What a Western Guest Should Wear to an Indian Wedding
If you’ve never been to one before, Indian weddings are a big deal, from the sheer size and glamour of the event to the food and the dresses.
But when it comes to what to wear as an outsider, you need to put a little bit of extra thought into your outfit than you would at another wedding.
There are lots of different customs and traditions that govern the dress code for Indian weddings and these can vary between regions and families too.
It can be confusing, even to those who are of Indian heritage, so here’s a quick guide to help you out.
Firstly, it’s important to know that while there are traditions and customs to follow, and it can be nice to dress up in something which you wouldn’t normally wear, it is still ok to wear similar clothes as you would to any other wedding.
This said, if you do choose to stick with Western dress, it’s nice to make a bit of an effort to fit in by wearing bright colours, although you might want to avoid reds and golds as these are traditionally worn by the bride.
Of course, your best bet is to speak to the bride or groom and their families, as they’ll have their own expectations for the day and may be more or less relaxed about what their non-Indian guests wear.
However, if you want to have a bit of fun and try some traditional clothing, read on to find out more.
As a woman, your best bet is to find yourself a nice saree, a colourful drape which is wrapped around the waist with one end draped over your shoulder.
According to Sonas Haute Couture, who produce high-quality outfits of Asian weddings: “Sarees can be a little tricky to put on, especially if you’ve never worn one before, so it’s a good idea to try it on a couple of times before the big day, or get your Indian friends to give you a hand. Once you’ve worn one a couple of times, it becomes a lot easier! There may even be someone on hand at the wedding who helps everyone to get ready.
Once they’re on, sarees are comfortable and more importantly, really beautiful! Again, bright colours are a good idea and you’ll be able to find sarees in all kinds of different colours and patterns. You can also make it your own a little bit more by accessorising with jewellery.
For men, it’s slightly easier, and the best thing to wear is probably a kurta, which is a kind of long tunic, which goes below the knees, along with some simple cotton trousers.
If you wanted to go a bit dressier, you could choose to go for a sherwani which is a long coat-like garment.
While it is nice to get involved with an Indian wedding and to put a bit of an effort in, do be careful not to overdo it and seem a little bit too keen to impress!
Other than that, have fun and enjoy being part of your friend’s special day and be prepared for a wedding like no other!