What to Wear to Your Best Friend’s Indian Wedding: 6 Elegant Outfit Ideas

From traditional lehengas to contemporary gowns, here are 6 wedding outfit ideas on what to wear to your best friend’s Indian wedding!

what to wear to your best friend's Indian wedding trendy-stylish-outfit-ideas-lehenga-gownAlong 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.

Rimple and Harpreet Narula

And for a more modern touch, silhouettes like off-shoulder tiered gowns and gowns with a high side-slit are perfect!

indian wedding fashion ideas outfit guide off shoulder tiered gown gaurav gupta
Rohit Bal
Abha Choudhry

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.

Reeti Arneja
Shyamal & Bhumika

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.

Manav Gangwani


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!

Shyamal & Bhumika

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.

Manish Malhotra

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.

Abha Choudhry

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.


Chooridar Suit

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.

Nikhil Thampi


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!

Archana Rao

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!

Rohit Bal

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!

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