How to Choose Your Indian Bridal Jewelry

Indian bridal jewelry plays a crucial role in any wedding and choosing one’s wedding jewellery is indeed an uphill task for any bride-to-be. There are so many factors that are to be kept in mind while selecting Indian bridal jewellery. Factors like budget, style, color, current trends and personal taste matters a lot. Apart from these one’s face shape and skin tone are other factors that can’t be ignored. So keeping all these things in mind, we have jotted down a list of pointers that will help you finalise the perfect wedding jewellery for your D-day.

Indian Bridal Jewellery

Analyse your face shape

Before randomly picking a piece of jewellery, it’s very important that you understand the shape of your face. This will help you choose the right jewellery that will accentuate your facial features and make you look great. Let’s see different jewellery types for different face shapes.

Round-shaped face

If you happen to have a round-shaped face, your safest bet in jewellery selection would be a long necklace that goes beyond the point of your neckline along with the chandelier earrings. This combination will help you offset the roundness of your face to some extent. You can experiment with the shape of earrings be it oval or square or you can certainly pick a pair with teardrops at the end. Also, when it comes to choosing a necklace, both with a pendant or without a pendant will look amazing on a round-shaped face. Just remember you don’t fall prey to the round-shaped earrings or round-cut diamonds, it will make you look like a ball!

Oval-shaped face

Oval-shaped faces are a little round and a little elongated. This shape of face is considered the best as it calls for versatility and gives you the option to explore and experiment with different styles of jewellery. You can flaunt both long and short necklace styles with equal panache without worrying whether it suits you or not. Also, your earring options also increase as you can opt for both hoops and danglers without giving it a second thought.  Just make sure you pick the angular danglers and avoid the extra-long style of danglers. So, if you have oval-shaped face, you can enjoy the variety.

Rectangular-shaped face

Generally people with a rectangular-shaped face have more length than others. So, the best way to deal with this shape is by choosing contrast jewellery. Go for choker style necklaces with small or round pair of earrings. You can also choose button earrings as it will give the required softness to your long face. Avoid long earrings on long faces as it will just lead to a fashion faux pas.

Heart-shaped face

Needless to say, the heart-shaped face has narrow chin area and wide jawline. This calls for short necklaces or even choker style ones to add a little amount of roundness. When choosing earrings, simply go for triangular or cylindrical shaped danglers. It will enhance the shape of your face. Small earrings or studs are a big no no for the heart-shaped face.

Analyse your skin-tone

Once you have understood the shape of your face, the next thing that you need to pay heed to is your skin-tone. The color of skin also plays a crucial role in selecting the right kind of wedding jewellery. So without further ado, let’s contemplate what style will suit you the best.


Cool-tone does not only refer to a fair person but also includes a thorough analysis of complexion. If you happen to have bluish veins that are prominent along with a rosy undertone, you fall in the category of cool-tone complexion. For such people, diamonds work the best. Also, silver, platinum, zircons or white gold will make you look classy and sophisticated. And if you are a big fan of gemstones, you have got ample choices. You can choose from deep emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls. These will make you look stunning.


This is an earthy tone where your veins have greenish color and you flaunt a perfect golden sheen on your skin. People with warm-tone skin complexion looks great in yellow gold, cooper and kundan jewellery. On the subject of gemstones, golden pearls are your best friend. Apart from that, colors like olive, yellow, brown, orangeand turquoise will also suit your skin-tone.

Sparkling Diamante Maang Tikka by Shillpa Purii  | How to Choose Your Indian Bridal Jewelry

Selecting a maang tikka

No Indian bridal jewellery is complete without a maang tikka. So, one has to carefully pick the right tikka in order to complete and compliment the entire bridal look. The simple thumb rule that applies while finding the right maang tikka for yourself is the size of your forehead.  If you believe that your forehead is broad and wide, simply go for a big and heavy maang tikka with mathapatti. It will give your forehead a great coverage. And if you are someone with small forehead, just pick a small maang tikka to complete the look.

I’m sure if you keep these points in mind while selecting your bridal jewelry, you will end up with stunning Indian bridal jewellery that will transform your look from ordinary to extraordinary!

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The Most Extravagant Weddings Of All Time

A wedding day is the most special time in one’s life for a commoner and celebrity alike. Everyone loves to celebrate this day with great pomp and show, while of course keeping in mind one’s budget. Some like a low profile intimate ceremony with close pals and relatives while others opt for over-the-top wedding celebrations. Generally celebrities, royals and other important public figures like to have larger-than-life weddings.

Below are some of the most breathtakingly extravagant weddings that cost millions of dollars.

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky | The Most Extravagant Weddings Of All Time

This is one of the noted weddings in history of expensive weddings. The former First daughter of ex-President Bill Clinton married love of her life Marc in 2010. The wedding was worth $5 million. There were around 400 guests who witnessed this grand affair and it included some note-worthy people like Oprah Winfrey and many renowned congressmen. The bride wore a wedding gown worth $25000 designed by none other than celeb’s favorite Vera Wang. The cake cost an impressive $11000 and floral decoration cost a whooping amount $500000. No wonder it is referred to as outlandish weddings of all times.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdeva

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdeva | The Most Extravagant Weddings Of All Time

Indians do know how to make a big deal out of a wedding. Weddings in India are celebrated like a festival. The festivities, rituals and celebrations go on for days and it can cost a huge amount. One such fine example of a big fat Indian wedding is that of hotelier Vikram Chatwal with Priya Sachdeva (presently his ex-wife).  The wedding took place in 2006 and was worth an astounding $20 million.  Celebrated over 10 days and in 4 metro cities around India, it was witnessed by nearly 600 guests. Chartered jets were sent to receive guests from all over the world. Do we need to say more?

