4 Wedding Hacks everyone should know about which can help you save money!

Wedding’s as we all know can be an expensive affair, especially here in India with an industry worth 1300 crores annually.

There are ways, however, where you can save on the precious greens and stick within a budget, we tell you how.

1.Get a Wedding App

A wedding app does not cost much, our sister concern provides customized wedding apps to clients for as low as thousands. With features such as a conversation wall and invitations section, push notifications and an agenda section. This wedding app converts into your very own social media network and guests carry your wedding in their pocket. With the amount of time people spend on whats app and facebook these days, it should be a piece of cake to get your guest’s attention.

Where this allows you to save is it helps get rid of printing invitations and conducting RSVP’S, which with the number of guests invited more often than not proves to be expensive.

2.Hire a Wedding Planner

Now you may think, wait a minute, is this a post about increasing expenses or saving them?

It is most certainly about saving, the reason a wedding planner can help you save more than spending is because being within the industry they have an exact idea of how much one should spend where and on what.

It is easy for them to identify why something is not needed purely basis the experience gathered over years!

3.Have a dessert bar instead of cutting a wedding cake!

Mooh Meetha karvana is a tradition, and in line with that tradition, having a dessert bar is quirky and fun, and can be a great alternative to an expensive layered wedding cake.

It also allows you the liberty to have an assortment of desserts and is usually part of the caterer’s package.

This is just repackaging something that already exists to look a lot better than it already does 🙂

4.Rent your jewelry

Although it might make you cringe at first, it is not a bad option if you are not too big on owning jewelry but need to spend on it for the wedding.

There are beautiful sets available which can make you look stunning, to say the least, and there are many suppliers who rent them out for a small fee!

Ask your wedding planner’s how this works.

All we recommend, what is most important is, Just Have Fun!

We hope you enjoyed reading, keep checking in for more ideas!

9 Dazzling Substitutes for Gold Jewelery

Do you love gold, but have been dying to look totally different and just can’t think of any possible alternatives? Try our list of gold substitutes and completely reinvent your style! These adornments don’t aim to compete with gold jewelry but they definitely spice up your bridal look, making it exclusive while adding a dash of panache.

Gorgeous Kundan jewelry

Kundan Jewelry with its exquisite stone artwork is a favourite for most brides as these pieces usually come in very heavy designs and one kundan necklace is enough to cover up for any other jewelry items. The artwork is mostly done on a gold base and the stone cuts are done in a manner as to dazzle from every angle, making you look all the more royal and exclusive.

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Pearl Jewelry with diamond, sapphire, ruby or emerald stone settings looks really elegant and classy. This type of jewelry blend perfectly with unconventional bridal attires like mauve or onion colored lehengas as they complement the entire appearance splendidly.

Semi precious stone work jewelry

The semi precious stone set jewelry items are great when coupled with platinum or diamond sets for bridal wear. These can also be used for mehendi and sangeet occasions by themselves, where you may not want to wear gold, diamond or platinum jewelry items. These are mostly made on a copper base with a silver or gold plating along with semi-precious stone work to make them look highly dazzling.

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Sterling silver jewelry with stone settings

Sterling silver jewelry with precious and semi precious stone embellishments is currently creating ripples and is in great demand. It is highly cost effective and durable, as shiny and genuine silver is used with a blend of copper alloy to make it stronger. The precious and semi precious stone work on sterling silver makes this kind of jewelry look as gorgeous as its platinum counterparts.

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Classy white gold jewelry

White gold jewelry with diamond, ruby and sapphire stone settings is another popular alternative to gold that looks just like platinum jewelry and renders the same exquisite feel along with a classy appeal to Indian brides. White gold pairs beautifully with ruby, sapphire and emerald stones, as the white finish allows the stone work to stand out and complements the bridal attire equally well.

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Colorful & dazzling costume jewelry

In the realm of bridal jewelry, costume jewelry is steadily gaining ground, especially if you are looking to wear something dazzling and gorgeous to go with a basic diamond, gold or platinum set. These items of costume jewelry are mostly created on a copper base with gold or silver plating along with semi precious stone work to make the jewelry pieces look very classic and traditional.

Stylish and chic gold plated jewelry

Gold plated jewelry is a comparatively cheaper option and when coupled with diamond or platinum jewelry, these adornments gain a different level of exclusivity. Most of these jewelry items are made of copper, brass or other alloys and a plating of gold is applied to make them look shinier.

