Finally, the eagerly anticipated days are just around the corner! Your dear friend is getting married, and we’re certain you can hardly wait to immerse yourself in all the festivities—the treasured moments—while adorned in perfectly coordinated wedding attire!
Juggling your bridesmaid responsibilities amidst the whirlwind of celebrations is already quite a task. But perhaps what’s causing you some stress is a significant question:
What should you wear for the series of pre-wedding events?
Before you start worrying about this, we have some fantastic suggestions to help you assemble the perfect outfits for pre-wedding galas like Mehendi, Sangeet, Shagun, and various rituals.
However, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind to ensure you look presentable and fully enjoy the festivities. While fashion and style are crucial during social gatherings, for events that may last for hours, involve various tasks, require interaction with numerous people, and frequent visits to the dance floor, you must choose your sarees, lehengas, fusion wear, or your preferred style with care.
Here are some essential tips and beautiful, hand-picked outfit ideas for Mehendi and Sangeet to help you shine as a guest at these events:
1. The Stylish Contemporary Look:
Embrace trendy fashion with chic, modern silhouettes, as that’s what pre-wedding events like Mehendi and Sangeet are all about! Feel free to experiment with colors and styles, moving away from traditional wear to infuse a youthful, refreshing touch into your wardrobe.
Consider shrugs, jackets, crop tops with palazzo pants, Anarkali gowns, lehenga sarees, and ethnic jumpsuits as smart dressing options. A few statement accessories can elevate your look, ensuring you capture those picture-perfect moments you’d love to share on social media!
2. Keep It Playful:
Embrace femininity and fun, showcasing your lively side as you dress up with youthful exuberance for the Mehendi event. After all, who doesn’t want to stay trendy and fashion-forward during these ceremonies filled with friendly banter and vibrant energy? Opt for outfits with cold-shoulder sleeves, and sheer necklines, skip the traditional dupatta, or choose pastel and unconventional shades for a fresh twist.
You can select gowns or floor-length ensembles with a youthful and stylish appeal and let yourself shine. Minimalistic use of glitter can add a touch of sparkle to your look without going overboard.
3. Effortless Silhouettes:
Choose relaxed fits for comfort as you fulfill your bridesmaid duties with ease, both on and off the stage. If you have a stage performance lined up, comfort dressing is a must. Avoid overly heavy lehengas that might weigh you down and opt for streamlined, less voluminous designs to avoid hindering your movements. Indo-Western Kaftan Kurtis is a great choice for a casual and relaxed vibe.
You can also consider peplum suits with wide-leg palazzo pants or make a statement with a stylish dress. Long ethnic skirts that graze the ankles are another chic option. Anarkali suits or gowns can inject a touch of grandeur into your wardrobe.
4. Quick-Glam Choices:
Time is often limited at weddings. How about enhancing your style with easy-to-wear outfits? Invest in ready-made or pre-stitched sarees made from hassle-free fabrics like chiffon, georgette, and flowing silks.
Net sarees paired with chic designer blouses are an excellent choice if you want to exude sensuous charm as a bridesmaid. Lehenga suits and peplum lehenga cholis are also perfect for dance parties. A long kameez with a moderately flared lehenga skirt can provide a stylish cover-up for a less-toned midriff—these options offer fashion-friendly choices with a touch of elegance.
5. Embrace Fusion:
Opt for fusion wear that aligns with current trends; it’s practical, easy to manage, and versatile for various occasions. You can even mix and match Indo-Western suits and palazzo-crop top jacket suits to create fresh ensembles. Think of evening gown-inspired party-wear suits, plain silk sarees paired with designer blouses, flared satin silk gowns, and, most importantly, crop tops with contemporary lehengas. Isn’t that fun?
Alternatively, go for Western dress-style silhouettes that have gained popularity among Indians worldwide. You can still stick to simple Anarkalis but choose ones with a fusion twist, such as ruffle lehengas or frilly layered gowns.
6. Stay on Trend:
Sequined sarees in soft pastel shades and monochrome salwar suits are ideal choices for Mehendi events for wedding guests and the bride’s close entourage. The same applies to a wide range of minimalist sarees. As for lehengas, opt for those crafted from woven fabrics for a festive or wedding function look, or go for plain silk and satin lehengas with minimal embroidery, ruffles, or embellished patches.
Exercise restraint when it comes to embellishments; be cautious not to overdo it, as excessive embellishments may appear overly dressed, similar to a bridal look. Avoid going too flashy or heavy, as this can make you appear older and weighed down, not to mention uncomfortable.
7. The Art of Colors:
It’s a joyous celebration, so embrace vibrant hues! As a guest, your outfit color choices can extend beyond the traditional color palettes of reds, oranges, or pinks for pre-wedding festivities. Consider exploring the world of neons, yellows, greens, blues, or even crazy multi-hued options. Whites, off-whites, greys, blacks, and deeper jewel tones like navy blue and purple are also suitable for these functions. You can add a pop of color with accessories if you prefer sticking to your favorite shades.
If you want to play it safe with colors, try mixing and matching. Pair a golden or beige blouse with a magenta lehenga and add a color-blocked dupatta for a modern touch. Don’t shy away from metallic hues like gold, silver, copper, and bronze, as well as neutral bases like cream, beige, and fawn. These metallic accents can add a touch of elegance to your outfit.
8. Lovely Prints and Intricate Patterns:
From practical prints to fun patterns and classics to quirky fabric designs, you have the opportunity to create a unique look for modern-day Sangeet and Mehendi parties. These elements are perfect for achieving an effortless glamour without excessive embellishments.
Experiment with classic and exotic prints or timeless weaves, which are currently in vogue and easy to carry. Consider ethnic weaves like Banarasi or Kanjeevaram for an opulent yet lightweight and embroidery-free outfit. Alternatively, choose floral prints on organza for a vintage and dreamy feel. If you’re not into prints, pair a plain lehenga or saree with a self-patterned designer choli. Even a bandhani-printed lehenga can be a sustainable choice for all ages.
9. Accessorize Wisely:
Master the art of accessorizing! Whether it’s shoes, bags, jewelry, or other adornments, accessories can either enhance or detract from your overall look and comfort.