The wedding ceremony in India has a number of rituals and customs each having its own importance and being a symbol of beauty combined with noble sentiments. South Indian wedding traditions are no exception to this. In a South Indian wedding, there are a number of ceremonies and each ceremony requires the bride and family members to be dressed up to the best with lots of gold jewelry and heavy Kanjivaram silk sarees. People, there have a particular style of wearing ornaments, which adds a lot of glamor to the traditional look. Let’s have a look
MAANG TIKKA :-
A maang tikka is an integral part of an Indian brides outfit. It is a piece of ornament hanging from one end of the hair to another. The pin is attached in such a way that the ornament swings at the hairline of the bride. There are many types of maang tikkas. They are usually made of gold, kundan, diamonds, etc. to match the attire of the bride. The tikka enhances the beauty of the forehead of the bride and gives a complete, heavy yet traditional look.
NECKLACES and Long chain/ Haram :-
A necklace is an article of jewelry that is worn around the neck. They are often used as a symbol of wealth and status. A South Indian bride wears multiple necklaces of different sizes one below the other. The bride may wear even 8to12 necklaces in her neck on her wedding day. These necklaces are made of gold, diamonds, Kundan enhanced with some precious stones. These necklaces often have an additional attachment suspended, which is called a locket and these lockets are also studded with diamonds and stones.
HAIR JEWELLERY :-
According to the South Indian tradition a women’s hair are always decorated with flowers and if there is any special occasion in the house be a wedding or a festival their hair is decorated with flowers combined with hair jewelry. The brides wear heavy gold hair accessories according to the length of the hair, which enhances the beauty. They make the hair look long and beautiful.
VANKI / BAJU BANDH
A Vanki or Baju Bandh which is an arm band worn on the upper part of the hands on the sleeves of the blouse. This is another essential jewelry worn by a bride in south India.
The waist belt is worn to hold the heavy Kanjivaram sarees of a bride as we all know that a South Indian bride is loaded with lots of jewelry from her head to toe. Without the waist belt the bride looks incomplete. It gives a shape to the wedding attire as well.
Bangles are a traditional ornament worn in the hands by every women be it India, Nepal or Bangladesh. They also have a very traditional value in Hinduism and are considered in auspicious to be bare armed for married women. If it’s an occasion of wedding how can one forget this beautiful ornament. The bride prefers to wear a lot of bangles in her hands to match her bridal sarees or lehengas, which gives her a perfect look of a diva on that special day of her life. This is considered to be a symbol of marriage and as per the traditional custom all married women wear them.
Ear rings :-
Though there are numerous types of jewelry but the South Indian bride is incomplete without her long traditional Jhumkas or earrings be it temple jewelry style or umbrella style they look ultimate with their silk bridal sarees
ANKLETS and TOE RINGS
As per their name they are worn on anklets and toes and a very important part of bridal jewelry. Majority of the Indian brides also wears them. The heavy anklets when worn with the bridal attire gives a complete look to her appearance from head to toe now she looks complete to start her beautiful journey of life.
Wedding vows create life- time memories and in such a scene it is extremely important to make sure that each piece of jewelry is set well as per the choice and the budget. Jewelry can make a bride look extremely beautiful. So one should take a lot of time in selecting the same and trying it out with the wedding attire before making the final choice. One of the most particular thing to be seen in these weddings include a silk/ Kanjivaram sarees accompanied with gold jewelry to give a complete traditional south Indian bride, the beauty of which is unparalleled.