JUNE AND JULY 2016 GO WITH THE GLOW Radiant New Makeup Shades Awesome Ideas For the Perfect WEDDING GORGEOUS REAL WEDDING FOURTY PAGES OF SOUTH INDIAN EXCLUSIVE THE BEST SALONS FOR WEDDING HAIR MAKEUPIN EVERY STATE FASIONS Look Flawless on your Special Day South Indian Brides 1
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In This Issue 8 About Wedding 21 Hairstyle 4 South Indian Brides 14 An Auspicious Thread 22 Makeover
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Editor s Note Tamilarasi Silvarajan The time of year when wedding planning comes to the forefront is such a beautiful space in which to be Seeing couples who are in love take that step toward matrimony is truly inspiring Planning for the Big Day involves so much and with each issue of Brides we try to ease that process From choosing a sarees top designs in an auspicious photographys and so many other important things in a South Indian Wedding We ve got you covered Also inside we ll take a glimpse into the romance of a local newlywed couples we ll dazzle you with some sparkly jewelry get noteworthy photography s We hope you enjoy this issue and are able to take away from it some useful information whether it s needed now or saved for the future And I have to admit it s my personal favorite time of year for a wedding I just think the whole season of the colors the smells the weather the aforementioned festive vibe sets the perfect atmosphere for the biggest most important party of your life So when we started planning this issue we wanted to capture all that the season Finally I want to express my sincerest gratitude to all those who contribute to help create South Indian Bride Magazine The brilliant event coordinators designers decorators florists lighting specialists and of course the photographers 6 South Indian Brides
Editor   s Note  Tamilarasi Silvarajan The time of year when wedding planning comes to the forefront is such a beautiful s...
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By ARVIND BASKARAN Photo by Krishnan The Hindu wedding ceremony has a number of rituals and customs each symbolic of beautiful and noble sentiments South Indian wedding traditions and ceremonies are no exception As one enters the place or venue of ceremony of a South Indian wedding one notice things such as full grown plantain trees tied to both the gateposts festoons overhead of mango leaves and screw pine petals that never fade notes of the Nadaswaram the South Indian Shehnai Kolam or Rangoli designs at the doorsteps and the like On the evening prior to the wedding day the bridegroom is brought in a procession from a temple in a floweradorned ride The bride s parents escort him to the marriage Mandapam Nadaswaram band leads the way along the streets After reaching the marriage hall there is a formal ceremony of espousal Ganapati the God of Initiation is invoked to keep away all hindrances There are several presiding gods the Nandi Devatas To please them a leaf laden branch of the Pipal tree is set up and 5 married ladies perform a ritual of washing it with milk In South Indian Wedding where holding of hands and the bridegroom were adorned with flower garlands In the beautiful morning of the day of the bent bright moon when the stars shed no evil influence some women carrying pots on the head others bearing new broad bowls handed them one after another while fair elderly dames were making much noise Mothers of sons with bellies marked with beautyspots wearing beautiful ornaments poured water on the bride so that her black hair shone bright with cool petals of flowers and rice grains which had been mixed with the water and at the same time they blessed her saying do not swerve from the path of chastity be serviceable in various ways to your husband who loves you and live with him as his wife On the night after the marriage ceremony was over the neighbouring ladies assembled dressed the bride in new clothes and sent her to the arms of her lover to which she went with trepidation South Indian wedding rituals validating element in performance of the marriage is not saptapadi but the ritual of panigrahana the seizing of the bride s hand is most obvious The ritual depicted in dharma texts but lost its dominant position in North Indian wedding but still part of an important ritual in South India is observed fire is absent completely instead water mixed with turmeric powder is poured over the hands to complete the ritual This depiction is seen in Madurai Meenakshi Temple Auspicious items like a coconut betel leaves and nuts are placed on the hands of the bride On the bride s head a ring made of Darbha of Kusa grass is placed And over it is placed a yoke The gold Mangal Sutra or Thali is placed on the aperture of the yoke and water is poured though the aperture One of the ancient poem in Tamil describes the actual marriage ceremony as follows There was a huge heap of rice cooked with pulse even after many guests had been fed On the floor of a pandal built on long rows of wooden columns was spread freshly brought sand House lamps were lighted The bride South Indian Brides 9
By ARVIND BASKARAN Photo by Krishnan The Hindu wedding ceremony has a number of rituals and customs, each symbolic of beau...
