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How to pick the perfect JAIMALA

We’re spilling the secrets on all need to know about Pairing the perfect jaimala for your Indian Wedding! Here’s everything you need to keep in mind so that the final touch on your bridal  avatar aka the jaimala looks mighty fine!

How to find your perfect Jaimala by Witty Vows

Do your homework

Just like any other detail for your wedding, you need to do some research and know what all possibilities are out there. So grab some popcorn and get your phone – we prescribe some pin happy moments to oogle some pretty jaimala inspiration.How to find your perfect Jaimala by Witty Vows

P.S. check out our pre curated pinterest board for some ready to use pretty jaimalas – you’re welcome!

Not every freebie is Fabulous!

The varmala is NOT something you should let your decorator just throw in with the décor as a freebie! Spend a little extra if you have to but do NOT settle for the surplus flowers that are easy for him to FIT along with your package, coz ladies they’ll FIT in all your wedding snaps!

Tell your florist/vendor or rather phool wala bhaiya what you’re wearing

I know it sounds creepy, but stay with me on this one. You’d think that’s the last detail he needs to know, but darling, to plan your Jaimala, its pretty much the first thing you should tell him. Your florist MUST know the colours of your outfit– this will help him suggest colour combinations and flowers that will stand out and not clash with your wardrobe!

Think coordinated not twinning

Jaimalas should never ‘match’ your outfit colour. It should be the same family not the same colour. Red flowers on a red lehenga are buzz kill. But a peach/maroon flower on red is ravishing!

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You’ve already found your perfect match in your Var (insert blush here) what you need now is a complimentary Varmala!

Size DOES matter

Get your head out of the gutter girl! We’re still talking about the Jaimala! While bigger may sound splendid – Think of all the other splendid details it will hide. Its important to choose a size of the mala that will cover just the right amount on your outfit. It’s the exclamation point of your ensemble try not to let it overshadow the whole sentence!

How to find your perfect Jaimala by Witty Vows

Love the idea to invert your malas but go easy on the sizes

Shravana and Kanav - jaimalas for the ShraNav wedding
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TIP : consider your built as well when making this choice because if you are a petite girl you would want to look at delicate thin malas rather than super elaborate ones.

WEIGH your decision

Malas can get real heavy so try and factor that in as well. Hell, you’re already holding the fort with all the jewellery and the works! Ask any bride that’s been there, even one extra pin is havoc on your overburdened head! Do you really need to add a heavy garland on top of the ahem, double dupattas to pull your head back more? Save your self the neck sprain and pick garlands with details that add to the beauty and not dead weight.


Psst! – A great hack for the Jaimala pulling on your dupatta is to get a Jaimala made like a necklace like the fab team at Floral Art by Srishti did for our founder’s #ShraNav Wedding and even for Sonam Kapoor’s wedding of the year!

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See how he’s making her wear her jaimala? This way you can wear the Mala UNDER your dupatta instead and it won’t pull your head! *genius*

DON’T wear your decor

Look to your wedding décor colours/flowers/embellishments to decide what to get or what NOT to get in your Jaimala. You do not want it to look like you plucked it off the walls of your venue décor!

 If you MUST have it, you MUST inform your vendor in advance

Flowers are seasonal and no act of planner/god can get you an offseason flower in great spirits/prices. Always ask your vendor /florist about the flowers that are used to make garlands during that season. If you have your heart set on a particular flower, (exotic or otherwise – there have been days when the mandi didn’t have red roses either!) do tell him/her that in advance and request them to pull some strings.

Borrow from your destination

If you have a destination affair please look at Jaimalas that you can source locally. I’ve had first hand experience trying to help brides smuggle flowers out of the country last minute and let me tell you, it’s unnecessary stress that you and your wedding designer both do NOT need! Flowers are super delicate they need a lot of care and attention when transported – iceboxes, temperature controlled outer cases, travel safe layers – the works. How to find your perfect Jaimala by Witty Vows

Check out these amazing Thai florals built completely form local flowers and craftsmanship! This just proves – local is oh so pretty and wise! PS – For a beach add some shell detail, for a hill station go wildflower, for the city just go local and pretty 😛

Simply sample

Most brides don’t know this, but, it’s totally possible to ask your vendor to make a small sample of the mala so that you can see it before taking the final call. Good florists make small 5inch sections for your final nod, for a totally nominal price if any. Think of it as the Asian paints sample box- you wont paint your wall without a trial run, how can you possibly freeze your All important once in a lifetime bridal Varmala without one?

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Get small sample sections made to be sure of your choice

There, you’re now prepared to nip this detail right in the bud! (no pun intended, because the right Jaimala is no joke!)


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