Ever received an invite to a big Indian wedding and wondered, ‘what do I wear’? Don’t panic, as we’ve enlisted the help of India’s top stylist Pernia Qureshi of Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop. Read on to get the celebrity stylist’s insider advice on how to dress for each occasion during a week long modern Indian wedding extravaganza.
The Ceremony At Home/Mehndi event
If you’re very close to the bride or the groom, you will probably be invited to a small daytime ceremony at home. Here, you can expect to participate in short prayers and a small gathering afterwards. This event will likely involve mehndi, where the bride, her girlfriends and female family members get intricate henna tattoos on their hands and feet.
Pernia’s Tip: For the ceremony at home, keep your look simple for an elegant glow. Opt for traditional silhouettes in refreshing colors like oranges, yellows or pinks or mix and match the sorbet hues to leave no stone turned. Drape an Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla sari with gota details or go for a classic Manish Malhotra georgette sari in contrasting tones. Keep the accessories to a minimum– just a pair of earrings or a delicate cuff will make all the difference.
The Sangeet Party
All of the guests invited to the wedding are usually invited to a pre-wedding Sangeet party, which is a festive night filled with music, dances, performances and introduction of families.
Pernia’s Tip: For the Sangeet, go all out with your attire, opt for the beautifully romantic lehenga by Arpita Mehta with the breathtaking mirror work on the blouse and the dramatic full-skirt. Style it gracefully with chandelier earrings and an elaborate necklace, top the beautiful bridal look with neutral-hued make-up.
The Wedding & Reception
After the Sangeet comes the Wedding ceremony. If you are from the groom’s side, be expected to be a part of the dance procession leading the groom (who will likely be sitting on a horse!) to the location of the ceremony and be greeted by the bride’s family. An ornate ceremony will usually follow, topped off by a formal reception where the bride and groom are introduced for the first time to their family and friends.
Pernia’s Tip: For the main reception, opt for the navy drape anarkali with gold embroidery by Ridhi Mehra is a classic evening choice. This flattering piece will add timeless polish to your wedding repertoire. Maximize the effect with matching earrings and towering heels.
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Till next time…