Weddings in India are a grand and extravagant affair that bring families and communities together. The main ceremony is followed by several other festivities that are nothing less than a seemingly endless party. With destination weddings high in popularity, weddings have also become a much-needed vacation away from our fast-paced lives complete with elaborate week-long celebrations, luxurious stays and exotic cuisines. Designers have taken notice, and are now creating collections specifically for destination weddings. Decadent, ornate lehengas are being swapped with pared-down yet statement-making pieces that allow freedom of movement.
To ace the wedding style game and for those stunningly candid photographs, you need to plan your ensembles in line with what the destination demands. A lightweight and comfortable look like chiffon and tulle lehengas from Mrunalini Rao in muted shades are perfect for beachside weddings. While timeless pieces like saris from Sabyasachi, with high buns and heritage jewellery, are absolute stunners and elegant picks for palace weddings. Multi-functional pieces, such as skirts with capes and gowns with detachable trails, are also a favoured pick as they go from being function appropriate to after-party appropriate in seconds.
Climate also needs to be factored in while deciding upon destination wedding wear. Summer weddings demand outfits made from breathable fabrics like organza and chanderi while winter weddings offer the opportunity to experiment with rich fabrics like velvets and silks. Layered outfits like jacket sets from Tarun Tahiliani are a great way to go from day-time to the relatively cooler night-time. There has also been a shift in the accessories and jewellery that brides wear. Statement but minimalistic pieces are now the norm, reflecting the intimate and relaxed nature of these weddings.
Destination weddings aren’t just a unique experience anymore. They are also responsible for shaping up the future of Indian bridal wear. Shop our favourites here.