Prince William and Kate Middleton

This Royal couple needs no introduction. The world witnessed the union of this much-in-love duo as their wedding was broadcasted in 118 countries. This wedding cost UK’s Royal family a mammoth $34 million. The cake alone was worth $80000. The Duchess’ bridal dress came out at around $70000 and floral arrangement amounted to $800000. After all it was a one-of-its-kind Royal wedding. Who cares about the cost?

Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia

Vanisha Mittal & Amit Bhatia | The Most Extravagant Weddings Of All Time

Needless to say, Indians love to go beyond limits when it comes to weddings. The statement holds up in the context of the wedding ceremony of Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia held in 2004. As per the records it was one of most lavish weddings at the time and the venue was a grand 16th-century chateau, Palace of Versailles. Around 1000 guests from across the globe attended the event.  The invites were sent in silver-boxes that carried the wedding card, including a 20-page detail of the entire ceremony. The wedding cost billionaire Laxmi Mittal around $58 million. Celebrities like ex-Miss World Aishwarya Rai and actor- par-excellence Shah Rukh Khan performed at the wedding. However it wasn’t just Bollywood stars, even Hollywood biggies like Kylie Minogue made the ceremony worth remembering with her presence.

Prince Charles and Lady Diana

Prince Charles and Lady Diana | The Most Extravagant Weddings Of All Time

Another insanely expensive wedding from the pages of history was that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.  It was called the ‘wedding of the century’ back then as this anticipated gala wedding cost a staggering $48 million in the year 1981. As per the estimates, 3500 guests in total witnessed the royal couple say ‘I Do’. Moreover, 2 million people flocked on the streets of London to get the glimpse of the lovely couple as they stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. They weren’t alone as reportedly 750 million people worldwide tuned in to watch the royal extravaganza.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayad Al Nahyan and Princess Salama

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayad Al Nahyan and Princess Salama | The Most Extravagant Weddings Of All Time

When you are exceedingly rich and you can’t find a suitable venue, why not build a stadium especially for your wedding? Well, this is what the Prince of Abu Dhabi did in 1981 when he sanctioned the building of a 20,000 seat stadium for his wedding festivities to be celebrated with Princess Salama. The wedding ceremony was celebrated over a span of seven days. The wedding expenditure cost this over $100 million. The prince celebrated his happiness by distributing food and other costly gifts throughout the town. As if this wasn’t enough, as per the Arabian tradition he bought 20 camels which were bejeweled just to deliver gifts to his bride-to-be. All you men out there please take a note!

Seemanto Roy & Chandano Toor and Sushanto Roy & Richa Roy

Seemanto Roy & Chandano Toor and Sushanto Roy & Richa Roy | The Most Extravagant Weddings Of All Time

Yet another example of a shockingly expensive Indian wedding is that of Subrata Roy’s sons. This wedding made the world witness the glory of Indian weddings once again. The Sahara owner Subrata Roy spent nearly $ 123 million on the wedding of his two sons Seemanto and Sushanto, on the same day. The wedding took place in the year 2004 in the regal city of Lucknow, India. The entire city received a makeover to match the grandeur of the wedding. Around 11000 guests including politicians, bureaucrats, celebrities and other prominent personalities were present in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

More than 100 delicacies were prepared for the guests. To entertain such bigwigs, special arrangements were made that included the British Symphony Orchestra and ShiamakDavar’s dance troupe. Not just this, the Sahara honcho made sure that his sons got to start their new life with the blessings from the less well off as nearly one and half lakh beggars across the nation were fed to mark the occasion. Now this is what we call a wedding with a difference!

So, there you have it, some of the most obscenely expensive weddings in the world. I’m sure you are feeling sick reading this!

RR Photographic: Putting the personalisation in wedding photography

Russ and Ruth Chornolutskyy of RR Photographic are a young husband and wife wedding photography team based in Bournemouth. They cater for traditional English style weddings, Russian weddings and Asian weddings. Their photography style is a mix of traditional wedding photography (i.e. formal couple and group shots) and candid reportage photography to capture spontaneous, honest moments and create a narrative of the day.

Bride and groom taking part in ceremony traditions and rituals | RR Photographic

The Process

When couples make an inquiry or booking, they like to setup an initial, informal meeting as this gives them a chance to show the couple some of their previous work, answer any questions they may have, discuss the type of photography and approach they prefer and find out about any special requirements.  This also gives the couple a chance to get to know RR Photographic, which is fantastic since no matter how many photos you may sample, it is vital that you have a rapport with your chosen wedding photographer as you will have them by your side for the majority of one of the most important days of your life!

Bride giving the groom a hug | RR Photographic

RR Photographic offer all their clients a free engagement shoot which allows them to work with the couple before the wedding. They practice some poses for the classic album shots, and they show the couple the results on camera to help them feel more comfortable and explore their creative ideas to see what works and doesn’t work for them. This means that when it comes to the wedding day, the couple doesn’t need to worry about anything except enjoying their big day with their friends and family. This personal touch ensures that everyone is on the same page on the wedding day and the couple knows what to expect. As a result the beautiful formal photos are able to be captured quickly and easily by the photographers and the couple does not need to spend long away from the action.

As a bonus, RR Photographic gives their clients a second set of fully edited, high resolution photographs from the engagement shoot in addition to their wedding photos!


Adapting to each client is very important. RR Photographic understands that each person is unique and each behaves in front of the camera in a different way. Some people feel very comfortable, but others are initially tense and self-conscious; some people show their emotions easily and others need the photographer to draw it out of them. RR Photographic impress on couples that the photographer is their “friend” and is there to help them and give advice. They work with the bride and groom as a team, to achieve their shared goals of creating beautiful photos and vivid memories.

Bride and groom showing some impressive moves on the dance floor | RR Photographic

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