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Pre-Bridal packages : What’s Available and at What Cost

“Ever heard of a bridal glow? That’s the glow a bride must acquire before her wedding. We discuss the different pre-bridal packages to pamper yourself and look your best on your big day.”

 

It’s true. The stress of a wedding planning experience can get to a bride-to-be especially when we consider her physical beauty. Her skin can get dull and dry; her hair may lose its sheen from running around for errands in harsh sunlight and then there are also chapped feet. So, what do we do next? Opt for pre-bridal packages at makeup salons to kick back and relax.

Once upon a time, the bride-to-be was able to rely only on home treatments and the help of her friends and family. That’s no longer the case. The brides-to-be need more tender love and care than possible with home cures. Many do not have the time to opt for the kind of skincare and treatment they need to get their kind of bridal glow. They are also well informed about the latest fashion and beauty trends and won’t settle for anything but the best.

This is where makeup salons and skincare chains come in. Salons in India have tapped into this golden opportunity and offer a variety of pre-bridal packages to these brides. Whether you’re a bride who wants to pamper herself or are a bride who is time-strapped – there’s a bridal package for everyone.

Pre-Bridal Packages in India

To find out about the different pre-bridal packages in India, we talked to many makeup salons which offer customised pre-bridal packages in India. Generally, these packages begin at least six months ahead of the wedding, though some brides-to-be start with their skincare treatments three months ahead of their D-day.

They offer specific skincare treatments, apart from general hygiene solutions. Here is what you can get from the following skincare chains:

 

1. Facial Treatments:

Here, we are talking about treatments beyond simple facials, cleanups, scrubs and masks. “Most brides start their treatment at least 3-4 months prior to their wedding day, in order to target issues like acne scarringhair reduction, weight reduction and hair rejuvenation. More often than not, brides approach us only weeks before their wedding, and we are happy to provide glow facialspeels and photo-facial treatmentsto the bride,” adds Dr. Hina.

2. Customised Pre-Bridal Packages:

Stylebysonam provide services with 4 customised pre-bridal packages with the choicest of services – The Au Natural Bride, The Silver Splendour Bride, The Dazzling Gold Bride and The Exotic Diamond Bride.

“These packages include one session each of a facial, waxing, manicure, pedicure, skin re-surfacer, threading, bleach, body glow service and a hair makeover with our senior stylist, along with a deep-conditioning hair spa. These pre-bridal packages start at Rs. 6,999 onwards, and can be taken in multiple settings, based on the time the bride has in hand. We recommend one in every 15 days with a minimum of 4 sessions to achieve the perfect bridal glow,” Supriya

3. Bridal Makeup:

You can also opt for just a Bridal Makeup sitting (for the wedding day, other functions et al).

“We have different types of bridal makeup options available at our centres ranging from hand-crafted makeup to hi-definition airbrush makeup. Bridal makeup starts at Rs.4999 and can go up to Rs. 29,999,”

Ideally, a bridal makeup takes about 2.5 hours. All skincare and grooming regimes usually vary from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. Some of these regimes can be done in parallel.

How to Choose A Pre-Bridal Makeup Package

Before you choose to glance through pre-bridal makeup packages that are available, keep these pointers in mind:

  1. Always opt for a salon recommended by a friend or a family member.
  2. Try looking at different bridal images to understand what their makeup artists have to offer. If possible, request for a trial makeup session.
  3. Keep your eyes open – especially about the hygiene level of the salon.
  4. Look at the cost compared to the services provided.

Finally, a word of advice. “We do not recommend taking any skin care treatments or grooming services on the Wedding day. All pre-bridal services should ideally be completed 3-4 days prior to the wedding day; especially manicure and pedicure, since Mehndi is an integral part of all weddings” .

Now that you know the different bridal services or procedures a bride can get, choose the perfect package and look your best…

Get it Right: The Assamese Bridal Look

“There is something so divine about the Assamese bridal look. And as we continue to explore different bridal looks from each culture, we break down the outfit, makeup, jewellery and hairstyles which bring these all together.”

ASSAMI BRIDE

The Assamese brides are known for their simplicity and elegance. Their wedding day look is based on the states tribal culture and remains very close to its natural richness. In fact, the Assamese bridal lookis one of a kind and never ceases to amaze those who care for grace and style. If you have ever wondered what this beautiful look comprises of, we share it with you.

Assamese Traditional Bridal Dress

Traditionally, the Assamese brides wear a dress called Mekhela Chador (pronounced ‘Mekhela Sador‘). The outfit, which is usually cream or off-white in colour is given to the bride by the groom’s mother. It is fabricated using Moga Silk and is embellished with gold and silver threads. The interesting part about Mekhela Chador is that although it looks like a saree, it is actually made up of two separate pieces of clothing. The design and patterns made on the Mekhela Chador are generally traditional motifs that represent the elements of the state’s culture and art.

How is the Mekhela Chador Draped?

The first part of the dress is worn like a skirt with pleats in the front, whereas one side of the second part is tucked to the left side of the waist and the other side is draped around the rest of the body. Usually, the fabric used for the skirt is heavier than the fabric for the pallu. The skirt is also adorned with heavy embroidery and a broad border.

Mekhela Blouse Design

Traditionally, a cloth piece called Riha was wrapped around the chest by the brides. However, in modern times brides prefer to wear a usual blouse like the one worn with the saree. To complete the Assamese bridal look, Riha is still worn by many brides but over a fitted blouse.

Assamese Traditional Bridal Accessories

Out of the many accessories, the Assamese bridal look is mostly adorned with gold jewellery most of which are handmade. It is simple but heavily decorated with gemstones like mine, ruby and black, green, and red enamels. Also, the traditional jewellery of the state is inspired by nature and cultural icons.

The traditional bridal ornaments include:

Jonbiri:

Assamese brides wear a special set of necklace and earrings called Jonbiri. It comprises of a moon-shaped pendant and earrings. They go very well with the traditional outfit Mekhla.

Kopo Phool:

Another traditional earring that many brides love to wear is Kopo Phool. Part of it resembles two tiny shoes which are attached to each other using a floral chain.

Loka Paro:

Inspired by the shape of pigeons, it is a pendant made of gold and rubies.

Kerumoni:

A round, striking jewellery piece made in gold was traditionally used as earrings only but now the design is also used for pendants.

Gamkharu:

For the hand, the brides of Assam wear a traditional broad bangle known as Gamkharu. It is a simple and elegant piece of jewellery which is skillfully designed by the artisans of Assam.

Also, their maang tikka is of utmost importance and is considered to be very auspicious.

Assamese Bridal Hairstyle

The brides in Assam usually dress their hair in a simple plait or opt for a big bun hairstyle for their wedding day. Traditionally, the hairstyle is completely decorated with various accessories like flowers, hair jhoomars, chains and clips. Their makeup is also subtle and just right to enhance the Assamese Bridal Look.