What’s the Must-Have Flower for Indian Brides?

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An Indian wedding is both a visual and an olfactory feast. Not only does the happy couple wear a garland of flowers, known as jai mala, around their necks while standing beneath a petal-covered canopy, or mandap, to recite their vows, a bride also decorates her thick, shiny, waist-length hair with giant jasmine blossoms. The effect is a stunning floral waterfall as the blooms—usually either white or orange—cascade all the way down her back, leaving a stunning view and an intoxicating trail in her wake. “Any addition of flowers in your hair provides a beautiful accent—and a beautiful scent,” says Megan Garmers, founder and director of New York City’s MG Hair and Makeup.


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