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Diamond jewelry with stone settings

Diamond jewelry with precious and semi precious stone work is speedily grabbing attention and has come to rule the hearts of countless Indian brides. The stone settings are done in a manner to highlight both the diamonds along with the other stone types in equal measures. Diamond with Panna or sapphire settings simply looks priceless for all bridal collections.

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Designer platinum jewelry

Platinum jewelry with embedded diamonds adds a different class to the entire bridal look, especially with a red bridal attire. A platinum base with ruby stones looks equally sophisticated and is especially suited to light colored bridal wear, since the ruby setting catches the light and dazzles beautifully. Platinum Jewelry with a light blue sapphire stone work looks splendid to give a perfect cool blue and pure white effect.

With the growing varieties in the realm of jewelry, there’s no dearth of alternatives for gold jewelry items, all you have to do is choose wisely.

About the Author: This post has been written by Vidya Mahi for WeddingPlz

 

 

All you need to know about a Solitaire Diamond!

The engagement ring is a dream most women have had since they were little girls, and while they do come in all materials and styles, the most popular and desirable by far is the solitaire ring. That lone diamond that commands presence and beauty and symbolizes the love of a lifetime.

But as romantic as the notion of that ring may be, choosing one can be equally confusing! We recommend doing a bit of research before entering your jewellery store, to avoid last minute confusion or a purchase that you later regret. After all, this is one ring that will be worn for a lifetime!

And when it comes to solitaires, there’s no escaping the technical basics of the 4Cs. Here we list them out for you to make a more informed decision.

The Cut

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While the round diamond is by far the most popular, there are multiple other shapes in which a diamond can be bought, and more importantly, the price gets impacted by your choice as well. The round shape also happens to be the most expensive cut available in the market. You may want to try out something different, such as the Marquise, Princess cut, Pear, Heart or Emerald shape to see what suits the bride’s finger and looks the best.

Carat

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We keep hearing the term carat used loosely regarding your jewellery’s quality, but what does this really mean? While a lot of people believe it has to do with your diamond’s size, it’s actually a measure of the weight of the stone. Hence, a 1 carat diamond would not come in a standard size, but varies on the basis of the cut and shape as well. Based on the carat measure of your diamond, you could be shelling out anywhere between Rs. 50,000 to 2 lakhs for your precious stone!

One of the methods to bring the ring of your dreams a little closer to your budget is to shave off a tiny amount of cents (1 carat is made of a 100 cents) from your diamond. 10 cents reduced does not affect the size or look of your diamond significantly to the naked eye, but definitely impacts the price at which it is sold.

Colour

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Believe it or not, there are multiple colour ranges for your diamond, and not all are pure white and sparkly! The range starts from D, which is the rare absolutely colourless range, and heads all the way to Z, the latter of which have a slight yellow tinge. Not surprisingly, D-F are the most expensive range of diamonds and the price goes down as the colour changes. Makes sure you ask your jeweller exactly what colour range your diamond falls in!

Of course, this colour spectrum does not include the extremely rare pink and blue diamonds, which cost much more than a D diamond!

Clarity

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Last but not the least, the fourth C – Clarity, is something inherent to a diamond, and cannot be altered by human intervention. As with the colour chart, there is also grading of clarity starting from FL-IF, VVS1-VVS2, VS1-VS2, SI1-SI2, I1, I2 & I3. The clarity grade depends on, if the diamond is flawless without any inclusions (FL-IF), and the amount of imperfections visible under magnification of the naked eye, with I2-I3 standing for an imperfect diamond. Again, an FL diamond would by far be the most expensive, with your price range reducing with each grade. Rings can fit a little better into your budget by a small change from VVS to VS, which might not really show as much of a difference in quality to the naked eye, but makes a much bigger difference in price!

The Ring

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Some people prefer selecting their diamond separately, and then having it set into a ring of their choice. Either way, the band is also an important choice along with the diamond. While gold is beautifully classic, platinum is classy and new-age. Do think about what you prefer, in terms of your skin tone and the look of your ring. Moreover, the design of the band can completely define how your ring looks. Whether you want a plain band or a prong setting, do see different catalogues to get a better idea of your dream ring.

 

Certification

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We would also suggest looking for a certified diamond, to ensure quality of purchase. There are multiple agencies such as the IGI & GIA who offer certifications, so make sure you ask your jewellery store manager for this!

