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Exchanging garlands is one of the most important rituals of a traditional Indian wedding. Varmala or jaimala symbolises a new journey for the bride and the groom where both promise to be together in every walk of life. Well, after the wedding outfits of the couple, it is the garlands which attract everyone’s attention. Thus, picking that perfect wedding garland is really essential.
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But due to a large variety in flowers, picking the right garland can get a little tricky. Here are some excellent tips to find the right varmala for your wedding.
While choosing your garland, always keep the season in mind in which you are getting married. Though some flowers are evergreen, yet every flower is not available throughout the season. If you are confused, ask your vendor or the florist about the flowers that are used to make garlands during that season.
Marigold and roses are the most common flowers and are available through all seasons. However, you can add exotic flowers to your garland, for instance, lily and orchids for your winter wedding or dahlia and iris for a summer affair.
Wedding garlands come in various colours, designs and sizes, so be careful while choosing the colour scheme of your garland. Pick those garlands that will complement the colour of your wedding outfits. Look at the embroidery, the zari work or any other embellishments of your outfit, and let the florist come up with a colour scheme that matches your attire.
If your lehenga or saree is all bling-bling then pick some elegant flowers like white and pink roses or delicate orchids. And if your attire is simple then go for a heavy garland made with red roses or jasmines.
You can even discuss your wedding theme with your florist to know which flowers will go best with it. If you are using a particular colour combination or theme for your wedding then the garlands can match that tone. For instance, if you are using red and gold colours for the wedding décor then have a garland with red and orange flowers in it.
Or, if you have a beach themed wedding then you can add flowers like orchids and lilies to the varmala. You can go for either one colour or for multicoloured flowers. Pick anything from roses and marigolds to the more exotic carnations, hydrangeas or tulips.
Simple garland designs are best but these days garlands come in various designs, which are simple and creative at the same time. So, if you want to break the monotony then choose some unique design as it will enhance the beauty of your outfit.
While deciding, look for garland that represents your community. The size of the garland and quantity of flowers to be used are also important factors when it comes to making a garland. They both may vary from community to community.
Like the varmala in South Indian weddings are usually longer and larger as compared to those used for North Indian weddings. So, whether you want a long, thick garland or short and thin one, be sure about the size and the quantity as it can make a huge difference in the overall look.
Before you take the final call, make sure you are aware about the flowers and the emotions they symbolise. It will help you to decide better. Here are a few flowers that are widely used in wedding garlands and what they represent:
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Once you decide upon your wedding garland, it is essential to get it on time before the wedding; else it will lose its freshness. Garlands play a vital role in the wedding, so make sure you select them carefully. And, with these tips you can do that easily. Hope you find these helpful!
A wedding is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful moments of a couple’s life. This auspicious event not only brings two souls together forever but also brings them closer to their family and friends who join them in the celebrations as a couple begins their new life together. The wishes andRead More