What to Wear to a Big Fat Indian Wedding

There are many things I love about Indian culture, but hands down, one of my favorite aspects is weddings! Outside of South Asia, the idea of week-long wedding festivities sounds strange, over-the-top, and exhausting. But for us Indians, these long ceremonies and endless rituals are simply second-nature, allowing for more precious time with family and friends while making memories that we’’ll never forget. And if you’re like me, weddings are also your chance to dress up in your finest Indian clothes and jewelry. What can I say? It might not be your big day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pull out all the stops!

When planning my looks for the many weddings I’m lucky to attend, I often find myself turning to MATSYA. This Indian clothing brand is a long time favorite of mine, partially because I love how I FEEL–not just look– in their clothes. The designer, Utkarsh Ahuja, aims to transform every woman who wears his clothing into a modern-day princess. From my personal experience with MATSYA, I can assure you that he delivers exactly what he promises. So what better time to feel royal than at the wedding of one of your nearest and dearest! Let me show you how an outfit from MATSYA is exactly what you need to look amazing at any and every wedding event you have coming up.

Haldi

Besides the practical benefit of boosting the skin’s pre-wedding glow, the Haldi ceremony is all about ensuring the bride and groom are blessed for their marriage with all the best wishes.  As such, the haldi is emotional for the families of, both, the bride and the groom, but it’s also fun for all the other guests who can’t wait to smear their bit of haldi on the couple. We all know how messy this event can get so it’s no surprise that yellow is the color of choice at a Haldi–it makes masking any turmeric stains on your clothes easy.

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I have a white and yellow kurta and palazzo set from MATSYA that is perfect for a Haldi. Plus, the traditional outfit allows for lots of experimentation. I revamped the long kurta by tying my dupatta as a belt. The flowy and shapeless silhouette instantly took on a more defined shape, transforming it into a completely different garment. Coupled with heeled sandals and a Valentino bag, this look is customized to my personal style, but also perfectly in line with the mood of this traditional ceremony.

Incase you’re not feeling the traditional yellow, MATSYA offers a few of different color options for you guys to choose from!

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Mehendi

If you’re close to the bride and lucky enough to snag an invite to her Mehendi, keep it festive. This is a totally girly event, so it’s a perfect opportunity to try out some soft pastel colours like mint green or blush pink!

Another look that I recently sported that I absolutely loved has me besotted with the brand for life.

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I love this sky blue lehenga with organza weave and Lucknowi gota zardozi work. It’s fairly simple but the accompanying pastel pink dupatta is guaranteed to make your Mehendi outfit stand out. The angrakha style blouse with flared sleeves makes it an exquisite outfit to be worn for Mehendi. I think a pair of bold drop earrings would finish this look perfectly!

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Sangeet

Considering the Sangeet is basically a part one of the Wedding Reception, it’s definitely an opportunity to get glitz and glammed! Between endless singing and dancing, you all know how insane a Sangeet can get, so I recommend a unique outfit, unexpected styling, and atypical silhouettes. For me, this event brings a chic, yet classic lehenga to mind.

This elegant gray and gold lehenga can look effortlessly beautiful on any girl. To compliment the oomph of the Sangeet, intricate floral embroidery in bright pink hues on this gold gotta patti would never fail to make heads turn. Shades of gray for a summer wedding is the real deal, and the hints of pink and gold just gives it that something extra. If you can’t already tell, this outfit from MATSYA is already whimsical and unconventional. By adding a few key accessories you can style the outfit beautifully.

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Ceremony

After several festive events, the actual Wedding Ceremony will probably require the most conservative outfit of all. Partially because this is the bride’s time to shine, but also because the setting of the wedding might mandate it (ie. if the wedding is at a temple you might want to be more subdued than if you were outside or already at the reception venue.) Also, depending on the Ceremony’s seating arrangement and length, you may want to dress comfortably. Plus, being comfortable will allow you to focus on the importance of the ceremony… I mean, it’s the whole reason you’re even at a wedding!

For the recent Wedding Ceremony of one of my friends, I sported a look from MATSYA. An understated golden motif accented my lehenga’s muted off-white color, while the Parsi embroidery dupatta added a romantic and elegant touch to the look. The latest collection is even better and has some really unique options that will allow you to stand out but still look classy.

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Reception

Okay, so I might’ve said earlier in this post that the Sangeet is a preview of the Reception, but I’m going to amend that and say that receptions can be a bit more formal. Yes, you’ll ultimately end up dancing the night away, but before that, there will be speeches, cake cutting, and other more structured moments. The Reception will most likely be the last event of the wedding, so it makes sense there will be some finality to wish the newlyweds well before they begin their new journey together. This season, it’s only befitting to continue with the soft, pastel shades. The peaches and lavender options from the collection have amazing detailing which makes the investment totally worth it!Mastya 5

Be honest…were you able to make it to the end of this post without checking your calendar to see when your next wedding is? Just the thought of styling Indian clothing makes me so excited and I know I’m eagerly awaiting my next event. I hope these looks from MATSYA gave you some inspiration for the next wedding you’ll be attending. And don’t worry, I’ll pray you get invited to another one soon!

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Do you have a favorite wedding event? What do you like to wear to it? Let me know in the comments. Also, be sure to tell me about any of your best wedding guest outfits. I’m always looking for inspiration!

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