8 Haldi Outfits For Bridesmaids To Stand Out In

A simple salwar kurta or a saree. What will you wear to your best friend’s haldi?

Published On Apr 24, 2023 | Updated On Mar 08, 2024

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You’ve got to be part of the haldi event, especially if your best friend is ready to take the plunge. Increasingly, haldi events are getting bigger and more exciting with some song and dance, or even games being added to the mix. So, it’s only natural that you’d want to move away from a simple yellow kurta and salwar to an outfit that’s more elaborate. 

A special haldi dress for bridesmaids is a must! After all, you’re going to have several eyes on you when you’re smearing the couple’s face in turmeric. While there are endless haldi looks for bridesmaids, we took some inspiration from our favourite celebrities. And, not all of them are yellow! Although, you could always get the same outfit in a turmeric yellow hue. 

A quirky saree as a haldi outfit for bridesmaids? Sounds perfect, no? Sara Ali Khan’s saree is not only unique but also casual enough thanks to the fun print, making it the perfect haldi look for bridesmaids. Your dress for your friend’s haldi function needs to be semi-formal and also needs an element of fun, especially if you’ve got a few games planned for the couple and other guests.

Ananya Panday wore a simple salwar kurta with a net-like dupatta for her film promotions in Lucknow. And, we love this for a simple haldi outfit for bridesmaids. If you don’t want to be dressed too elaborately, this flared kurta with a printed salwar leg is quite fitting. The tassels on the dupatta and the latkans on the kurta, which has simple gota pattis adds a fun element to the outfit. It’s a great haldi outfit for bridesmaids who prefer to keep it simple but wouldn’t mind accessorising heavily with long earrings, bangles, and more. You can complete the look with a pair of juttis and even replicate this dress for your friend’s haldi function in yellow. 

Twirling in lehengas is passe! Twirl in an embellished cape jacket, after all, it’s in trend! While taking inspiration from Kiara Advani’s wedding outfits would be too over-the-top for a haldi look for bridesmaids, there’s no reason to ignore this outfit. If your friend’s haldi function is elaborate, this is an ideal haldi outfit idea for bridesmaids. You can be free without a dupatta and make heads turn in an all-yellow embellished pants and choli, complete with a jacket.  

You can trust actor Janhvi Kapoor to always rock a saree. And that’s why she’s the perfect inspiration for a haldi look for bridesmaids who love draping a saree too. You don’t need an elaborate saree when you have a pretty embroidered blouse like Kapoor. The blouse holds the entire look of the outfit, and even the saree has a simple embroidered border, making this the perfect haldi outfit for bridesmaids. 

If you’re looking for a timeless bridesmaid dress for haldi, this is it. You can never go wrong with a classic Anarkali kurta and churidar. While Anushka Sharma wore this at home for Diwali, there’s no reason why this can’t be a haldi dress for bridesmaids who want an outfit they can wear again. While Sharma’s minimalist kurta is off-white, you can buy or stitch yours in yellow or any colour you prefer. Ensure you pick a self-design material for your kurta, just like Sharma, to made this the perfect dress for your friend’s haldi function. Complement your outfit with long earrings, juttis, and bangles.  

Don’t want to go over-the-top with an all yellow haldi outfit? Take some inspiration from Alia Bhatt. Draped in a cream saree with a classic gold border, Bhatt’s saree has floral motifs in yellow. You could easily get a similar print on any haldi outfit for bridesmaids and pass as the ideal haldi look. It will easily make out standout in the sea of turmeric at the event. We also liked Bhatt’s minimalist oxidised accessories and simple hair and makeup.

Television star Mouni Roy has moved on to the big screen, and so has her style. So, we thought, why not take some inspiration from the actor for a simple lehenga-choli. Dresses in a cotton-like tiered lehenga, Roy has elevated the look with heavy jewellery. It’s the perfect haldi look for bridesmaids who love dressing up in a lehenga but want something different. The bandhani-like dots on the lehenga, the embellished motifs on the dupatta, and the printed choli – all give this outfit a look that’s fit for a haldi function. You can of course replicate the outfit in yellow or ape Roy’s rosy pink colour to standout.

Want to wear a saree but you also want to be comfortable? Take inspiration from Taapsee Pannu’s Diwali look. This stitched dhoti saree is a great alternative to a regular saree for a haldi look for bridesmaids. You can wear the salmon pink, like Pannu, or get this outfit made in yellow. Whatever colour you choose, you’re at least guaranteed to be comfortable while running around adhering to bridesmaid duties. This is an ideal haldi outfit for bridesmaids who are assigned with too many tasks but also want to make head turn. 

Too be honest, any of these outfits could also easily be the perfect haldi ceremony dress for a bride. But you can pick from the simpler outfit ideas for the ideal bridesmaid look. And, while you’re planning the perfect gown as a bridesmaid for the wedding ceremony, don’t forget to scroll through your favourite celebrity’s Instagram page for some inspiration. 


Photo: Instagram/Kiara Advani, Taapsee Pannu

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