From traditional lehengas to contemporary gowns, here are 6 wedding outfit ideas on what to wear to your best friend’s Indian wedding!
Along with the announcement of your BFF’s wedding, comes the frantic and endless planning of what to wear, how to wear it and what to wear it with. And being the good friend that you are, you help her with her outfits and everything, leaving you with little to no time for yourself! Even though it’s a huge deal and you’re so excited about how perfect you wanna look!
What makes a friend’s wedding different from a sibling’s or cousin’s is that you wouldn’t necessarily have to run around too much (thankfully!) during the actual wedding. So, practicality doesn’t play that big of a role and it makes choosing what to wear to your best friend’s Indian wedding a tiny bit easier.
That said, you still need to keep in mind the theme of the wedding, venue, season and the bride’s outfit (you don’t wanna clash with the bride or even worse, outshine her!). So, I’ve come up with a list of outfit ideas to reduce the stress of being a bride-to-be’s BFF!
What to Wear to Your Best Friend’s Indian Wedding
Gowns are an all-time wedding fave. Whether you’re the sister of the bride or her friend, a gown can never go wrong. It’s a timeless piece. If you want to keep it traditional, go for ones in rich shades like red or maroon with exquisite embroidery and surface work. If your BFF’s wearing shades of red and you wanna avoid a clash, try other royal shades like sapphire or purple.
And for a more modern touch, silhouettes like off-shoulder tiered gowns and gowns with a high side-slit are perfect!
Other such unique wedding outfit ideas to make you stand out are gowns with long types of sleeves that reach till the end of the gown’s hemline with a cape-like effect (talk about drama!) and chic dhoti style gowns. You can also try a saree gown. Go for soft colors like coral, pastels and nudes and accessorize with a box clutch.
Bundhgala with Salwaar
For those looking for an edgy wedding outfit, this one’s for you – a pair of embroidered salwaar pants with a matching top. Go dark and edgy on the makeup as well with a smokey eye or a dark lip.
If you asked me what to wear to your best friend’s Indian wedding and I didn’t include lehengas, this wouldn’t be a complete list. They’re an Indian wardrobe staple and come in handy for various occasions. You can opt for a feminine look with a simple pastel toned lehenga with a lot of volume in the skirt and minimal embellishments. Great for a garden wedding!
Or you could go down the bold route with a jewel toned lehenga with intricate embellishments. I need a friend to get married soon so I can wear this! Statement earrings look great with high neck blouses and statement necklaces suit ones with a low neckline. So, plan your accessories accordingly. This look is ideal for a grand big fat Indian wedding.
Palazzo with Top
Not all weddings are super extravagant, some like keeping it simple. So, you’re gonna need an outfit to match the simplicity! The last thing you wanna do is be all decked up and overdressed. Go for a minimal look with flowy palazzo pants and a metallic crop top. Since the outfit is very minimal, go bold on the accessories. You can even add some rhinestone hair pins. Or try a pair of well-fitted embellished or velvet pant-suit.
Skirt with Anarkali Top or Cape
Long front-slit tops with skirts are a huge trend in Indian wedding wear. Opt for a sleek one and team it with a statement choker necklace and matching earrings. Show off your jewelry by tying your hair up into a bun.
Another idea is to wear a metallic skirt with an asymmetrical or crop cape (regular capes are too mainstream now!), strappy stilettos and a box clutch.
You might think chooridars are way too simple for an Indian wedding but you can go for a dressy one that looks very wedding appropriate. So, anything with a cold shoulder, cut outs at the back, ruffles, sheer details, appliqué, etc are ideal.
Basic blouses are so outdated. Off-the-shoulder or bustier blouses are what you need to be seen in this season! It’s quite a daring and sexy look. If you’re unsure about the bustier, go for one that’s slightly longer. Wear it with a saree in a contrasting color. Pair this outfit with a statement necklace and you’re good to go!
If draping a saree and walking around in it is a hassle, opt for pre-stitched sarees, which is a new and upcoming trend. Not only is it convenient but also super stylish!
So those were my ideas on what to wear to your best friend’s Indian wedding. Hope you find them helpful. What are you gonna choose? Let us know by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja!
Nishita is a Staff Writer/ Journalist at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is a graduate of National Institute of Fashion Technology and has a degree in leather design. A lover of all things fashion, she writes about everything from beauty, hair and lifestyle to fashion trends and how-to’s. Her area of expertise is outfit ideas but being fresh out of college, she also loves writing about college fashion. Her new found love of baking is currently taking over her life, making her write about all things chocolate and easy recipes. With a flair for sketching and a great eye for detail, she’s previously designed leather garments for brands like Diesel and Salsa. When she’s not writing, she’s busy reading extremely sappy Nicholas Spark’s novels, sewing clothes and listening to some indie rock. Also super passionate about photography, she loves portraits and wildlife photography – a habit turned love that formed with the amount of traveling she did as a teenager. As a girl who grew up with books and movies like Pride & Prejudice, her love for period fashion is huge. And being curly haired, she’s always on a constant hunt for solutions to problems that come with having ringlets and loves sharing them with people through her articles. For feedback and questions, email [email protected] or connect with her on twitter @ni95.