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34 Ethnic Wear Trends That Will Dominate 2023

The year 2023 is going to be a roller-coaster, almost, when it comes to ethnic wedding fashion! While you prepare to usher in 2023, make sure you also keep planning your ethnic wardrobe because like the New Year, the wedding season too is just round the corner! In 2023, we will see a lot of returning trends like jacket lehenga, sequin, organza as well as completely new fashion statements like colliding colors, attached dupattas etc. Some styles like the love for pastels, ethnic block prints, cut-out choli – that were extremely popular last year – will continue to dominate the ethnic fashion scenes. Based on the Fashion Weeks that took place this year, the opinion of experts and our own sixth sense for ethnic fashion, we have picked out the 35 most important trends of 2023 in lehengas, sarees and other types of women’s ethnic wear! Read on to find out more.

Lehenga Trends

The flared lehenga skirt is a classic and will always stay in vogue but 2023 will give priority to more experimental cuts, which we have discussed
below. The other elements of the lehenga look – like the choli, the dupatta etc – all seem to be shifting a bit away from tradition. It seems, 2023 is focused on playing around with these elements to create unique looks in traditional silhouettes.

1. Monochromatic Lehenga

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Monochrome looks, that is a single tone for all components of the lehenga, are making a comeback. But this year will probably see a surge in monochrome lehengas in pastel tones.

2. Anarkali Lehenga

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The Anarkali or Kalidar style lehenga is basically a lehenga with a long kurta-style choli with a slit down the middle – and sometimes the sides too – that exposes the lehenga skirt. This kurta-choli has the cut of the anarkali kurta. Such lehengas have recently gained popularity in the local wedding fashion market and is expected to enter the elite scene quite soon. The more the number of kalis – 16, 32 or more – the greater the flare and the more mesmerising the lehenga looks. Checkout more of Yellow

3. Full Sleeve Lehenga

2023 will witness a lot of experimental choli-sleeve looks! Though not experimental but definitely unconventional, the full-sleeve choli is making a
comeback. The full-sleeve lehenga silhouette is so much for graceful and sophisticated. Long sleeves are unthinkable without sheer fabrics, embellishment, sequin work and embroidery on net etc. Puffed or Dope shoulders look great too with full-sleeves.

4. Off Shoulder Lehenga

Though off-shoulder cholis are not a new thing, lately a few Bollywood celebs like Tara Sutaria and Sara Ali Khan have been seen sporting this look. Similarly, designer Tarun Tahiliani has created off-shoulder choli looks in 2022 are stunning! We see a lot of bead-work hems, feathery fringes and
texture designs.

5. Bustier Choli

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Bustier cholis are well-fitted blouses, inspired from structured lingerie! They are often sleeveless and sometimes come with off-shoulder statement sleeves. Bustier cholis usually flaunt a lot of striking embellishment like mirror work, chunky sequin work, bead and stone embroidery etc.

6. Sequin Lehenga


Sequins will make a huge comeback in 2023. Matte textures and
thread work had outshone the ‘bling’ factor of sequins for a few years now. But this year, it’s going to be all about the sparkle and the shine! Designer Manish Malhotra can weave magic from sequin embellished looks in his lehengas. On the other hand, designer Payal Singhal kept the use of sequins minimalistic but striking in her designs in the Lakme Fashion Week.

7. Fuchsia Pink


Poppy and electrifying, this year is all about the vibrant Fuchsia pink on the ethnic wedding fashion palette. Bridal reds will take a backseat as more and
more brides will opt for bright shades of fuchsia pink in non-that-traditional, chic and contemporary lehenga looks. Checkout more of pink

8. Pastels Tones

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With Alia Bhatt opting for pastel tones on her wedding attires, this trend is here to stay! Pastels have ruled ethnic wear shade cards for a
few years now and going by Anita Dongre’s and Gaurav Gupta’s latest designs, the shades will continue to appear in wedding wear lehengas and why not? Pastels work beautifully in creating matte,
understated, subtle and more contemporary looks in Indian weddings and millennial ladies won’t hesitate to ditch the traditional reds and maroons!

