Your wedding dress is probably the most important piece of clothing that you’ll ever purchase, and when it comes to an Indian wedding, you’re truly spoilt for choice.
While Western brides are pretty limited when it comes to choosing a dress, Indian brides have a wide choice of styles and colours available to them, which make it an even tougher choice.
Here are a couple of quick tips to help you find the dress that will leave you feeling fantastic when you finally tie the knot, or perhaps if you’re a Western guest attending your first Indian wedding and are unsure on what to wear.
As we mentioned, there’s much more scope to express yourself with an Indian wedding dress, with no strict rules over what style or colour you should go for.
This means you can really express yourself with your choice of dress and try to showcase a bit of personality with it.
According to Sonas Couture: “Whether you want to go with something a bit more feminine and contemporary or something more traditional with a touch of elegance and class, don’t be afraid to try something a little different.
“Be sure to try lots of different styles before landing on a decision and we’re sure that you’ll know when you’ve found the right one.”
Consider the Whole Outfit
It’s important to remember with Indian weddings that while the dress is the centrepiece, it’s just part of a larger outfit and it’s important to always consider how the whole thing is going to fit together.
Make sure to try everything on before making your final decision and take along any other pieces which you have already purchased, such as a dupatta.
If possible, try and try dresses on with your hair and makeup done too, so you can get the full picture of how you’re going to look on the big day.
Colour is obviously a huge part of an Indian wedding, so it’s one of the most important things to take into consideration with a dress.
While it’s good to experiment, it’s also a good idea to try and match the colour of the dress to your skin tone.
Those with fair skin should avoid darker coloured dresses and opt for brighter colours like peach, orange, fuchsia and yellow, but those with a more common olive complexion can be much more open with their choice of colour.
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth
Indian weddings truly bring the whole family together (and then some!), and while it’s great to have so many people on hand to help you decide upon your dress for the big day, remember the old saying of “too many cooks spoil the broth”.
While it’s great to get more than one opinion, things can get confusing and you can even start to feel under pressure if you’ve got too many opinions.
Don’t be afraid to politely ask the people who aren’t part of the bridal party to leave you to make your own decision and remember that ultimately, it’s your day, so you should be able to wear exactly what you want!
For some Indian wedding dress inspiration, check out this roundup from LoveToKnow with some of the various types of dress that are available.