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An Auspicious T Mangala Sutram Mangala sutram literally means an auspicious expectations married women have to wear mangala thread which is knotted around the bride s neck It sutra throughout their life as it is believed that the is usually a necklace with black beads strung from practice enhances the well being of her husband a black or yellow thread prepared with turmeric This Sometimes gold white or red beads are also added is a social practice widespread in to the mangala sutram depending on regional India This practice is also an integral part variation It is a symbol of marriage worn by of women In certain communities the groom ties the Manusmriti Mangala sutras are made in a variety first knot while his sister tie the rest of the knots of designs The common ones are the Lakshmi a marriage ceremony as prescribed by thaali pustelu worn by the Telugus ela thaali or The significance of the mangala sutra was re minnu worn by the Malayalees and the kumbha iterated by Adi Shankara in his famous book thaali worn by the tamilians of the Kshatriya caste Soundarya Lahari According to Hindu tradition The design is chosen by the groom s family the mangala sutra is worn for the long life of the according to prevalent customs Gujaratis and husband Dictated by religious customs and social Marwaris often use a diamond pendant in a gold 14 South Indian Brides
An Auspicious T   Mangala Sutram   Mangala sutram literally means    an auspicious  expectations, married women have to we...
Thread chain which is merely ornamental in nature and is not a substitute to the mangala sutra in the traditional sense Maharashtrians wear a pendant of two vati ornaments The mangalya thaali or mangala sutra of Kannidagas is similar to that of the Maharashtrians except that it usually has two vatis Nowadays many fashion conscious families opt for lighter versions with a single vati or more contemporary style South Indian Brides 15
Thread     chain which is merely ornamental in nature and is not a substitute to the mangala sutra in the traditional sens...
Sarees The bride wears a saree or a lehenga according to the region Red is considered to be the most auspicious color in among Hindus While the saree is preferred as the bridal dress in South India West East India most brides of other parts of India prefer Lehenga Gagra Choli and Odni as bridal dress In India the wedding rituals and clothes make the wedding as much as that of the bride and her groom Both look their splendid best in gorgeous clothes Not just the couple but the guests attending the family and the relatives are often seen dressed up to the teeth The bride is dressed up in auspicious colors whereas the bridegroom is dressed to exude a regal aura The bridesmaids and best men are often dressed on a par with the bride and the groom But they are toned down a bit because the day belongs to the couple Indian weddings generally tend to continue for several days and new attire is worn each day All these dresses and the color symbolize the meaning of marriage and the period that follows it Indian wedding is one that gives more importance to details like different rituals and the various attires one wears to attend them 16 South Indian Brides
Sarees The bride wears a saree or a lehenga according to the region. Red is considered to be the most auspicious color in ...
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Mehndi or henna is a paste that is bought in a designs Indian mehndi designs and Pakistani mehndi cone shaped tube and is made into designs for men designs Women usually apply variations of henna and women Mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit or mehndi design patterns on their hands and feet word mendhik The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books In the modern age and even due to limited It was originally used for only women s palms supply of Indian Traditional Mehndi artists usually and sometimes for men but as time progressed people buy ready made Henna cones which are it was more common for women to wear it ready to use and make painting easy However in rural areas in India women grind fresh henna Haldi staining oneself with turmeric paste as leaves on grinding stones with added oil which well as mehndi are Vedic customs intended to be a though not as refined as professionally prepared symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun henna cones achieves much darker colors Vedic customs are centered on the idea of awakening the inner light Traditional Indian designs are representations of the sun on the palm which in this context is intended to represent the hands and feet There are many variations and types in mehndi designs which are categorized such as Arabic mehndi South Indian Brides 19
Mehndi or henna is a paste that is bought in a  designs, Indian mehndi designs, and Pakistani mehndi  cone-shaped tube and...
