What to Wear to an Indian Wedding as a Guest

Weddings are such beautiful events; two people, swearing their love for one another while the others are celebrating their union. For guests, this is a time to break out their best gowns, wear flawless makeup, or rock the perfect hairdo. It’s the perfect place to look like Kim Kardashian on the red carpet.

But oh, wait; you are going to an Indian wedding; the Kim low cut might be frowned upon here. Plus, there are some rules and customs that you might not think of. No matter if you are looking for an Indian wedding dress or a beautiful suit for your husband, here are some tips that will help you fit in.

  • Respectful Dress Code

When attending the religious ceremony, ideally, you may want to wear a Lehenga choli – which is the traditional attire. However, that is not required if you do not particularly like the traditional Indian garb.

If you choose to go off-traditional and go for the Western-style clothes, you might want to ensure that they are proper and decent. Avoid the clothes that leave your shoulders bare and stay away from clothes that are low-cut or revealing. No one will throw you out, but you’ll get so many stares that you’ll wish you weren’t there in the first place.

  • Choose Colors Carefully

When going to an Indian wedding, it is highly recommended that you wear bright colors – as they express the force of live and good joy.

Still, there are some colors that you might want to avoid. Black and white, for instance, are colors worn during mourning and funerals – so you might want to steer clear of them. Red is also a shade that you might want to avoid – since that is the color of the bride. Just like western weddings have white gowns, Indian weddings have red gowns.

  • Temple Attire

An Indian wedding is generally made of more events that can sometimes spread across a few days – which is why it’s obvious that you might need a few attires. The temple attire is something you might want to be particularly careful about.

A wedding that will take place at the temple will require you to keep your head covered. As a woman, you will typically need a long scarf to put on your hand. Men can do with a longer handkerchief – but they are generally given head covers upon entering the temple.

  • Wear Something Comfortable

Indian weddings are generally time-consuming, and they can drag on for a long time – which is why you might want to ensure that your garb is comfortable. You don’t want to be a few hours into the wedding and realize that your clothes are uncomfortable and won’t allow you to enjoy yourself.

Well, now that you know how to dress as a guest for an Indian wedding, all that is left is for you to have fun. Remember that you can pretty much dress any way you want – as long as you hang on to decency.


Navkiran Deora

Navkiran loves content just as a fish loves water. She is a writer, a columnist, and a passionate blogger. With immense interest in putting words together, she is the perfect copywriter who can get in the minds of her readers and help them take a decision. You may reach Navkiran at hello@chandigarhmetro.com
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