Indian weddings are gala affairs replete with pomp, show and colour. While there is no set dress-code as such for the guests attending Indian weddings, it helps if you turn up in Indian wear. Women can choose a wedding saree or a wedding lehenga while men can pick a kurta or a sherwani.
But what kind of wedding saree to choose? How much bling is acceptable? Will a wedding lehenga be too over the top for a guest? If you have questions like these on your mind, here is a lowdown on what to wear and how to dress up for an Indian wedding that you are attending.
When it comes to Indian wedding clothing for the guests, there are many options for the men and women to choose from. Don't forget to check out our Indian Wedding Outfit Generator to help you find the most suitable outfit for the next ceremony you're attending.
You can wear a nice saree in silk, crepe, chiffon or georgette that has embellishments and detailing to make it dressy and festive. We’ve picked elegant and classy pieces from our collection that are perfect for a wedding guest. Take a look at them here.
If your wedding lehenga is not voluminous and lavish, simply go for it by toning down the look with less make up and minimal accessories. Drape the dupatta elegantly on one shoulder and sparkle at the event with grace.
When it comes to attending a wedding as a guest, an anarkali suit is the best option. It is trendy, elegant and dressy, all at once, without being overwhelming. Hop over here for some gorgeous anarkalis in great styles that we have for you. Pair the outfit with a nice clutch and shiny footwear and you are all set to roll at the wedding.
A well tailored kurta paired with a pyjama can never go wrong at a wedding. Keep the look stylish and comfortable. Pair the outfit with sandals, jootis or chappals. Throw in a dupatta over the kurta if you feel like jazzing up the outfit. If you are not sure what to pick, take a look at some of the wedding kurtas we have on offer here. Be it a wedding or any other festive occasion, these outfits are a great choice.
If the wedding is in the family, then we suggest that you go for a sherwani rather than a kurta pyjama set. It lends a sophisticated touch to your outfit and looks regal too. Take a look at our sherwanis here and you will know what we are talking about. Pair them with a pyjama or a dhoti and celebrate the family wedding in style.
Now that we have seen what your options are when it comes to outfits, here is a quick look at some of the pointers you should keep in mind while selecting the outfit for the wedding.
While some women do not miss the opportunity to unwrap all their finery to show them off at a wedding ceremony, we suggest you avoid over-dressing for the occasion. That certainly does not mean that you wear a plain outfit. We would advise you to pick a wedding saree or a wedding lehenga in a subtle colour with delicate embellishments. If the blouse of your wedding saree or the dupatta of your wedding lehenga appear too lavish, trade them for pieces that are less extravagant.
Else, wear a dressy anarkali suit with elaborate detailing so that your outfit does not clash with the bride’s outfit. That way, you will not be competing with the bride for attention but will certainly get appreciative nods from onlookers. For the men, we suggest that you stick to simple and clean lines, neutral colours, minimal thread work and fabrics that are rich but not too flashy. Silk, khadi or cotton kurtas in beige, mustard or brown are safe bets.
We know what you are thinking. Why would anyone ask you to avoid the most basic colours that never go out of style? Well, in India, the colours black and white are not considered very auspicious, more so black. So it would be improper to turn up for a festive occasion in those colours.
Women could wear red or maroon, but again, chances are high that the bride’s wedding saree or the wedding lehenga is one of the two colours. So the best option would be to stick to tried and tested colours like yellow, green, blue or pink.
One of the most important things to remember is that the wedding ceremony and the events that precede and follow them are long drawn and time consuming. So it is always better to wear comfortable clothes that are not too tight.
Also, since the wedding guests would include elderly folks of the couple, it is always better to stick to clothes that are not too tight or revealing. That skin-tight, low-cut blouse of your wedding lehenga or wedding saree may look fabulous on you, but it isn’t what you want to flaunt when it could make you or the onlookers uncomfortable.
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 favourite lipstick and do something different with your hair so that it is not one of those “normal day” looks anymore!
The one thing that gets religiously observed at Indian weddings is the jewellery. If it is your first time at an Indian wedding, don’t become conscious if you are getting stared it. Most women keep an eye out for unique pieces of jewellery worn by other guests.
Now that you know that your jewellery will be the most watched element, why not bring out some of your best pieces to go with your wedding saree, wedding lehenga or anarkali suit? Limit your selection to one statement neckpiece, beautiful earrings and a couple of bangles to go with your wedding saree or wedding lehenga. Want to buy some stunning pieces of jewellery? Go and check our selection of handpicked fine designer jewellery here.
Indian weddings are a celebration of colour and style. Go all out and wear clothes that reflect the happy and momentous occasion that a wedding is. While you are at the wedding, shake a leg and participate in the festivities. We are sure that you will cherish the memories and your pictures will bear testimony to all the fun you had! We hope this guests guide will help you dress for your next Indian wedding!
See our Ultimate Wedding Guide for more tips on what to wear from outfits to accessories.