• What to wear to an Indian wedding

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    WHAT TO WEAR TO AN INDIAN WEDDING

    You've just received your first invitation to an Indian wedding and a couple things pop into your mind: what do you wear and what do you expect? Be prepared for a colorful, lively event filled with family, a HUGE wedding party, lots of great food and amazing clothing, jewelry and tradition. Pretend VOGUE INDIA will be there to photograph this event and go all out (in other words don't be afraid of color and accessorizing)! Here's our suggestions...

    WOMEN

    First rule- not too much bare chest. Even though you may see stomach, these are still fairly religious ceremonies and exposed breast is a no-no.

    The saree (or sari). This is like a long wide scarf or piece of fabric. Often goes around the waist and then up over the shoulder. Embellishment, specially in gold, is very much accepted (and desired!).

    photo courtesy of veeshackshop

     

    The lehenga. This is a long embroidered skirt. It is worn with a choli which is the midriff-baring top or blouse. With this outfit you would drape the saree over the top to complete the look.

    photo courtesy of @indianstreetfashion

     

    The salwar kameez. This is like a pantsuit and can be worn by a man or woman but the styling is different. The salwar is the pants and the kameez is the shirt or tunic. For women it's a bit more subdued and hides flaws better but you can still have fun with color and styling.

    photo courtesy of Ethnicyug

     

    The jutti. Both women and men wear these colorful embroidered slippers. Love these shoes! The come in many styles and colors so have fun with these.

    photo courtesy of @turboozeshop

     

    Accessories. Bindis- the dot in the middle of the forehead. Can be from paint or a stick on rhinestone type embellishment. Choora- the layers and layers of sparkly bangle bracelets. Payals- jeweled anklets. You can't go over the top here. More is BETTER.

    If you are attending a muslim or sikh wedding you may be required to cover your head with a scarf so good idea to bring one as well. Many weddings now provide these for their guests.

     

    MEN

    The sherwani. This is a long tailored jacket. More dressy and worn on occasions such as weddings.

    Sherwani for Indian Wedding


    photo courtesy of @rimple_harpreet_narula

    Sherwani men Indian wedding

    photo courtesy of @walklikeamaharaja

     

    The kurta pajama. This is a long tunic which is usually lightweight fabric and worn with a lightweight pant that's usually tapered at the bottom. Comes in lots of colors and embroidered.

    Kurta pajama

    photo courtesy of @koleksibajuraydantunang

     

    The mojari.  Similar to the jutti, an embroidered and embellished slip on shoe.

    Mojari men's Indian slipper

    photo courtesy of @mojaribazar

     

    KIDS

    They too have the pick of lehenga, kurta pajamas, salwar kameez and saris to choose from. Don't leave the kids out!

    photo courtesy of Ed McMahon

    WHERE TO BUY

    www.vamadesigns.com  - San Jose, CA

    www.dreamscollections.net - Artesia, CA

    www.craftsvilla.com  - online

    www.khajananj.com - New Jersey

    Cover photo from Jen Lynne Photography.

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  • Planning an Indian Wedding: It Takes an Army

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    If you are planning an Indian wedding you know that more than likely, it's going to be a big affair. Lots of moving parts to pull off the event of a lifetime. According to Fortune magazine the average Indian wedding has 500 guests and while hard data on the size of the Indian wedding industry is not easy to come by the estimates are that it’s a $4 billion to $5 billion business and that is outpacing India’s own industry, which is growing at about 25% to 30% a year.

    We have compiled a list of the best-based on reputation, ratings and their wait-list. So call them now and book for yourself so you can rest assured your special day is in the best of hands. These are the Indian wedding pros!

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    THE WEDDING PLANNER

    Indian wedding
    Electric Karma With offices around the world there isn't an event too big or too small for these genius planners.

     

    THE CATERER

    Indian wedding
    Indaroma. They have mastered the art of Indian food and then mastered Indian Fusion. Featured on Brides.com. Outstanding.

     

    THE GOWN

    Indian wedding
    Dreams Collections The Indian bride's secret. Tucked away in Artesia, CA and online. Their choices and attention to detail are unrivaled.

     

    THE DJ

    Indian wedding
    All Wright Music Eric somehow manages to keep the party hoppin' no matter who's on the dance floor: parents, kids, Easterners or Westerners. A skilled mix master who gets called to travel all over the country- and sometimes abroad.

    NUMBER5THE PHOTOGRAPHER

    Indian wedding
    Maloman Studios This guy and his crew is everywhere, and his photography is so amazing we would buy all the photos if we could. He captures all the right moments.

     

    NUMBER6THE HENNA ARTIST

    Indian wedding
    Henna by Divya She's in Canada but so what!! We can't stop staring at the incredible artwork she calls henna. Transformational.

     

    THE ANIMALS

    Indian wedding
    So we don't suggest shipping animals to your destination wedding, so you must rely on your local chamber of commerce. Have elephants, llamas, horses- will marry!

     

    Header photo: Atika Studios

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