Bride – the word brings different images of beauty and glamour. With endless options at their disposal, it is often tricky to zero in on the right option keeping in mind the season, the trends and also some traditional symbols which reflect their culture and ethnicity, and blend them in a perfect harmony. Here are some tips and tricks for the brides-to-be coming straight from the experts.
Hindu Brides: Indian Hindu weddings are gala affairs irrespective of regional boundaries. The city of Hyderabad apart from Telugu Hindu weddings, also has huge number of Marwari and non-Telugu weddings. The attires and styles of the brides reflect their unique cultural identities.
In terms of colour pallet, designer Sagar Tenali says, “For both Telugu and non-Telugu brides, some of the traditional colours like maroon, orange, green and pink has given way to English pastel shades like dirty pink, powder blue or citrus orange. Even for traditional colours like red or yellow, the focus have shifted from conventional shades to contemporary shades like tomato red, cherry red or lily yellow.”
So far as attires are concerned, there is a distinct distinction between the Telugu and non-Telugu brides. The former mostly dress in traditional pattu or silk sarees with heavy golden detailing. According to the designer, pattus especially the Kanjeeevaram varieties have gone through a lot of revision. The embroideries have become lighter and big borders are back in trend.
For non-Telugu brides, lehengas continue to be immensely popular. Sagar opines that in the recent times there have been a lot of experiments with different fabrics. “Flowy or layered lehengas with dupattas and pre-stitched with blouses are some of the latest trends to choose from, ” he suggests.
Muslim Brides : In terms of style of attire, the Muslim brides comes with a great regional variety. The traditional bridal attires are lehengas or churidaar kurta. The colour pallet in trend, however, remains the same. A distinctive traditional symbol of Hyderabad, Khada Dupatta or the six-yard-long dupatta gives the authentic and traditional touch to the attire.
Christian Brides: A Christian bride is the embodiment of quiet charm and elegance. White is the predominant colour with rare exceptions. A budding city-based designer Ashna, who specializes in Christian wedding gowns says, “the idea is to look grand as well as elegant. Ballroom gowns or A-lines with shorter sleeves are mostly preferred patterns for the Christian brides in the city.”
The bling of jewellery add on to the charm of a bride. With a staggering variety available at our disposal, selecting the best is often difficult. Be it any season, the option is to go the traditional way.
Telugu brides are generally adorned with a huge amount of jewellery, gold being the most prominent metal used. Temple jewellery the most conventional option, which in its new avatar is also in vogue. One can also try Polki jewelry with precious and semi precious stones to add that splash of colour to your bridal attire.
For summers its a good idea to go for a attire in pastel shades, and liven it up with statement pieces of jewelry in complementing colours. Detachable and interchangeable jewellery are also wise option as that enable the bride to create multiple looks with a single ornament. For Muslim brides, Polki or Kundan is also trending. Evergreen traditional ornaments like jhoomar only add on the elegance.
As for Christian summer brides, opt for diamond that suits best with the colour white. Again you can go for rubies or emeralds to bring out the contrast of colour. Tiaras, big or small will add the final princess like grandeur to your look.
The makeup mantra this summer is natural glow and radiance. Renowned makeup artist, Tamanna Rooz advises brides to drink a lot of water and fresh fruit juice to keep themselves hydrated for a healthy looking skin that is the focal point of wedding makeup. “A matte look is appropriate for the season with structured, chiseled, slimmer and sharper features.” For eyes she advises avoiding a lot of drama and suggests opting for short winged liner and moderately smoky eyes. “Lips painted in softer shades like corals, peaches and pinks are perfect to bring out that inner glow and radiance and give you a fresh look for your summer wedding.” she says.