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How to dress for an Indian Quarantine Wedding in 2020?

Even in a bride’s nightmare, she would have never dreamt about wearing a surgical mask concealing her fabulous face features on her Fairy-tale day!

Covid-19 almost broke all the must-haves of an Indian wedding. In this article we will give the guests an Indian wedding dress guide.

The modish yet essential for each and every guest attending a Desi Shadi is a ‘Complementing Face Mask’!



Are you lucky and fortunate enough to be invited to a Big Fat Indian Wedding? If yes, then be ready to be bewildered, because Indian weddings are an extravaganza to experience! Its royal and lavish settings, appetising many course meals, elaborate and long rituals and of course the fun dancing and singing, never fail to mesmerise a spectator! Synonymous with unique and huge colourful galas, you will witness a wide array of vibrant colours , glitz, glamour and sheer opulence packed with traditions and religious beliefs. 

But in the age of pandemic, we have to alter the way we live, change the manner we interact with our surroundings and adjust the style of socialising with people around us specially in a Wedding! As early as April, Zoom weddings started trending, and with the ceremonies broadcast over the internet, several guests decided to practice safety measures in style.

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Even with the online weddings one need to match the brilliance of a ‘virtual’ yet ‘Big Fat Indian wedding’ of any culture be it Hindu, Muslim, or a Sikh wedding, you need to be dressed in an appropriate and elegant outfit that comes at par with the blasphemous occasion. 

And the one item that has ascended all types if protective covering and is now making a global fashion impact engulfing the weddings scenario worldwide is – THE FACE MASK. And in India, there is no platform bigger than the great Indian wedding, so keep in check your matching masks ! 


With ease in lockdown rules in July, many couples are deciding to organise a small affair while abiding to the government guidelines. With online as well as intimate weddings people are finding ways to adapt face masks into their daily wardrobe.

Well, no need to nurture those pimples stressing about what to wear to an Indian wedding as a guest, because we will explain you all about the Indian wedding dress code working! 

The basic rules of dressing for an Indian wedding are very simple

basic rules of dressing for an Indian wedding
  • Dress modestly to show respect to the religious wedding rituals. 
  • Though Indo-western wear is the new hot range for weddings but try to avoid western attires like short skirts, plain tees, jeans and too-much revealing clothes. 
  • Don’t dress too casually as you are going to attend a festivity, and best way to be a part of this vivid merriment is by dressing up.
  • One can fashion a mask from the leftover fabric of their wedding outfit. Rather than going for the black, white and blue masks, why not make one that complements your outfit?
  • Mask, is deemed absolutely necessary for all occasions, one can use the fabric of same motifs as their dress. You can also choose a mask with some interesting thread detailing on it. 
  • Avoid plain black and white ensembles as they are symbolised with mourning and bad luck. In the next segment we have shortlisted some of the exceptionally traditional yet contemporary feminine ensembles with a hint of drama, ideal to rock an Indian wedding.

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SAREE – Saree is the collaboration of elegance, tradition and sophistication; the indispensable and integral outfit of the culturally diverse India. 4-9 yards of the sensual fabric of saree elegantly draped around your waist highlights your curves and creates a flattering and feminine figure like no other outfit can do.

SUITS –  Renowned for its versatility, comfortability, ethnic authenticity, and beauty, its undoubtedly a quintessential attire for an Indian wedding. Indian suits have 3 key pieces – The Kameez ( Kurti ) long tunic worn on the top with the Salwar ( bottoms/pair of trousers ). This duo is complimented with a flowing scarf known as Dupatha or chunni. The different styles of suits like A-line, anarkali, caped, asymmetric; paired with comfortable straight paints, palazzos, churidars, skirts etc, will give you a graceful ensemble.

ANARKALI SUITS – For a modish and regal look go for an Anarkali suit. These attires are fitted around the bust and gradually flare out as they fall. Perfect swap for a western gown to an Indian traditional dress. Try a flared or pleated floor length anarkalis with churidars or pants to spell sensual glamour and elegance at an Indian wedding. 

LEHENGAS – Lehenga cholis are the undisputed, crowned queens of Indian Wedding clothing. A basic Lehenga choli set consists of a  long skirt and a matching blouse paired with a dupatta. From classic voluminous flared lehengas to sensual mermaid cut skirts you can go for any look according to your personal taste. Heavy embellished lehengas with intricate embroideries and extravagant dupatta will have you go gaga!

With the fusion of contemporary style into the designs you have endless comfortable options of Indo western dresses for Indian Wedding to choose from.

Sharara/gharara paired with crop tops or even straight kurtis, palazzo pants with slit tunics, trendy jacket style skirts, chic blouses with ruffled lehengas, dhoti peplum sarees, pant sarees and even cape styled ensembles, you have countless charismatic silhouettes to adorn.


Leave everyone bewitched with serene ivory, gorgeous reds, soothing pastels, metallic, eccentric hues, and classic pink, orange, and peaches colour palette Indian wedding dresses. You should wear a matching bindi on your forehead to add a touch of sheer magic to your Indian wedding look. 

To buy the right dress and a matching mask for an Indian Wedding there are various Indian origin brands which deliver outfits/masks at home; where you will find all styles and patterns of Indian wedding ensembles, exquisitely done in the choicest fabrics with minute detailing given to the designs, embroideries and embellishments.

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Written by Kritika Bora

Pursuing Bachelor's degree in Fashion Communication from NIFT(National institute of Fashion technology), Delhi. Simultaneously, I am exploring the world of creativity and design. My love for researching and analysing diverse topics, has aided me in efficaciously engaging and connecting with people. By adhering to the ideology of appreciating my viewer's yearnings, everyday I polish my skill of putting across innovative ideas.

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