A wedding is the most important day in a bride’s life!!! Ah cut the crap a wedding is the most important day in every girl’s life who attends a wedding 😉 . It’s more important because this is one day be its a friend’s,brother’s or even an acquaintances wedding you can dress up the way you like. A bride has to take into consideration many pros and cons before deciding her wedding outfit and she can hardly experiment or go over board. So girlies experiment as much you can in other weddings and by the time you get married you have so many perfect looks to choose from that you really can Rock on your own wedding day!!!
The kind of shopping which I did in my brother’s and close friend’s wedding was almost equal to a bride’s trousseau. I wanted to write about this from a very long time as I haven’t shared anything about how to dress yourself in a Wedding or our most favorite Indian look.
First I am going to start with my good friend’s wedding. She is a Maharashtrian and had opted for the big fat Marathi wedding.
Yellow,Green and Gold are my to go favorites when it comes to Maharashtrian weddings. The saree which I am wearing is a Paithani which is the Queen of Sarees and a must have for every saree lover.
I decided to go heavy on the jewelry and adorned a gold choker necklace and kundan+pearl jhumkas. Hairstyle was a simple bun with just one string of flowers. Too many gajras is not my style but if you like it you can use them in your hairstyle as with traditional outfits they indeed look beautiful. Also I opted for a white gajra as my outift was yellow and orange would horribly clash with it but if you are wearing any other colour outfit like Red or Orange you can choose orange gajras too, they blend in very well with your outfit colour.
Despite it being a wedding and having hired a make-up artist I did not drop my mantra of just highlighting one feature on your face. I went with the dark lipstick as my highlighted feature and rest of the make up was in light shades of Gold and Nude.
Since it was a day time function I decided to use more bold colours!!! I am a fan of bright colours and tend to include more of them in my wardrobe. Few other bright colours which will work in an Indian wedding are Bottle Green, Orange and Red. Styling them with the right jewellery and perfect make-up will make people eye you even more than the bride!!!
Continuing this if you don’t want to wear a saree which I didn’t want to in my best friend’s wedding as I wanted to dance in the baraat and I feel more comfortable dancing in a Salwar here is how you can style yourself if you don’t wanna wear a saree.
So you want to wear a dress and yet want to stand out. Will the brocade do the trick? No it won’t you will get lost in other hundreds who wear a Brocade Salwar/Saree, Then how to stand out?
Rule 1: Do the opposite of what you do while choosing a saree colour. Keep the same base dark but ditch the Green,Red and Yellow as they are Brocade favorites instead go for colours added with Electric shades Pink,Orange and Golden.
Rule 2: Accessorize heavily as your dress cannot be as heavy as a saree and even if it is the accessories will make it look more beautiful.
Rule 3: Footwear should either be in Gold,Silver or Copper. Don’t try to match your outfit with you footwear instead match it with the embroidery or the lining. This will give a nice mismatched look and will make you stand out. Too much matching creates a horrendous look when it comes to electric colours.
Rule 4: What applies for the footwear is exactly opposite for the make up. Electric coloured outfits call for heavy make up which means highlight your cheeks, eyes and lips in co-ordination with your outfit. Reason- if you opt for pale make up you will look uncomfortable without actually being it.
I have styled a Purple/Pink Velvet and Net dress with pearl earrings and lots of bangles. Since my dress has a gold lace I am wearing strapped Gold heels. As for my make-up I have highlighted my lips,cheeks and eyes the way I have told before. I had to deviate from my to go lipcolour here and use purple’s and pink’s instead.
So don’t worry girls you can look beautiful and rock it even while wearing Salwars!!!
Before I start blogging about this look, I wanna clear a myth ” Red is only a bride’s colour” this statement might have applied before but it’s of no truth when it comes to today’s bride.
Weddings have totally changed. Right from the food that is served to the clothes that the bride and groom wear. Earlier Red was a staple colour when it came to bridal clothing but now that has changed bride’s are seen sporting sister shades of Red namely Orange and Coral. Also with change comes confidence today’s woman doesn’t care if a girl in the same room is wearing a similar shade outfit(at least my friends and me don’t).
So it’s okay to wear Red even if you are not the bride!!!
This is the dress which I wore in my brother’s main wedding. Red Lehenga with Gold and Green Work. Yes I am a sucker for these colours.
I paired a Choker necklace with this outfit as the Blouse which I am wearing has a simple U neckline and the neckpiece goes in perfect symmetry with it. The earrings are my most to go earrings on any Indian outfit that’s why I chose them. While making a bangle set I mixed studded and pearl bangles keeping in mind the colour of my outfit.
I do not like overdoing hairstyles on Lehengas so I went for a simple mid puff with sleek and straight hair. You can use hair accessories if you like them but I like to keep my hair simple and without any accessories. But if you use hair accessories make sure they are not too blingy and shiny otherwise it can clash horribly with your outfit.
In all this don’t forget to smile because at the end of the day the best accessory a woman has is her smile!!!
Now I am moving on to discuss evening looks which we can keep in mind for Sangeets and Reception.
This 7 1/2 Kg Aqua Lehenga is what I wore for my brother’s sangeet ceremony. Its a beautiful net piece with gold embroidery and red,green velvet flowers.
My reason for choosing this particular colour is that it’s one of the most beautiful shade in the family of Blue and yet it’s used very less. I reserve bright colours for main weddings.
Always wear evening outfits with more work/embroidery having subtle fabric colours!!! Evening time is to shine so its more about being blingy than bright. The reflection which your diamonds cast on the floor when you twirl is priceless!!!
Avoid loud makeup as the extra lighting will not only make your face look overdone but it will also spoil all your pictures completely.
I have just worn studded blue and clear bangles. Earrings are crystal clear chandeliers though they are not completely visible you can get a glimpse of them but for your reference I am uploading a picture of the earrings.
Many people tell me we cannot wear a lehenga and dance. Is it okay if we wear a dress?
You can absolutely wear a dress for sangeet. Just make sure that you don’t go for too flashy colours. Make sure that your dress has net at least 1% as it looks beautiful in those perfect evening lights. Also it would be more perfect if it has gold or silver in it (: !!!
Now let’s move on to the reception. Yes we can wear a saree,lehenga or even a salwar suit in a reception too, but what if we have already exhausted the use of these three outfits? What if we want to wear something different and yet keep it within the fashion circle? I have the perfect outfit for that!
The Indo-Western Gown is the answer to our prayers!!! Yes we could wear a normal gown but would the fun and allure of the look be the same in an Indian wedding? No it won’t.
The concept of Indo Western gowns is so fresh that you will be talk of the function if you wear it.
The gown which I am wearing is in pastel colours except for the front sash which is hot pink. I asked the designer to make the sash in a dark colour as it creates perfect contrast and make it look even more sexy!!!
I went for a half straight and half curly hair do because I wanted to create that Athena style Goddess look and yes I pretty much nailed it. You can go for a bun also but if you want to break a stereotype go for something different like this.Buns and Gowns are pretty old school now.
At last what matters is how you carry yourself!!! A classic woman has style and grace. Never forget that!!!
I had so much fun writing about this and I hope you enjoy when you read it too.