9. Cut-Out Choli

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These cholis that flaunt a triangular cut out from the sides to
the back. They show off the skin a tad bit making them extremely sensuous and sexy without being vulgar. This trend has left behind the backless choli that was quite popular even a year back. Cut out cholis might be a bit daring but amplify the look of the lehenga. Designers like Falguni and Shane Peacock, Manish Malhotra and Tarun Tahiliani among others seem to be working on this look for their wedding couture for 2023.
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10. Multi-color Juxtaposition


While typically Bohemian looks are not in vogue this year when it comes to
lehengas, the juxtaposition of different patterns and colors will play an important role in wedding couture. Various different patterns, textures and colors will be brought together by weaving techniques or sewing ways. So, multicolour designs will rule the lehengas this year. Checkout more
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11. Quirky Dupattas


While the Banarasi dupattas with lehengas was an “in-thing” in recent past, 2023 is all about sheer and fluffy textures like that of organza, shimmer and tulle. 2023 will see more of ruffled looks, feathered textures and embellished finishes – in both sombre and popped up colors.

12. Mirror Work Lehenga


It seems 2023 will see a lot of sparkle in lehengas – be it through sequin work or mirror work or a combination of both! Mirror work lehengas can be diverse as they can be paired with various types of textures and prints. Mirror work lehengas can also be styled to create Boho looks.

13. Layered & Ruffled Lehenga Skirts


This will be the year for unconventional and out-of-the-box
elements in bridal or wedding lehengas. Panelled and layered lehenga skirts are already gaining popularity and add to that the quirky grace of ruffles. Layered or ruffled lehenga skirts work well with little or no embellishment!

14. Lacha Style Lehenga

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This is an erstwhile style originating in North India and promises to make a comeback in 2023. A lacha comes with a lehenga skirt or ghagra and a longer top-style choli. These skirts are usually lower in the embellishment scale when compared to lehenga skirts and are not very flared. They usually showcase zari embroidery, mirror work etc. Lacha skirts nowadays are also paired with shorter cholis and ornate dupattas.

15. Velvet Lehenga


Though this year will see a lot of lighter airy fabrics like georgette, organza, net, crepe etc, velvet will not lose its popularity. Velvet is very appropriate for occasions in the colder months. Moreover nothing can beat the richness and decadence of this fabric.

16. Mermaid Skirt Lehenga

The flared or A-line skirt is not a priority anymore! This year
is all about shapes and cuts that are unconventional. The mermaid or fishtail skirt is fitted till the knees and then flares out downwards, not unlike the tail of a mermaid. This style goes very well with pear-shaped bodies as well as with the ‘broad shoulder, slender waist’ body type.

17. Quirky and Experimental Sleeves


This year will witness a lot of experimentation with sleeve designs. From voluminous puffed sleeves to those with ruffles, feathered sleeves, sleeves with tassels, sculpted shoulders etc – we are looking towards lehengas that create new silhouettes with more quirky sleeves. Such sleeves would look better with fishtail, fit-and-flare or bodycon lehenga skirts.

18. Lehenga with Capes or Jackets


Lehengas with a cape or jacket were in trend even a few years ago. They never really went out of fashion, but this year designers are more focused on capes with a more flowing look, with trails. Capes and jackets again help improve the silhouette of the lehenga look. Checkout more of Cape Lehengas.

19. Attached Dupatta


This trend does away with the hassle of carrying a dupatta. The dupatta alternate does the job of a dupatta without being one – it’s just a piece of fabric attached to the lehenga that looks like a pre-draped dupatta but isn’t detachable from the rest of the outfit. The trend emerged from the designs of Anamika Khanna and Gaurav Gupta in 2022, and is here to stay.

