We’ve all grown up watching elaborate sangeets and mehendi ceremonies in Bollywood movies, wondering what it would be like to wear elaborate lehengas and dance. Today’s bride knows what she wants and can have it all. While keeping traditions alive, they can have the fairytale wedding of princesses. For the brides to be, 2018 is all about vintage and retro themes.
While South Indian brides traditionally bring a classic elegance to the table with the classic silks and temple jewellery in pure gold, they are adding a twist to their solah shringar with North Indian elements in the frame. Hair ornaments are an eternal favourite, and why not, with their beautiful bejewelled hair cascading down, covered in fresh flowers and jada billas. Matha pattis, or nethi chutts remain in vogue, but in kundan or meenakari work, which go excellently with elaborate silks from the season’s favourite wedding trousseau designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Or, you can take a cue from the Nizam brides and wear a delicate jhoomer with a maang tikka in Hyderabadi pearls if you choose to wear a lehenga at one of your ceremonies.
Of course, nothing can match the grace of the gorgeous silk sarees beautifully pleated up. This look is incomplete without the vaddanam lightly cinching the bride’s waist and giving her an hourglass look. To mix up the vintage and contemporary, try a temple design with Hyderabadi pearls, or an intricate jadau work in traditional motifs of nature. Complementing the vaddanam are the famous neckpieces, which comprise the harams or chokers. For the traditional bride, the various harams are a must, and they come in simpler designs that enable you to wear them for other ethnic occasions as well. A bride who wants to experiment can try the double pearl choker in polka or kundan work with precious stones.
Elaborate blouses are phasing out the traditional vanki or baaju bandhs, but there are some contemporary brides who choose to wear them over their blouse sleeves for a funky effect. One element from the vintage trend that is here to stay is an elaborate floral motif angoothi. The look best in jadau or polki work, highlighting the delicate fingers of the bride. While bangles have rationally been worn in numbers on each hand, the new trend is a large temple design bangle on each hand, keeping it simple yet stunning. No bride’s look is complete without a pair of jhumkis that dance every time they walk. Chaand baalis in diamond and drop pearls can do the trick, while keeping it light and comfortable for the bride to wear for long as well. For added effect, one can wear jhumkis in jadau work with coloured stones that match their sarees.
You can choose a different type of ornaments for every ceremony and be the cynosure of all eyes with your happiness and radiant smile.