TYPES OF INDIAN WEDDING EVENTS

If you have received an invitation to an Indian wedding and if you're quite not sure what to wear, you've come to the right place. Indian weddings are quite extravagant, royal and grand. As a wedding guest however the excitement follows with a confusing question "What do I wear to an Indian wedding?" With that challenge in mind, we have provided a typical list of events with their significance in an Indian wedding and what you can wear at each of the events to look and feel fabulous.

THE MEHENDI (Henna Party)

 The Mehendi event is when all the women gather with the bride to get Mehndi (henna) applied on their hands. This event is very colorful, vibrant and is associated with positive spirits and good luck. The henna artists apply it with a henna cone (herbal paste) in a intricate design which turns into a beautiful temporary tattoo once dried. This event is sometimes combined with Sangeet.

What to wear

Guests are usually encouraged to wear bright and colorful ethnic outfits such as pinks, yellows, oranges, etc.
If you are planning to get your mehendi done, wear an outfit with short sleeves or sleeveless to make sure the mehendi on your hand doesn’t stain your outfit.
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THE SANGEET (Musical Night)

 The Sangeet, literally meaning Music, is a night event filled with dance, music and delicious food. It is a colorful entertaining event where the bride-groom along with their friends and family participate in various dance performances and games showcasing the couple. This event typically happens few days before the wedding.

What to wear

Guests will most likely be dancing, so try wearing outfits that are comfortable and easy to move in.
For this event, we advice you to wear bright colors, also this is the time you can experiment with your looks by wearing contemporary, indo-western outfits.
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THE BARAAT & CEREMONY

Indian wedding ceremonies are preceded by the Baraat. This is the large, joyous, outdoor procession when the groom (typically in a car or on a horse) and his family arrive at the wedding venue singing and dancing. Right after, the ceremony begins which is filled with traditions and rituals. The friends and family gather around the Mandap to watch the bride and groom as they share their vows to support and love each other.

What to wear

Guests typically refrain form wearing Red, Black or White outfits to the ceremony. Try wearing more traditional Indian outfits such as a Saree, Lehenga or Anarkali.
If the ceremony is outdoors, it will be hot so make sure to wear something airy and do not forget to wear your sunscreen and shades. The guests especially from the groom’s side, will not have any time to change outfits in between the baraat and the ceremony so make sure to wear something comfortable in which you can dance as well.
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THE RECEPTION

The Indian wedding reception is very similar to an American reception except in Indian clothing. This is usually the fanciest of the events. It will have a cocktail hour, seated dinner, speeches and of course more dancing. Typically the new couple will walk from table to table to greet their guests and make sure everyone is having a great night.

What to wear

For this event, we advice guests to go all out. The guests can wear all colors and styles. This event is a great opportunity to wear your most embellished/ heaviest lehenga, anarkali or gown.
Keep in mind, while for American weddings it’s common to keep the same outfit you wear at the wedding ceremony to receptions, this often is not the case for Indian weddings. As a guest, you’ll typically change into a new – more formal outfit for the reception.
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