When we hear the word royal wedding, we often get reminded of the bollywood movie Jodhaa Akbar and the romantic fairytale wedding of Aishwarya Rai Bachan (aka Jodhaa) where she was adorned with the most stunning jewellery fit for any princess. More recently is the bollywood blockbuster Baahubali 2 where the princess Devasena can be seen wearing antique and precious jewelry that is swoon worthy. India is a country with age old royalty rooted deep in its culture, and everyone wants to have a little glimpse into the lives of the royal families of India, to feel a little slice of the grandeur in their lives - even if it’s just to live through the photographs or to sneak a peek at their royal weddings. Indian wedding jewellery always includes Kundan, Pearls, Diamonds and Gold with a touch of antiquity. Here are some bridal jewelry inspirations from Indian royal families.
Nirvana Singh & Mriganka Singh
The big fat royal Indian wedding of the former Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh’s grandson Nirvana Singh and Kashmiri Maharaja Karan Singh’s granddaughter, Mriganka Singh was a royal affair to behold. It brought together three royal families of Kashmir, Punjab and Gwalior. Nirvan is the son of Amarinder’s daughter Jayainder and Gurpal Singh, while Mriganka is daughter of Karan Singh’s son Vikramaditya Singh and Chitrangada (daughter of late Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia of former Gwalior royal family). For her engagement the princess wore a traditional Dogri Kameez in yellow colour .The Prince wore a silk sherwani which was again a traditional heirloom. The princess also adorned the traditional pearl maang tikka, diamond and kundan worked neckpiece and earrings.
Shivraj Singh & Gayatri Kumari Pal
Son of Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur and Maharani Hemlata Rajye and Gayatri Kumari Pal, princess of Askot in Uttaranchal.The wedding took place in the famous royal venue of Umaid Bhavan in Jodhpur.
There were no designer outfits for the royals as Princess Gayatri wore a red antique lehenga that was taken out from the Mehrangarh Fort museum in Jodhpur, restored by artisan Sandeep Manglbhai which took almost two months to fix the gold work on lehenga. Along with this her jewellery caught everyone’s eye which was a handcrafted moon shaped mold made with gold thread, polka and Basra pearls. As for the groom, he wore an achkan with Banarasi fabric with jodhpuri pants, a kamarbandh with golden buckle carrying a saffron saafa which completed his outfit.
Yaduveer Wodeyar & Trishika Kumari Singh
Yduveer is the Prince of Mysore and Trishika is the daughter of Hrashvardhan Singh and Mahesri Kumari of the Dungarpur royal family in Rajasthan.The wedding took place in Amba Vilas Palace. Princess Trishika wore a red and orange Mysore silk saree looking like a royal rich bride her outfit was colourful and absolutely perfect for the occasion. The highlight of the wedding was the swing ceremony where the bride wore a maroon and gold kanjeevaran saree with authentic temple jewellery.
The Pataudi family wedding
Kareena Kapoor was born in a Punjabi Hindu family to renowned actors Babita and Randhir Kapoor. Whereas, Saif spent his childhood in a royal atmosphere, being the son of Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore. Even though they both follow different faiths and have different upbringing, their marriage broke the narrow prism of religion, culture and even age. Kareena wore a green churidaar with orange-red dupatta. She wore bright orange plain bangles and minimal jewellery. Kareena changed into a Malhotra creation for the post-wedding party. Kareena wore a burgundy color embellished gharara with maroon duppatta and a grand choker with pearls and gems. Saif donned a Banarsi brocade 'achkan' by designer Raghvendra Rathore, which had a touch of Jaipur work
Pakistani and Indian royal Wedding
Pak Kunwar Karni Singh Sodha of Amarkot district of Sindh in Pakistan tied the knot with Padmini Rathore of Kanota royal family of Jaipur district of Rajasthan. The family of the groom has an impressive legacy. The family had given refuge to Akbar's father, Humayun, and his wife in Amarkot (now Umerkot in Pakistan's Sindh province) as he fled to the desert region after being defeated by Sher Shah Suri in 1540.The bride, Padmini Singh Rathore, belongs to Kanota royal family. The bride wore a simple yet elegant mustard yellow coloured designer sari with a pair of pearl danglers and a choker. The groom wore a typical rajasthani white suit and a string of pearl neckpiece.