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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…


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!).

red indian saree

Shop here, $149


The lehenga. This is a long embroidered or A-line 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.

gray sequined lehenga

Shop here, $318 

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.

gold salwar kameez

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. Red women's loafers, here.  Black men's loafers, here

punjabi jutti slippers

men's black velvet slippers




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.



The sherwani. This is a long tailored jacket. More dressy and worn on occasions such as weddings. This sherwani jacket featured on the great site Wed Me Good

 men's shewani jacket wed me good


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. This modern style from Smritiapparels


men's kurta pajamas smriti apparels


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

men's mojari shoes

photo courtesy of @mojaribazar



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

kids indian wedding outfit



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www.craftsvilla.com  – online

www.khajananj.com – New Jersey

Cover photo from Jen Lynne Photography.

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