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The Bollywood Bride

By Asra Shaheen

Hindi cinema, popularly known as Bollywood, has a great deal of influence on the different facets of our lives. The Big Fat Indian Wedding is no exception. From the design of the dangling maang ka tika to the patterns of resplendent mehendi on your hands, it’s all about stunning everyone in Bollywood-ishtyle.

Pic Courtesy: Jus Blouses

Plan Your Wedding brings you a mini guide to help you walk the aisle a la Bollywood Bride.

1. Graceful Veils: If there’s one thing that makes the bride stand out from the rest in the wedding, it’s the glittering veil worn as a mark of respect to cover her head. Veil is the symbol of Indian bride. Bollywood styled veils are highly beaded and embroidered ones. You could also add small tiaras or crowns, worn at the hairline and drape gracefully onto the forehead. The bridal veil is traditionally red but the new-age dulhans are going for different colors to complement their lehengas or sarees. Go for a hairdo that can support the veil. If it's a full length veil, your bun or hairdo should be firm enough to balance it.

2. Mehendi is a Must: A bride’s hands and feet are adorned with heena during the Mehendi ceremony. Traditionally, the names of both the bride and groom are interwoven into the designs. If you wanna go the Bollywood way, you can have jewelry-shaped designs and patterns on other parts of the body. That would look really cool or rather hot!

3. Twinkling Tikas and Bindis: Maang tika is one of those Bollywood styles that can be adorned for a host of wedding ceremonies including Mehendi, Sangeet, D-day and reception. How can we forget Aishwarya Rai dazzling all over with her tikas in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam? Another quintessential for the Bollywood Bride is the dot above the connecting point of the eyebrows. For the Bollywood style, there’s extensive bindi ornamentation above the eyebrows as well.

4. The Beauty of Nath: How can the solah shringar of a Bollywood-styled bride be complete without the nath? Considered to be the ultimate mark of sensuality, nose ring is perhaps the only jewelley on your face that lends the perfect Bollywood touch.

5. The Evergreen Lehengas and Sarees: Sarees and lehengas have been the traditional Indian bridal wear. Brides continue to carry the legacy of saree and lehenga even to this day. Bollywood has celebrated these drapes since the days of yore. Sarees and lehengas for D-day and reception are very common. You could also choose to wear a lehenga for your Sangeet just the way Esha Deol did. She wore a bright orange, yellow and green outfit by Neeta Lulla.

Tips to Style the Bollywood Way
By Varshaa Mahendra
• For lehengas and lehenga sarees, bold colours and contrasting combs are very much in.

• Gone are the days of maroon and reds; brides are experimenting with neon and fruity shades.

• Sheer and transparent fabrics look very sensuous especially for blouses. Fabrics like French lace, lace nets, self embroidered nets and sheer georgettes are in.

• High necks, boatnecks and cowl necks look very stylish and chic for blouses to go with lehenga sarees

Varshaa Mahendra is a CEO and Creative Head of Jus Blouses - A Fashion Studio at Hyderabad

Photo Courtesy: Jus Blouses

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