Wedding guest – what should I wear? Shopping help!

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
102 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t have any specific suggestions, but if you’re not Indian yourself I would avoid wearing traditional Indian garments unless you are specifically invited to. I would say semi-formal/formal falls under the ‘dress to impress’ so something between what you wear on a night out and a cocktail dress ?

Post # 4
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Wear a a nice semi conservative cocktail dress. I say semi conservative because it shouldn’t be too tight or too short, keep the cheast away. Maybe something like this? 

Post # 5
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

CityBearBride:  I guess I’d go against BWLE‘s suggestion, because dress to impress would warrant something with a bit more pizazz! People dress very brightly with lots of gold details at the Indian weddings I’ve been to. A long dress would work, but a shorter cocktail dress in a bright color with lace or beading would be totally appropriate.

Here are a few I found (Tadashi Shoji & Adrianna Pappell make wonderful dresses that fit well on women with boobs):



Post # 6
716 posts
Busy bee

I agree with going with vibrant color.

Post # 7
3 posts

I think it is perfectly acceptable to wear a sari to an Indian wedding, even if you are not Indian. I didn’t wear one to my Indian friend’s wedding, and I was definitely in the minority. I wish I had gone for it! If you go to an Indian or sari shop, someone will help show you how to wrap it and put it on.

If you’re not comfortable with that, Rent the Runway has a TON of options you can rent for the evening. Keep in mind black, white, and definitely red are not colors a guest should wear. Also, bring a shawl/keep modesty in mind. 

Maybe something like this (this looks black but it’s actually navy)




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