Attending a traditional Indian wedding is quite a unique experience. You will witness a wide array of vibrant colors, food, rituals and dances blended together in a large and long celebration. If you’re attending an Indian wedding for the first time, it’s very likely that you’ll get overwhelmed by the bewildering array of rituals and etiquette connected with weddings. What you wear can be a mystery too, because many Indians dress quite differently. This guide will help you pick the right outfit for the Indian wedding. Have fun.
Don’t Wear Anything Too Tight or Revealing
Most Indians are traditional. Even if they are not, you can be sure that the weddings will be. So during the actual wedding, or even before and after that, make sure to avoid wearing something that is too tight or revealing. Many ceremonies are long drawn and time-consuming. So it is always better to wear comfortable clothes that are not too tight. That skin-tight, low-cut blouse isn’t going to be viewed favorably at the wedding.
Avoid Black and White
Black is not an auspicious color for special occasions in India. White is good but inappropriate for weddings. So it would be improper to turn up for a festive occasion in those colors. Try red or maroon, but again, chances are high that the bride’s wedding saree or the wedding lehenga is one of the two colors. So the best option would be to stick to tried and tested colors like yellow, green, blue or pink.
Don’t Go Too Casually Dressed
An Indian wedding is not really the occasion to turn up in daily wear cotton clothes. Since you are going to be surrounded by bling, you may as well dress up to mix in with the crowd that will be dazzling in stunning wedding sarees, wedding lehengas and anarkali suits. Wear one of your special festive outfits and show attention to detail while putting your ensemble together. Line your eyes generously, dab on your favorite lipstick and do something different with your hair so that it is not one of those “normal day” looks anymore!
Try the Indian Dhoti Pant
The dhoti is back in style, and what a comfortable style it is! Sonali Gupta and Ridhima Bhasin are two designers who’ve done a great job with the silhouette, giving wedding guests and brides some fantastic designs to pick from. This is one dress you can wear easily, even if you are not an Indian.
Or Wear a Dhoti with Jacket
You can also wear a dhoti with a jacket too. It is simple to wear, looks elaborate, and just perfect for the grand occasion.
Crop Tops & Skirts Go Well at the Indian Wedding Too
Crop tops that double up as blouses, and maxi skirts that are used as lehengas – multi-tasking fashion is officially here. The lehenga will add that Indian touch and bring you close to the hosts.
How to Wear Long Kurtas & Lehengas in Indian Weddings
Lehenga is what you wear on the upper part, and Kurta is the Indian traditional version of the pant. You will look ravishing in this outfit and so much Indian. Don’t wear the dupatta (a long scarf – the Indian version) with this outfit. Wear a statement necklace to rock the show.
Accessories for the Indian Wedding
Accessories are the most important part of Indian outfits. There is so much to buy, but you don’t have to wear everything. Bindis and bangles are the most common to wear. Many girls will also wear payals, or anklets, and some will wear mang tikkas, basically huge bindis.
You Will Look Very Much an Indian in a Salwar Kameez
Ladies wear soft, flowly dresses or salwar kameez. Go with oranges, pinks and cream colors. You will find many beautiful designs with embroidery.
Sarees, the Most Traditional Dress
Sarees are the most traditional Indian attire women can wear. If you choose to wear a saree, find one in silk, crepe, chiffon or georgette that displays intricate and detailed embellishments. Anarkali suits, however, are the most common options for wedding guest to wear. You can easily find what is elegant and appropriate for any Indian weddings. If you cannot wear the saree, get one of your Indian friends to help you.
Wear Kurtas with Palazzos & Shararas
Experiment with palazzos and shararas, as we move on from slim-fit to wider pant-leg silhouettes. You can wear a palazzo pant with a long or short kurta.
Try This Amazing Crop Top Set
You can wear this Midnight Pearl crop top set. This is good dressing for the Indian wedding.
Indian Wedding Outfit for the Haldi Ceremony
For the Haldi ceremony, avoid clothes that can bear haldi stains. Pick a salwar kameez or kurta and leggings. A yellow saree is a trendy fashion statement.
Indian Wedding Outfit for the Sangeet Ceremony
This is the fun day because there are a lot of songs and dances. Amazing pictures get taken. So pull out your heavy (yet comfortable to dance) lehengas, suits, and sarees. Go for royal blues, dark greens, peaches and reds. Embroidery and zari are in trend for both men and women.
Draped Kurtas Are Hot Now
If you detest anarkalis, and are bored of your straight-cut suits, a draped kurta is a great way to liven up your wardrobe. It may sound like a vague term, but it’s a great option for anyone wanting to add an interesting piece to your wedding wear closet.
See Yourself in Capes at the Wedding
This is the hottest new trend on the block. capes were brought into the spotlight as serious wedding-wear when Indian actor Shahid Kapoor’s bride, Mira Rajput, wore a cape in her reception party.