Monday, August 6, 2012

Modern Bride's 16 Singar

We have all heard of Solah Singar (specially thru old bollywood movies and mythological TV serials), but for the uninitiated Solah Singar are/were an ancient Indian beauty tradition (treatments) to get the bride ready for her marriage.

Ofcourse times have changed and so have the 16 Singars, In random order I give you what a bride needs today : 

1. Mang Tika/Jumar/Maata pati

Mang Tikka

Real or artificial you will defiantly get a lot of variety in it!
Just make sure you buy something that's appropriate for your face, I have seen people wear really big ones just cause they look good on the showroom windows but do nothing for them.
Jumar (the thing on the side of the head)

Made super popular a few years back, but is totally out of fashion right now.
 (although it sure looks pretty! )
Matta Pati

Sorry about the picture, she is probably about to cry hence the expression.
If you want inspiration for Matta-patti see pictures of 'sati in devo key dev mahadev' , honestly she carries it of better than anyone else I have seen.
I wanted one too, but it doesn't suit my face :( and the one that I found that looked super great on me didn't match with my set plus I had just got my mang tikka a day before :(

2. Hair Ornaments/flowers

Hair ornaments

Most of us would have our head covered but if the chunni is  transparent enough or if you plan to make a choti (like on the right) Hair ornaments look extremely pretty!
PS : If not on the wedding day, these are great for sangeet/engagement/mehendi practically anything and everything.

You have a chunni on your head (North indian bride) or off your head (south Indian Bride) Gajra's or any other flowers are almost a must for the wedding. No MUA or Mom will let you leave the green room without flowers in your hair.
and no, you do not get an opinion on this. (you can probably choose the flower though)
And how about both?!

3. Bindi

They now come in all shape, size and design. Most bride's today just want to keep it simple and have one tiny dot on the head.

 I however, want the whole old style of decorating the full above eyebrow area, despite my MUA telling me not to. But then she told me no bindi at all for engagement, but I got her to put a tiny crystal one and it looked great. So will probably not listen to her, plus you get to be a bride once lets just do it in full glory.
No, I am not going to get this for my wedding :P
This is a look for a bengali bride.

Will probably have something like this, or  like how they use to do it earlier, paint it by hand similar to this.
 (Note to self : Must study mom's wedding pictures)
The hand painted thing I was talking about.
Although don't like the orange thing and above that she has in the center
SImple Bindi style is what most brides are going for.

4. Nose Ring

I love nose rings, love love them. Love them so much that despite the fact I hate needles (and pain of any kinds) I still went and got my nose pieced right after my engagement so I could wear a proper nose ring on the wedding day. Ofcourse you now also get great clip-on options at all stores (real and artificial).

Little piece of advice for Delhi girls who are super scared of needles and still want piercing done go to Silofers in GK 1, M block. Trust me didn't hurt at all! ( says the girl who was held down by 9 people when she was forced to get her ear's pierced )

Huge nose rings, so big its difficult to eat, *sigh* how much I used to love them.
Read 'used to', dont any more cause they didn't look good on me.
Thats a clip-on naath.
See you can see the screw thing.
See normal sized nose rings also look pretty
(This one is just to console me)
PS: Does her makeup look a little bit too-much photoshopped to you as well??

Imagine if you had to wear one like this?!
How heavy is this, my nose would have fallen off!!
or this!
Poor girl, she looks happy though, hmmm...

5. Earring
Would probably be a part of your set. See below for some inspiration :

Love the ones that cover the whole ear!
Want one like this!
MOM!!! when are we going shopping??
Why do all indian things look so pretty on her?!
These are so pretty!

real or artificial which one will you go for?

6. Necklace

If you want artificial jewelry on your wedding, then you would have probably had a fight with your mom on it by now :P
Me, I am a gold supporter all out.

Say NO to Bappi Lahari Style.
Even if your brother says its the 'unique' thing to do.
In fact don't really listen to your brother on most bridal things
Dear Diamonds, why are you so expensive.
And then you have this...
Its probably the most commonly copied style for artificial jewelry.
But please-please don't buy it, untill and unless you actually look like Aishwarya.
Have seen many brides wear it, but havn't seen a single bride actually look good in it.
Takes the focus away from your face, we don't want that, do we..

7. Armband/Bajuband

I can't seem seem to find a perfect one for me :( . 
Unfortunately, the only one I liked they had only one piece in it. I want to wear it on both arms.
Ofcourse go all out artificial on this one. 

haha, I cant help sneaking in a real one :P
Floral one for cocktail maybe??

8. Mehendi

Since I could open my tiny hands I have loved mehendi, ok maybe not technically since then, probably from the time I had mehendi put on my hands for the first time.
My search for the perfect mehendi person actually took more than time than the search for my lehenga! 
*Fingers crossed, hope the search was worth it!*

Please paint your nails for mehendi, (if you dont want a color then paint them transparent)
 If the mehendi comes on your nails it takes a looong time to go away.
My last spot on my nails from my engagement mehendi will go now after 5 months! 

9. Bangles

So many variety, let us educate you :

Glass Bangles
Comes in all colors possible!!
Lac Bangles
Famous from  Gujarat & Rajasthan
Gold Bangles
These are probably the only thing Gold that I wasn't interested in, and is the only thing my Mom and MIL totally want me to have. Got vetoed over.

Kundan/crystal work Bangles
Totally the 'new' thing in bangle-wear. (If that even makes sense)

Chuda ( or is it Chura..will someone please tell me!)
This is probably the most recognized symbol of an Indian Bride. Almost like a uniform now.
No, I am not going to wear one, agree I am a North-Indian Bride but I am not Punjabi!

