How to Choose The Perfect Pagri and Sehra for the Groom

Most bridegrooms put in a lot of time, effort, and money into selecting their wedding day attire. Not only that but careful thought also goes into what is to be worn at the bachelor party, shotgun ceremony, engagement party, reception party etc. Amid all this, a very important accessory that is totally forgotten about is the pagri (turban) and sera (decorative veil attached to the turban). Usually, it is left to the last day when one of the relatives or friends is requested to grab and get whichever pagri is available in the nearest wedding shop. It is only when the marriage photos come out that one realizes how mismatched the whole ensemble looked. Here are a few tips to select the perfect pagri and sehra.

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Choose the right style

Decide beforehand what you want. Do you want your pagri in the Rajasthani bandhani style or a plain color? Or would you like your head gear to be in gold or silver? It’s good to have a choice but experiment with all the looks before you finally decide to buy one. If you have enough time at hand, you can also get it coordinated with your wedding attire. It is not essential to choose a heavy material. Even cotton, muslin or silk will do if the color goes well with your dress. Remember you are going to wear it for almost 5-6 hours so it better be comfortable.

Customize it

Don’t just settle for what you’ve bought from the market. Try to think of what else can be done to complete your look. You can get the pagri embellished with a string of beads or an imitation brooch. A kalgi (a feather attached to a brooch) will look just perfect for the occasion.

Now for the sehra. It was traditionally used by royals to guard against the evil eye or buri Nazar. In the time it became a trend of sorts and now the bridegroom’s look is not considered complete without it. Choosing the right sehra is not a daunting task but some time must be invested to get one that is perfect for you.

First, decide whether you want to go for a sehra with strings of flowers, beads or one with plain gold and silver strings. The one with flowers will obviously be left for the last day, you don’t want to wear a veil of sagging buds. Next, try it on with the turban. It has to cover the right length of turban and your face. Once you have ascertained that the sehra is perfect for you also consider the fact that you have to wear it almost throughout the wedding. So weigh it in terms of comfort and convenience and how easy it will be for you to handle it.

Once you’ve chosen the pagri and sehra yourself, you will be surprised how confident you feel on your wedding day. So go ahead, put your best foot forward. Matrimony beckons!

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Grooms Applying Mehendi: The Latest Wedding Trend

The tradition of applying mehndi on the hands of the bride dates back to thousands of years ago. The practice is popular in the Indian subcontinent, Africa, and the West Asia. But what most of us don’t know is that traditionally, mehndi was applied on the hands of both the bride and the bridegroom. Its aesthetic appeal aside, mehndi was coveted because of its cooling properties. It was applied on the palm as it is an area of immense venal activity. Mehndi was believed to help keep any pre-wedding anxiety or stress at bay and protect the couple from falling ill. In the Middle-East, mehndi was applied by both men and women to cool off. The color that it left after being washed off was just an added bonus. This gave them the idea of experimenting with mehndi and making designs while applying it.

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But somewhere down the centuries it lost its significance for men and applying mehndi got confined to the bride. However, even today there are regions in India like Kumaon where both the bride and the bridegroom have to get mehndi applied for auspicious reasons. In fact, the practice of both the bride and the bridegroom applying mehndi is still prevalent in villages and small towns. On the other hand, the tradition has come full circle and these days you can spot even urban bridegrooms sporting mehndi as the hottest new trend in matrimony.

While some bridegrooms want to keep it simple, others like to go over the top. Many bridegrooms opt for a simple solid spot on the palm while others like to only color their fingertips with mehndi. For those who want design but don’t want to go in for floral patterns, there is the option of tribal art such as figurines or folk art motifs. There is also the choice of an elaborate bracelet pattern which you can customize according to your taste. Also in vogue are Arabic patterns that don’t interfere much with your masculine look. Alternatively, you can opt for a design on the lines of a tattoo on your forearm or the back of your palm. For a more playful look try getting your favorite bike tattooed on your forearm or hand with mehndi. Even better and romantic is getting your bride’s name written in mehndi.

While some bridegrooms say applying mehndi makes them get into the shaadi feeling others say they do it to express solidarity with their would-be life partner.

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