like ivory. It gives a casual and informal look but also looks fun and beautiful on the bride. Most Christian weddings that are a formal affair require a train and veil to go along with their long and flowing gowns. You could do away with both or opt for a veil with the dress that can look unique. You could even choose a wreath instead of a typical veil. The headgear looks unconventional and attractive on the brides on this day and sets them apart.

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Bridal gown

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THE MODERN INDIAN BRIDE: DECODED

THE MODERN INDIAN BRIDE: DECODED

Weddings are just pure magic, aren’t they? The joy of celebrating the union of two people is so exhilarating. But even with all the pomp and splendour surrounding a wedding, everyone’s eyes are almost always glued to the beautiful bride. It’s her day to shine; that gorgeous ensemble, flawless make up and dazzling jewellery. She turns into a real life princess for a day. Generally, you’d want to play it safe with your bridal get up. You’d stick to what generations in your family have been following – the type of saree, the kind of jewellery, the traditional ceremony and more. But if you think you’re ready to be a next level bride, check out these trends that could spice up your look. White – the new Red A lot of brides are ditching the traditional reds, pinks and goldens. Instead, white is trending as the new colour of the bride. White with gold and white with silver are the new winning combinations to look out for. It looks simple, elegant and utterly regal. We’d love to see how the older generation is taking this news.

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  Saucy Mehendi Ah mehendi, the customary henna designs we set on our arms and feet. The mehendi lady comes with a huge book, you flip through it religiously to find a design that appeals to you. Do they all look the same- the boring paisleys, the Ram and Sita, the infinite flowers and curvy lines? Some brides across the Indian sub continent are breaking all rules and opting for the sauciest Mehendi designs from The Kamasutra! Let’s all salute them for their bridal guts, shall we?

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  Make Up More like Make-Down actually. Brides today are moving away from the pancake makeup (finally!). No more double layers of foundation, bright maroon lipstick with maroon eye shadow and maroon rouge – all so that their makeup matches their lehenga – you know we aren’t exaggerating, we’ve all seen it. The modern Indian bride is slowly, happily treading the path of the simple, natural look on their wedding day. 243

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  Dress Up We have the engagement, the mehendi, the sangeet, the wedding, the reception, some have even more ceremonies. It gets really tiring to lug around a heavy lehenga or constantly take care of your saree on each occasion. Our modern brides have figured out a simple solution. We wear dresses all the time otherwise, and are so comfy in them, so why not go western on our wedding ceremonies! The fashion industry is practically begging brides to go for westernized gowns and dresses. Have you seen what’s available in the market? The designs will sweep you off your feet, before your Prince Charming does.

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Bridal Shopping On A Tight Budget

Bridal Shopping On A Tight Budget

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By: Debolina Chaudhuri

They say, the most important day in a woman’s life is the day she gets married. We cannot agree more! After all, this day marks her transition from being her father’s darling daughter to her husband’s beloved. Every girl cherishes the dream to look her absolute best on her D-day! Indian weddings are famous the world over, for their opulence and grandeur. It takes months of planning and preparation for a dream wedding to take place. However, in today’s super-expensive scenario, where prices of things have sky-rocketed in the last few years, how many can actually hope to have that ‘Great Indian Wedding’? We, at LimeRoad surely understand that and so, today, we’ll show you exactly how to get all your bridal shopping done within a budget of ten thousand only! Trust LimeRoad to serve you style at super-affordable rates!

1. Wedding Lehenga or Saree:
The first step to bridal shopping starts with deciding on whether you wish to wear a lehenga or saree. At LimeRoad, we offer you exquisitely woven designer attires at never-seen-before rates!

Bridal Lehenga

We’ve selected this beautiful lehenga set in eye-catching coral for your special day! Crafted in net, the lehenga is heavily embellished with zari and sequins whereas the net dupatta lends an otherworldly charm to this delicate piece. At a price of Rs.4290, this bridal lehenga is a steal! Opt for this on your wedding day and see how it makes you the cynosure of all eyes!

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2. Matching Jewellery:
Jewellery plays the second most important role in a bridal trousseau. Kundan, gold, stones, pearls- Indian brides have a wide range of materials to choose from when it comes to wedding jewellery. Crafted to perfection, our extensive range of jewellery is sure to leave you impressed!

Bridal Jewellery

 

To go especially with our chosen bridal lehenga, we have selected this beautiful gold necklace set, studded with dazzling white and red stones! This set consists of a necklace and a pair of earrings and comes for as cheap as Rs.1009 only! We can already foresee you hitting the ‘buy’ option!

You can also invest in a set of bridal chudas that come at super-affordable rates to beautify your slender hands. Take your pick from LimeRoad’s extensive range starting as low as Rs.499 only!

Bridal Chuda
3. Embellished Sandals
Shoes can make or break any outfit! On the day of your wedding, it is advisable that you give your sky-high heels a miss and opt instead, for sandals or wedge heels that will save you from the trauma of sore feet! We suggest you go for something like the one we’ve picked! Look below!

Bridal Footwear

Beautified with exquisite beadwork, these golden sandals have just the right amount of spunk to notch up your glam quotient in a matter of seconds! The low-heels and elastic strap at the back will ensure perfect grip and let you move about without any difficulty. Comes at an unbeatable price of Rs. 974 only!

4. Gorgeous Potli
Lastly, your D-day look will remain incomplete without that blingy, ethnic potli to keep all your essentials in place!

Bridal Potli

Compact and functional, this sequined red and gold potli bag, crafted in silk, will amp up your bridal look in an instant and is ideal for keeping your phone and other essentials safe and secure. For 800 rupees, this one’s a show-stealer! Grab this today to go with your ethnic ensemble!
We are confident that our compiled bridal look will make your special someone’s hearts flutter on your wedding day! Sign off the entire look with a broad, dazzling smile on your face. Always remember, it’s only when you really feel good inside, that you look good on the outside too!