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Hairstyle Jadai Maalai Marriage this beautiful word is best complimented by the beauty of the bride on the wedding day In the bride s look the hair style plays a significant role We cannot deny this parameter on any situation or circumstance For ages Indian women have being coveted for their long flowing tresses The Indian weddings are the best time to view beautiful hair molded in great styles Decorated hair pins tiara strands of pearls varieties of beads jewel comb maang tika stringed pendants etc are used either singly or in combination depending on the suitability Whatever process or accessory is used for creating a stunning beautiful face Indian brides from any part of the country get the ultimate look on their wedding day They make it happen without fail South Indian Brides 21
Hairstyle  Jadai Maalai  Marriage, this beautiful word is best complimented by the beauty of the bride on the wedding day....
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Wedding Jewellery South Indians Tamil Telugu and Kanadigas mostly wear Temple jewelry Keralities wear gold and Maharashtrians wear pearls and gold during wedding Silver is usually not worn and is considered auspicious only in the form of vessels and lamps Head accesories A center focal with a tie up on two sides The discs are called sun and the moon symbolizing the blessings of celestial beings At the back crown of the head is Rakodi worn to protect the brain and fresh flowers surround it The lower portion of the braid is decorated with gold plated stone studded snake motifs naagar in decreasing proportion while some wear discs similar to the rakodi Some others wear fresh flowers or floral shapes either as screws or combs and the braid ends in a silk tassel A bindi adorns the forehead 24 South Indian Brides
Wedding Jewellery  South Indians  Tamil, Telugu and Kanadigas  mostly wear Temple jewelry, Keralities wear gold and Mahara...
Nose Ring Some brides get their nose pierced just before the wedding and are gifted with a diamond nose pin In Maharashtra the much celebrated nath or Circular barbells is worn Earrings Traditonal Jumka basket earrings with a chain are worn South Indian Brides 25
Nose Ring  Some brides get their nose  pierced just before the wedding and are gifted with a diamond nose pin. In Maharash...
Neck Wear A collar necklace or addigai with stones is worn close to the neck This is followed by a chain gold bead or pearl necklace with a heavy flat pendant The Coin necklace or Kasu malai follows it Coorgi women wear a long chain or gold and black beads Malayalee kerala bride The bride also adorns various gold necklaces with designs inspired by temple borders and interspersed with colored glass stones Maharashtrian women wear netted necklaces and popular motifs for pendants include fish lotus conch bitter gourd and serpents 26 South Indian Brides
Neck Wear A collar necklace or addigai with stones is worn close to the neck. This is followed by a chain, gold bead or pe...
Waist Belt A waist belt gold plated with stones or Oddiyanam is worn to keep the saree in place Also before the Thali tying ceremony when the bride is presented with a new saree 9 yards in case of Brahmins A belt made of reed grass is then tied around the bride s waist by the groom or his sister and signifies bonding her with the new family Bangles Bangles are considered very auspicious and it is customary that the brides wears atleast one pair of new bangles In the south bangles are predominantly gold with glass bangles to match the colour of their sarees In Maharashtra green bangles are considered a sign of marital bliss Also during the pre wedding ceremonies a holy thread kappu is tied on the brides wrists to ward off all evil spirits It symbolizes a kind of protective armor for the bride This is removed only when the couple reach the bridegroom s house after the wedding South Indian Brides 27
Waist Belt A waist belt  gold plated with stones  or Oddiyanam is worn to keep the saree in place. Also before the Thali t...
Anklet Some brides wear anklets but it is not customary to do so Toe Ring Metti After the Thali is tied and offerings are made to the holy fire The bridegroom holds the bride s left toe and helps her to tread on a grindstone by taking seven steps Saptapadhi while taking 7 vows and is symbolic of the solid rock foundation for the union The the bride s aunt mother s brother s wife usually married with children slips in the silver toe rings to enhance the bride s fertility and offers her advice to start a family 28 South Indian Brides
Anklet Some brides wear anklets but it is not customary to do so.  Toe Ring  Metti   After the Thali is tied and offerings...
