Wedding shopping can be overwhelming, even if you’re shopping for your friend’s wedding. With the various number of events that make up a single wedding, you have to have different attires and accessories for each occasion. From lehengas for the wedding to gowns for the reception, jewellery, and shoes, the list goes on and on. Apart from executing the bridesmaid duties of helping the wedding festivities, you also have to think about the essentials you might need to pack!
You have to stock up on different outfits for all the pre and post-wedding events. Choosing your wardrobe among the various options available, while juggling your duties might seem intimidating, so to make things easier, we have prepared a checklist just for you. Here’s a list of the essentials you might need when shopping for your friend’s wedding.
Sarees – A Timeless Staple
A saree is the most elegant looking traditional attire that every Indian woman needs in her closet. The best part is that the saree has been reinvented for a wide range of occasions, which means that you can find one just suited for you for your friend’s big day. Pick from a wide variety of sarees such as chiffon, georgette, designer, silk etc. Of course, depending on the state you’re from, you can also sport the traditional weaves of the state on the big day- be it Kanchipuram, Banarasi, or bandhani! If you love fusion wear, you can also wear palazzo sarees that will make you look elegant while ensuring you are comfortable. So go ahead and shop for stylish sarees that will go with your friend’s trousseau and we’re sure that you’ll be well-matched in the wedding photos!
Ethnic Wear For Different Occasions
While you might want to wear a saree for one of the functions such as the main ceremony, you can switch it up by wearing other ethnic wear for the others! Choose a sharara set for the mehendi ceremony to move easily, or a lehenga for the sangeet so that you and the other bridesmaids can twirl in tune with the music!
If you’re the experimental type, who likes Indo-western clothing, you can also wear an ethnic top with dhoti pants- not only will you stand out, but you will also be very comfortable while running errands for the bride! Another combination you can try is creating different looks with an ethnic skirt- combine it with crop tops, off-shoulder tops or fringed tops. If you’re looking at more styles to flaunt as a bridesmaid, read our blog on Ethnic Outfit Ideas To Wear At Your BFF’s Wedding.
Makeup And Skincare For Flawless Skin
Curate your makeup box in such a way that you have everything you need for every occasion. Right from basics to party night essentials, ensure that you pack all the stuff you are going to use. Make sure to include makeup essentials such as lipsticks, nail paints, foundation, eye shadow, kohl, and an eyeliner. When you stock up on these, make sure you have shades that are best suited for Indian weddings such as shades of red or gold.
Always make sure that you carry a smaller pouch with you through the day that can fit some makeup essentials so that you can help the bride touch-up her makeup. Also remember to keep your post makeup essentials such as cleanser, makeup remover and moisturiser in your pack.
Other essentials you can carry can include are face masks to infuse a glow back to your face after a long tiring day, and your favourite fragrance so that you can smell fresh all day.
Jewellery To Spruce Up Your Look
Though Indian functions mainly call for gold jewellery, you can probably get away with artificial jewellery being a bridesmaid. Not only do you not have to worry too much about them, but artificial jewellery also has various designs that can go with your outfit. Do pack your traditional jhumkas, bracelets and kadhas, necklaces and other jewellery you may require to pair up with your Indian outfits for the sangeet or reception. Other important jewellery pieces you may need would include rings, maang tikkas, and other types of trendy earrings too.
Footwear To Match Your Attire
When shopping for the perfect footwear during your friend’s wedding, you might want to choose for stilettos and wedges to go with your ethnic outfit. However, also remember to choose morjaris or kolhapuris in stunning ethnic designs that will go with ethnic wear as well as provide maximum comfort. Remember to prioritise your comfort as much as style!
Accesorize With The Right Handbags
Women understand the importance of carrying a different bag for every occasion, so make sure you have the right bag for all your outfits. Also, the bag you choose has to complement the attire well. A wallet, clutch, shoulder bag, and sling bags are some of the bags you would want to carry, depending on how much you will be carrying.
A clutch will perfectly complement your sarees. It will even amp up the look of your Indian dresses. You can buy a designer clutch with some fancy embroidery on it. A sling bag is perfect to style with your western and Indo-western clothes. Even though they are small, they should have some space to fit in essentials that you or the bride might need.
When you start with a checklist, list down all the events you are going to attend after the wedding and what kind of dress options are you looking at. The more you have it planned, the less worrisome the whole process will be for you. After all, being the bridesmaid, you will be in charge of your fashion as well as helping the bride with hers.
Another important thing is to set a budget before you start your shopping, so you don’t end up overspending. Keep in touch with the latest trends in terms of styles, colours, silhouettes. You can find some of the latest collection of Indian and western outfits at Shoppers Stop, so go ahead and shop to your heart’s content this wedding season!
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