With the summer wedding season almost over, we now have the beautiful winter weddings coming up and what better time to prepare for it than four months early. Having just winded up with my elder sister’s wedding shenanigans, I have top tips for all you bridesmaids who want to look picture perfect for each celebration. From the fun mehendi outfits to the ultra-glamourous reception, we have got you covered. Be ready to bring your a-game to the wedding with my luxury wedding outfit guide!

With multitudes of designers available to us, it is essential to know where to find them. While stores like Aza, Ogaan and Ensemble have the largest multi-designer collections for you to pick up off-the-rack or with some customisations, the designer boutiques themselves are the best to get your dream bespoke outfit. If you are from Bombay, I would strongly recommend you to not visit Delhi for your outfits as all designers available here and certain styles can be sourced for you from the designers if requested.

MEHENDI

Wearing mucho colourful outfits may still be in trend, but why not stray from the trend and wear muted or pastel tones. Anamika Khanna‘s mustard outfits are the most gorgeous with delicate embroidery. If you would like something more wearable, opt for her classic black or white sets with prints and minimal embroidery that are also more affordable. I opted for a SVA (Sonam and Paras Modi) outfit for my sister’s sundowner mehendi. The latest SS19 collection is absolutely perfect for the day with butter yellow and onion pink hues. Don’t miss – SVA has the trendiest styles for young girls!

ENGAGEMENT / SANGEET

For a fun-filled night of dance and music, why should you stick to classic pinks and blues. I chose an off the ramp lemon green Anushree Reddy lehenga for the sangeet. However, I could not have been happier getting the lehenga (skirt) customised to give a more western look as the set lehenga was comparatively traditional. If you want to play it safe, trust Monisha Jaising to give you the most interesting concept sarees with the perfect fit in colours like black and navy blue.

WEDDING

What better time to wear my first saree than at my sister’s wedding pheras. Finding the perfect saree for us young girls can be quite difficult as we are certainly novices at draping them. Grab a stitched saree that you can carry to all the destination weddings in your calendar. I wore a printed pre-draped SVA saree with the most delicate dull gold trees and birds embroidery on the pallu (loose end of the saree). Opt for the colourful Manish Malhotra satin sarees with his classic heavily embroidered blouses to steal the show. Shyamal and Bhumika have a wide range of intricately embroidered traditional sarees and lehengas, perfect to carry out your bridesmaid duties in.

RECEPTION

The unsaid rule of receptions today are to wear gowns. And who better than Gaurav Gupta and Gavin Miguel to give you super glamorous gowns. While Gaurav Gupta’s structured gowns are the right amount of drama, Miguel’s fully embroidered gowns with interesting cut-outs and strappy backs give the perfect balance of a sleek and sexy look. I wore a bespoke Gaurav Gupta black gown (p.s. I was so happy to be finally wearing black) with a one shoulder, sheer back and a dramatic neoprene layered bottom. Gavin Miguel can himself design you the outfit of your dreams with stunning colour combinations. If you would like to stay clear of Indian designers, have a look at Bronx and Banco, Attico and Marchesa Notte.

For other smaller functions where you should work on a budget, go for AGAMI by Neha Agarwal or Pakistani brand Elan for the most stunning and stylish pieces. For classic Indian wear, Lajoo C and Jayanti Reddy are a must-must. Or you can be creative, design your own outfit and get it stitched, of course!