How To Choose Bridal Jewellery That Flatters Your Face And Skin

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*This blog has been re-blogged from http://www.bollywoodshaadis.com and written by Ms.Vriti Malik.

Jewellery is undoubtedly the most important part of a bride’s look on her wedding day. It is also the trickiest to choose, keeping in mind not just the current trends and personal taste, but also one’s face shape and skin tone. Yes, the bridal jewellery must be bought with complete attention to such details that you might ignore otherwise. To pick out the perfect bridal jewellery for your D-day, allow us to be your guide, and help you through your journey of buying the perfect wedding sets.

Understand Your Face Shape

It is important to understand your face shape, before you begin with your jewellery shopping. We are going to tell you about neckpieces and earrings styles that will flatter your face shape because maang tikkas are comparatively simpler to choose. To select a perfect one, keep your forehead in consideration. If you have a broad forehead, then safely go for a heavier maang tikka with a matha patti. If you have a small forehead, pick out a small tikka, and go for a small crystal bindi along with it.

Round-shaped face

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Right kind of jewellery will help you to offset the roundness of your face. Pick a long necklace that extends below the neckline, along with chandelier earrings. Lay your hands on earrings in different shapes and cuts, like square or oval. Teardrop earrings would look best on you.

Better Avoid: Steer clear of round-shaped earrings, and even round cut diamonds or gemstones.

Oval-shaped face

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Neither round nor long, this face shape is one where lots of versatility can be explored. You can flaunt long and short necklaces with equal aplomb. Play around with different styles of earrings, especially big hoops and danglers. While going for danglers, pick the ones that are angular in shape.

Better Avoid: Extra-long earrings are the only unsafe bet for you.

Rectangular-shaped face

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Complement the length of your face with contrasting jewellery style. Choker-style necklace will look perfect on you, combined with short or round earrings. Even button earrings are a great choice. Basically, go for earrings that are soft and round.

Better Avoid: Do not ever go for hard angles like rectangular and square earrings.

Heart-shaped face

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Since your chin area is narrower, go for shorter necklaces and chokers that lend a bit of roundness to your face. Danglers and teardrop earrings will give an elongated look to your face, and also ensure that the jawline does not look too sharp. Long cylindrical and triangular danglers are the ones you should be looking for.

Better Avoid: Stay away from small earrings and studs.

Understand Your Skin Tone

Skin tone does not only refer to being fair or dark. What we are talking about here is whether you are a warm-toned or a cool-toned person! Depending on this, the jewellery style that would suit you, will obviously differ.

Cool tone

If your veins appear bluish in colour, and your skin has a rosy undertone, then you are cool-toned person.

Diamonds are truly your best friends. Apart from that, choose metals, like platinum, white gold, silver, and Cubic Zirconis (CZ). They will look stunning on you.

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When you wish to adorn a gemstone, look no further than white pearls, blue sapphires, ravishing rubies, exquisite amethysts, and striking deep emeralds. Also, do not shy away from embracing bright colours like pink, red, and purple that will make you look vivacious.

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Warm tone

If your veins are greenish in appearance, and your skin has a golden sheen to it, then you have a warm skin tone.

Embrace yellow gold, kundan, or copper on your special day.

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Talking of precious and semi-precious stones, go for colours like brown, yellow, orange, coral, turquoise, and olive. Golden pearls will also look great on you.

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Some More Handy Tips:

  • If you do not wish to attract attention to your broad shoulders, avoid wearing brooches or an armband.
  • For any particular look, pick jewellery in one colour. Do not pick a red bracelet with blue earrings. It will end up looking tacky.
  • If your outfit is too sparkly, then go for subtle jewellery.
  • Do not let a piece of jewellery converge with another accessory or clothing. For instance, a necklace should not cover your studded waist belt, but rather end a few inches above it.
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Ten Things You’ll Witness Only at an Indian Wedding

An Indian wedding is a festival in many rights. It usually comprises a week-long celebration with traditions and ceremonies that are specific to that community or region. However, there are some standard quirks that you’ll see at every Indian wedding, irrespective of which caste, creed, region or tribe you belong to. And, these are what make an Indian wedding an affair to remember.