20. Self-Tone Embellishment

It seems that bridal couture is done with gold and silver
embellishment. This year, it will be all about ‘tone on tone’ embellishment, meaning the color of the embellishment will be matching that of the fabric. This also tells us that the use of zari will be limited and instead we will see more thread work, sequins for sure and also bead embroidery. Think Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s sombre color embellishment design language and you will know what we are talking about.

Saree Trends

In the case of sarees, we see three major factors that are governing the 2023 trends – the love for regional flavour and handicrafts like block printing, embroidery, tie-and-dye etc, experimental components and an affinity towards light, translucent or see through textures!

21. Regional Block Prints


This trend has come into the picture in 2022 itself!

Regional prints like ajrakh, bagh, bagru, sanganeri, pipad, akola etc are extremely popular and look very exquisite. The ‘print on print’ style is still in vogue! Pair a block print saree with a blouse bearing a different print, in contrast to the print of the saree and add oxidized silver jewellery to create a trendy ethnic boho look!

22. Sarees with Quirky Tops


2023 will see quirky tops being paired with sarees instead of
traditional cholis! These include crop tops, full-length tops, short kurta, tube and halter neck blouses etc. There is a thing about pairing a western top with a traditional Indian saree that is
very striking but it needs to be carried with confidence.

A saree is fully pleated and paired with a neutral, preferably single tone choli and an ornate belt is placed above the waist! This can be done with embellished sarees and blouses as well as single tone non-embellished sarees, but the belt should not look out of place.

23. Sequin Sarees


Sequins are going to flood the market this year. The Manish Malhotra style sequin sarees will be back for sure! So if you have some important parties and dinners to attend in 2023, start looking for a shimmery sequin saree! The glamour of a sequin saree is enough and you don’t need much more than dainty jewellery and nude make up to go along with it.

24. Floral Embroidery

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Like old habits, traditional styles die hard! Floral embroidery techniques of India will never go out of fashion. Floral embroidery will rule the saree scenes this year. Techniques like Kashmiri crewel work, chikankari, kantha etc – which predominantly and traditionally have floral motifs – will be seen a lot on cotton, georgette or chiffon sarees.

25. Color Transition or Ombre Saree


In contemporary Indian fashion, ombre tone sarees in chiffon or crepe will rule the charts. Ombre sarees are those that showcase some kind of color transition effect. They are light as they are very low on the embellishment scale. Sometimes they have a lace or zari border or a bit of sequin work

26. Printed Organza Sarees

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Organza is a very classy fabric which had been quite out of vogue for a few years now. But this year is all about combination looks and Indo western styles and organza sarees do have that rich, affluent look and a bit of erstwhile European grace. We are thinking about lighter tones, less or no embellishment and printed motifs –
the kind of sarees sophisticated ladies wore to watch polo matches, with their huge sunglasses and vintage pearls!

27. Tie & Dye Styles


Styles like bandhej, leheriya, shibori etc were not that trendy a few days back! But with the increase in popularity of shisha work, the tie-and-die techniques have regained popularity. Sarees showcasing these styles along with mirror work and bead embroidery will rule the casual wear saree scenes in 2023.

28. Net Saree


For party wear or wedding wear too, nets are replacing pure or raw silks! Women prefer the light, almost transparent look of net sarees that are heavily embellished with sequins, beads, stones, crystals, pearls etc. The embellished net saree look is here to stay!

29. Translucent Textures with Zari weaving

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Light fabrics with sheen – this seems to be the code for saree fashion in 2023. Like organza sarees, traditionally light weaves with translucent textures are becoming popular day by day. Add to that zari-woven motifs. This includes traditional sarees like Chanderi, Jamdani etc

Trends for Bridesmaids or Wedding Guests

Ethnic wear is not only about sarees and lehengas – it’s a lot more! Fusion ethnic wear will surely be a trend in 2023 and bridesmaids and wedding guests can reap benefits from the styles that are emerging!

30. Mix-and-Match Lehenga


The focus on contemporary styles is high in 2023. Mix-and-match concepts were not in trend in the last few years, but this year the style is expected to come back. Bridesmaids can pair a tie-up shirt top with their lehenga skirts or an ornate choli with a long skirt – the more creative you are the better you can flaunt this style.

