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Expert Pre-wedding Fashion Tips for the Indian Groom


If you are a soon-to-be groom, you have probably realised by now that choosing your wedding outfit is not an easy job. Also, nowadays it is not just the bride who is the centre of attention when it comes to fashion and style. So, the pressure on you to look your best increases tenfold!

But it does not end at that. Indian weddings, as we are aware, are spread over a number of days and involve various different functions and ceremonies, where you are expected to look your best. So, how do you choose what you wear for these occasions? Choosing your wedding attire is relatively simpler when compared to this task. It is almost always traditional, like a sherwani.

Read on to know how you can look your best for the pre-wedding functions, and enjoy all the attention. We have narrowed down the outfit choices in accordance to the ceremonies to make it easier for you to choose.

For the cocktail or bachelor party

This is a party where the groom can let his ‘hair down’, literally!
• This is an intimate gathering and our advice would be to not go all out on this occasion in terms of dressing. Stick to a basic crisp cotton shirt with slim trousers.
• To make your look a little more fashionable, add a one button linen jacket and finish off with a printed pocket square in a contrast colour.
• For a winter wedding, you can opt for a quilted jacket in dark hues and add a classy touch with gold buttons.

Fitted, short jackets worn with shirts for a semi-casual look

For the ring ceremony, sangeet and sagan (or other evening functions)

This is a semi-traditional occasion, before the exchange of rings takes place, usually involving a small puja.
• Make sure your outfit is comfortable enough to allow you to shake a leg with your family and friends. Choose a semi-traditional look, like a fitted jacket with Patiala salwar or cowl pants.
• An Indo-western jacket is an apt choice. It is a more contemporary version of the sherwani, much shorter than the traditional sherwani.
• For the warm months, cotton silk, light Benarasi brocade or linen is a good choice of fabric. While for winter weddings, fabrics like velvet, raw silk, matka silk and heavy poly-linens can be chosen.
• Opt for an uncluttered look with detailing on the cuff, collars and a motif, and finish it off with zardozi or embroidered buttons matching the work on the jacket.

Patiala salwar (left), a well-fitted, embroidered jacket (centre), modified, contemporary sherwani (right)
• If your jacket is made of brocade, much work is not required as the fabric is self patterned and rich-looking.
• Another good option would be a bandhgala jacket with Jodhpuri trousers. The bandhgala should have some work on it to add a traditional yet formal look.

For the haldi (or other functions in the morning)

This ceremony is held during the day, usually among close friends and family members only.
• For this day event, stick to bright colours. This will make you look fresh and bright, matching to the casual tone of the function.
• The ideal choice would be a waistcoat, in a contrast colour, teamed with a kurta and churidar. You can have some embroidery done on the waistcoat, or keep it simple and choose fancy buttons.

Play with colours in your waistcoats (Image Courtesy: STITCH by Sarab Khanijou)

If waistcoats are not your choice, go for pintucked or plain kurta with churidar and wear a light-coloured stole for a formal look. Complete the look with Peshawari sandals.

Remember to keep these tips in mind when you are , your ideas has to be absolutely perfect to tailor a very well-fitting outfit. Even the slightest misfit can make all your stylish ideas fall flat and ruin the entire look.