With the wedding season fast approaching, it’s that time of the year in which you find yourself flooded with invitations from friends and family. Despite the unparalleled joy of the happy couple, it is the familiar dread of planning outfits that grips us first. Should you go traditional, or mix it up with something western? How do you ensure you’ve got that perfect outfit planned for each ceremony? And finally, how much is too much? Fret not, we’ve got you covered with the trendiest styles to rock this wedding season!
With a long night of dancing ahead of you, comfort must be your top priority. As the sister of the bride or groom, setting the stage on fire is your responsibility, and a vibrant lehenga or the equally trendy and hassle-free Anarkali gown is your way to go. If you’re up for trying something exciting, you could opt for saree pants with an embroidered crop top to accentuate your curves and add a dash of flamboyance. Tie your hair into a high bun if you intend to dance, and of course go light on the makeup given all the sweat amidst the fun.
For all you men out there, ensure your sangeet attire is light and breathable. While contemporary Bollywood movies have popularised bandhgalas and Jodhpuris for such events, you’re best off in a colourful kurta paired with a contrasting Nehru jacket. Another great option is a sherwani with elegant prints, provided you don’t outshine the groom’s wedding Sherwani!
Cocktail parties are your ticket to pulling out your fancy evening gowns while ensuring the right balance between panache and comfort. Pastel shades are all the rage this season, and opting for a simple, yet elegant crepe off-shoulder gown is a fantastic idea. If you’d rather go ethnic, pick out a trendy saree gown with a gorgeous pre-draped silhouette. Keep your jewellery subtle, with solitaire earrings or a classic pearl necklace, and complete the look with nude stilettos and a beaded clutch.
Nothing can beat the understated classic black tuxedo. Recent trends have shifted towards suits with patterns and checked designs, which can be clubbed with a crisp white shirt. Pair this with your good old dress shoes, and you should be ready to own the night. While pocket squares and bow ties are optional, a traditional tie is a strict no-no for this event.
With the Sangeet and Cocktail events out of the way, your final challenge is looking your regal best at the wedding.
This is your chance to raid your mother’s wardrobe in order to make heads turn with an elegant yet traditional attire. Pick out a classic Mysore silk saree and pair it with a brocade blouse to take the look up a notch. Got your own wedding lehenga gathering dust at the back of your wardrobe? Spruce it up by pairing the skirt with a long-slit kurta or button-down shirt, to keep up with the latest trends in wedding wear. Pair your outfit with a statement Kundan neck piece or temple jewellery, and complete the look with metallic stilettos and an embellished polti bag for convenience and grace.
While the groom’s choices are limited to the traditional wedding sherwani or Achkan, you as a guest, have the liberty to experiment with your look. Look dapper in a sophisticated bandhgala combined with elegant jodhpuri pants. In line with the most recent trends, you can also choose to sport a silk Pathani suit with complementary thread work to combine style with comfort. Seal the look with a pair of juttis.