Jill & Anil 10-5-2019

3 Events, 3 outfits. We will help you find the perfect ones.

For their wedding you will need 3 different outfits for their events. Per the invitation, many of the events are formal Indian , so we are here to find you the perfect options! Indian festive clothes are usually beautiful, easy and fun to dance in, and unique.

Since it’s in San Francisco in the fall, you can wear a variety of fabrics and styles comfortably.

  1. Friday night is what's called a Mendhi/Sangeet. This is a night of colorful clothing, and dancing. You may even participate in some group performances.
  2. Saturday morning is the Baraat and Ceremony. This will be the groom’s procession with his friends and family, which goes straight into the ceremony. This will be outdoors for the procession, and possibly indoors or outdoors for the ceremony.
  3. Saturday night is the Reception

Mendhi/Sangeet Outfits

What to wear:

Women: Wear your most vibrant outfit! Lehengas, anarkalis, and gowns are great. Black is usually not worn. Don’t worry about showing torso, that is quite standard with Indian clothing. There will be lots of dancing so make sure your outfit is comfortable (hence we don’t recommend saris).

Men: Brightly colored kurta with pants. If you have a standard beige/white kurta that is perfectly fine just throw a stole on it (usually red).

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The Ceremony

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What to Wear

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. If the family is quite traditional, they will also ask you to avoid white as that is typically the color of mourning in India. However, in more modern weddings white is fine to wear especially if it’s a hot summer wedding.

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

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What to wear:

Women: Your most embellished/heaviest lehenga, anarkali, or gown. We often get guests worried that if they wear jewelry or a heavy lehenga they might be more done up than the bride...that will NOT happen. Trust us. Big earrings or other jewelry are also encouraged! You can wear black now and even red if you want.


Men: Suits are usually worn for this event. Otherwise continue the festivities with a heavier Sherwani.

Now that you know what to wear, have a great time!!

Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions

Riya Collective was on the premise that Indian Fashion should be more accessible outside of India. Reach out if you need any help! [email protected]

Size Chart

Women's Size

Pick your size based on your waist size (your jeans size) in the table below. After that, we have provided detailed measurements for all of your other sizes on the individual page for each dress.

 Waist Size (Inches) <=26  <=28  <=30  <=32 33+
Size XS S M L XL


Men's Top Sizes

Pick your size based on your suit jacket size in the table below. After that, we have provided detailed measurements regarding your height on the individual pages for each outfit.

 Suit Jacket Size (Inches) <=36  <=38  <=40  <=42 <=44 46+


Kid's Sizes

Pick your size based on your child’s age.