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

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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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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.

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Dress Dilemma

As women we all have experienced that stress of standing in front of a full length mirror wondering if we look our best in the given outfit. At times we have issues with the color, with the style, with the way it highlights parts we are actually trying to hide and so on. Depending on how much time we have, we generally give in to the mirror and accept the look and move on BUT when it is the wedding outfit in question, we dare not do that. Why would we want to settle for looking anything but the best on our big day? Dress dilemmas can be frustrating, time consuming and exhausting but let us face it, it is something that every bride must face and to minimize this not so pleasant experience, here are some things to always remember.

Budget constraints

Bridal outfits are available in every price range that you can think of but it is important for every bride to know what range she is going with. There is nothing more upsetting than the feeling of not getting your money’s worth, especially when it comes to an outfit this important. A budget also indirectly shortlists the available options you have versus visiting store after store.

Style picks

Like most brides, you may be open to the idea of seeing several bridal outfits but deep within you have pictured yourself in something. That little something is your biggest aid in determining your style for the big day. A classic bridal outfit to a vintage bridal outfit, a trendy bridal outfit to a glamorous bridal outfit, you can have it all in place by listening to your inner voice.


Labels or not

We all love the idea of owning garments of certain designers but perhaps you should keep these desires to a time other than your wedding. Certain labels might come with a price tag or style that is not suited to you therefore it is very important for you, as a bride, to determine firstly whether the outfit is within your budget and secondly if the style flatters your body shape and personality. Many times brides go wrong with their outfits in the sheer desire to own a designer bridal lehenga.

Season changes

Besides trends being quite an important factor in determining your bridal outfit, so is the season. Certain fabrics are best suited to certain weather conditions or temperatures. Nothing could hurt the eye more than a bride looking uncomfortable in her wedding attire.



Lastly, colors can make or break an outfit. Therefore every bride must spend some time draping fabrics of several colors to find what suits her best. Changing trends have seen brides shift from conventional Indian bridal outfit colors like maroon, red, gold to brighter neon shades but that shift does not necessarily translate to a successful one.

By working on some or all of the above factors brides can create a basic framework on how to pick or tailor the best possible outfit for their wedding day. Be assured through each stage of the process, as a bride, you will understand your requirements better therefore contributing to a perfect outfit and avoiding the big day dress dilemma.