Ethnic Dressing Ideas for an Indian Wedding

Indian weddings are famous for looking very colorful. From the bride and her friends, to the groom and his friends, as well as their parents and other well-wishers, the attire is always very beautiful to see. It can be easily deduced even without attending one that Indian weddings are quite fun to attend. Dressing up in ethnic Indian attire, meeting beautiful people who are big on the amazing Indian culture, and eating wonderful food is always worth looking forward to.

However, if you are a rookie in these matters, knowing and choosing the attire to wear to an Indian wedding can be a real-life dilemma. Indian culture has so many options to choose from that it can be very hard to settle on one particular option. First things first, for a summer Indian wedding, you want to avoid wearing a material that is too heavy, and in the winter, you want to avoid wearing a material that is just too light.

This is important because your clothing would determine how comfortable you would be to interact with other people at the gathering, and perhaps to even join in a dance. Hence, choosing the right outfit is so important. Remember, it has to be ethnic too—this is a non-negotiable. If you going through the dilemma of picking what to wear to an Indian wedding, well, here are some ideas for you:

The Popular Saree

This outfit allows for ventilation. They are typically perfect for summer. It comes in silk, chiffon, handloom silk, Banarasi silk, and Kanjivaram saree. Depending on the look you are trying to achieve, you can choose from these options. For instance, silk types are usually associated with regal looks. If you are Western and you need to attend an Indian wedding, a Saree would always be a great choice.

They speak grace and elegance; you only have to ensure that you do not use excessive jewelry, so its element of elegance stays intact. There is also the Lehenga Saree; a combination of both materials (saree and lehenga). This would also make a unique choice.

Salwar Kameez

This outfit is a very comfortable one. Remember that comfort is very important while at any of these weddings, and this outfit speaks to that. While it is simple and chic, you can easily look too plain at a wedding, when you choose to wear this attire. To avoid this, you can have your salwar suit designed using heavy embroidery (using dupatta). However, if your salwar suit is on the heavy side, go ahead and use a lighter dupatta.

You can also get creative with the bottoms by choosing a sharara suit from Lashkaraa or a Patiala bottom. It will make your outfit standout and even look more attractive. A dhoti-style bottom is also a good option. Once you choose to get creative with the bottom, then you can leave out the dupatta.

Kurta Pajama

While the previous options have spoken to the needs of women, this one is great for men. The Kurta will always look amazing on male wedding guests. With this outfit, you can play around with colors. If it is a daytime event, you can choose a brighter color to wear, but for an evening wedding event, darker shades will be a good option. As it comes with tops and bottoms, you can play around with what the bottoms should look like. You could choose to go with a regular fit or a straight fit.


While choosing the right ethnic attire, do not forget the importance of footwear. Do not go with what the westernized option would be. Instead, do your research on the kind of footwear that is appropriate for the outfit you have chosen. 


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