Indian Weddings often consist of 3 events. These all come with different purposes and are opportunities to wear something unique and trendy.
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During this, all of the women are invited to participate in getting their mendhi done by the mendhi artists!
What to wear: Colorful and (relative) casual clothing is perfect for the Mendhi. Women can wear a “salvaar kurta” or “anarkali” (the outfits that have pants) as opposed to a heavier lehenga or gown. Men can wear a standard beige/white or colored kurta.
What to wear: Colorful Indian formal clothing is perfect for the Mendhi. Women can wear a “salvaar kurta” or “anarkali” (the outfits that have pants) or a heavier lehenga or gown. Men can wear a colorful kurta or sherwani!
Indian wedding ceremonies are preceeded by the Baraat. This is the outdoor procession, just before the ceremony, in which the groom rides in on a horse for up to an hour. You'll want to be in something you can move around in!
Women: Wear a Lehenga, Anarkali, or Gown. If you want to wear a sari, this is your time to do it since you will be seated for a good portion of it and saris are the most traditional Indian outfit. Do NOT wear red (the bride will be wearing red) or black.
Men: Wear your fanciest kurta. These will often have a bit more embroidery or gold work on them. Perhaps they have more of a collar or an embellished stole. Again, don’t wear red or black. The groom will likely wear a beige “sherwani” (similar to a kurta) with red and gold highlights. However, that does not need to stop you from wearing beige/red/gold as well as those are the most common colors for kurtas.
The Reception is borrowed from the American wedding ceremony and is not a part of the traditional Indian ceremony. Hence this will be a lot like an American reception (dinner, dancing, speeches)...except in Indian clothing! This is usually the “fanciest” of the events.
What to wear:
Women: Your most embellished/heaviest lehenga, anarkali, or gown. Trust us. Big earrings or other jewelry are also encouraged! You can wear black now and even red if you want.
Men: Men will mostly wear a suit for the reception
Now that you know what to wear, have a great time!!