The big fat Indian wedding season is back, and so is the time to amp up your glam wedding guest outfit quotient if you are wedding hopping.
It’s time to set your wardrobe in order, after all, the bride and groom should not be the only ones going all out for their big day, right? Especially if you are a bridesmaid, you need to look stunning yourself.
When choosing your wedding guest style, colour is an important factor to consider. Bright, festive colours are always the go-to option one must choose for an Indian wedding. While most guests avoid wearing red, as it is the colour of the bride, the trend is changing these days. Brides are choosing to wear pastels and not the traditional red for their big day.
It's important to maintain one’s individuality even while dressing up as a guest at an Indian wedding. Gone are those days when one had to only wear complete traditional attire for Indian weddings. In fact, the existing trend is to recycle whatever you have in your wardrobe and transform them into stylish outfits.
Wedding guests, style yourself in these outfits
1. Kaftan dress
For the mehendi or the haldi function, you can opt for a kaftan dress. Designed as a kaftan from the top with flowy sleeves, these full-length dresses come in printed fabrics and solid colours. You can get one stitched or shop from a boutique. These dresses are breezy, easy to wear and will keep you comfortable through the event.
2. Tulle lehengas
If it's a wedding, a lehenga is guaranteed to be part of your wedding-season wardrobe. This season, tulle lehengas are all the fuss, so why not wear one? You can wear one with embellishments too, but the beauty of tulle lehengas are how lightweight they are. If you're tired of twirling in flowy lehengas, this one sits more like a skirt and almost always gives a coy look. This is also a great bridesmaid look, if you're looking for one.
For the sangeet, you can choose to opt for a classic Indo-western saree with a ruffled blouse. It looks chic, and glamorous, and is also comfortable to wear, as that’s how you want to be during sangeet performances.
For the wedding, you may choose to opt for a nice and heavy silk saree paired with a brocade blouse. Alternatively, you may even opt for a simpler saree with a glamorous statement blouse that will accentuate the look and make heads turn.
4. Sharara set
A stylish sharara set is an option that can be opted for again, for the ehendi or haldi ceremony. However, it is also a popular choice for sangeet night because of how comfortable it actually is. You could opt for this as your Indian bridesmaid look, and we're sure you'll make heads turn.
5. Brocade jumpsuit
Jumpsuits are a common sight at weddings these days, especially bandhani and brocade jumpsuits. They give the perfect Indo-western vibe and are well-suited for fusion weddings. This is a perfect option for wedding guests than the bride.
6. Pant saree
A pant saree style is a nice twist to the classic saree. It makes saree draping hassle-free as it saves you from wearing an extra layer of petticoats and draping the saree as well. Pant sarees look super cool and stylish and are apt for a cocktail or sangeet night. In a pant saree style, you have to take a long dupatta and use that as the pallu of the saree.
7. Sheer capes
Capes will not go out of style for a very long time! Right from cropped and asymmetrical shapes to sheer capes that are the new trend, this style is here to stay. Capes are to be layered above a dress and are best suited for a mehendi/haldi ceremony.
8. Shawl twist
Winter weddings are challenging. It’s because most of our wedding outfits are not suitable to provide warmth. So here is a way in which you can revamp your summer wedding outfit and transform its look by adding just one accessory - the iconic winter shawl. It makes for the perfect wedding guest style. All you have to do is to add a shawl to your lehenga by replacing any thin dupatta that it was originally paired with.
Wedding guest outfit ideas for men
Men, if you all are wondering what styles can you opt for as a wedding guest, we also have a small, special surprise guide for you. We hope that it helps.
9. Kurta and slim-fit pants
This look works best for a mehendi/haldi function. You can pair it with a pair of closed chappals or comfortable sneakers.
10. Bandhgala jacket with formal trousers
This is best suited for a sangeet night to add a hint of glamour and glitz. You can add breeches for a more experimental look. Pocket squares may also be added to give this a pop of colour. A smart dinner jacket or three-piece suit are other options that you can also try.
11. Embroidered silk kurta set
Go the traditional route with a traditional kurta set. You can pair your kurta with coordinated pants. This works best for a mehendi or haldi function.
For the wedding day, you can choose a nice, bright-coloured sherwani and pair it with shoes that are comfortable.
You can even choose a tuxedo for the main wedding day. It could be paired with slim-fit pants and a bow tie. Black/maroon tuxedos are common colours that are available.
We hope that this wedding guest style came in handy! Wedding festivities are a lot of fun, and a good style statement is the cherry on the cake. Apart from the above style ideas, we recommend packing a few kaftans and light kurtis that you may want to wear for the after parties or high tea, or any other small event. Men may also consider packing light kurtas for small functions or after parties.