Let’s take a look at a few:

The Shehnai

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The Shehnai is the quintessential wedding instrument for Indian festivities and ceremonies. It is a popular aero phonic, double-reed wind instrument used in North Indian music. The sound of the Shehnai is intrinsically associated with Indian wedding music and retains its charm to this day. It is predominantly associated with celebration and happiness, and no wedding ceremony is complete without a seasoned bandwala churning out heart-wrenching music from this peculiar-looking descendent of the Persian surna.

Marigold

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The marigold flower, also known locally as ‘the Genda Phool’, is another classic element in Indian weddings. Marigolds have forever been associated in India with prosperity and good fortune, and no larger-than-life celebration is complete without the presence of these sun-kissed blossoms in decorations and important ceremonies. In fact, they even hold religious significance in Hindu ceremonies. In addition, marigolds come in bright and cheery colours such as orange, yellow, and reddish-orange, which have made them a favourite with wedding decorators and event planners. They are often used for torans, draped on walls and pillars, in mandap decorations as well as in wedding garlands or they’re simply used to add colourful touches to the wedding venues.

Multiple Cuisines

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If you haven’t been to an Indian wedding yet, attend one just for the food. Food is an integral part of festivities in any part of the world, but Indians take this concept to a whole new level.  Indian cuisine is a diverse mix of regional staples from across the country, infused with their own cultural, religious flavour. However, Indian weddings usually house a host of cuisines from across the globe and not just the country. Apart from your average Indian spread of chaats, curries, breads, pulavs and biryanis, these days you’ll usually be treated to lip-smacking desi versions of Italian, Chinese, Thai and Mediterranean food as well. To experience a meal at an Indian wedding is one for every bucket list!

Haldi

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‘Haldi’, known around the world as turmeric, holds an important place in Indian wedding festivities. Though weddings in the country are generally religiously diverse, the haldi ceremony is a typically Indian tradition for every caste and creed. Known among different communities as haldi, uptan, peethi, mandha, roce and many other names, the essentials of this ceremony remain pretty much the same. In the ceremony, a paste of turmeric, sandalwood, rose water and other goodness is applied to the bride and the groom’s body before their wedding to give them that added pre-nuptial glow. In short, it’s like your very own ancient Indian spa day!

The Baraat

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The baraat is the most fun-filled Indian wedding ceremony, and Indian weddings deserve a separate category for how fun and entertaining they are. This is basically the groom’s procession of all his colourful and festive relatives and friends that commences from his house up to the wedding venue. The spruced up groom is perched on a mare (or elephant, if you’re going for the truly regal feel) in all his royalty and escorted to his eagerly waiting bride. The highlight of this ceremony is the crazy dancing the relatives indulge in during the procession. It’ll truly make you feel like Indians are the happiest people on this planet (at weddings at least).

The Sangeet

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Sangeet, or music, is synonymous with festivities in India, be it the shehnai at the wedding reception, the bhangda at the after party, the dholakwalis at the mehendi, or the sangeet ceremony before the actual wedding. The tradition, as the name suggests, is all about dance, music, and merry making. This is usually a grand, elaborate affair, encompassing the real spirit of the big fat Indian wedding. In addition, it’s a great opportunity for the wedding party to relax, unwind, enjoy the festivities, and celebrate their happiness together. It short,  the sangeet is great to break the ice between the bride and groom’s families.

The Saree

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The Saree is one Indian trend that’s garnered attention worldwide. This long, seamless fabric worn by women varies in design, colour and significance in different regions in India. The South Indian kanjivaram is poles apart from the Gujarati panetar and bandhani sarees and Mangalorean sados. Each saree is symbolic of a different tradition and ritual. Banarasi, Nauvari, Chiffon, Chanderi, the list is endless. Needless to say, you’re bound to look elegant in this gorgeous garment as it suits any body type, skin tone, and age group!

