Most TRENDING KALEERA DESIGNS for today's Bride
Hello, beauties! Today, we’d like to take you on an imaginative fiesta- Envisage yourself as a pretty, blushing bride, walking down the altar in your jaw-dropping gorgeous lehenga, replete with beautifully done-up makeup and hair, and all your finery and bespoke jewels. The backdrop is that of a palatial setting, amidst the rustic undertones and heritage architecture. In that particular moment, probably a million emotions are rushing through every vein of your body- excitement, elation, nervousness, and much more.
As you’re embarking on this exhilarating journey from being a Miss to Mrs. with your better half in tow, this feeling of togetherness is just out of the world. Now, now! India as a country is immersed in diverse cultural customs which are beautifully interwoven to give it its distinct flavour and ethnic identities. It’s this thrilling culmination of two souls who vow to eternally love and stand by one another, irrespective of their caste, creed, or religion that warms our hearts in the deepest of ways. Each religion to us brings some character and meaning to their rituals. One such endearing practice that we love is a Punjabi bride donning the ornate kaleera- a symbol of prosperity and infinite happiness.
Thanks to the ever-changing times, these emblematic representations have been transformed into major style statements. And, you know what; we are not complaining! Before we proceed, let’s understand the significance of this ordained jewel.
What is a BRIDAL KALLERA?
An umbrella-shaped dangler festooned in gold or silver, a kaleera is fastened to the bride’s bangle or ‘chooda’, the day after the Haldi festivities wrap up. Acting as a metaphor for passing on wisdom and good luck to the new bride, her maternal uncle, and aunt, generally perform this ceremony. A fun and frolic-filled successive event are to jangle the pair atop the bowed heads of ‘demure, unmarried’ bridesmaids. Folklore has it, that if a trinket or a gold leaf falls onto their head, it is indicative of them being ‘next in line for marriage’. Is this a call to all the eligible bachelors, or an obvious hint to their respective boyfriends to take the next step (just kidding)? Quite similar to the bouquet tossing ritual in a Christian wedding service, we must add.
Truly poignant affairs, these delightful memories in the making, which are so marvellously captured on camera, are gems to be remembered for a long time to come. Speaking of this bijouterie of the hour, let’s take a trip down memory lane. In the olden days, these danglers were generally made of either gold or silver (the crème de la crème ), and strings of dry fruits like coconuts and foxnuts, to take care of the bride’s hunger pangs, as she travelled the distance to her husband’s house.
The game is totally different today. Besides being an auspicious ornament, upholding centuries’ worth of cultural ethos, these ostentations are quickly becoming a luxe bridal accessory that is totally worth flaunting. Bringing about a contemporary spin to this classic take, modern brides are now opting for some unconventional, sartorial designs. In fact, this trend of adorning kaleeras has been extending to other castes as well. Abiding by the ‘less is more’ vibe, a lot of women prefer minimalistic creations. With an array of styles coming up in the market, this process of getting your customized kaleera can be quite mindboggling.
THE KALEERA BANDWAGON
Our social media feeds are often abuzz with real-life weddings taking place in breath-taking locales. How many times did you check out their jewellery and take some inspiration for your upcoming or future nuptials? Celebrities like Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, and the OG fashionista Sonam Kapoor set some major drool-worthy goals with their choices of kaleera during their wedding festivities. Today, it has paved the way for an entirely new industry to create and foster; making abundant fairy takes coming true. As self-proclaimed fashion enthusiasts, can we just laud this transitional era where this alchemy of old meets new is resulting in a stunning makeover? Let’s explore some of our most popular picks for you brides-to-be.
1. TRADITIONAL KALEERAS: Upholding the importance of the ethereal, timeless charm, this traditional heavy-weight Kaleera is infused with dramatic vigour and renewed energy to enjoy the festivities. Screaming of royalty, it transports you back to the era of emperors. For all you over the top, enthusiastic and passionate souls, this one’s dedicated to you. Mainly wreathed in gold or silver, this vintage piece is redefined by intricate motifs such as elephants or doli designs which are integral elements of the wedding extravaganza. Consisting of multiple strands and long tiered layers, these championed items can also be encrusted with kundans, gotta, and jhumkas or ghungroos, embodying the quintessential Indian bride. More is more?
