Dress code for Muslim Pakistani wedding

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
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Busy bee

everythingpink :  ah sorry just saw this update! I think if your knees are covered or if the dress hits a bit above the knees you should be fine! Straps are sufficient I think as long as it’s not spaghetti straps. Oh and keep cleavage covered!!! Low cut neck line will get a lot of side eye😬 

Sont fret too much- no one expects a non-Muslim to cover or dress like strict Muslims. Guests and everyone will not judge you or anything of the sort for wearing a dress or showing your arms or anything like that! Nearly every Pakistani wedding I’ve been to in America has had non-Muslim guests and I’ve seen them wear short cocktail dresses and some even wore our traditional clothes. They all looked fine and fit in! Main thing is to cover cleavage and have a fingertip length dress at the shortest. You’re good to go other than that if the event is in a hall and not a mosque! 

Post # 18
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Helper bee

everythingpink :  haha, cool. I’m black too and my Fiance is south Asian w a ton of black and s Asian friends. I definitely would not wear strapless and I might not wear sleeveless or spaghetti straps- wearing cap sleeves is fine. But you’re probably fine wearing sleeveless (it’s just no good for me bc my FI’s parents always want to see pics of us and I don’t want to show them pics of me strapless, sleeveless, or in spaghetti straps and I get too hot to wear a sweater in every pic)- you won’t have this issue. But if it’s indoors, remember that they might keep it colder since all the relatives might be wearing tons of heavy clothes, so you might want sleeves or a good sweater anyway. 

I was surprised when I first saw guests wearing red- a few south Asian women attending might be wearing red- sometimes some desi women (MOB etc) purposely wear red to weddings to be festive and bc they know their outfit is nowhere near as heavily decorated as the bride’s. Also- green is a very nice color for south Asian Muslims and weddings also- so the bride might be wearing green, any other color, or white/ivory. (Again, of course you don’t have to worry about your cocktail dress outshining the bride or even a cultural outfit- indian bridal wear looks WAY different, more so than white bridal gowns, than the $50-150 max than most US guests would spend- talking real gold embroidery, bling -crystal and silver or gold, tons of hand work, pricey fabrics – haha 😉 you’re making me want to go dress up in my outfits a little early!). 

Only thing that I’ll add if you want to wear Pakistani clothes is that sometimes the bride isn’t and, as a non-desi and non-Muslim, I’d feel bad dressing “more desi” than the bride especially if it might have been a point of contention w her and her family. I already know one south Asian bride who didn’t wear anything desi for any part of her wedding who feels kinda bad now that I’m doing all the traditional events and wearing indian stuff to nearly everything. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee

everythingpink :  hope you have fun and enjoy the experience! And yes definitely go all out with makeup and jewelry and what not! 

Post # 21
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Helper bee

everythingpink :  I’ll be switching stuff up and probably wearing a US/western/white bridal look at our Muslim religious ceremony in a few weeks and then going all out in red and gold indian outfits for our big legal/civil ceremony and wedding in August. The wedding in August will be kinda fusion (maybe vows and he won’t enter on an animal and maybe we’ll be married by a friend/mentor, but we’ll be dressed in Indian clothes and have the traditional stage w couch/chairs). 

Thanks so much and I hope you have fun.

A bunch of bees (me included) talked about their cultural bridal outfits here – http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/cultural-bridal-dresses-show-me/

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