The Safa

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Safas, pagris or turbans are known for their elegant, regal look and are a significant detail in the Indian groom’s attire. It is basically a long piece of unstitched cloth that’s wrapped around the head. Available in bright colours such as fuschia, red, orange and so on, they add a touch of grace and vibrancy to the ensemble, and can be paired brilliantly with a suit, jodhpuri, sherwani or any other traditional wedding attire.

Lots and lots of Gold

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Indians, in most parts of the world, are considered gold crazy. This isn’t far from the truth, largely because this precious metal holds a special place in Indian tradition and society as a whole. Gold purchases are also thought to be auspicious on festivals such as Dhanteras, Onam and Durga Puja. From the Indian perspective, gold not only brings good fortune, but can be an investment, a status symbol, a great ornament, a thoughtful gift item, a cherished heirloom and a religious contribution. Indian brides are usually adorned in beautiful gold jewellery as a sign of prosperity and happiness, which bodes quite well for the global gold industry.

Paan/Mukhwas

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After-meal refreshments are quite popular at Indian weddings and are the perfect end to any meal. Paan and mukhwas have been used for years by Indian royalty and locals alike as a digestive and palate cleanser. Mukhwas comprises an assortment of aromatic colourful seeds and nuts coated with various flavours. Paans basically consist of saffron, gulkand (rose jam), sweetened cashews and almonds, and other minty elements wrapped in a betel leaf. These refreshments are usually set towards the exit of the venue or near the food counters so guests can help themselves after the meal. All we can say is that these minty surprises at the end of the meal are totally worth the wait!

These little quirks and peculiarities truly help make Indian weddings memorable affairs. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what the Indian wedding scene has to offer. The details is what makes these festivities a true experience for any wedding lover.

There is a Wedding Exhibition this weekend you can not miss!

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Celebrating Vivaha welcomes you in the graciousness of indulgence, luxury, and fashion. With handpicked wedding trousseau collections from the best designers of India.Extremely personal, and sensitive to the desire of the Indian bride.

Tarun Sarda presents Celebrating Vivaha started as an exhibition representing the House of Vintage, and now it has grown to a magnanimous scale and has become the biggest consumer wedding trade fair and vintage lifestyle exhibition.

Brides from all over the country, about to commence this very special new journey with love have found Celebrating Vivaha to be the confluence of all things beautiful about an Indian wedding.

Go walk about and experience the finest that’s on offer this weekend because you are worth it!

It is happening in Mumbai this weekend, from the 4th – 6th of August at the JW Mariott Hotel in Juhu.

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More Details Here:

Vivaha Exhibition Mumbai

 

 

Where should you go for your Honeymoon?

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If there’s one thing to really look forward to after your big day, it’s that first trip you take as a married couple. And over the years, some places have developed as the most sought after honeymoon destinations, based on how conventional honeymoons are expected to be. But what if you don’t just want a resort by the beach? What if you want to explore a completely different place, in a completely different way? We bring to you a list of honeymoon destinations based on your varied interests. Happy crazy travels!

The adventurous honeymooner | Gold Coast, Australia & New Zealand

Who said your honeymoon should be all about candle lit dinners and hand-in-hand strolls? Head down to Gold Coast Australia, and surf at the amazing beaches, hike through Hinterland, and experience the vibrant night life of Australia’s fun capital. The pristine beaches give way to more than 100,000 hectares of National Parks & Reserves with endless canyons, waterfalls and hiking trails all awaiting you!

Go even crazier in New Zealand by jumping off a plane, or bungee jump with your spouse instead! Experience the adrenaline rush by water safaris like never before, cycling across the country side, wild safaris and water skiing with a difference. New Zealand has all this to offer and so much more to appeal to your adventurous side.

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The Walking honeymooners | South Island, New Zealand

Experience the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand by Hiking through the vast wilderness. Walking or hiking is one of the most rewarding ways of seeing this country’s outstanding natural beauty. With thousands of trails, there are options for every level of hiker, novices and experienced, with day walks and multi-day hikes through their national parks, forests and coastal regions. If nature is what makes your heart beat faster, this is the place for you!