2. LIGHTWEIGHT KALEERAS: Contrary to its predecessor, this non-hectic style is for those brides who want to let their hair down and be fuss-free. Generally consisting of delicate embellishments and shorter strands, we personally believe these are in vogue today. Eponymous of the present-day ‘bridechilla’, these feather-like embellishments can let the bride dance her heart out, as she prepares to embrace a new rhythm of life. Bearing semblance to a chandelier, the dangling strands suspending from the majestic tomb-shaped silhouette look like a vision to behold. Revering the beauty of Indian gemstones like polkis and jhadaavs, they can be incorporated to add a sensational, unconventional touch. Oh, and let’s not forget the multi-coloured tassels and pompoms in combinations such as yellow, pink, and orange. Lightweight in the truest sense!
3. FLORAL KALEERAS: Hands down, these are our favourite! According to the mythological scriptures, the colourful and picturesque flowers in all their varied hues and freshness resembled the inherent richness of the earth. Apart from beautifying the surroundings, they serenade the living creatures with their sweet fragrances and are a sight to behold. An important décor piece for a wedding, flowers, and traditions go hand in hand. To the bubbly and chirpy bride, these floral kaleeras celebrate your childlike innocence and splendour. Wearable at your Mehendi function, this modern-day ingeniousness looks best when set against a pastel outfit. Not only are they easy on your hands, but the dry-flowered kaleeras can be recycled and repurposed to be worn as an ornament at a friend’s wedding. Influencers live by this style staple. Who knew nature would play such a big role in the fashion industry one day?
4. THE OCEANIC KALEERA: As we talk about incorporating natural resources, what is your take on wearing seashells on your hand? Are you astonished by this claim? Do not be surprised, you lovelies, but this makes for quite a dainty and charming design to wear. Notching and mixing it up a bit; you can add some golden balls to add a bit of grandiosity to this look. But the beauty lies in the subtlety, you guys! Imagine getting married by the sea with those kaleeras as the sun sets in the background, colouring the sky in magnificent shades. Easy-breezy, much?
5. A CONTEMPORARY AFFAIR: To showcase your quirky and experimental, rock star side, think of some out-of-the-box ideas. Customized namesake kaleeras are super sassy and simplistic but hold such personal meaning. Entrenching your love story in time, you can also incorporate these milestones in your kaleera charms, thereby holding it close on your D-day; which is heralded as the most momentous occasion of your life. Inspired by a similar idea popularised by the Mehendi trend, this one is a marvel. In fact, you can customize any design in colour, and infuse two or more stylistic elements to make it your own. We personally love the Baraati vibes that imbibed! A charming soiree, isn’t it? Brides today are letting go of the conventional gold and silver and opting for an all-white pearl or diamond ensemble. Also, how cute and ditsy do the dainty two-inch mini danglers look? Exuding comfort, the embroidered bangle-based kaleera, with strings attached to the former adds a rejuvenating spin, galore.
6. OXIDIZED KALEERA: Inspired by the rawness and authenticity of the inner soul, this creation is for the rustic or the vintage bride. This bohemian chic look goes well with than darker, solid colours, which Sabyasachi brides generally display. Bringing out the realness, this mix of metal and silver, giving it its un-illuminated feel adds a deep, surreal character, uplifting the entire look. A resplendent aura, we say! As a finishing touch, imagine being brought to life in a doli or a jhumka shaped base. An amalgamation of urban and rural; it showcases the true fervour of our country, additionally uplifting the tribal spirit.
In conclusion, all we’d like to say is that sit and ponder over what design you would truly see yourself wearing on your D-Day. If you want to customize the same, go ahead and approach a vendor in advance. Be involved in the design process, and with an end product resounding to your taste and personality, you will slay the look. Lastly, wear that big smile and enjoy this process.