So put on your research hat, decide your budget and see what specifications you prefer, because the final price of your ring is going to be dependent on all the qualities mentioned above. Moreover, ensure you know what you’re buying, and don’t get duped into purchasing a lower quality product for a higher price!

7 Breathtaking Maang Tikka Styles You Can Steal From These Gorgeous Indian Brides

This article has been written by Neelam Jain for BollywoodShaadis.com

Wedding jewellery has always been an essential part of every Indian bride’s entire look. Everything ranging from something as small as a toe ring to as big as a necklace, is equally important in making a bride look complete. Needless to say, all these pieces of the traditional Indian jewellery make a bride look stunningly beautiful and remarkably graceful on the big day of her life. And, among the various Indian bridal jewellery pieces, one of the inevitable parts of every Indian bride’s solah shringar, is the maang tikka. Falling on the forehead of the bride, the maang tikka simply adds elegance to her entire look. What’s more? With time, this beautiful jewellery has evolved into various designs and styles.

So, before you pick up a maang tikka for your wedding, let us tell you the significance of this magnificent piece of jewellery, while also telling you the large variety of designs that it comes in.

Significance of maang tikka

Apart from being a bridal adornment, maang tikka also denotes the union of two souls through the institution of marriage. The point, where the pendant of the maang tikka falls is believed to be the place for the ajna chakra. Represented by two petals, this chakra is symbolic of the sacred union of the male and the female in every aspect, including emotional, spiritual and physical level.

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Different types of maang tikkas

There are a lot of beautiful and intricate designs of maang tikkas, which have been the timeless classics in the world of traditional Indian bridal jewellery. So, here are some of the stunning designs of different styles of maang tikkas, which are worn by the Indian brides of different cultures.

#1. Over-sized maang tikkas

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A bold bride can prefer large statement pieces to have a distinct look on their special day. You can pick anything from floral or circular patterns in the large studded pieces, and stand out as the bride with most elegant taste.

However, those who are not too confident about being able to carry out the big piece on their face, should better take it easy and avoid it. The bride with long faces or broad foreheads can best carry this style with grace.

#2. Small pendant style

These statement pieces are a popular pick among all those brides, who believe in traditional yet classy look. Single-stranded tikkas might be quite a conservative design, but that is just enough for some brides to look exceptionally elegant and fashionable.

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And, there is a whole wide variety of designs in it as well for the brides and newlyweds to look dazzling. From fancy coloured stone tikkas to pearl hangings and ruby, there is a wide range available to pick from. The best part about this little bauble is that it suits all face shapes.

#3. Jhoomar or passa

jhoomar or passa is the traditional ornament of a Muslim bride. This piece of maang tikka hangs on the left side of the forehead. Nowadays, this is also worn in addition to the regular one that falls on the centre of the forehead. The collection comes in various designs, like fan shape, triangular design, round style, etc., and it adds a royal appeal to a bride’s look.

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So, if you want to do something different with your look than just going the traditional way, then this noticeably vibrant accessory is a must in your bridal jewellery collection.

#4. One-tier matha Pattis

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Another hot trend that rules the world of maang tikkas is the matha Patti. This style has extra layers to the sides, which completely adorns a bride’s forehead. However, you have to be conscious with this ornament to make it stay in its place. Being sleek in design, it goes well with the round-shaped face.

#5. Multi-tier matha Patti

This thick and heavy ‘nawabi style’ maang tikka is yet another hot favourite among the brides. It is almost same as a one-tier maang tikka with the only difference being in the number of chains to the sides. Embellished with a variety of stones, like crystals, rubies, diamonds, etc., the multi-tier matha Patti makes a bride look no less than a queen.

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However, this exquisite style does not suit everyone. Brides with wide forehead and cheek area can easily go for this style. It also looks extremely pretty on long faces as it exaggerates their features.

#6. Borla

Worn mostly by the women in the states of Rajasthan and Haryana in India, the borla-style maang tikkas simply make a bride look chic and glamorous. It derives its name from the jujube fruit (called ber or bor in Hindi), as its shape is similar to this fruit. The spherical shape of borla is usually crafted with pearls, stones, rubies, crystals, etc.

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The charming borla was even sported by Aishwarya Rai in the movie Jodha Akbar. It looks great on round cut faces, especially when the hair parting is done exactly from the centre of head.

#7. Side-swept style

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This is one of the hottest styles of maang tikkas that many brides love to wear these days. Also, called the ‘nawabi style’ half matha patti by many jewellery designers, this maang tikka falls on the side of the forehead, instead of being placed at the centre.

