Finally, the awaited days are round the corner! Your beloved friend is getting married – and you can’t wait to immerse yourself in all the grand celebrations. Running around collating awesome gifts and getting yourself primed for 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, don’t fret – we have some super suggestions for fun pre-wedding galas like Mehendi, Sangeet, Shagun, and whatnot!

Meanwhile, there are a few things that you must keep in mind for the perfect appearance 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 dress-up accordingly.

Here are ten pointers – with gorgeous, hand-picked Mehendi and Sangeet outfit ideas for guests to ace these events –

1. The Girly Glam Element:

Trendy Fashion – Chic, contemporary, and in-vogue – because pre-wedding functions like Mehendi and Sangeet are occasions when you can experiment beyond ceremonial palettes and classic silhouettes. Your choices need not be traditional for these events – though you can stick to color themes. You will be with friends, and there will be plenty of youngsters, fun, music, and dance.

Capes, shrugs, crop top-lehenga combinations, saree gowns, lehenga sarees, trosers suits – make smart-dressing ideas. A few pieces of statement accessories can elevate your look- for those picture-perfect moments that you’d love to share!

2. Young and peppy:

Youthful – feminine & flirty – and gorgeous & girly! Show the world 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 enjoyment, friendly banter, and tonnes of happy, electric energy! Get cold shoulder sleeves, sheer necklines, go without a dupatta, or you can take the convenient charm of pastel, off-beat hues.

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

3. Fluid silhouettes:

Relaxed Silhouettes – and Intelligent Bottoms – that would let you dance and move around – especially if you are going to perform on stage – or have a lithe, longish groove list on the mind. 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 ethnic Kurti is quite a good choice – if you wish to keep the vibe casual and relaxed.

Choose flared suits or trousers, culottes or ankle-length palazzos, or take over with a statement bottom- like flowy, floor-grazing shararas and flared parallels. Ethnic skirts that hover at ankles are also a good idea. You can also opt for Anarkali suits or gowns/ frock style Anarkalis are a good idea.

4. Comfortable and easy to carry:

Comfort Matters when you want to dance around conveniently and feel relaxed through the long ceremonies. It applies double if the weather is warm, and the mehndi function may be in an outdoor garden setting – and when you plan to dance like crazy!

Net sarees,or chic half and half sarees are good options – when you drape them in seedha pallu style and are comfortable carrying them. Readymade sarees also count as suitable Sangeet & Mehndi outfits for guests and bridesmaids.

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 what’s 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, saree gowns, and most importantly – crop tops and contemporary lehengas. Fun, no?

Or, go for Western dresses style silhouettes that are being favored by 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:

Choose Carefully – Sequined sarees in light colors and monotone salwar suits are suitable Mehendi dresses for wedding guests and the bride’s closest entourage. The same applies to saree. 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. Colors to adorn: 

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 something brighter!

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 so classy and stylish. Add silver 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 & classic 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 they 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.

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 – as well as comfort and experience.

Thus, choose wisely. Of course, matching them right 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. Do try them – for a Mehendi and Sangeet function, as they have a lovely feel. Matha-pattis, maang teekas, hair chains, bodlas – 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 dance floor!