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Sunset Gazers | Santorini, Greece

Nothing beats romance and beauty than watching the sun go down on a breath-taking landscape. And Santorini, with it’s clear blue waters and pretty white and blue buildings gives you just that! A group of islands created by and resting on an active volcano, is a favourite as a romantic getaway. Don’t forget to take at least one photo at the famous Caldera, and exchange a kiss beneath the sunset to remember!

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Ride or Segway through the city | Europe & USA

Multiple cities offer beautiful cycling tours, or even the option of hiring a Segway to explore the city. Forget hop-on-hop-off buses or expensive cabs, have fun while you explore! You can even cycle all the way across Austria with your loved one, riding through the beautiful landscapes, stopping en-route at all the historic castles, and tasting their famous liqueurs as you go along!

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Disconnected from the World | Leh, Ladakh

While Leh has recently seen a huge rise in tourism, it is still by far one of the prettiest places on our planet! Surrounded by natural beauty at its rawest, it remains untouched by the hustle-bustle of city life. Nubra Valley and Pangong lake our some of the most beautiful spectacles you will ever see. With limited cellular connectivity, and difficult terrain, escape to Leh to get away from the world, and experience life the way it was meant to be!

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Theme Park Getaway | Orlando, Florida

If magical lands and adventurous rides are your thing, why not spend a few days in that land itself? You could say hi to Mickey Mouse, or run with Shrek & Donkey, or experience the beauty of Hogwarts. The options are endless, specially at Orlando! This city is home to more than a dozen theme parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios and Harry Potter World! What are you waiting for? Go book your magical honeymoon now!

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Surprise her! | Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is one city guaranteed to take your breath away! The landscape is right out of a fairy tale, with their geological oddities of thousands of honeycombed hills and otherworldly topography. Explore the open air museums made out of the rocks, the underground city, the beautiful valleys. And surprise her with a hot air balloon ride over this mystical landscape at sunrise, the views and colours of the landscape will make this an experience you’ll never forget!

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This list is nowhere near exhaustive of all the different ways a honeymoon can be spent! From romantic to backpacking, there are innumerable choices for you to decide how you want to start the adventure that is your married life.

Did you spend your honeymoon with a difference? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Bridal Vanity Kit Checklist

This post has been extracted from weddingplz.com

We all love shopping but shopping specially for cosmetics and other make-up essentials is the most delightful experience for a bride. You are the best judge of your skin type, so make sure you yourself shop for your bridal vanity kit essentials. You are the star of this auspicious occasion, so don’t let your incomplete kit spoil your big day. Go through this savior checklist we have for you and you won’t miss anything at all.

 

Face:

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  • Primer: For that beautifully clear and radiant skin, go for a good quality primer which is rich in vitamins so that even after wearing layers of make-up, your skin can breathe properly.
  • Foundation: Look for a foundation that matches your skin color. Too much lighter shade can make you look disastrous on stage and in pictures.
  • Concealer: Mostly people don’t need a concealer after applying primer and foundation but you should always keep it in your kit to get away with those dark blemishes.
  • Face Powder: If the wedding is in summers then face powder is a must to save you from melting make-up. It will fix your make-up and help you get a shine free matte finish.
  • Blush: As per your skin tone, pick up pinkish or peachy shade of blush to add definition to your cheekbones. Go for matte blush if your skin is oily and shimmery for normal to dry skin type.
  • Moisturizer: To keep your skin hydrated.
  • Sunscreen: To save yourself from tanning.
  • Face Wipes: For staying fresh all the time.
  • Sindoor and Bindi: Since now you will be a newlywed, this is something you need to carry all the time.
  • Rose Water: For moisture and freshness.

Eyes:

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  • Eye-shadow: Its better you keep a palette of eyeshadow that has many colors from light to darker ones, so that you don’t have to panic even if the one you thought will go well with your dress actually did not create the same magic.
  • Kajal Pencil: Black is the evergreen color for eye make-up as it goes well with every eye color, but you can always have blue or green color for a chic look.
  • Eyeliner: Liner can be liquid based, gel based or like a sketch pen, go for the one which you are comfortable using.
  • Eyelash Curler: If you are not very comfortable using false eyelashes then you must keep an eyelash curler to perfectly spread them out and to make your eyes look bigger.
  • Mascara: Go for a good quality waterproof mascara to make your lashes look darker and thicker.

