Finally, the awaited days are around the corner! Your beloved friend is getting married – and we’re sure you cannot wait to immerse yourself in all the celebrations- the precious moments- with all the aesthetics of perfectly planned wedding outfits!

Running around for your bridesmaid duties amidst the frenzied festivities is already too much work – but what can be stressing you out is one big question-

What will you wear for the line-up of pre-wedding functions?

Well, before you fret about the last question– we’ve got some super suggestions to curate just the right ensembles for pre-wedding galas like Mehendi, Sangeet, Shagun, and the array of rituals.

Meanwhile, there are a few things that you must keep in mind for being presentable and enjoying the celebrations to the hilt. Fashion and style are relevant during the social hours – but for an event that is likely to stretch for hours, demands running around for errands, makes you meet plenty of people – and propels you towards the dance floor at every second opportunity – you got to choose your sarees, lehengas, fusion wear or any style you prefer- carefully.

Here are some must-follow details with gorgeous, hand-picked Mehendi and Sangeet outfit ideas for guests to ace these events –

1. The Girly Glam Code

Indulge in trendy Fashion – Chic, contemporary, and in-vogue silhouettes – for that’s what pre-wedding functions like Mehendi and Sangeet are all about! You can experiment beyond ceremonial palettes and classic styles, deviating from repetitive traditional wear and giving a youthful, refreshing touch to your wardrobe.

Shrugs, jackets, crop top palazzo combinations, Anarkali gowns, lehenga sarees, and ethnic jumpsuits make smart-dressing ideas. A few statement accessories can elevate your look- for those picture-perfect moments you’d love to share all over social media!

2. Keep it peppy:

Feminine & flirty – and gorgeous & girly! The mehendi event gives you just an apt chance to flaunt your chirpy side as you dress up to channel a youthfully fun vibe. After all, who doesn’t wish to be trendy and fashion-forward at these ceremonies, which are all about friendly banter and tonnes of happy, electric energy! Get cold shoulder sleeves, and sheer necklines, omit the regular dupatta, or take the convenient charm of pastel, off-beat tones!

You can choose gowns or floor-length ensembles with a young and stylish appeal – and let you strut your stuff around! You can also do away with ornamental overdose, yet a smattering of glitter will always be a score-adding element.

3. Fluid silhouettes:

Relaxed fits – are all you need to be front-stage and backstage at the time, performing your bridesmaid duties like a pro! And if you have a stage performance at the event, then comfort dressing is definitely your thing. Don’t wear too heavy a lehenga that will weigh you down. Avoid clumsy, excessive flares – as they will swamp your moves. Watch out for extra-long palazzo pants or lehengas that may get tangled in your feet – when you jump and groove. An Indo-Western Kaftan Kurti is quite a good choice – if you want to keep the vibe casual and relaxed.

You can also choose peplum suits with wide-leg palazzo bottoms or take over the occasion with a statement dress. Ethnic skirts that hover at the ankles are also a good idea. You can also opt for Anarkali suits or gowns to infuse a dose of grandeur into your wardrobe.

4. Quick-Glam Styles

Running out of time is an unavioiable thing at weddings. How about fixing your style quotient with outfits that are easy to wear and carry around? Invest in readymade or pre-stitched sarees designed in fuss-free fabrics like chiffon, georgette, and fluid silks.

Net sarees paired with chic designer blouses are also a great choice if you’re planning a sensuous appeal as a bridesmaid!

Lehenga suits and peplum lehenga cholis are also great for dance parties. A long kameez with a not-so-flared lehenga skirt offers a swish cover-up for a flabby midriff– and more – these are fashion-friendly staples with an undisputed touch of regalia.

5. Channeling the Fusion Vibe:

Favor fusion-wear in tune with ongoing trends is convenient to wear & manage – and is adaptable for numerous occasions. You can even pair the separates of Indo-Western suits and palazzo-crop top jacket suits differently (to create new ensembles). Think evening gowns inspired party-wear suits and plain silk sarees with designer blouses, flared satin silk gowns, and most importantly – crop tops and contemporary lehengas. Fun, no?