10. Rings

Agree, you have got your engagement ring now. How about a couple of more to compliment it. Maybe on the other hand?

Its a Kundan ring with a mirror in the middle.
It was worn by the bride in older times so she could check on her makeup at any point.
( 50% sure of that fact, but I would like to think that was the reason :P )
Really want this! Any idea where I can get it in Delhi??


you don't see these 5 fingers one any more

12. Kamarband

That thing on the waist is the kamarband

Don't look at the dress, I said don't.
You looked didn't you.
Anyways Sonakshi Sinha made these casual ones (right) pretty famous, with her 'chinta-ta chitta-ta chitta' song.
 (if your not Indian don't even try to understand the above song, doesnt make sense to us and will most certainly make no sense to you)
haha, love this picture
As for me, mine got made when I was 4-5yrs old. It was my 1st piece of bridal jewelry.


Its either silver or artificial. Gold is too holy to wear on the feet.

Love these! found one as well but was too big for me!

14. Bichiya/toe rings

Well, usually a girl is not suppose to wear them till after the phera's but if its not the case with your family then do get some!!

How about ones that are connected with the payal?!
Can someone tell me where I can find this!!!
Or tattoo one on, maybe?!
PS : If you end up actually doing so please don't tell your mom you got the idea from here

15. Perfume 
Do I really need to tell you why...

Please try out a few before the wedding day, you don't want to end up surprising  your own self.
And even if people (read blogger like me or Aunty's and million friends) advise you on one DON'T blindly follow any advise. TRY it out first! Perfumes smell different on different people.

16. MUA

She is like the fairy god mother for most of us. 

The only advantage we have is of choosing who we want her to be.

Please choose wisely!

Read all about the wedding events!

If, like me, you love everything to do with tradition see this article I found on the original Solah Singar


  1. I absolutely hate toe rings :( and, I am not a fan of jewellery but I do like bajuband and waistbands!!! delicate ones looks very pretty.

    1. aaww..toe rings in our family are like completly important so will totally have to wear them.

      delicate Waistbands look so pretty! specially with a Saree!

    2. I dont like toe rings either. But cant get away from them at least on the wedding day!!

    3. not even those modern ones? simple silver rings.
      They sumtimes look cute, specially after a pedicure ;)

  2. Quite a list!! Will try to get all I can! I love the Jodha Akbar nose rings - delicate ring with a bead / flower in it. I'll have to go for a clip on.
    Where did you get your mehendi person from?

    1. Got her from Hanuman mandir.

      I have got all except armbands from the list :D
      want to go all out 16 singar!

  3. hey how are u :) ? Another piece of jwellery very common and popular in muslim weddings is the jhoomar , they look quite elegant.

    1. i am good, how r u??

      Jhoomar is there, its the 2nd picture :) it sure looks pretty

  4. This girl loves nose pin...ask me how difficult it was to convince her to get it done... :p

    Lovely compilation..will surely bug you a lot when I get married ;-)

  5. Great post- demystifies bridal jewellery to me finally! Thanks!

  6. nice site

  7. When I was newly married, I used to love the chandi ka chabhi ka chala with the penandant & the hook to hook it on to my saree. In fact I had a number of them in different designs, whicch I used to use with my sarees & lehngas (never actually used one to hold the keys.) Th4y jusk look amazing. Wonder if you can get them even today.

  8. Hi! This is a lovely post. I'm new to Delhi and am attending a cousin's wedding in about 10 days time. I want to buy jhoomer and kamarband/tagdi (artificial jewelry; not gold) to accessorize my outfits. Can you give some suggestions where I can shop for these, without having to shell out mega bucks?

    1. If your around South Delhi then Lajpat is a great place for artificial jewelry at a good price. A lot of shops in small 'gali' offer good stuff.

    2. Thank you for your reply!

      I'm actually in West Delhi. But I do want to visit Lajpat Nagar (I've been hearing so much about it being a shoppers haven!).

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  11. Great post, Roli!

    Just wanted to share one thing, even Lakme has Sindoor in 'jewel red' and it's a beautiful colour. You might want to try. :)

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  14. Wow!! what a great round up! You have covered each and every special moment of the Indian wedding. Every event brings special memories. Thanks for the very great article.

  15. Indian bride is a picture of beauty and grace. Weddings are once in a life time occasions and makeup is an integral part of getting the bride ready for the ceremony. The bride is going to be the centre of attraction and hence she should stand out at the ceremony.

  16. Hi - lovely blog, landed by mistake but enjoyed it.
    Where can one buy ARSI ring in delhi or online ?

    Thanks !

    1. Hi, Thanks :)

      Arsi ring is very difficult to find, it took me months to get a good one and that was the only piece they had! But keep a look out at shops like BJ's in South Extension Part 2, Then artificial jewelry shops in M block, GK1. Online I couldn't find a good one, there is one available at see if you like it..

  17. Hi, I like clip-on naath. How can i get it for my wedding.

    1. All jewelry shops now have clip on Naaths. Real and artificial! So just check out your nearest jewelry place they are bound to have it.

      I have seen them at BG's, almost all artificial jewelry shops, real gold clip on naths are available at Mehrasons.. Just ask your regular jewel shop nowdays everyone has one.

  18. I have really liked the waist band

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    ive read on ur blog that north Indians have chunni on their head and south Indians have it off their head... im not indian...but im gonna marry a north indian...but I think when I have chunni off my head I look it ok if I do this like south Indians?will it be insulting or not?

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