The modern bride today knows that there’s always a smarter way to do things. Even if she’s spending lakhs on her jewellery, she’s looking to make the most of it. Besides your venue and catering, one of the largest expenses when you’re getting married is your bridal jewellery. It’s that on time in your life when you will probably buy the most jewellery.
Wamika Sunda, one of the fashion and bridal jewellery experts from Truly Bridal by Kalyan Jewellers doles out some awesome tips on how to buy your bridal jewellery the ‘smart’ way and get the most bang for your buck.
Besides some of the tips and tricks Wamika has given, here are some more things to keep in mind
Jewellery can be a great investment if you shop smartly. If you’re spending a large chunk of your savings on your bridal jewellery, gold is your best bet. (Have you seen the last ‘Go For Gold’ blog post?) Diamond jadau jewellery, while it is really popular with brides, has a very low resale value is isn’t the best idea from an investment perspective
2. Coloured Stones:
Rubies, emeralds and sapphires look stunning but can be pretty hefty on your pocket. Bridal jewellery with regular coloured stones instead look just as beautiful!
3.Modular Bridal Jewellery:
Wamika touched upon this and I think every modern bride should consider getting modular jewellery. What does that mean? Pieces that are detachable or which can be worn in different ways which is great for the post-wedding life! Most jewellers have pieces where you can change the coloured stones, the heavy earrings or bracelets that can be worn in multiple ways or jewellery pieces that are detachable so talk to them about it! You get two for the price of one!
4. Balancing With Your Outfit:
Again, as Wamika said, you can always do away with heavy bridal jewellery if your outfit itself is really heavy. The famous Sabyasachi ‘Maharani’ blouse was designed for a bride who was having a destination wedding where she didn’t want to wear a heavy necklace set in fact! So if you’re on a budget, go for the heavier blouse and outfit and opt for bridal jewellery that complements it in a classy way. Sometimes, statement earrings are all you need!
5. Mommy’s Jewellery!
Don’t just go nuts about shopping for new bridal jewellery. Wearing heirloom pieces that have been in your family can make you feel very special AND they can be styled in really cool ways. Alternatively, get them modified, reinvented or designed in a way that you can wear them during your wedding or trousseau. My mum modified some simple diamond stud earrings of my nani by adding a jhumka below it and it looks seriously chic!
6. Sales & Discounts:
Don’t be shy to ask for discounts or when the store will be going on sale. If you have a very limited budget, own it and don’t be apologetic just because you’re going to a big jewellery store. A lot of jewellers offer a discount, especially if you share a relationship with the store. Also, buying all your jewellery from one store will also incite them to give you a discount IF YOU ASK. If they refuse, inquire about when they go on sale and look to make your purchases then.
7. Silver & Other Metal Jewellery:
Brides are opting for some ‘non-real’ pieces for their bridal jewellery and trousseau nowadays. While not all brides are into wearing a ‘non-real’ set on their big day, if you’re on a budget, look at getting ‘filler bridal jewellery’ (your haathphool, maangtikka, jhoomar, second necklace etc.) in either silver, gold-plated or alloy metal. Here are some options from Indear.in (click on each of the images for more information!)
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