How to be a Perfect Bride – Lessons from Oriya Bride, Priya Choudhury

Marriage is the time when a woman wishes to look and feel her best. A perfect bride shines through with elegance and charm. She needs to be well groomed, look poised and be well prepared to take on the most important journey of her life.

Priya Choudhury is a popular Oriya actress who chose to marry at a very young age and quit working in films. Her marriage to a Hyderabad based software engineer was one of the much talked about Oriya Matrimony of the year.

Here are a few key takeaways for every Oriya bride from the star studded wedding of Priya Choudhury.

Choosing the right colour

Colours play a key role in every wedding. Choosing the right colours to suit your complexion and skin type helps intensify your good looks. Priya has a very fair complexion and a flawless skin. Her choice of dresses starting from the deep red silk sari that she wore for the Kanyadan to the bright green and pink lehenga for the reception, the colours were a perfect choice. Brides with a dusky complexion can opt for lighter shades and pastel hues.

Dress to suit your body type

No matter if you decide to have a traditional wedding or take the more contemporary route, the choice of the bridal attire must be well suited to your body type. A perfect bride takes extra efforts in choosing the fabric, designing the pattern and draping of the pallu. While fabrics like velvet add more oomph to petite brides, georgette saris with large brocade prints are a perfect choice for brides with some extra pounds.

Bridal styling

Priya’s styling of hair and her make up where unblemished during all rituals. Whether it was the traditionally braided bun with the “tika” above her eyebrows or the curled locks with bright hues of blush, Priya gleamed like a gem. To-be-brides can experiment around a few looks and settle for the one that looks the most natural. The bridal look gets that final touch of finesse with the choice of jewellery. While heavy chunky jewellery adds to the dramatic look of a wedding, brides need to be cautious about not going over the board.

Complement your spouse

Your wedding day is about looking your best! Agreed! But how well do you complement the man standing next to you? Talk to your fiancé and plan your attire for the evening together.  While this is important to get the cohesive look right on the marriage platform, the process is also a lot of fun.

Keep the smile on!

Priya is said to have the best smile in the business. But keeping the smile on does not just work for Priya Choudhury but for every bride who wishes to look her perfect self on the big day!

Attention to details, a little extra effort to get a high score on perfection and being yourself is the secret mantra to emerge as a perfect bride.


Impress your In-Laws by Understanding the Kapu Telegu Rituals before your Wedding Day

The Kapu Telugu matrimony rituals are very traditional. It is quite an elaborate affair and consists of several ceremonies and procedures over several days.

Krishnamma Pentalu

The word Kapu or Kaapu means Protector. The community also is referred to by its caste title Naidu, which means leader. The Simaneli sects of the Balija Naidus perform a ceremony called Krishnamma Pentalu a day before the wedding. It involves worshipping the soul of a married woman. This is done to invoke the blessings of a ‘sumangali’ on the bride. This ceremony ensures that the forthcoming marriage will take place smoothly.

Marriage Rituals

Marriage rituals are very traditional and have several meaning and symbolism attached to each and every event. There is emphasis on spirituality. The rites are conducted by a priest and in the presence of 5 elements which are considered auspicious.


The Naidu marriage ceremony is arresting as well as  magnificent. It has the girl’s mother or the maternal uncle   carry the bride in a bamboo basket to the mandap. She carries some betel leaves, nuts, coconut, sandalwood and a red pumpkin. A curtain is placed between the bride and groom at the mandap, so that they do not see each other until the wedding is completed.
At the end of the marriage, the father and mother of the bride clean the boy’s feet with water. This is done because the community believe the groom is a form of God.


In this ceremony, the boy and the girl wear a white cotton dhoti and cotton sari with a red border. The bride and the groom are expected to place jeerakaalu-bellamu (a jaggery mix) on each other’s heads while a priest will recite some prayers and shhlokas. This symbolises that as two different ingredients mix together so should they as husband and a wife.

Mangalsutra Ceremony

The groom ties a Mangalsutra which is a gold chain with gold and black beads around the neck of the bride. This necklace is tied with three knots.

Kanya Daan Akshata

After this ceremony, the couple garlands each other and are showered with flower petals and rice as a blessing. This is Akshata or an offering of raw (uncooked) rice coloured with turmeric.


1Here, the bride’s dupatta or saree and the groom’s dhoti are tied into a knot so that they can take seven steps together around the fire making 7 promises, each one strengthening and blessing various aspects of married life. During this ritual, prayers are chanted and the end of which there is an indication that the marriage ritual is completed.

 On the 16th Day after Marriage

The 16th day post marriage is considered significant for Kapu Naidus. 16 is a divine number and it is also the number of days a bride takes to understand her in-laws. She wears new clothes and two plates which form the pendants of her mangalsutra are separated by a few beads so they do not clash, symbolising harmony between the families.

Now that you are well-versed with the main customs of a Kapu traditional wedding, rituals and the temples you must visit, go impress your in-laws with your knowledge!

6 Telugu Groom Etiquette Lessons we learnt from Allu Arjun

Allu Arjun’s wedding to Sneha Reddy on March 6th was a truly glamourous and fun-filled event. It saw some of the major South Indian stars like Chiranjeevi attend the function and highlighted Telugu weddings in a traditional yet modern way. Telugu weddings are full of fun, rituals and family togetherness which makes them a much awaited time for all families. Just like Allu Arjun Telugu grooms must follow certain etiquettes to ensure a smooth and wonderful wedding function.

