Gone are the days when all that an Indian groom had to do was shave his beard, brush his hair, slip on his wedding dress (sherwani) and show up. These days, under the eye of ever-critical social media spectators, grooms are as conscious of their appearance as their brides.
However, from making appointments with a hair stylist to working out at the gym and getting a mani-pedi, there’s little time for anything else – let alone finding stores to shop for your attire.
Indian weddings are grand three-day affairs comprising of lavish feasts, abundant decorations and lots of ceremonies. So it’s no wonder that the groom is expected to spend a lot of time planning his trio of looks. And deciding whether to wear a sherwani, an achkan, a kurta pyjama or a kurta dhoti can all be quite daunting.
But don’t stress, lucky guy! The following online and flagship stores will get you to the alter looking your best on your special day:
This boutique located in Midrand supplies high-end Eastern flavoured wedding fashion with a combination of style and charm to give any man a royal look on their big day or any other occasion. Raja Rani’s stocks a variety of traditional designer wedding wear and accessories for men that are all created with comfort and class in mind. Grooms and their male guests are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss garment and accessory requirements for weddings or any other event or ceremony.
Details: rajaranis.co.za | 0113125804 | 0828863556 | Il Piacere, Unit 5, Block D, 49 New Road, Grand Central, Midrand, 1685
Kkashish A Touch Of Class
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Situated in the Oriental Plaza in Johannesburg, Kkashish A Touch Of Class is one of the more popular fashion and accessory destinations for Indian weddings. With over 20 years’ experience in textile and design, they offer a broad selection of ready-to-wear or custom designs for any occasion. Choose sherwanis, achkans, kurta pyjamas or kurta dhotis off the rack or consult with an expert on a your ideal garment. Kkashish A Touch of Class has a 12 – 15 working day waiting period so customers are advised to consult well in advance.
Details: kkashish.co.za | 0118347677 | 084600060 | Shop C1565/156, Grand Bazaar, Oriental Plaza, Fordsburg, Johannesburg, 2092
Useful Tips For Guests
South Africa’s main wedding season is from September to April and by now, if you’re lucky enough, you’ve likely received an invitation to one. If you've been invited to an Indian wedding you may be wondering: “What should I to wear to an Indian wedding as a guest? Follow these tips and you’ll be fine:
- Choose something simple yet chic. Wear a floral jacket and pair it with elegant Jodhpuri pants.
- For a more toned down outfit, try the traditional kurta pyjama and throw a waistcoat over it for added effect.
- You can’t go wrong with the basic chic shalwar kameez kurta paired with some amazing juttis (pants) and an eye-catching watch or bracelet
Remember: Looking amazing shows you actually made an effort, but try not to upstage the groom as this is in bad taste.
Written by Hayden Horner.
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