Getting married? Go minimalist
Come wedding day and the bride is a glittering, shimmering vision dusted in gold. A cascade of layered necklaces, sets of bangles, heavy earrings and often a kamarbandh adorn the traditional bride. These days though, a new trend is catching on, one that is minimalistic and yet elegant.
Rather than empty the jewellery box and pile on every piece of trinket, many young brides are now choosing to wear one statement piece, or a single stand-out set of ornaments.
Traditionally, south Indian brides are decked in several pieces of gold jewellery, with the focus more on showcasing all the gold rather than the beauty of the ornaments. Most often, individual pieces of jewellery, no matter how spectacularly crafted, gets lost amongst the glitter of all the other pieces it has been mixed with. That trend may now be changing, with several brides today choosing to pick one stunning ornament and make that the star of the day. When you showcase just a statement piece of jewellery and support it with smaller accessories, the result is a simple and graceful bride.
Chokers and medium length necklaces are quite a favourite when it comes to statement bridal pieces. Bold patterns, layered neckpieces, antique jewels and heavy necklaces studded with precious stones make for unconventional yet beautiful ornaments for a bride. With the hair ornaments gaining popularity, brides often match a bold necklace with maangtikkas or jhoomars and the combination goes well in framing your face. Those who aren’t much fond of heavy or chunky jewellery opt for delicate but elaborate sets in diamond or other precious stones. Such sets give a very sophisticated look to the bride.
Instead of covering the forearms with a stack of bangles, the minimalist bride prefers one ornate kada, or a couple of delicate bangles paired off with a bold stone-studded finger ring.
Brides looking to go one step further on the unconventional chart go for kundan or polki ornaments. Dazzling handcrafted pieces are available in these and they are just what you need to glow in the limelight. Large dangling earrings make for quite an eye-catching statement and are paired with interesting neck pieces.
What will you pick for your minimalist bridal look?