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The history of the payal or an anklet goes back to the ancient Mesopotamians. A version of the ghungru - that gorgeous dancer’s accessory that heralds the arrival of a belle with the sound of tinkling bells - the payal is a lighter, easier ornament and essential to a bride’s shringaar.

The sound of the payal, as delicate as it is, is clear even amongst the beating of the dhol and the fireworks at the wedding. Indian culture suggests that the feet should be adorned with payal as a sign of a family’s devotion to their daughter. Centuries since they were first used, the payal has not lost its charm.

Here is a list of 11 brides who rocked the traditional look with glorious anklets on their wedding day.

1. Diamonds and a sea of love!
These intricately designed payals feature a gorgeous strap that connects to a delicate toe-ring. The perfect traditional touch for everyone especially the bohemian barefoot bride!

11 Pretty and Trendy Payal Designs For All Brides-To-Be
Picture Credits: Brown Rice Photography

2. A Princess Walks the Aisle
Heavily adorned with large green jewels, these payals have a gravitas that comes with royalty and opulence. They bring a sense of dramatic grandeur to every ensemble.

11 Pretty and Trendy Payal Designs For All Brides-To-Be
Picture Credits: Vinay Venugopal Photography, Roma Ganesh Photography

3. Light, bright and beautiful!
As delicate as sugar craft, these payals’ barely-there design make a clever impact with a suffusion of strings and whimsical design. Perfect for a fairy tale - at a wedding or whenever - they will cast a spell in the most elegant manner.

11 Pretty and Trendy Payal Designs For All Brides-To-Be
Picture Credits: Erich McVey

4. The magic of mogra in metal
Are they flowers? Are they jewelry? This exquisitely crafted pair of payals features layers of silver beads, suspended from a filigree ankle bracelet and have a whisper of tradition about them. If you can almost smell their perfume, it’s just a trick of your mind!

11 Pretty and Trendy Payal Designs For All Brides-To-Be
Picture Credits: The Wedding Story

5. Precious sunshine everywhere she goes
These payals are perfect for brides who desire simplicity and something lightweight but also want to look exquisite on their big day. It’s all about gold and classic crafting.

11 Pretty and Trendy Payal Designs For All Brides-To-Be
Picture Credits: Morvi Images

6. Mystery, magic and a myriad hues
With their heady mix of colored stones and generous metal, carved to perfection, these payals are a sensuous addition to any bride’s ensemble. That extended toe-ring chain is beautifully offset by the intricate henna.

11 Pretty and Trendy Payal Designs For All Brides-To-Be
Picture Credits: Romesh Dhamija Productions

7. Payals at your white wedding
The best part about being an Indian bride is that we have a whole world of influences to play with. And so what if you’re having a white wedding. You can turn up with henna on your feet (and hands!) and a pair of gorgeous diamond payals under your dress.

11 Pretty and Trendy Payal Designs For All Brides-To-Be
Picture Credits: The Cheesecake Project

8. Silver and Pearls for their precious girl!
It’s a very fine line - subtle opulence - and your family will love to celebrate your particular personality that blends pure luxury with confident understatedness via these silver and pearl payals.

11 Pretty and Trendy Payal Designs For All Brides-To-Be
Picture Credits: The DewDrop Project

9. She shall have music wherever she goes.
The payal remembers its history as a ghungroo and this delicate tinkling is a sound that will accompany your memories of your big day. So go for it! Make music as you walk the aisle.

11 Pretty and Trendy Payal Designs For All Brides-To-Be
Picture Credits: Z Molu Photography

10. Traditions to walk into…
The classic combination of tiny white beads paired with lustrous gold, make these payals a standard piece of jewelry that stand out with every ensemble.

11 Pretty and Trendy Payal Designs For All Brides-To-Be
Picture Credits: Sutra Snappers

11. Silver and Gold, a perfect story told
With delicate patterns of flowers and tiny beads, the four tiered payal is both elaborate and understated. An exemplar of simplicity and exclusivity, the mix of metals are interesting and it is the accessory for every fashion forward bride.

10 Breathtaking Lehengas for a Boho Inspired Wedding
Picture Credits: Oragraphy

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