Indian fashion is all about the glitz and glamour and when it comes to wedding dresses, this is undoubtedly the one occasion when women (bride and guests alike) can go all out.
Whether you want something more traditional such as sarees and salwar kameez, or you’re leaning towards fusion wear such as saree gowns or corseted lehenga cholis, there are many different types of Indian wedding dresses to choose from.
Tip Top Tailor, with almost 20 years’ design and tailoring experience, says this day is all about the bride. “The most exquisite and beautiful garment at a wedding would be the Indian bridal dress, which comes with intricate, detailed designs and a regal silhouette to set the bride apart from the crowd.”
But with so many different designs, textures and styles on the shelves, where does a bride-to-be and her female guests even begin? If you're planning to tie the knot yourself, are a guest, or know someone who’s getting hitched, then these shopping destinations may be just what you’re looking for:
Having recently launched their Johannesburg store, Shringar has been curating Indian couture and jewellery since 2004. Staying true to the process of Eastern handcrafted beautification and adornment, their tagline “Draping bodies, creating lifestyles” is informed by the role that fashion plays in enhancing a person’s confidence and sense of self. What better way to create an unforgettable impression on your big day than with one of their wide selections of gorgeous garments.
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Indian Wedding Wear
Established in 2018 and based in Blackheath, Johannesburg, Indian Wedding Wear provides provide a reliable and convenient online service for brides and guests who prefer to shop from the comfort of their homes. All garments are imported from India and fabrics are of the best quality in the latest designs and trends. “Our refund policy will show that we are confident in our products and we are positive you will not get the same product for a better price in South Africa,” they say on their website.
Useful Indian Wedding Tips For Guests
So, you’ve received an invitation to a traditional Indian wedding and are stumped about what to wear or what’s appropriate to wear. Don’t stress! Indian weddings are known for extravagance, celebration and love. The Indian community enjoys when non-Indian guests embrace their culture through fashion and tradition. Follow these tips and you’ll be fine:
- Always wear bright colours.
- Wear any colour except red. This is reserved for the bride.
- Never wear white to an Indian wedding. This is for mourning and funerals.
- Black is also out of the question.
- Go for an opulent look but avoid wearing a dress more elaborate than the bride.
Written by Hayden Horner.
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