Or, go for Western dresses style silhouettes that are making a hit among Indians worldwide now! You can still stick to simple Anarkalis – yet choose something with a fusion bent, like a ruffle lehenga or frilly layered gown.

6. Tap in the Trends:

Sequined sarees in light pastel hues and monotone salwar suits are suitable Mehendi dresses for wedding guests and the bride’s closest entourage. The same applies to a wide range of minimalistic sarees. As for lehengas – choose one in woven fabrics for a festive or wedding function look – or go for plain silk and satin ones with minimal embroideries, ruffles, or embellished patches.

Go Easy on Embellishments- choose ostentation on your sangeet outfit with care – as something too heavy may appear over-dressed, more like a wedding look. Something garish or overly done may also make you look older and weighed down – and some extra heavy ones may get too uncomfortable and awkward.

7. The Aesthetics of Palettes

It’s a delightful celebration- time to indulge in happy hues! As a guest, your outfit color code can extend beyond the ceremonial color palettes of reds, oranges, or pinks for these pre-wedding galas.

You can explore the novel side of neons, yellows, greens, and blues or go for crazy multi-hued options. Even whites/ off-whites, greys, blacks, and deeper jewel tones like navy blue and purple go well for these functions. Well, you can pepper them with brighter accessories!

If you don’t want to go too far with your color choices – stick to favorites and staples, but employ the mix-and-match trend to your advantage. Pair a golden or beige blouse with a magenta lehenga – and add a color-blocked dupatta!

Magical Metallics and Natural Neutrals – for a radiant yet classy glow! Colors are your great friends – but so are metallic hues of golds, silvers, coppers, and bronze – and neutrals bases like cream, beige, and fawn.

Combine a white or beige outfit (often off the wedding list hue) with gold, and your dress becomes party-perfect yet classy and stylish. Add silvery accents to your traditional red lehenga for a charming, youthful edge. Like neutrals, metallic accents are versatile and easy to pair with almost all kinds of trends, embellishments and looks.

As Indians, our love for bling is well known – you can add a little shine here and there – and any outfit you choose becomes party and wedding-ready. It is a smart-dressing tip for those who don’t wish to spend a fortune on pre-wedding function outfits!

If you have subtle, simple tastes, adding light color accents to a largely neutral and metallic base outfit is a voguish way to Mehendi and Sangeet wardrobe gorgeousness. Who said your gold accents have to be flashy – understated, muted, antique finishes perfectly well too!

8. Pretty Prints and Woven Patterns:

From practical to fun prints & classics to quirky fabric patterns – you can create a unique look for modern-day Sangeet and mehndi parties. These elements are perfect for a light, embellishments-free feel that exudes effortless glamor.

Classic to exotic prints and timeless weaves are huge this season and are easy to carry. Experiment with ethnic weaves like Banarasi or Kanjeevaram – for an opulent yet light-weight, embroidery-free outfit, or choose floral prints over organza for a vintage, dreamy, and girly feel. If print details are not what you prefer, you can pair a plain lehenga or plain saree with a self-patterned, designer choli. Even a bandhani-printed lehenga is a sustainable choice for every age.

9. Accessorize Right:

Be spot-on in the Accessories Game! – Be it shoes, bags, or your adornments and jewelry, accessories can make or break your look – comfort and experience.

Thus, choose wisely. Of course, matching accessories matters – and so do the latest styles and fashion – but ensure you feel confident, relaxed, and comfortable too. Heels too high, new point toes that kill, danglers so heavy you get a headache, bags/ clutches so out-of-sorts, you feel clumsy – are all NO-NO. All this, however, does not mean you cannot experiment and enjoy. But, avoid overdoing anything. For example – go easy on earrings if wearing a heavy neckpiece – and vice versa.

Flowery hair accessories and sparkling hair jewels are big right now. They look chic and youthful too. Explore these pretty options – for a Mehendi and Sangeet function, as they have a lovely feel. Matha-patti, maang teekas, hair chains – all make great choices.

I hope you put these tips to full use to dress up beautifully for your friend’s or cousin’s pre-wedding functions. You can choose lovely Indian ethnic outfits – tailor-made for these ultra-special ceremonies from

Rock the celebrations!