Wedding Jewelry

So the reason I started blogging was to reflect on my thoughts some day during my wedding planning process. Today is January 21st – we are officially in the year when my wedding will take place. So let’s start off with what is done so far, and what we need to do.  My fiancé and I, after meeting multiple vendors have finalized our decorator, DJ, photographer, videographer and  the Imam.  Catering remains to be a question. I have given my wedding outfit order to a designer I will not name until after my big day. I have also selected my Valima outfit with a designer – whose name once again, I will disclose after the Valima Reception. For the time being – I am going to dedicate a post on jewelry.

I knew from the beginning I wanted to wear a crystal set – specifically Swarovski for my Valima reception.  And that’s exactly what I did. I bought the most beautiful Swarovski collar that I have ever seen (in my opinion at least!).  I am still searching for matching crystal earrings and a tikka to go with it.  I wanted to wear something small yet elegant for the Valima reception.

For the Nikkah Reception, I will be going for a Polki Diamond set. Polki may look very similar to kundan, however it is a form of uncut diamond while kundun is a semi-precious stone (as described on paklinks.com).  As my wedding dress is a mix of gold and silver – I thought a stone that incorporates both colors would go well with the outfit. I wanted it to be completely different than my Valima set – and so that’s how I came about making the decision. My wedding dress designer was also very helpful in providing suggestions as to what would go best with the outfit. I have not seen my wedding dress or my valima dress in person yet. My cousin has been coordinating with both designers. Hopefully what I have envisioned comes to life.

I have decided not to wear a ‘Jhoomar’ or a ‘Mattha Patti’ on both days, and stick to a ‘Tikka’. All three are forms of headpieces (scroll below to the pictures to see what I am referring to). Both my outfits have a very modern look to them. One will made out of the fabric tissue, while the other is made of net. I wanted something contemporary and that speaks to what times are like now. Pakistani brides in the olden days would wear multiple necklaces, various headpieces and a ‘Nath’ (pretty much a really big nose ring). Since both my outfits are extremely heavy – I decided to go for something small, that compliments my outfit rather than takes the attention away from it. I also have a really small face and skinny neck, so I really didn’t want my face to drown in the jewelry.

Hope all the 2014 brides are enjoying planning their wedding as much as I am!

 

 

Madhuri Dixit wearing a Polki Diamond Set

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This one isn’t mine – but I think its stunning!

 

Pretty Malaika Arora wearing a Jhoomar with her hair out

Pretty Malaika Arora wearing a Jhoomar with her hair out

Matha Patti

Matha Patti

Tikka

Priyanka Chopra wearing a Tikka

Style File: Bunto Kazmi

You knew this post was coming. I’m a Pakistani bride-to-be, of course I was going to dedicate a post to Bunto Kazmi. For those of you who don’t know who Bunto Kazmi is, she’s the Vera Wang of Pakistani bridal outfits – every bride’s dream. Many bride-to-bes save up for years just to be a ‘Bunto Bride’ on their special day.

Bunto uses a fabric called French-net for all her outfits. She also uses a lot of Kaamdani to make the outfit ‘shine’. But that’s not what makes her outfits so special. The intricate work, the designs and the various color combinations she uses, are what make her outfits so exquisite.

During my extensive search on bridal outfits, I visited various forums and blogs written by Pakistani bride-to-bes around the globe. I came across GupShup (paklinks.com) which has a whole thread dedicated to Bunto Kazmi’s designs. You will never see her designs at a retail location, and she doesn’t have a Facebook page or a website, so this was the first time I came across any of her work. She’s well known simply through word of mouth. Her creativity is unimaginable and the bejeweled work is so intricate and delicate, that anyone would fall in love with her designs at first site.

So I did it. I decided to email her daughter Fizza Kazmi, who takes care of all the administrative duties, to find out the price range of her outfits. Her starting range was between $4,500 and $5000. I wasn’t too keen on spending so much on just one outfit, and since there was still over a year left to my wedding, I didn’t bother. However, a few months later, I had the opportunity to see a ‘Bunto Bride’ for the first time in Canada. Although her work is pretty common/popular in Pakistan, you don’t see Pakistani-Canadian brides wearing her designs. I fell in love. I emailed Fizza back the next morning, only to find out that she was already booked a year in advance! I begged and begged her to make  an exception and to squeeze my order in, however Fizza refused. Sigh.

Even though I won’t be a Bunto-bride, I can still admire her work. Below are some of my favorite designs by her.

** Please note all images have been taken from Paklinks.com. Please send me a message if you would like to have any of the images removed**

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