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Wedding Guest Dressing Inspirations from Ambani’s Gala

Natasha Poonawala in Pankaj S

Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani’s son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s pre-wedding festivities were nothing short of a spectacle. Not just top list stars from Bollywood, but the iconic Rihanna, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg from Meta descended to Jamnagar in Gujarat to join the grand celebrations. Pin all the celebrity appearances from the grand affair and you’ll have a vision board to follow through all the wedding RSVPs of the year. Here’s a lowdown on the looks spotted at the two-week-long festivities that will give you a slew of cues on how to ace wedding guest dressing.

The stars honoured the ‘Heritage Indian’ theme of the Hastakshar celebration with artisanal and culture-rich looks, drawing from India’s abundant textile traditions in classic form and style. Natasha Poonawala chose a Pankaj S sari ensemble that showcased impeccable traditional artistry, punctuated with colourful and gold-accented jewellery pieces while Khushi and Janhvi Kapoor chose traditional South Indian pattu saris made of silk. Meanwhile, Deepika Padukone and Shanaya Kapoor embraced heirloom-worthy Gharchola sari by Rimple & Harpreet.

Invest in the timeless elegance of a handwoven Gharchola or bandhani sari—six yards that transcend generations and gold the essence of tradition at weddings. If you’re stepping into the spotlight with the bride, a classic handwoven silk pattu sari can be a rare and special choice.

Deepika Padukone in Rimple & Harpreet

Shanaya Kapoor in Rimple & Harpreet

Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor in Manish Malhotra

Shades of gold and metallics reigned at the Ambani pre-wedding gala. A slew of high-shine styles took over the festivities. Radiating an ethereal charm, Kareena Kapoor Khan captivated onlookers with a bespoke masterpiece crafted by the couturier Ritu Kumar. Alia Bhatt mesmerised in an ensemble curated by the celebrated duo, Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, bedecked in a confluence of metallic hues and intricate motifs. Not to be outdone, both Gauri Khan and Suhana Khan exuded an aura of regal splendour bedecked sarees by Tarun Tahiliani. If you seek to radiate opulence at the festivities, picture yourself in gold ensembles, both colours and handcrafted embellishments.

Kareena Kapoor Khan in Ritu Kumar & Alia Bhatt in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

Gauri Khan in Tarun Tahiliani

Suhana Khan in Tarun Tahiliani

The ambience shimmered with the luminance of rhinestones, sequins, and even precious gemstones. Janhvi Kapoor slipped into a one-shoulder dress by Itrh for the party, while Kareena’s modern sequin-clad sari by Manish Malhotra shined as a symbol of divaesque elegance. Khushi Kapoor’s blushing pink Manish Malhotra lehenga was embellished with a symphony of flowers in three dimensions, denoting the after-dark cocktail hour for all the guests was all about leaving a lasting impression while expressing their style. Don’t shy away from rhinestones, sequins and 3-dimensional embellishments to ensure your wedding #OOTD doesn’t go unnoticed.

Janhvi Kapoor in Itrh

Kareena Kapoor Khan in Manish Malhotra

Khushi Kapoor in Manish Malhotra

As the festivities unfolded in glitz and glamour, it became abundantly clear that each guest had not merely adorned themselves in attire but had curated a masterpiece, a reflection of their individuality and discerning taste. For at the Ambani pre-wedding gala, the style was not merely a fleeting trend but a timeless expression of artistry and refinement.