If trying to figure out what to wear to someone else’s wedding feels like the Advanced Calculus class that you had no idea you signed up for, don’t panic. We’ve broken down the code in a neat little cheat sheet. So put up those feet, drink a little tulsi tea while we drop the wisdom.
Mother of the bride/groom
Consult with the bride about her choice of colours and themes.
Feel free to break out of the monotony of dull neutrals prescribed to MoB’s of generations past.
Warm, cheery shades like peach-pink, coral, gold, and charteuse are usually flattering and crowd pleasers.
Invest in good fabric, even if you’re being minimalist with the bling.
Even if you’re running around with chores, take time to get your hair and nails done. You’ll look and feel loads better.
Opt for classic styles instead of something too trendy; the photos will stand the test of time.
Go too matchy-matchy with the bride. That’s just tacky.
Go for risque blouses. It might be fine for smaller, intimate gatherings, but in a big wedding crowd, you’ll end up looking desperate.
Try to upstage your beain. Let’s not stir up the waters.
Sister of the bride/groom
Opt for something comfortable, which accords freedom of movement.
If you’re one of the bridesmaids, talk to the bride about her colour/theme preferences, and try to stick to it.
If saris aren’t your thing, there are plenty of options to choose from. Our favourite options include embellished kurtas paired with palazzos/skirts, capes worn with dhoti pants, and embellished long jackets worn with cigarette pants.
Comfy shoes are a must!
Choose something that you can’t move in, ie wobbly heels.
Try to out-do the bride. You’ll get plenty of spotlight, just chill.
Show too much skin. Don’t give the murubbis a heart attack by flashing a lot of cleavage, belly buttons and thighs.
Other guests (non bridesmaids)
Favourite looks: pant-saris, jump-suits, maxi skirt-crop top combos, cape gowns, high-low kurtas with dhoti pants.
Feel free to experiment with fusion, mixing up precious metals with costume jewellery (a la Chanel), crop tops as blouses, and hi-wattage makeup.
If there’s a theme, try sticking to it.
Try to out-do the bride by wearing so much bling that the other guests get confused.
Go the other extreme and turn up in casuals. You might not have much respect for the fripperies of such events, but try to show a little respect for the people who invited you and are obviously spending a lot on the food you’re eating.