How to get the “Mughal Bride” look

Wedding planning is a lot of hard work, the bride’s outfits and makeup being at the centre of it all. As a bride, it is often very confusing to figure out the theme, the look, the colours and the right kind and amount of jewellery for the various occasions and ceremonies that surround a wedding. Often, it’s a good idea to turn to the bridal couture gurus, even if you can’t afford their wares, for inspiration.

This season, bridal fashion was all about travelling back in time to the Mughal era. Here are a few key features of the Mughal Bride look – feel free to use the entire look or pick only the features you like!

Anarkali lehengas

Blouses that are actually as long as anarkali kameezes with lehengas are a quintessentially Mughal, with dupattas that double up as ghoonghats. This look was also widely recognized in the recently closed Pakistan Couture week, with brides looking resplendent in outfits with gold zardozi work and pastel shades.

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The Jhoomer:

The jhoomer is like a maang tika, save for the fact that it’s worn not at the centre parting but on the side of the bride’s head – a good example would also be Aishwarya Rai in Kajra Re. If you don’t want to overdo the look with both the maang tikka and the jhoomer, you can opt only for the jhoomer, as it will blend into your duppatta and give you just the right amount of forehead bling.

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A Mughal bride is always bedecked in finery from head to toe, and you’ll find that she’s also covered from head to toe. If you can stand being swathed in silks and heave gold and kundan jewellery create a spectre to behold, then the Mughal bride is for you!

Kundan Wrist Cuffs:

Woven out of pearls and gold and studded with precious stones, wrist cuffs adorn the back of your hand and are attached to a “kada” around your wrist. Inspired by Madhubala’s portrayal of Anarkali in Mughal-e-Azam, wrist cuss are the quintessential difference between a Mughal bride and a regular bride.

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