Get ready to face it- an entirely diverse set of emotions! The chaos brought upon by the sweltering heat and the elation of attending a myriad of parties, the summer wedding season is here again. As the heat grows to get ruthlessly into your veins, you may want to just put that wedding card aside and pretend that you never received it. While this behavior may sound really absurd, we’ve got better ideas for you!

The changing norms of Indian wedding wear

Rama Green Banarasi Jacquard Designer Lehenga Choli with Zari Weaving

Until a few years back, women’s wedding attire was judged solely on the basis of its indulgent details- more dazzle led to better scores! Zardozi embroidered wedding lehenga cholis, heavy silk sarees, elaborately detailed Anarkali suits; being decked up like a goddess was a norm for Indian weddings.  Thankfully, the scenario has changed for the better- women have opened up to more practical wedding-wear options that can be restyled later for smaller and less formal occasions.

Summer friendly themes and dress codes

Tying the knot while the mercury levels are soaring high? Make sure you have a dress code that’s inviting, having your squad ditch your wedding due to the heat would be the last thing you’d want! Work out the right details for your audience with these cool summer-friendly themes and make your wedding a happening one:

Colour Codes

White and Cream

Off White Net Designer Saree with 3D Flowers

It’s been a long time that the palette of whites has graduated from being a bland one to being a sought-after style statement. Celebrities too have been smitten by the ethereal vibe of white tones which has also made it as a dress code for some recently held celebrity wedding functions. As a host, having a white and cream colour code will look more picturesque with subtle interiors- white lilies and orchids and overall white decor- your summer wedding party couldn’t be cooler than this.

Off White Net Designer Anarkali Suit with Resham Embroidery

If you’re invited to such an event begin with choosing the right shade. Pearl and ivory to various tones of cream- pick the one that complements your skin tone. A white floor-length anarkali suit or a comfortably loose white palazzo suit with a zari woven designer dupatta or even a white mirror work lehenga choli, you’re free to indulge in majestic silhouettes- it is an Indian wedding after all!

Pink Passion

Light Pink Net Saree with 3 D Flowers

It is difficult to find women who detest pink- most of the ladies on this planet would agree with the idea of pink being one of the prettiest colours. So having a pink dress code for your wedding will undoubtedly raise the excitement levels of your invitees, you need not convince them further! This colour code will go well with parties held in a garden, farm house or in a resort.

Light Pink Net Designer Anarkali Suit with Resham Embroidery

Shades like pastel, dusty pink, blush, rose, fuchsia, rani- let your ensemble be flooded with one of these tones or a blend- like a pink ombre chiffon saree. Style it with a layered pearl necklace, a white clutch bag, brown sunnies and a pink rose hair accessory- a look that will be talked about even weeks after the wedding.

Yellow

Yellow and Beige Banarasi Silk Mughal Art Inspired Digital Floral Print Ethnic Gown

You might instantly start feeling warm on thinking about this hue, but isn’t it the most summery colour- the brightest of all! And what could be a better occasion for having people flaunting different shades of the sun than an outdoor summer wedding function. Traditionally a yellow dress code is followed for the Haldi ceremony but you can change the rules and have it for any of the ceremonies- the mehendi, Ganesh puja or even the wed-lock.

Yellow Crepe Silk Gathered Lehenga Choli

Yellow pure silk sarees get a big thumbs-up for such occasions and especially for the bridesmaid team- you can accessorize the saree with pink floral jewellery. Women with light skin tones can pick outfits in shades of lemon and pastel yellow while mustard and golden yellow will go well for the ones with dark skin. A yellow tunic or ethnic dress with floral details will go well for a Mehendi party.

Aquamarine

Teal Blue Net Designer Anarkali Suit with Sequins Work

Planning to throw a free-spirited wedding bash by the pool-side? Then you might as well have an audience blend in with the aquatic base. Sea blue to sea green- every shade on this scale looks stunning and refreshing- energetic enough to pep up the mood of your invitees despite the scorching sun above.

Sea Green and Dark Steel Blue Half and Half Woven Saree with Embroidered Border

The aqua theme by itself is quite refreshing so you’d better match it up with equally spirited silhouettes like a long tunic, dhoti suit, jacket lehenga-choli or an indo-western salwar suit. Saree-lovers can drape a ruffle saree in shades of aqua where the ruffle details will look more like waves over the sea.

Metallic delights

Beige Banarasi Jacquard Designer Lehenga Choli with Zari Weaving

Glorious gold and sophisticated silver- metallic ostentation has always been a part of Indian weddings. A metallic dress code can make your wedding look more pompous- so without a second thought, just go for it! For a golden theme, a golden net gown with tulle details will give you a doll-like look. If you’re not inclined towards the idea of looking like a fairy then pick a golden beige saree with zari border, golden tissue lehenga choli or a golden silk sharara suit. Options with metallic tones are plenty and with the colour of precious metals you can never go wrong!

Grey Shimmer Lycra Designer Saree with Embroidered Cutwork Border

In the same way you can decide on having a silver code; outfits with shimmer and base tones of grey, lavender or white- these are perfect for a dazzling night like the ring ceremony.

Other Outfit Themes

Flower mania

Grey Organza Silk Digital Floral Printed Lehenga Choli with Embroidered Border

With flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes turn your wedding into a gorgeous bouquet! The floral theme is one of the safest ones- it can be easily followed and that too without any grudges from your guests. Most of the women possess floral outfits and if not, floral lehenga cholis, floral sarees and suits are readily available in the market and online as well.

Lakhnavi- Chikankari

Cream Georgette Straight Cut Suit with Lucknowi Chikankari Embroidery

This age-old art that involves thread embroidery with beads and sequins carries a timeless classic allure. This outfit theme might not work well with a larger audience, but for your immediate family and closer relatives it is an excellent summer wedding dress code. The bridesmaids can wear lakhnavi detailed indo-western lehenga suits with coordinated colours. Pearl jewellery goes well with such outfits and this theme can also be extended to the men in the family.

Bandhani

Red Banarasi Silk Bandhej Designer Lehenga Choli

Getting married in a palace or in a heritage resort is quite common these days. If you have planned something on these lines, then you might as well have a Bandhani themed party for any of the functions. Bandhani prints have a rich history of being patronized by the royal families of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh so while you’re getting ready to become a princess, have your guests turn up in their regal best.

Orange and Red Ombre Silk Designer Bandhej Saree

As a wedding attendee- a Bandhani printed saree will be one of the best options. Such outfits can later be restyled for smaller occasions and even for casual wear; being a practical shopper is always a good idea!

The list of theme does not end here, you have a neutral color base theme or pick any other detail- you know your audience better so explore and pick the best themes to make your summer wedding a delight for all.