How to Dress for a Summer Wedding – Part I

The Indian ‘wedding season’ is no longer restricted to the winter months. As our winters are dwindling, brides and grooms have become bolder with what we call their ‘Save the Dates’. They’ve got us attending weddings in spring and right through our summers.

A summer wedding has become just another event on our calendars, but one that requires a good deal of planning. Whether you’re the bride, groom, relative or a guest, preparation for such an event can be quite thought-provoking. Our wedding wardrobes are basically full of raw silk, high necks, full sleeves and heavy embroidery, and picturing yourself swathed in those clothes in mid May will give you the sweats standing in that air conditioned room right now! A summer wedding is the apt time to get creative with your wardrobe.

Our week long weddings entail a world full of rituals for the two key families, but the guests essentially participate in the extravaganza of fun and fashion.

Let’s start with figuring out the daytime events!

Pool Party

Pool parties, for instance, have become the highlight of summer weddings through the last 2 odd years. Dressing up for your first pool party can put you in an actual dilemma!

The Outfit: This is the perfect chance to flaunt your most flattering crop top. Pair your crops with a skirt to begin with for those gorgeous sun kissed pictures, and change into a pair of shorts when it’s time to hit the pool. Other ways to go would be playsuits or a swimsuit that flatters your body with a cover up to mingle with guests and sip cocktails outside the pool. If you intend on carrying a change of clothes, a large tote is recommended.

Rent: Rs. 3500

The Shoes: You’ll be surprised how functional and fashionable rubber flip-flops are at a pool party. You can opt for some thermoplastic flats for a trendier look.

The add-ons: Hats, sunglasses, floral head bands and all sorts of accessories can give your look that finishing touch. Think ‘beach’ and accessorize!

Rent: Rs. 400

Rent: Rs. 800

Mehendi Ceremony

The Mehendi gathering has always been the most colourful event of all! From the décor to the guests to the bride and groom themselves, everything and everybody is draped in pretty floral shades.

The outfit: As stunning as a traditional Indian lehenga looks, you don’t want to make the mistake of struggling with a duppatta while posing for those mehendi pictures. Comfort brings out confidence! You can opt for a light weight lehenga or a crop choli paired with an ankle length flare skirt. You can wear a Patiala suit or pair dhoti pants with a short top, jacket or even a kurta. Play with styles and colours at this event and keep the embroidery minimal.

Rent: Rs. 3,500

The accessories: Chaandbali earrings/jhumkas and maang tikkas create the perfect mehendi look!

Rent: Rs. 1,350

Rent: Rs. 450

Rent: Rs. 500

The shoes: Heels pair well with every wedding outfit, but why miss out on dancing in those comfortable yet beautifully embroidered juttis.

The Wedding

The wedding ceremony is always after a long sangeet night and this calls for some fresh, light make up to contrast your previous night’s look.

The hair: You’d want to opt for a hair up-do or a braid to avoid an uncomfortable situation during the baraat.

The outfit: Stick to pastels and choose breathable fabrics during the heat. Bring out your traditional wear here, suits, lehengas, shararas, and everything else with a duppatta is fitting and beautiful. You may want to stay clear of traditional bridal colours like red and gold for this function. The bridal outfit is sacred to every bride and you don’t want to tread on her toes for sure!

Rent: Rs. 4,500

So these were the day events of our week long Indian weddings. Don’t sweat it ladies *pun intended*. We’ll talk about the sangeet, cocktail and reception in our next post!

Written by Shilpa Mago

1 Comment

  • Maurice Walsh August 19, 2017 at 6:34 am

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