Big fat Indian weddings have always been a stylish affair - for both the bride and the guests. Dressing up for one takes a boatload of pre-planning, whether it is picking a designer, the silhouette and of course, jewellery to go with it. If someone from your first circle is getting married, you know it's time to pull out the big guns and hop on a bandwagon full of gorgeous lehengas and sarees, as just anarkalis wouldn't suffice.
As quarantine weddings are a concept new to everyone, we still need a tad bit of inspiration on how to dress aptly without overpowering the bride. Enter our forever saviours, the celebs, who wore stunning pieces during the lockdown that are the answers to our prayers. These ensembles neatly intersect the amount of dressing-up required, and the expected minimalism of a wedding guest.
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The latest addition to her roster of lehengas is this classy polka-dotted number by Arpita Mehta. The striped tie-dye dupatta with cowrie shell detailing elevates our penchant for the age-old printing technique. Since statement blouses are big this season, we're totally crushing on this sequin bandeau one. Steal her look by pairing this teal outfit with enamel blue chaandbaalis.
One look into Athiya Shetty's ethnic closet and you'll find a slew of timeless yet new-age pieces. Cue this Tarun Tahiliani concept saree that she wore as a bridesmaid has all thing that we fancy in a modern number - embellished blouse, contemporary silhouette, and feather detailing. You can either style it with a statement crystal maangtikka, or go for beaded shoulder-dusters.
If you're as big a fan of traditional sarees as Shraddha Kapoor, then this georgette yellow number by Arpita Mehta is a stunning option for you. It is equal parts classic and elegant, plus the actress made a strong case for the style since she wore it to her cousin's engagement. The camel-twig print is in tandem with the tonal embroidery so that nothing about the whole outfit seems outlandish. You can definitely have fun with accessorizing here by opting for oxidized necklace and jhumka set and stealing that gorgeous The Pink Potli add-on.
Feeling Shraddha's outfit but want to go for a fusion number? Check out Sonakshi Sinha's georgette yellow cape set by the same designer. Easy-breezy and stylish, this pant set is a mood-lifting iteration of the saree. If comfort is your primary requisite, then definitely go for this front-open style. Pair the peppy piece with kundan chandbaalis or mathapatti for a quirky statement.
Kiara Advani is bringing the 90s back with this polka-dotted georgette saree with a bohemian-inspired blouse by Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor. If you love the retro-chic style to hearts, then definitely go for this number for a family-and-friends only phera ceremony. The choli features chic sequin embroidery and cowrie shells, so a multicolour beaded choker set a trendy option that'll complement it. Seal the deal with an embellished waist-belt and wedge heels.
Let Bhumi lead the way on how to ace failsafe floral lehengas like a pro. This Manish Malhotra ensemble gets all the points for being the perfect wedding guest look that even bridesmaids can consider. There's literally no wrong way to wear the piece so experiment with the dupatta's drape to add on to the regal vibe. Since you get to show some skin with THAT plunging neckline of the blouse, try avoiding necklaces and go for chunky polki earrings with kaan-chain instead.
Loving all the elegant options but still want to dress down? Kirti's striped saree is for you. The chanderi piece by Pranay Baidya is for all the traditionalists at heart who don't shy away from resorting to a tried-and-true silhouette. She looks absolutely stunning in this number that features a chevron-printed blouse with a deep-neckline. Kudos to her on nailing the subtle aesthetic with blue stone-drop earrings. This look shall be repeated for all the days that our moms make us attend functions.
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Give in to your temptations and get yourself a versatile organza saree, preferably this Fatima-approved number by Torani. The Dangal actress looks pristine in this pink style with tone-on-tone embroidery, proving that you don't have to wear overtly flamboyant pieces at a wedding. Add a romantic touch to the look by pairing crystal chandbaalis, embellished clutch and roses embedded in your hair.
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