Come wedding seasons, and you see much buzz in the markets with pretty brides trying jewellery and accessories to help them flaunt the perfect look for the big day. Indian weddings come with a number of ceremonies, each of which requires special attention on different jewellery and attire. If you are a South Indian bride to be, then here is your quick guide to all the jewellery you will need for your wedding day from head to toe.
Maang tikka is a piece of jewellery that adorns the bride at the start of the hairline. The pendant of the maang tikka touches down at the forehead. From the traditional solid gold designs to the intricate art jewellery kinds, there are so many options in maang tikka that you as a bride could explore. Depending on your face cut and your taste in jewellery, you could opt for the heavy or the more delicate variations that are available these days.
A bride is incomplete with necklaces adorning her neckline. While traditionally gold has been the most preferred metal when it comes to bridal jewellery, today there is a lot of experimentation that brides are open to. Normally, in a south Indian bride you would not see a single neckpiece but 2-3 necklaces of varied sizes that are arranged in an array covering the entire neckline. From chokers to harams there are a variety of necklaces to be worn by the brides on the big day.
Armband or the vaanki
The armband, also called as vaanki is another piece of jewel that adorns a South Indian bride. Team them up with gorgeously designed blouses for the perfect bridal look.
South Indian brides are often seen with braided hair. Flower adornments are an essential part of South Indian bridal get up. In between these floral arrangements on the hair you will find glittering pieces of jewels or the hair jewellery that really adds to the charm and beauty of the South Indian bride.
Nose pin is an essential part of the south Indian bridal getup. Unlike the north where girls wear bigger nose pin designs, the South Indian getup requires subtle stone designs with one or three diamonds. These days stick on and clip on nose pins are also available for those who don't wish to pierce their noses.
Waist belt also known as the odiyanam is not merely a jewellery but is an accessory that helps the bride hold the heavy saree together and in a neat manner holding the pleats in a fine manner. The belts are again available in a variety of designs from a slim string of stones to heavier ones.
Classy Jhumkis of various patterns has usually been seen as a part of the South Indian bridal style statement. Temple style jhumkis is certainly a favourite and usually compliment the South Indian bridal look very well.
What is an Indian bride without bangles, and this theory holds true for the South Indian bride too. The South Indian bangles for the bride comprise of a mix of glass or metal bangles along with gold bangles. These days silk thread bangles that can be exactly matched to the heavy silk sarees are the latest vogue for the South Indian brides.
Anklets and Toe Rings
When the feet decorated with the bridal henna shine with the pretty anklets, it spells bridal charm. Toe rings are an essential part of a South Indian wedding ceremony and are gifted by the groom. South Indian brides especially with the 9-yard traditional saree style, have to flaunt their anklet and toe rings much as a wedding mandate.
While the bridal jewellery goes through a number of transformations based on the jewellery trends, the essence remains the same.