Lips:

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  • Lipstick: A right shade of lipstick can transform your look completely. Shades like cherry red, magenta and coral are must haves in your kit.
  • Lip Balm: For prepping up the lips.

Hair:

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  • Shampoo: Keep a mild shampoo to save yourself from bad hair day.
  • Conditioner: For adding moisture and lusture to hair.
  • Hair Brush & Rollers: To style your hair and add volume to it.
  • Bobby pins: To secure the frizzy flicks.
  • U-pins: For the perfect neat bun.
  • Clutcher: For a normal hairdo.

 

Nail :

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  • Nail Paint: You must keep at least two three nice colors like maroon, magenta or the one that matches the color of your dress.
  • Nail Paint Remover: To make it easy for you to change the nail color according to dress.

 

Miscellaneous :

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  • Small Mirror: Everything you keep in your vanity is of no use if you forget to keep this thing.
  • Hand Sanitizer: To clean your hands before using any product on face.
  • Perfume/ Deo: Because smelling fresh is as important as feeling fresh.
  • Make-Up Brushes: Keep a set of make-up brushes for face and lips both.
  • Kajal Sharpner: For perfectly defined eyes.
  • Safety Pins: Keep a bunch of it.
  • Make-Up Remover/Cleanser: It’s a must have.
  • Cotton Balls: It’s a strict no no to leave home without them.
  • Sanitary Napkins: You don’t always remember the date so it’s better to keep them all the time.

This list will surely save you from all the last minute hassles while getting ready and assure you of looking stunning as a bride.

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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 

Colour Me Wedding!

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Indian weddings are all about glamour, to say the least. Luscious reds, royal goldens and imperial greens are usually preferred for D-day themes, which are untold signature tones for Indian affairs. However, the country is slowly moving out of its comfort zone, away from these safe hues and on to more daring shades.

Here are some scintillating colour palettes trending this 2015!

The Peacock

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This palette is an amazing, classy combination of the various shades of the regal bird, which are easy to incorporate and pair together. Tints of teal, gold, blue and purple make for a royal wedding like no other. These gorgeous hues will impart a surreal feel to your already dreamy wedding.

Fluorescents and Pastels

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The trend of the age has been to pair the subtle with the bold. Match the overdone exuberance of fuchsia pink with a sober splash of pastel green, or the vivacity of flaming orange with the calming ripples of aqua. You’ll make a style statement that’s sure to make the wedding party swoon.

The Colourful Trinity

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Three-colour combinations give you the liberty to customise everything from the wedding outfit to the table centrepieces.  Some popular trios are peach, gold and mint; pink, grey and ivory; and purple, silver and blue. These awesome threesomes are sure to fit into any wedding style and personality, and they’ll add that extra oomph to the celebrations to make the revelry complete.

Single Tone

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Single-tone themes are always a safe bet; you can truly play around with different patterns and shades to add a classic appeal to your wedding decor. Pick shades of green if you wish to add an earthy feel to your wedding festivities, reds to make the affair sensuous, hues of blue for that a mystical element, pinks for a fairytale-like feel, yellows for a summertime wedding, the list is endless. These numerous tints and shades will contribute that extra pizzazz to your happy day.

There are various other combinations you can choose from to ensure that your wedding affair is one worth remembering. Fusions such as black and gold, pink and navy, purple and blue or lemon and lime, though unconventional, could be absolutely breathtaking if paired well. However, if you’re looking for a bold theme, it’s best to let a professional wedding planner handle the arrangements for you so you don’t go over the top with the preparations. On that note, pick a colour theme you relate to the most, and make your wedding day your dream come true. Happy coupling!

