Decoding bridal fashion for Destination weddings

A desi nuptial cannot really be called a big fat Indian wedding unless it a destination wedding. Whether you’re headed to a scenic beach in South East Asia or the universal favourite Rajasthan, there are some unwritten dress codes for every type of destination. We break it down for you and also discuss a few.

Experimentation is the key

A embroidered lace lehenga from Anamika Khanna
An embroidered lace lehenga from Anamika Khanna @ICW’16

When it comes to a destination bride’s wardrobe, experimentation should be the key. ‘Traditional with a twist’ is in vogue. Balancing Indian traditions with the culture of the place where the wedding is happening is the trick that brides should master. For example, if the wedding is happening in an exotic locale in France, the bride can wear Indian brocade and zardozi with baroque embroidery and French boudoir lace.

Clothing should reflect your personality

Full length embellished gown from Tarun Tahiliani @ICW'16
Full length embellished full length gown from Anita Dongre @ICW’16

There are numerous functions for Indian weddings. For every function, the bride’s clothing should reflect her personality. On her wedding day,the bride can opt for a traditional look and for her reception she can choose for a gorgeous glam tone.

The attire as per functions

Sangeet: A sari gown is a perfect outfit for sangeet since they are easy-to-handle as well as trendy and chic. There is no hassle adjusting the pallu, pleating and draping!

Shimmered saree-gown from Tarun Tahiliani @ICW'16
Shimmered saree-gown from Tarun Tahiliani @ICW’16

Mehendi: Benarasi lehenga with mirrored or lacework blouse will look ethereal. Colours like aqua blue, tangerine, and mustard yellow are perfect for a Mehendi function.

Benaresi lehenga with mirrored blouse from Manish Malhotra
Benaresi lehenga with mirrored blouse from Manish Malhotra

Cocktail: Cocktail parties are easy, fun and informal. A solid coloured gown with drama or a structured cut out gown with statement jewellery would work well for the occasion.

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Ruffled gown from Gaurav Gupta @ICW’16

Wedding: The outfit can be a mix of contemporary and traditional Indian elements. The traditional choli-lehenga’s modern interpretation, accessorised with heritage jewels would be apt.

Red lehenga with royal flower motifs from Anita Dongre @ICW'16
Red lehenga with royal flower motifs from Anita Dongre @ICW’16

Reception: A traditional Indian ghaghra gown, with sculpted or embellished bodice with a full skirt would look great.

Heavily embroidered gown from Sabyasachi @LFWW/F'16
Heavily embroidered gown from Sabyasachi @LFWW/F’16

BEACH WEDDING

Be it Phuket, Bali, or Goa, opt for lighter theme for a beach wedding. The brunch by the pool or pheras on the beach are generally the order of the day, so pack accordingly. Opt for fuss-free and free-flowing, silhouettes. Crop tops and dhoti pants, or long jackets with maxi skirts will look perfect! Go for soft makeup, beach waves and flats to feel comfortable.

Floral embroidered gown from Manish Malhotra @LFWW/F'16
Floral embroidered gown from Manish Malhotra @LFWW/F’16

PALACE WEDDING

Dress the part if you are headed for a royal wedding! Opt for all things finery. Choose intricate, ornate lehengas. To stand out in a sea of bright hues play with pastels. You can also wear a sari in a traditional weave like Benarasi or a floor-length anarkali. To compliment the setting, try to add some royal motifs to your ensemble

Embellished red slit gown from Sabyasachi @LWFW/F'16
Embellished red slit gown from Sabyasachi @LWFW/F’16

CITY WEDDING

The look can be chic and slick if you want to nail a city wedding. You can try new trends or play around with contemporary Indian wear. Sari gowns, lehengas, and draped kurtas will look perfect. Always choose a trendy and playful outfit and accessories.

Blue embroidered lehenga from Anita Dongre @ICW'16
Blue embroidered lehenga from Anita Dongre @ICW’16

Have an utterly fashionable destination wedding.

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