31. Floor Length Dress with Dupatta

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Floor length dresses like the maxi dress, the anarkali dress, the Indo-western gown etc are light yet fully ethnic. Add to that the grace of an ornate dupatta. This style of dressing is gaining popularity and is expected to be
seen on the runway as well as the top notch wedding venues in 2023.

32. Skirt & Kurta

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Though not a style completely traditional, an ethnic skirt paired with an ornate kurta is a great way to create a light ethnic look. In the summer weddings of 2023, this style will look great – appropriate and stunning.

33. Color Collision


The year will see a lot of bold color combinations. For example, prints or embellishment or thread work in bold shades when placed on a fabric in another bold color, creates a unique style – the juxtaposition of bold and contradicting colors. Placing two or more contradicting colors creates a color collision – a style which will be seen in plenty in 2023, especially in Indo-western attires.

34. The Trail


A trail is an extension of the fabric of your long dress or lehenga. Inspired from western fashion, it adds just that essential bit of drama to your ordinary lehenga or dress. It’s a great option for
any evening party, dinner, wedding etc.

For further guidance, understanding and help with creating outfits following these trends, you would need an expert! And who better than GetEthnic itself? Get in touch with us and we will tell you exactly how you can use the 2023 trends to create your bridal outfit or any other outfit that you want for the 2023 wedding season!

Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Prettiest Indian Bridal Chooda

The Bridal chooda is a timeless Indian bridal accessory. It is a very important tradition and a thing of beauty! Though it is primarily a Punjabi tradition, brides from other Indian communities are adopting the style. When the wrists of a newlywed is adorned with the choodas, it looks extremely beautiful and romantic – and why not? The chooda is meant to strengthen the bond between the bride and her husband. Today, we share with you the A to Z of the bridal chooda as an inherent part of the Indian culture and tradition as well as a splendid aspect of styling your bridal wardrobe.

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Significance of Chooda

The chooda is a set of 21 bangles, worn on each hand, that the maternal uncle or mama and aunt or mami gift the bride. Traditionally, the chooda comes in shades of red, maroon, white and ivory. Most importantly, the chooda signifies the marital status of the bride. Chooda-clad wrists signify a recent marriage.

Like every other important ceremony, the chooda ceremony holds special significance in a Punjabi wedding. It is a very important part of the Punjabi solah shringar. It signifies marital prosperity and fertility. It is also said that the chooda strengthens the bond between the husband and wife. The red chooda is considered extremely auspicious.

What Is It Made Up Of?

Traditional choodas are expensive sets of bangles made with ivory and showcasing inlay work. Although red, maroon and white choodas are more common, brides these days like to experiment with colors like pink, gold, green etc. The choodas are usually worn in a set of 21 bangles, one set each for both wrists. But these days, brides prefer to reduce the number to either 11, 9 or 7, for the sake of convenience! In old times, some brides would even wear a set of 51 bangles.

Chooda Chronicles: Customs

The tradition of chooda is primarily prevalent among Punjabis. They are usually worn by brides from Punjabi Hindu, Punjabi Sikh, Punjabi Jain or the Bhabra Community. The custom can also be seen in some parts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.
• Brides are supposed to wear choodas for a whole year after marriage but if she starts expecting a child before that, the chooda is taken off. This time span has now reduced to 40 days.

• Like the chooda ceremony, there is also a ritual that is performed by the in-laws at the time of the removal of the choodas. This usually falls on the day of sankranti after a year of marriage. In this ceremony, the choodas are replaced with glass bangles. Sweets are distributed and the bride receives a monetary gift or shagun. The choodas are usually kept away safely. In old times, some families would even set the choodas afloat in a river.

A Part of the Solah Shringar

The Solah Shringar is a concept in Hinduism. They refer to the sixteen types of accessories or ornaments that are necessary for a Hindu married woman to wear. Out of these 16 ornaments, some carry the significance of marital bliss. Like the mangalsutra, the chooda is also such a shringar.

