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Choosing Indian wedding costumes for grooms
23 rd Sep 2015

Any wedding revolves around a bride and much importance is given to building the bridal trousseau. However, the groom who shares the centre stage with the bride is equally in limelight.

Also when everyone is admiring the bride, her eyes will be giving attention only to the groom. The most important man of the day needs a suitable collection of Indian wedding costumes, to complement his lady in gorgeous Indian bridal finery.

The general belief is that when it comes to men’s wear, the options are limited.  However, Indian wedding costumes give the grooms an advantage of dressing up with different possibilities, unlike western men’s tuxedo. The different functions of the Indian wedding also mean different Indian wedding costumes for each occasion. So an Indian groom has to be well prepared with a collection of Indian wedding costumes and for shopping them, his future bride will be more than happy to assist him.

The following guidelines will be helpful in choosing the suitable Indian wedding costumes for the grooms:

Know your Body

Human bodies come in all shapes and sizes and not everyone resembles a fashion model for menswear collection. Some tricks to conceal the undesired areas in the body, can easily transform the groom into the most desirable man in the wedding arena.

The Stocky Body

This type of body needs Indian wedding costumes that give a leaner appearance. If you have a heavy body on the top, then kurtas with flowing fabrics are better choices against more structured sherwani looks that will highlight the bulge at the waist. A relaxed sherwani however will suit the form.

A subtly embellished silk kurta or the loosely fitting sherwani can be paired with loose fitting salwars / pants or tight fitting churidars / pants. Avoid panels in outfits, as they tend to divide the visual giving a bigger appearance.

Going for monochromatic Indian wedding costumes, without heavy colour display, will make the body leaner. Tops in darker shades like blacks, maroons and navy blues paired with same shade or white bottoms will work well.

Wearing a dhoti or a pre-fitted dhoti style bottom with the kurta/ sherwani will take the attention away from the midriff as the silhouette widens below.

A loose fitting open jacket with faint embellishments or a stole wrapped around the neck will accentuate the outfit, simultaneously camouflaging the bulk.

Suitable Looks for the Stocky Body Type

Looks for heavier bodies

The Lean and Lanky Body

This body needs Indian wedding costumes that add some breadth to the appearance. An outfit that cuts the silhouette horizontally is a good option for such bodies. A western suit or a shorter kurta with Nehru jacket would be great options. Another wise choice would be the hip covering bandgalas with broader bottoms like salwars or dhotis.

The idea is to give width to the legs and evading longer profiles, by avoiding long straight cut sherwanis and kurtas. The lean and tall frame has the advantage of going for more colour play or embellishments in the outfit. As darker hues make the wearer appear slimmer, the lean and tall body type can choose eye pleasing pastels.

Stoles, shawls or jackets can help in adding volume to the frame

Suitable Looks for Lean and Lanky Body

Looks for lean and lanky

The Shorter Body

To give an illusion of height, the legs should appear longer. So it would be wise not to cover them with long sherwanis and kurtas. Any top that does not venture below the knees would be a good choice like a shorter kurta, jodhpuri bandgala, achkan or pant-suit.

A turban highlighted with an ornament will add stature to the body. Indian wedding costumes in darker monochromatic hues are also a good choice for the vertically challenged body type to achieve a slender silhouette that gives an illusion of height.

Suitable Looks for the Shorter Body

Looks for shorter body

The Occasion

Mehendi/ Haldi

A simple cotton or linen kurta, paired with jeans or pants of your choice, works well for this occasion. It is a casual night celebration where a linen shirt with khakis will also do the trick but avoid pristine whites for the fear of stubborn stains ruining the outfit.

Mehendi or haldi outfit


Sangeet calls for lot of dancing and a traditional outfit that will give you free movement should be the pick. Silk kurtas with light embroidery paired with comfortable salwars or churidars are a great choice.

The Wedding

The Indian wedding rituals require the couple to sit near the holy fire to perform rituals. So the Indian wedding costumes should also pay heed to the comfort factor, taking into consideration the wedding venue.

Depending upon your individual style, you can go for traditionally flamboyant or understated wedding look. Rich embroidered sherwanis are often preferred by many Indian grooms for the wedding day.

For a subtler comfortable look, lighter fabric outfits like cotton chikankari kurta, jamawar achkan or silk embroidered kurtas with bottoms like dhoti, salwars or churidars with relaxed fit, will keep you in a tranquil state as the long wedding rituals are performed.

The Reception

A well tailored tuxedo or a structured formal sherwani can be your choice for the reception party. If you have been sporting traditional Indian wedding costumes at the other wedding events, western or contemporary outfits can be preferred for this occasion.

Looking for more inspirations? See our picks for specific Indian Wedding ceremonies here

Match with Bride

While choosing his Indian wedding costumes, the groom can also consider the bride’s wedding outfit. By matching the colour or embroidery with the bride, the couple will look made for each other, in their complementing attires. The groom’s outfit can display a hint from the bride’s outfit colour or maybe a harmonising stole can work as a charm in bringing their looks together.

Match with bride 1

Match with bride 2

Accessorise - Finishing Touches Make ALL the Difference

Regal turbans, stoles and traditional Indian shoes like juttis can enhance the groom’s wedding look. Appropriate emphasising jewellery like broaches, neck jewellery, cuff-links and watch will give the finishing touch to the grooms’ Indian wedding costumes.

Latest Trends

By keeping tab on the latest ramp shows and celebrity looks, the latest trends in menswear can be brought into personal wedding wear. Stylish dhotis with sherwani tops, wide pants with achkans and jodhpuri suits can make for unique wedding attires.


Latest Trends for the Groom | Choosing Indian wedding costumes for grooms

Shopping Online

Contemporary men’s Indian wedding costumes from talented designers can be bought from specialised retailers like ourselves. Specialised retailers provide the benefit of presenting a carefully curated collections in sync with the modern trends, and of course exceptional service levels! 

Strand of silk wedding wear

The designers like Manish Malhotra, Raghavendra Rathore, J J Vallaya and Rohit Bal are redefining men’s wedding wear and today’s Indian groom has no dearth in the options for Indian wedding costumes. So it’s all about the right pick, from the plethora of elegant Indian wedding costumes available.

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