This style comes in yet another variation, where the maang tikka is placed on the centre of the forehead, just like the traditional ones. However, the side panel is only on one of the sides of the forehead. No matter what style does the bride pick, this artistic piece of jewellery simply gives her a majestic look.

Well, we are sure you will simply mesmerize everyone by sporting any of these beautiful styles of maang tikka on your wedding day. So, just pick the one that best suits your face shape and let the man of your dreams go crazy about you, yet again!

About the Author: This article has been written by Neelam Jain for BollywoodShaadis.com

 

 

The ‘Nosy’ Affair: Bridal Nose Pins of 13 Different Cultures!

This post has been written by Joy De for WeddingPlz.com

With all extravagance, the wedding carnival is at its peak. The much awaited bride is all set to steal the show. Amid the vision of wearing trendy necklaces and bangles, a piece of classic nose ring always sets the charm.

The significance of the nose ring lies beyond just ornamentation, the practice of wearing it dates back to the Vedic age and supposedly makes any pain related to pregnancy and periods bearable. Nose rings in India are worn either on the nostril, septum or the bridge of the nose.

With such massive cultural acceptance across different regions, the nose rings have seen a lot of variations and cultural influence in its design. Below are the top 13 nose ring designs as per the regions of India:

Northern India:

  • Latkan:

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This nose ring is a type of plain metallic chain with decorative charms all over resembling a type of charm bracelet. The design is made as such the highlight is more on the metallic chain part rather than the nose ring itself. Another most common type of Latkan is called ‘Bullag’ which is a pendent suspended from the septum.

  • Punjabi Nath:

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Very popular in Punjab, the design primarily has a medium or large hoop with little or no charms along the periphery that goes up along the metallic chain connecting the nose ring to the hair. One of the most popular bridal jewelry in India, Punjabi Nath is considered as a heavier version of the Nathni.

  • Laung:

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Inspiring many Bollywood lyricist, laung is a clove shaped nose stud popular in most parts of North India. Commonly made of gold or silver and studded with precious or semi-precious stones, laung can be worn not only on a wedding but also on other special occasions as well.

  • Fan shaped nose ring:

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These are the most intricately designed nose ring which perhaps depicts the cultural significance. They are popular in parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

 

  • Spoked nose ring:

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Popular in parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the spoked nose ring is circular shaped with a series of continuous spokes running along the periphery. They are designed as such the nose ring falls on the lips, covering half the mouth.

Southern India:

  • Mukhuttis:

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Mukhuttis, as known in the regional language, is a light weight nose pin worn mostly by the brides of Konkan and Goa. However, they are worn in Kerala and Karnataka as well with a little extravagance — where the brides choose to wear it on both the nostrils.

  • Nose Stud:

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Traditionally worn by most brides on both the nostrils, nose studs normally consists of either two or three diamonds intricately detailed to give a more authentic South Indian appeal. The practice of wearing a nose stud is age old and the design speaks more of the cultural significance.

  • The Pullaku:

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This nose ring is usually worn on the septum or the lower part of the nostrils. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes without much of embellishments involved. They are mostly worn solo or clubbed with other nose pin.

Western India:

  • Nathni:

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Nathni is a popular hoop nose ring mostly worn by brides from Gujarat and Rajasthan. They are usually made of gold or silver and are sometimes decorated with little precious or semi-precious gem stone which is connected to the hair with a long delicate metallic chain.

  • Maharashtrian nath:

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Worn by the top notch Bollywood brides, Maharashtrian nath is popular across India for its unique cashew nut shape. They are mostly made of pearl, beads and other colourful stones to serve every pellete.

  • Konkani Stud:

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Konkani studs are quite abstract and are inspired by the elements of nature, the studs are made in motifs of fish, bird etc., and embellished with precious or semi-precious stones. Though gold and silver are the common metals used in design, yet every Konkan jewelry reflects simplicity and minimalism in it.

  • Designer Nose Ring:

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Designed especially for the red carpet and popularized by Vidya Balan and Sonam Kapoor; the Cannes Film Festival saw some dramatic nose ring designs in diamonds and white gold that can also be a good alternative for any Indian bride.

  • Classic Nose Pin:

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Classic nose pin has been the choice of bride all across the globe, light weight with a single studded stone always works for those who choose minimalism in their style.

Try these, you are sure to win the hearts of the on lookers.

About the Author: This post has been written by Joy De for http://www.weddingplz.com