9 outfit ideas, except saree that you can wear at the wedding festivities

The shaadi season is on and you’d be heading to if not more than at least one of the weddings. Wedding festivities bring with them dress-up, lots of yummy food and fun. But the one thing that most of us girls dread this season is the big question – ‘What to wear for a wedding?’

You need to look your best for each function and yet don’t want to be dressed in the same old boring saree. Well, we got you sorted here with our outfit ideas for weddings, except sarees.

outfit ideas for weddings

Listed below are 9 outfit ideas, except saree that you can rock this wedding season.

  1. Lehanga

The eternal stunner, lehanga is of course the first choice. Wear a heavy lehanga for your best friend’s wedding or a light one with floral jewellery for your cousin’s mehandi. And not to forget if you are the bride to be, then lehanga is the best option.

Can never go wrong with a traditional lehnga. Source - Flyrobe.com
Can never go wrong with a traditional lehanga.
Source – Flyrobe.com

 

We know its winter, but how can we overlook this gorgeous mint lehnga... Source - onceuponatrunk.com
We know it’s winter, but how can we overlook this gorgeous mint lehanga…
Source – onceuponatrunk.com

Break the stereotypes, and don’t stick to basic reds and maroons. Go for florals and pastels for mehandi functions, a bright fuchsia or a deep blue with some beautiful traditional jewellery and you’ll surely make heads turn.

  1. Anarkali Suits

The beautiful anarkalis have our hearts. Those flared floor length make the perfect ethnic outfit for the wedding festivities. Wear it for sangeet or the wedding itself, it’ll make a supreme style statement. Single colored anarkali with a heavy dupatta, silk anarkali with palazzo pants or a printed brocade anarkali with a plain silk skirt, there are plenty of options.

Such prettiness! Source - wedmegood.com
Such prettiness!
Source – wedmegood.com

Pair it with jutties for a more relaxed feel on a sangeet or a mehandi and team it up with heels, an elaborate hair updo and deeper makeup for the wedding.

Bringing back the Mughal grandeur and opulence. Source - Rohit Bal Couture
Bringing back the Mughal grandeur and opulence.
Source – Rohit Bal Couture
  1. Shararas

Bring back the retro feel with graceful shararas. They are perfect to be worn for mehandi paired with kundan jewelry, ghungroo jutties and a potli bag.

Dia Mirza slaying it and we are lovin' it...
Dia Mirza slaying it and we are lovin’ it…

You can also wear it for your friend’s reception. Wear a dark hued sharara with a contrast coloured dupatta. Pair it with a jhoomar, golden heels and box clutch for a Nizami look.

  1. Crop top with skirt

If you are the crop top type, then you’ll love this combination. A traditional skirt or a lehanga teamed up with a funky crop top instead of the usual choli makes a great fusion look.

How beautful is this pretty crop top with skirt? Source - thedelhibride.com
How beautiful is this pretty crop top with skirt?
Source – thedelhibride.com

 

This Payal Khandwala creation screams style and class like nobody's business.
This Payal Khandwala creation screams style and class like nobody’s business.

You could wear this for your own pre-wedding shoot or your haldi ceremony and look a beautiful bride. If you’re the bride’s sister or friend, then this outfit is good for mehandi or even the reception. You could also carry it off as an outfit for the bachelorette party if the skirt is not too decked up.

  1. Saree Gown

If you are the bride to be and are thinking of a beautiful outfit for your reception, then considering a saree gown can be a good option.

Can't take our eyes off this Neeta Lulla work of art.
Can’t take our eyes off this Neeta Lulla work of art.

This traditional meets modern outfit would surely stand out. Opt for pretty pastels or deeper colors, as per your liking. Keep the jewelry and make-up neutral to highlight the outfit.

Flaunt this stunning black saree gown at a reception and be ready to get bags full of compliments. Source - indianroots.com
Flaunt this stunning black saree gown at a reception and be ready to get bags full of compliments.
Source – indianroots.com
  1. Kurti with skirt

Our love for kurtas combined with skirts knows no end. Wear a plain skirt with a jacket kurta to look classy and stay warm in this cold weather.

Take cues from the queen of Bollywood!!
Take cues from the queen of Bollywood!!

Double slit kurtas are something that goes very well with skirts. This wedding season ditch the palazzo and say hello to skirts. Carry this look for your brother’s haldi or your bestie’s chuda ceremony. It’s semi-casual yet festive and stylish.

Double Slit kurta with kurta making a bold style statement. Source - pernia'spopupshop.com
Double Slit kurta with skirt making a bold style statement.
Source – pernia’spopupshop.com

You can also read our full guide on how to sizzle in kurtas with skirts here.

  1. Churidar Suit

If you cannot narrow down on any of the outfits, then a churidar suit would always be a saviour. It is evergreen and makes a subtle style statement. Wear it with kundan jhumkas, lots of bangles and you’d be good to go.

Simple and classy!! Source - indianroots.com
Simple and classy!!
Source – Indianroots.com

 

This monotone mustard beauty is classic and will make a great outfit for mehndi function. Source - indianroots.com
This monotone mustard beauty is classic and will make a great outfit for mehandi function.
Source – Indianroots.com

And you know what the best part is, you can flaunt your new heels perfectly with a churidar suit. You can wear it for any of the functions of the wedding and it’ll be a safe bet.

  1. Skirt with shirt

After seeing Anushka Sharma rocking the plain white shirt with embellished skirt in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, we’ve got the perfect mehandi outfit idea.

#outfitgoals
#outfitgoals

For the modern contemporary bride, a crisp shirt with skirt is a great way to experiment and give an edge to the basic bridal wear. It’s stylish, classy and very much in vogue.

  1. Cape with dhoti/skirt

Dhoti pants have been a favourite and we cannot stop raving about them. But they are seldom experimented with. It is time to give your wedding look book an Indo-western twist with a dhoti salwar. Pair it with a jacket or a cape for the reception.

The burnt orange adding a feminine dash to the royal blue! Crushing on this look!
The burnt orange adding a feminine dash to the royal blue! Crushing on this look!

 

outfit ideas for weddings
Doesn’ get prettier than this! And look at those gorgeous dragonflies.
Source – thedelhibride.com

Add a little oomph to the look with heels and curled hair. Simple, elegant and classy, this is one outfit that’ll make you the talk of the party. You could also pair the cape with a skirt and it’ll look stunning.

So which of these options are you most excited to experiment with this wedding season? Do let us know in the comments section below.

Until next time, happy dressin’ up!

Kritika Manchanda is an author of a fiction novel – ‘December Breeze’ and a Features Writer at Let’s Expresso. In addition to being a lifestyle and travel blogger, she is an ardent reader and a crazy dog girl!
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