Amaze with Anita Dongre

Amaze with Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre started her journey in high fashion in 1998, and her unique, sincere designs have made her a strong presence within the Indian fashion circuit, especially when it comes to wedding and bridal couture. Her signature style represents the modern Indian woman who is stylish, yet true to her roots. This shows in the contemporary-cum-traditional craftsmanship of her designs. Her lehengas and anarkalis are to die for, so let’s take a look at this craftsman’s creations from 2013-2014.

The year that was: 2013

Anita’s designs are strongly inspired by her native roots, and this was quite apparent in her exquisite collection for the Lakme Fashion Week 2013 Winter/Festive, titled ‘The Jaipur Bride’. It showcased the modern Indian bride in a chic, yet traditional avatar. The theme of the collection was the use of authentic, intricate Jaipuri ‘gotta patti’ embroidery, which adorned the regal anarkalis, exquisite lehengas, and even the chic cocktail gowns. There were ensembles in white and gold, pastel greens, neon pinks and oranges, vibrant blues, and they were all blended into this one collection symbolic of Anita’s interpretation of the modern Indian wedding, which is colourful, yet classy and tasteful. Palazzo pants, stylized lungi pants and loosely draped maxi dresses provided a fun element and are sure to be eye-catchers in the coming wedding seasons.

 

Wedding Reception Dress by Anita Dongre. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Wedding Reception Dress by Anita Dongre. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Wedding Dress by Anita Dongre. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

Another highlight of the show was the music by artist Sona Mahapatra. Her beautiful renditions of thumri, sufi and other folk music fused with a rock, contemporary edge complimented the theme of the show perfectly. This one truly was a crowd pleaser.

Looking ahead: 2014

Anita’s brand is expanding on a global level everyday, and she has surely kept busy this 2014 as well. Her Spring/Summer collection keeps true to what is normally relatable to the summer, such as pastels; whites; loose, flowy lines; and so forth.Celebrating the season, her ‘Sonnets of Spring’ collection is characterised by gorgeous digital and geometric prints in soft, pastel hues. You will also find kaftans, anarkalis, tunics, shift dresses, fitted trousers and elegant eveningwear in this collection, in summer-friendly fabrics such as mal, georgette, chiffon, linen and cotton. Along with this, she has also come up with a line of menswear, which includes classic linen shirts, shirts with digital prints, bandis, deconstructed and half-lined linen blazers, casual linen jodhpuris dipped in hues of aqua, coral, light pink, white and blue. So you can look forward to some clean cuts, patterns and colours for a truly spectacular summer/spring wedding.

Anita’s fashion brands, AND and Global Desi, are two of the most popular ones currently trending the nation. The brands aim at striking a balance between designer wear that is priced exorbitantly and mass market produce that is cheap and commonplace, and creating good-quality, high-fashion clothes that are affordable, yet stylish and unique. This concept has been so well received that expansion plans for her brands are already underway. She successfully launched Global Desi in Mauritius just last year. Well, we hope she launches many more stores this 2014 and wows the rest of the world with her designs as well!

Achievements:

Along with being an ace designer, Anita is also a conscious and responsible public figure. She has contributed to different areas of Indian society with her influence and reach. She is a vegan and an active member of PETA, where she has been in the forefront in the fight for animal rights.

Women empowerment is a cause she truly believes in and has done a great deal for. She is known for employing artisans in Rajasthan to create handcrafted materials for her creations, which is helping to revive and preserve several dying art forms in India. This is also helping to generate employment for a sector that has been fading out since the Industrial revolution. Mijwan is a village in UP that specializes in Chikankari; in association with actor Shabana Azmi, Anita supports the women of this village by commissioning Chikankari work from them, which she uses in her designs. She also contributes to a social organization run by Mana Shetty that provides livelihood to economically backward women with the help of the waste material provided by fashion designers.

While all these achievements are already medals on her chest, Anita was also presented with an award for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’ by The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization, Bombay Chapter in 2013. We could go on about the honors and recognitions that she has received, but what is remarkable is that in whichever contribution she has made to Indian society, be it through her designs, charity or philanthropy, it’s her heart and sincerity that really shine through. We applaud this maestro and look forward to her innovations in future as well.