The Chooda Ceremony

The chooda ceremony is usually held on the morning of the wedding. The chooda is selected by the maternal uncle or mama of the bride. He and his wife, the bride’s mami, give it to the bride during this ceremony. A puja or havan is organized in the presence of other family members. The chooda is purified with milk or kachi lassi. Sometimes rose water or rose petals are also used along with the milk.
A thread is tied to the chooda which is called gang. The gang is supposed to ward off all kinds of evil spirits. It is untied by the groom after the wedding rituals are over. The close relatives touch the set of bangles and bless it before it is slid on both wrists of the bride. The chooda ceremony is usually followed by the kalire ceremony. The kalires are the golden umbrella shaped hangings that are tied to the choodas.

Chooda Trivia #1

Did you know that in some parts of northern India, the bride cannot see the chooda till the time of the wedding? The bride’s eyes are covered while the chooda is slid into her wrists. Then the bride’s hands are covered with white cloth.

Chooda Counterparts across the Country

The traditional Punjabi chooda is usually red or maroon in color with studded stones or gold glitters. Bengali and sometimes Odia brides also wear a special kind of red and white bangle – shankha and pola. While chooda is made of ivory and nowadays, plastic, shankha which is white is made up of conch shell and pola, which is red, is made from coral. In Rajasthan and Gujarat, brides wear a set of 52 bangles called “hathi dant ki churi” translating to bangles made from ivory. This is usually gifted by the mother of the bride. The ritual of the saat phere or seven rounds around the holy fire cannot be performed unless the bride wears these bangles. The Maharashtrian bride wears a set of green bangles accompanied by solid gold bangles called patiyas and kadas or tode. They signify new life and fertility. They are worn in odd numbers.

Modern Vs Traditional Chooda Styles

• Traditional choodas always came in shade of red, ivory, maroon and white. Nowadays brides are going for more experimental colors like pink, orange, purple etc.
• Traditional designs refers to inlay work on the ivory, sometimes with stone studded design. Nowadays choodas come studded with glass stones and crystals. Moreover, brides go for embellishments that complement the wedding jewellery.
• Nowadays, you can get choodas in all kinds of styles and work – kundan, polki, diamond and other beautiful stones and gems are studded on them.
• Another trend among brides nowadays is getting the name of their grooms engraved with stones on the kadha style bangles.

Chooda Trivia #2

Call it folklore or history, some say that long ago, choodas and kalire were encrusted with carved coconut kernels, dry fruits and betel nuts. The bride would travel from her parent’s home to that of her in-laws. The journey from one village to another would be long and tiring. During that time, the bride could munch on the coconuts and dry fruits to keep hunger pangs at bay.


15 Bridal Chooda Designs to Amp up Your Bridal Look

Though choodas are available in all colors and styles these days, there is something about the brilliant dazzling red bangles of the traditional choodas that never fail to make the bridal look even more glam. In fact, traditional choodas allow a lot of creativity too! You can experiment with shapes and embellishments using metallic beads, threads, crystals and even semi-precious stones. Besides, the red, white and gold combination go well with every bridal look and attire. Let us look at 15 stunning choodas that you can grab for your wedding!

1. Royal Kundan Chooda

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Deep red and gold form an immensely romantic look. Add to that intricate kundan droplet cut work and ivory pearls. Along with the sleek bangles, it gives a regal and vintage look.

2. Mirror Work with Kundan Details

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Vermillion red bangles create a traditional look which is beautiful on the wrists of newlyweds. This set also flaunts mirror work and gold tone kundan work. The mirror work gives the piece an ethnic boho vibe.

3. Silver with Bright Red

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If you are bored of the combination of red and gold, you can opt for a bright red and silver chooda set. This piece also showcases contemporary Indian floral cutwork in silver along with studded stone work on ivory tone bangles.