Garlands Varmala In the past a girl used to choose her groom by putting a garland around his neck in a ceremony called Swayamwar A mention of this is made in many old scriptures and epics the noted one being Ramayana In Ramayana Sita had put a garland around Lord Ram s neck after he breaks the bow which is a symbol of her accepting him as her husband Bridal Sandals South Indian Brides 29
Garlands   Varmala  In the past, a girl used to choose her groom by putting a garland around his neck in a ceremony called...
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may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child Marriage deepens and enriches every facet Marriage Joins Two People of life Happiness is fuller memories are fresher commitment is stronger even anger is felt more strongly and passes away more quickly Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid It encourages and nurtures new life new experiences and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage they create a spirit unique to themselves which binds them closer than any spoken or written words Marriage is a promise a potential made in the hearts of two people who love which takes a lifetime to fulfill Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies We begin to know that love is here and I love you not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you I love you not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me I love you for the part of me that you bring out I love you for putting your hand into my heaped up heart and passing over all the foolish weak things that you can t help dimly seeing there and for drawing out into the light all the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite far enough to find I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life not a tavern but a temple Out of the works of my every day not a reproach but a song I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good and more than any fate could have done to make me happy You have done it without a touch without a word without a sign You have done it by being yourself Perhaps that is what being a friend means after all now real and true the most important thing in our lives For love is the creator of our favorite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams Love is a promise that is always kept a fortune that can never be spent a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places And this radiance that never fades this mysterious and magical joy is the greatest treasure of all one known only by those who love Let us be guests in one another s house with a deferential No and courteous Yes Let us take care to hide our foolish moods behind a certain show of cheerfulness Let us avoid all sullen silences We should find fresh and sprightly things to say I must be fearful lest you find me dull and you must dread to bore me any way Let us knock gently at each other s heart glad of a chance to look within and yet let us remember that to force one s way is the unpardoned breach of etiquette We shall be lovers when the last door shuts Marriage is a commitment to life to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal a joining that is promised for a lifetime Within the circle of its love marriage encompasses all of life s most important relationships A wife and a husband are each other s best friend confidant lover teacher listener and critic There may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing and the love of the other South Indian Brides 33
may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet  Marriage Joins Two Peop...
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ndless Love Love trust and forgiveness are the foundations of marriage In marriage many days will bring happiness while other days may be sad But together two hearts can overcome everything In marriage all of the moments won t be exciting or romantic and sometimes worries and anxiety will be overwhelming But together two hearts that accept will find comfort together Recollections of past joys pains and shared feelings will be the glue that holds everything together during even the worst and most insecure moments Reaching out to each other as a friend and becoming the confidant and companion that the other one needs is the true magic and beauty of any two people together It s inspiring in each other a dream or a feeling and having faith in each other and not giving up even when all the odds say to quit It s allowing each other to be vulnerable to be himself or herself even when the opinions or thoughts aren t in total agreement or exactly what you d like them to be It s getting involved and showing interest in each other really listening and being available the way any best friend should be Exactly three things need to be remembered in a marriage if it is to be a mutual bond of sharing caring and loving throughout life love trust and forgiveness Because to the depths of me I long to love one person with all my heart my soul my mind my body Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me Who won t hold them against me Who loves me when I m unlikable Who sees the small child in me and Who looks for the divine potential of me Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night with someone who thanks God for me with someone I feel blessed to hold Because marriage means opportunity to grow in love in friendship Because marriage is a discipline to be added to a list of achievements Because marriages do not fail people fail when they enter into marriage expecting another to make them whole Because knowing this I promise myself to take full responsibility for my spiritual mental and physical wholeness I create me I take half of the responsibility for my marriage Together we create our marriage Because with this understanding the possibilities are limitless You were born together and together you shall be forevermore You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days Aye you shall be together even in the silent memory of God But let there be spades in your togetherness And let the winds of the heavens dance between you Love one another but make not a bond of love Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls Fill each other s cup but drink not from one cup Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf Sing and dance together and be joyous but let each of you be alone even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music Give your hearts but not into each other s keeping For only the land of Life can contain your hearts And stand together yet not too near together marriage many days will ng happiness while other s may be sad But together hearts can overcome rything South Indian Brides 35
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