An Indian bride has a lot on her mind while curating her bridal trousseau. Add to that the pressure of picking out jewellery that complements her outfit. And although not as mainstream as necklaces and earrimgs, another super crucial piece of jewellery that's often overlooked in a bride's bijoux box are the classic kaleere.
Seen mostly in North Indian weddings, the kaleere are a bunch of delicate gold ornaments that are tied to the chooda, symbolic of the relationship she shares with her bridesmaids and family, that she's taking along with her into her new life. Typically, the mother or the bridesmaids tie the kaleere to the bride's chooda, which she shakes over the heads of her unmarried friends or relatives, as a sign of passing her good fortune to these girls. Fun, right?
Though the traditional umbrella-shaped pieces are beautiful, too, the kaleeras have been experiencing a makeover of their own, so they can match the bride's new-age wedding outfits. We have been seeing kaleere made of flowers, stones and beads that match the theme of the wedding. With so many alternatives present for the modern bride, we are here to help you pick one for your wedding - and the inspiration will come from our favourite Bollywood celebs, of course!
Sure, Priyanka Chopra's eye-catching look made everyone stop in their tracks for a brief while. The unexpected combination of a stark-red Sabyasachi lehenga that took 110 embroiders and 3,720 hours with intricate Sabyasachi jewellery was quite literally the highlight of the year.
But what made the look even more special was the customized kaleere set that depicted the couple's journey from the proposal to the wedding. If you look closely, the detailing includes the carved silhouette of their favourite character from Beauty and the Beast. Quite a story, isn't it? You too can portray your journey of love in the form of modern customized kaleere.
The netizens went into a frenzy to witness this magical pastel-themed wedding where Anushka Sharma wore a power pink embroidered Sabyasachi lehenga carved with love by 67 karigars over 32 days. She too, resorted to the jewellery by the same legend and opted for traditional gold tiered kaleere. The kundan necklace set, nose ring and mathapatti surely complemented her pink outfit, but what made her red chooda stand out was her gold trinkets for sure.
Deepika Padukone, too, went the Sabyasachi way when it came to her traditional red lehenga and jewellery. While choosing her kaleere, he opted for the umbrella style with beads and tiny bells. That surely made her coveted wedding ring and the outfit, of course, stand out. It was comparatively simpler and minimal than her mangtikka and necklace set, that accentuated the look of the outfit.
Sonam Kapoor's Anand Karaj ceremony had us swooning over her simple-yet-elegant Anuradha Vakil lehenga set, which took about 6 months to complete. Her accessory choices were unique too, with Rajputana aad necklace layered with guttapusalu necklace and a multi-stranded mathapatti. As she wanted a red-and-gold colour palette, it was no surprise that the kaleere too were traditional with a hint of OTT. Take notes if you want, and pair your minimal bridal lehenga with detailed jewels.
If an uber-simple wedding is all you desire, then this Neha Dhupia-approved Anita Dongre pink lehenga is for you. This outfit, paired with a gulband necklace with dainty earrings and a maangtikka makes a strong case for us minimalist brides. By the looks of it, Neha paired two styles of kaleere - one gold tiered and one studded. Innovative, isn't it?
Shadhid Kapoor and Mira Rajput's hush-hush wedding only made us more curious of the bride's outfit choices. Mira wore a pink Anamika Khanna lehenga that took 67 artisans and 48 days to make. Mira picked navratna jewellery over diamonds and kundan and resorted to a passa, maangtikka, and a dainty necklace set. Her kaleere, were a cluster of gold that were short in height but still very much scene-stealing.
If you want some stylish kaleere for your wedding, we have a few options for you by Auraa Trends which will suit your needs just fine! Take a look!
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