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Band, Baaja, Baarati: An Indian Wedding Guests Style Guide
Band, Baaja, Baarati: An Indian Wedding Guests Style Guide
07 th Sep 2015

Anyone who has been part of an Indian wedding knows that guests are not spared the pressure of looking their fabulous best.

It might seem like a breeze but meticulously styling every look from the pre-wedding festivities until the final event while NEVER UPSTAGING THE BRIDE AND GROOM is a daunting task for even the most seasoned wedding reveller.

But like every new age celebratory requirement like hash tagging all pictures with #shewedshim, embarrassing close friends and family through choreographed dance performances in front of a few hundred guests, forcing the groom to relinquish his shoes and asking for a ransom for their return, taking innumerable selfies and dancing till your feet can no longer move, turning up perfectly coiffed and primed is entrenched into the craziness that ensues at every Big Fat Indian Wedding.

The collections presented at the Lakme India Fashion Week’s previous editions have always been precursors to determining the finery that will adorn brides, bridegrooms and their families for the upcoming wedding season. While most designers still pull out all the stops in an effort to woo those headed down the aisle, there has been a refreshing advent towards collections that don’t necessarily cater only to the soon to be wedded.

Whether you’re about to witness your first Indian wedding in all of its opulent glory or a veteran guest with quite a few invite notches in your belt, the following list will prove to be an invaluable asset in your mission towards Wedding Guest Stardom!

1. Mehendi


Swati Vijaivargie’s collection at the Lakme India Fashion Week for the bohemian global traveller showcased pieces in bright colours and easy silhouettes. The green harem pants, embroidered crop top and horizontal panel multicoloured jacket ensemble has all the makings of a perfect mehendi outfit.

Finish it off with simple jhumki earrings by Roopa Vora and a tan hangbag with gold accents by Meera Mahadevia. As a double whammy the hangbag features a colourfully pleated strap so you can keep looking ultra chic without ruining the henna on your hands.

Mehendi - Women



Channel your inner style diva by sporting a check printed kurta over a floral chudidar or keep it conventional with a floral printed blazer teamed with a simple shirt and trousers, both from Aartivijay Gupta’s organic range showcased at the Lakme India Fashion Week. 

Mehendi - Men


2. Sangeet


An elegant and light outfit with simple accessories will keep you footloose and fancy free to party the night away. Ridhi Mehra’s ‘Prism’ collection at the Lakme India Fashion Week showcased a maroon net lehenga with cowl-draped top that does away with the cumbersome dupatta.

Styled with Ambar Pariddi Sahai crystal earrings with a turquoise stone to contrast the top to toe maroon outfit and a silver clutch by Kaleido, the easy breezy ensemble is sure to have you dancing atop the tables (if that is your heart’s desire) without a care in the world. 

Sangeet - Women



There is nothing more attractive than a man with the right moves on the dance floor but an impeccably dressed man with moves is truly irresistible! Take the Indo-western route with Narendra Kumar’s latest Monaco Diaries collection from the Lakme India Fashion Week.

A dark blue double button Nehru jacket worn over a light blue kurta and fitted chudidar will have you looking dapper. 

Sangeet - Men


3. Wedding


Ritu Kumar’s collection Reinvent Banaras at the Lakme India Fashion Week this season took traditional Banarasi saris and gave them a steroid injection full of contemporary styling and drapery magic causing a style revolution of sorts.

Throw on some shimmer leggings and cinched waist belt over the 6-metre wonder and wear it with pride. Accessorise with a layered Sannam Chopra neckpiece and Roopa Vora hand harness to complete your elegant yet edgy glam doll look. 

Wedding - Women



An immaculately crafted and impeccably tailored white sherwani never goes out of style. Invest in one created by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla for this season’s Lakme India Fashion Week. The simple white on white embellishments makes for a versatile garment, which left in the hands of a creatively evolved man can be re-styled in several different ways.

Complete the look with cream mojris or tan sandals for a truly unique ensemble. 

Wedding - Men


4. Reception


Think cocktail chic with maxi gowns, embellished hi-low dresses or intricately embroidered net saris. Walking the fine line between subtly sexy and refined is often tricky but looks from Sonakshi Raaj’s new collection are toeing the line with effortless ease.

Opt for the grey maxi dress with an embellished top paired with some Ragini Mittal stud earrings and a crystal encrusted minaudère bag by Meera Mahadevia for a look that’s sophisticated but shows just the right amount of skin. 

Reception - Women



The sky’s the limit when it comes to dressing options for the reception for men. This season’s Lakme India Fashion Week threw up limitless western silhouettes to cater to every whim and fancy.

From Narendra Kumar’s tuxedo inspired 3 piece suit to a canary yellow jacquard blazer over beige trousers for the highly experimental to Manish Malhotra’s plain blue velvet blazer over black trousers or a shorter blue blazer with contrasting red lapels for those who prefer more conservative looks, Indian designers have embraced the debonair gentlemen and given him options galore. 

Reception - Men


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