The white wedding gown has always been synonymous with western weddings. Little girls everywhere imagined this very piece of clothing even before they had their own sense of style. Indian girls too were fascinated with the princess-like aura of the stunning white bridal gown but knew that as per tradition they would have to settle for wearing an ethnic saree or lehenga. Over time as those girls grew into women, they learnt to embrace and love their ethnicity and the unique wedding rituals associated with their own culture.
But ask any Indian girl today, and you will still find a fair few who harbour hidden dreams of sporting a dreamy gown. Even if they strongly prefer sarees and lehengas for their own wedding, they might still be aching to wear gowns to weddings of close family and friends. So it comes as no surprise that the gown has slowly but surely creeped into Indian wedding attire. Stretching over so many days and with so many different festivities, there is no reason why modern Indian women shouldn’t realise their dream of wearing a fairy tale gown. Indian designers too have been quick to capitalise on this emerging trend and have risen to the occasion with stunning options that are a sublime blend of western silhouettes and eastern sensibilities.
Even though the gown has become almost mainstream at Indian weddings, it’s still mostly reserved for functions such as the cocktail or sangeet that are more informal. Many ladies still prefer quintessentially Indian ensembles for traditional dos. But if you’re someone who just can’t get enough of gowns then keep reading to check out the various kinds of gowns that can work for every Indian wedding function.
The mehendi or henna ceremony is usually the kick off for all the wedding festivities. It used to be customary to stick with simpler Indian outfits like anarkali suits or light flowy lehengas but don’t let the set precedents stop you from wearing what you love. Bright and bold hued gowns in relaxed silhouettes like fit and flare or A-line styles can look just as stunning at the mehendi. Pick something peppered with embroidery with an ethnic flavour and you have yourself the ideal mix of both worlds.
Purple Asymmetrical Georgette Gown by Shivazz by Angad Siddhu
Bright Orange Gown With Attached Jacket by Anushree Agarwal
Teal Zardosi Embroidered Gown by Shivazz by Angad Siddhu
The Raisa Gown by Anita Dongre
Gowns at the sangeet are becoming excessively common these days especially thanks to the comfort of being able to dance all night without having to worry about drapes coming undone. If you dabble with outfit experimentation then this is your event to really pull out all the stops. Every season has some massive trends so this is the night to pick your favourite and scratch that style itch. Gowns with back or side capes, draping details and plunging necklines are all hugely trending for the upcoming wedding season.
Embroidered Black Cocktail Gown by Anju Agarwal
Teal Asymmetric Gown by Salt and Spring by Sonam Jain
The Aryisha Gown by Anita Dongre
Blue Side Layer Electric Cape Gown by Anju Agarwal
This is when things get complicated as Indian women are heavily influenced to wear ethnic styles for the wedding. If you can withstand all the useless advice about what you should wear and know that you’re going to dress to please yourself rather than others then nothing can stop you from wearing a gown at an Indian wedding. With Indian designers churning out innumerable saree-gown creations there is no better time than now to rock a gown at an Indian wedding. Take your pick from bold or pastel colours and statement or intricate embroideries depending on your personal style. Saree gowns have all the drama and grandeur of sarees minus any of the hassles making them perfect for the clumsy or lazy fashionista.
Salmon Peach Gown Saree by Anushree Agarwal
Lilac And Pink Drape Saree by Mandira Wirk
Distinct Drape Saree by Mandira Wirk
Light Pink Drape Saree by Mandira Wirk
Gown connoisseurs can rejoice as more and more Indian couples are opting for theme receptions or sit down dinners. Even conventional receptions have started taking on a more western slant making it easier than ever to wear a gown for the occasion. The reception is still a formal event so it’s best to pick ostentatious gowns in classic silhouettes. You can choose from a myriad of colours combinations but ensure that the gown is dressy and appropriate as you’re likely to meet people from all ages and backgrounds.
Stunning Maroon Sequined Gown by Siddartha Tytler
The Sidra Gown by Anita Dongre
Lavender Embroidered Net Gown by Narendra Kumar
Chic Buff Pink Gown by Mandira Wirk