The journey of a bride
Getting married and stepping into a new phase of life is a beautiful feeling- a mixed bag of emotions- especially for the bride who, following patriarchal norms embraces a new home and a new family. Taking wedding vows with your soul-mate is indeed a very special event and while you connect with your other half in the presence of the Divine, you’d want to be surrounded by the people you love the most- parents, siblings and other family members and, most importantly the family that you have chosen- friends! Being surrounded by your besties as you walk the aisle makes every moment exceptionally beautiful. These women are your bridesmaids- your guards- helpers- cheerleaders- your permanent allies. Whether it’s looking out for a missing hairpin or grabbing a quick snack before a ritual, re-living those old and happy memories or having that last drink as a bachelorette- your bridesmaids will always be there for you.
Making picturesque memories
Your wedding may last a few hours, or if you’re in India, it may go on for a couple of days- involving an ostentatious crowd decked up in colourful wedding lehengas, lustrous silk sarees and the glitter of gold. But moments captured and frozen in your digital camera and your smartphones will last a lifetime! These days, following the western culture where bridesmaids grace a wedding ceremony in uniform outfits, Indian brides too have become enthusiastic about their girl squad turning up in similar outfits and posing for outstandingly gorgeous pictures.
Buying the best bridesmaid outfit
You may be one of those prefers being in a clique or if you’re a social butterfly, there may be over a dozen beauties surrounding you on your D-day. The outfit that you choose for your bridesmaid should be chosen on the basis of the following criteria:
- The colour of your outfit–
Your bridesmaids should be dressed in a palette that complements your bridal garment. Choose an appealingly contrasting shade for your squad- like if you’re wearing a red lehenga choli then your bridesmaids could be dressed in cream or yellow lehenga cholis. Avoid hues that may blend with your own outfit, for you have to be prominent one!
- The theme and ambience of the venue–
A quiet ceremony by the lake can have the bridesmaids walking in wearing fuss-free blue, aqua or green Anarkali suits or floor-length gowns. For a traditional set-up, a fuchsia pink cotton silk saree with zari border or a green sharara suit can be chosen as the dress code. Complementing the bridesmaids’ garments with the interiors of the function or with the details of the photo booth is always a good idea.
- Your budget–
In order to have your girlies wearing the same outfit for your wedding, you may have to invest resources! By gifting the bridesmaid outfit to your circle, you can ensure that your dress code is strictly followed. You can look out for good deals online like- sarees under 1999 INR or low priced party-wear kurtis in art silk and georgette.
- The composition of your circle–
Do all your bridesmaids have a similar frame? Or do they differ in figure types? While it may be easy to finalize the bridesmaid outfit for the former, choosing a wedding uniform for the latter can be a challenging task. floor-length style Anarkali kurtis, flared evening gowns, palazzo suits and indo-western lehenga suits are festive-worthy silhouettes that go well with all figure types.
Being the perfect bridesmaid
Smiles and tears- a quick flashback of memories- saying good bye to your bestie as she steps into a new phase of her life can be can be a difficult task yet, being a bridesmaid is a beautiful feeling. It strengthens the bond that you share with the bride- making every moment more special for both of you.
The concept of bridesmaids is not new to the Indian culture in fact, a lot of rituals demand that the bride should not be left alone for a few days before her wedding, leading to her being accompanied by other women at all times. But over the years, cultural diffusion from the west has changed the way bridesmaids are portrayed, decked up in similar outfits and getting elaborate photo-shoots done with the bride just before the wedding. A bridal shower has also become an inherent part of Indian weddings these days- which is a bash held before the wedding where the bride and her group of girlies come together and have a blast.
Dressing up as a perfect bridesmaid
The most baffling question that can haunt you for weeks is- what to wear for your friend’s wedding. It’s an occasion where you’ll mostly be standing next to the bride and being noticed by all- and that’s where looking impeccable becomes a prime goal. Your outfits should ideally be dressy enough to complement the attire of the bride and at the same time it should be comfortable to let you move around, getting endless wedding errands done!
Choosing apt wedding outfits also depends upon your individual personality as well as the dress code of the event. If your friend has planned a particular look for her girl gang, then you’d better give in and wear what she dictates- for disappointing her on her D-day would be the last thing on your mind!
If there’s a specific ‘wedding uniform’ planned, then you have the liberty to pamper the style goddess in you. Keeping classics aside, you can pick up the latest trends in ethnic wear like indo-western lehenga suits, sharara suits and Anarkali gowns. Well but if you’re a staunch patron of traditional wear, then you can opt for a traditional lehenga choli or an art silk or georgette saree– which is absolutely a worthy option for the wed-lock ceremony.
Fusion-wear options for bridesmaids
Contemporary clothing is the new definition of ethnic wear. Cowl draped kurtis, peplum lehenga cholis, saree gowns- there are endless fusion wear options available in the market to glam you up differently for each function. Since you’ve been given the special title of being a bridesmaid with of course, the spicy vibe associated with being a ‘saali’ (sister-in-law of the groom), it would be fun to add a little drama to your look with contemporary details like ruffles, off-shoulder sleeves, corset tops, etc.
Whether you’re the bride looking out for suitable bridesmaid outfits in bulk, or the bridesmaid herself planning her wardrobe for her friend’s wedding, make sure you have your outfits ready well in advance to avoid last minute rush. Also complement your accessories smartly for a striking look- vibrant and mesmerizing- it’s an Indian wedding after all! While being a bridesmaid is exhilarating, having one beside you while you’re tying the knot is equally joyous! Enjoy this rare phase to the hilt and with complete confidence.