Telugu Matrimony

  1. Pay attention to the Invitation Cards

Wedding invites are the first step towards your wedding as it formally announces the function and cordially invites all friends, family and work-colleagues to your wedding ceremony. Allu Arjun had designed an elegant cream and gold invite that was made especially in Delhi. Since Telugu Matrimony are culturally rich and traditionally vibrant, the invitation cards can follow suit and make a great impression to your guests before your big day. The grooms can add a touch of sweetness to the invite by adding chocolates in the invite, just like Allu Arjun.

  1. Make your Engagement memorable

The Nischithardham/Muhurtham is the formal engagement where both sides of the families meet and fix the date of the wedding. For Allu Arjun’s engagement, a wonderful family affair marks the celebration with some vibrant colours and lovely decorations. The groom must ensure that the families get together and enjoy the event.

  1. Dress as per the occasion

Telugu grooms have a number of options to dress for the various functions in their wedding. Some of the options include Kurta-Pyjama, Jodhpuri Suit and Western Suits. You can accessorize with safa – a turban with jewels, a lovely sehra and some elegant mojaris. White and gold are some of the most widely chosen colours for the groom’s wedding dress since they amplify the attire and create a fresh look. You will find Allu Arjun wearing a beautiful white Kurta-Pyjama with gold work in his wedding ceremony.

  1. Wear your smile

If you look at Allu Arjun and Sneha’s wedding photos, you will see a lot of big wide smiles on the groom’s face. Nothing you wear is as important as your smile. Telugu grooms must remember to always smile during the functions. This will make your guests feel welcome and it will also ensure some amazing photographs!

  1. Take blessings

On your big day, it is always nice to take blessings of elders. Actor Allu Arjun is the nephew of Chiranjeevi and he is seen touching the feet of many elders during his wedding pictures.

  1. Enjoy your wedding

Telugu groomsWith the tremendous planning and tiring lists to accomplish in a Telugu wedding, it is only natural for grooms to get tired and feel exhausted during the big day. However, you must remember that this is one of the biggest day of your lives and therefore, enjoy it to the fullest just like Allu Arjun has done in his wedding ceremonies.

Andhra Pradesh is known for the culture and heritage of Telugu weddings and the celebrity ceremony of Allu Arjun and Sneha Reddy was no exception. All grooms can take some lively inspiration from this actor and make their wedding unforgettable as well!

Top Trousseau Destinations in Delhi to Pick Your Perfect Bridal Dress

Shopping for bridal finery and trousseau is perhaps the most important point on every bride’s to-do list. A wedding is an occasion to deck up in the choicest of clothes and jewellery and to flaunt your flair with grace and elegance. If you, or someone you know, is about to get married but confused about where to go trousseau shopping in Delhi, then here’s the list of top five design dens in the city that won’t disappoint, be it beautiful, lavish ethnic wear or matching bridal jewellery for matrimony.


One of the most popular boutiques for ethnic bridal wear, Samsaara is a one-stop destination for all your wedding finery. From wedding trousseau and bridal sarees, lehengas and accessories to anarkali suits and salwar kameez for wedding guests, you will find it all under one roof here. The swank store has a dazzling spread of lavish, beautiful and elegant ethnic wear, that is sure to turn the head of any bride. If you’re keen on designer clothing, then Samsaara offers you special selections from various Indian designers like Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta, Malini Ramani, Rohit Bal, Neeta Lulla and others. Do check out their personalised trousseau shopping services.



There’s nothing on your wedding shopping list that you wouldn’t find  here. Offering exclusive designer wear from renowned Indian  designers, Kimaya is where you should head if you’re looking for plush  wedding finery― from bridal wear like sarees and lehengas, to  wedding trousseau to bridal jewellery and accessories. Kimaya has  selections from over fifty design labels. Rohit Bal, Wendell Rodricks,  Tarun Tahiliani… you name it, they have it. Besides bridal wear, at  Kimaya you can also shop for casual wear like jackets, jumpsuits, maxi  dresses and more.


Started in 1989 by Kavita Bhartia, Ogaan is spread across two floors and over 6000 sq. ft and features stunning wedding trousseau selections by some of the top designers in the country. Some of the featured designers include Anamika Khanna, Arpita Kalra, Gaurav Gupta, Pankaj and Nidhi, and Kiran Uttam Ghosh. The store also offers beautiful jewellery and designer bags.


A luxe shopping destination for women, Aza features over a hundred acclaimed Indian designers, from Sabyasachi to Manish Malhotra, Rocky S to Neeta Lulla, Anamika Khanna to Ranna Gill. Aza is the brainchild of Dr. Alka Nishar, a member of the Lakme Fashion Week advisory board.

Shahpur Jat

The fashion destination of New Delhi, Shahpur Jat houses some of the best designer studios. Some of the most renowned designers like Bhumika Grover, Manish Tripathi, Preeti S Kapoor and Alka Nath have their studios at Shahpur Jat and almost all designers offer personalised services.

1Whether you’re wearing a saree or a lehenga for your wedding, there are several high-end shopping destinations in Delhi where you could not only find your own dream dress but also bring your friends and family members to shop for the big day. With myriad choices and hundreds of renowned designers showcasing their selections, you need not look too far or too hard to feel like a queen on your wedding day.