4. Floral Mughal Aesthetic

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This magnificent chooda set consists of vermillion red bangles flaunting Mughal floral patterns. Silver Swarovski stones and dainty square gold tone kundan studs are set on it along with gold and silver stones.

5. Traditional Punjabi Chooda

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These are classic Punjabi choodas. The deep red tone of the bangles, the green and red dotted work on the ivory bangles – all remind one of this sweet Punjabi tradition. The gold tone kangans are also studded with tiny pearls and square American diamonds. Swarovski bangles complete the look.

6. Leaf Cut Work Bridal Chooda

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This true red bridal chooda set also flaunts cutwork design in foliage patterns. Sleek silver Swarovski, stones are studded on the gold bangles.

7. Exotic Mughal Jaali Work Chooda

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This bright red chooda set is accompanied by gold tone kangans showcasing the rare Mughal jaali work. The patterns are intricate and exotic. Sleek Swarovski gold tone bangles are added. The look is royal and totally glam.

8. Floral Mughal Cutwork Details

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The deep red bangles are accompanied by kangans that flaunt two very royal crafts – kundan work and Mughal cut work. Along with the gold Swarovski bangles, the look it creates has a strong Rajput-Mughal touch.

9. Crescent Moon Cutwork Chooda

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This bright red bridal chooda flaunts a special kind of cutwork design – unique crescent moon shaped cutwork patterns are repeated on gold bangles. Silver Swarovski and more sleek stones have been used.

10. Traditional Patterns with Kundan Work

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This one’s a classic red bridal chooda. This set comes with traditional ivory bangles patterned with dainty green and red circles. This is paired with kundan stone work. Emerald minakari work is also used in a droplet cutwork design.

11. Royal Rajput Chooda

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This is a classic Rajput bridal chooda with bright red bangles and traditional kangans featuring teardrop kundan work and studded with tiny pearls. It gives out a royal Rajput bride vibe.

12. Floral Kundan Work Chooda

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Here are traditional red bangles accompanied by exotic gold toned kangans showcasing phool cutwork kundan work. The jaali work is juxtaposed with sleek gold Swarovski and ivory bangles to create a pretty floral yet regal gharana look!

13. Hexagonal Kundan Work Chooda

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Traditional deep red bangles have been paired with gold tone Swarovski bangles to create this traditional yet experimental look! The kundan work on the kangans are different from any you have seen before! The stones are in the shape of hexagons.

14. Foliage Work with Square Kundan Work

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A traditional combination with exotic workmanship – this vermillion red chooda set comes with kangans showcasing gold and silver Swarovski stone work and kundan work with the special addition of square shaped studs in gold tone. Sleek stone studded bangles enhance the look.

15. Royal Mughal Chooda

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Sometimes the most traditional and age-gold combinations steal the show! We have also saved such a piece for the last. Deep red bangles are paired with gold tone Swarovski bangles and traditional Mughal jaali work which define the intricacy of craftsmanship. The look is royal, glamorous and completely traditional!

Re-use Your Expensive Choodas

You should take that extra step of preserving your chooda, even after the removal ceremony at the end of the 40-day period post marriage. Why? A chooda is an auspicious accessory related to marriage! It signifies love. Plus it is a sweet memory that comes from the bride’s maternal side. It is also a symbol of the romantic bond between the bride and the groom. In various ways, you can re-use your expensive choodas later on, instead of keeping them locked up in your dresser!

Re-wear it on your anniversary every year. It will be a lovely reminder of your wedding day and all the fun and emotions you went through during that time!
Wear it on auspicious days like festivals and weddings in the family! A royal chooda will add that extra touch of grace to your overall ethnic look. The chooda looks good with all kinds of sarees, suits or lehengas. So it is very easy to team them up!
Moreover, you can combine the chooda bangles with other bangles of different types and colors. Use your creativity to create a set of bangles which would look good with any Indian ethnic outfit.

For beautiful and royal choodas you can visit our website. With GetEthnic, you can even let your preferences be known! Tell us what elements you are looking for in your bridal chooda and we will customize the one for you!