A Telugu matrimonial ceremony is rich in symbolism and steeped in significance with the main emphasis on spirituality. The bride holds a prestigious place in all the wedding rituals and no religious function can be performed without her. As she is an important element of the wedding she has to take utmost care about what she wears and how she looks. We share with you a few must haves for a Telugu bride.
Traditional Bridal Attire – Just like any other wedding, Telugu marriages are full of colour that is expressed the best through the bride’s attire. A Telugu bridal trousseau must have silk sarees. A lot of emphasis is laid on wearing bright coloured traditional South Indian silk sarees with a heavy gold border and intricate gold thread work done on the pallu. Some of the popular options are Venkatagiri, Mangalagiri, Gadwal, Dharmavaram and Pochampally. These sarees look regal and elegant, making the bride shine from a mile on her special day. However, modern brides prefer to wear chiffon or georgette sarees with stone work on it as it is lightweight and also look unique in a traditional wedding backdrop.
Ethnic Gold Jewelry – Every bride wants to look her best on her special day. Jewellery adds that glitter and glamour to an already beautiful bride. Telugu wedding ceremony is all about traditional gold jewelry. Usually the bride has to wear temple jewellery- famous of Andhra Pradesh that has depictions of Gods and Goddesses on it. Some of the must haves in her jewellery kit are Lakshmi Kasu mala, a short pure gold necklace with muvvalu along with ruby studded long chain, a gold arm band with intricate work on it, a traditional peacock gold vaddanam or a waist band, jhumka style earrings and gold bangles. The look is complete with a maang teeka dangling on the forehead and hair embellishments or Jada Billalu with traditional patterns of gold on it.
Simple Makeup – Telugu marriage is simple and somber and usually takes place in the day time so it is pertinent that the bridal makeup is light and subdued. The main focus should be on the eyes with deep kohl lining the lower part of the eye and thickened lashes. The lips should be painted with a natural or a light shade lipstick and a light blush should be applied to add a hint of colour to the face. The look can be complete with a neat hairdo either swept up in a French roll or a more traditional style with a long plait adorned with fresh flowers.
Flowers – In Telugu matrimony, it is a tradition to decorate the bride’s long plaited hair with flowers, pearl strings and beads. At the end of the plait dangle three golden balls called Jadakuppulu. The flower pattern that comes in a pre-stitched ready-made form is called Poolajada and is attached to the braided hair. The top portion of the head is covered with semi circle shaped flower garlands called “Venis”.
These must haves make the Telugu bride look like a maiden from heaven- all set to bedazzle on her special day.