Don’t you just love weddings? It’s like a party with a serious cause, where two individuals sign up for a lifetime of togetherness. More importantly, it also gives you a chance to dress up and absorb all that lovey dovey feelings floating around. If you’re single, you might just meet a potential partner at a wedding. Top that off with the fact that you could end up in the couple’s wedding album (for life) and you have a few good reasons to look your best.
Traditional Hindu weddings are often a multi-day affair which requires a fair amount of ethnic clothes. If you are a close relative or friend of the bride or groom, make a checklist of the different events and rituals you are invited to and dress accordingly. With a little planning, you can look smashing at every ceremony and not repeat any looks.
This is your chance to wear your saris and lehenga cholis. The latter is a fantastic choice for mehendi and sangeet ceremonies where the atmosphere is fun and festive. Keep the saree aside for the wedding day as it’s the most traditional ceremony. Choose outfits in silks, chiffons or net in colours like pinks and purples with ornate embroidery, applique work or sequins. Slip your pretty pedicured feet into stone studded sandals. If you are the bride’s best friend/sister or cousin, chances are you will be running quite a few errands. So pick the length of your heels carefully. Accessorise this look with a blingy bangle or two and long earrings. Wear only one or two statement pieces instead of overloading yourself with jewellery. Keep the make up light and easy and the hair neat yet stylish. Leaving your hair open is certainly a good option, but a low bun on the nape also works well with a saree. Carry your lipstick, credit cards, cash and mobile in a metallic clutch.
Look dashing in a black or navy blue kurta with embroidery around the neckline and the placket. Team this with churidar bottoms in the same colour or maybe in a complementary shade of cream. Accessorise with a gold and silver chunky ring, a classic analogue watch with a leather strap and leather sandals. If you are feeling very experimental, add a bandhni uttariya to the ensemble. It’s very Bollywood, very cool.
Christian weddings mostly comprise the actual wedding at a church followed by a reception. Since most events happen on the same day, you can go for a look that flows seamlessly from morning to night.
Stylish and classy should be your mantra. Pick a fitted brocade dress with an interesting neckline. Try outfits in colours like pink, purple, blue etc. You can even wear dresses in metallic shades of gold or silver. If you like to show off your toned limbs, stick to sleeveless, strapless or one shoulder dresses with hemlines that are an inch or two above the knee (it’s a wedding, so you can’t be too risqué). Necklines should also not plunge too low. Wear a stone studded bracelet and crystal drop earrings. Accessorise with strappy sandals in gold or silver and a shiny box clutch out of which you can pull out a tissue when the bride bids adieu. Minimal make up works well with this look; the hair can be anything from blow dried to side plaited.
Go with the classic blazer and trouser look. Wear a shirt in maroon, black or purple with a bit of sheen. Choose a blazer or a suit in navy blue or dark grey. A tie and pocket square in a shade that complements the shirt is a good idea. Accessorise with black formal shoes or brogues, a sleek watch and cufflinks with stone details for a bit of flash.
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