The biggest happiness on earth is the happiness of marriage.

Wedding is a celebration of Love and commitment. From the number of ceremonies, to the guests, the colours and the grandeur, there is nothing quite like an Indian wedding. It is a carnival of unforgettable moments between two families. These functions are traditional and holy that brings happiness and fun. In India, the wedding rituals along with beautiful outfits worn by bride, groom and baaraatis make the wedding a complete family occasion which each and every person whether young or old, enjoys to their fullest.

An Indian Wedding is not just an event that will wrap up in a couple of hours. Wedding functions take at least three days with the festivities and some of them lasting close to a week. The outfit that you would wear during a wedding would also depend on the ceremony that you are attending because the dress code is heavily guided by traditions and customs.

We, at Rajwadi, are committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings with every type of celebration. So to help you navigate this maze of what to wear for your pre-wedding functions to reception, we’ll take you through all the events that make up a wedding ceremony and give you ideas as to how you can dress up for each event.

So without any further ado, here is an event wise guide on what to wear to all Indian wedding.


Pre-Wedding Photoshoots are all the craze these days. More importantly, it’s fun for the bride and groom to click memorable pictures at eye-catching locations with romantic poses. Deciding what to wear for your pre wedding photos can be a tough one! You want outfits that make you look and feel good, work with your locations and tell your personal story.

Brides and Grooms-to-be have many options for choosing outfits for photo-shoot. Gowns & Floor length anarkali suits are much in trend for Bride and Suits, Koti Sets, Patiala Suits for Groom. There are many selections available for all the styles. With these stunning outfits, use the shoot to tell your story!



Deemed one of the most important pre wedding ceremonies not only in Hindu weddings but in other religions as well, the event of engagement is mostly an intimate one with close relatives and friends from both bride and groom’s side. Given that it is the first time you will be meeting your soon-to-be relatives, it is always prudent to play it safe and take the conservative route.

For Engagement, Brides can wear lehenga choli with Indo-western look that will exhibit both unique and traditional style. Groom’s can wear sherwanis that have a simple look with some design on collar and wrist with beautiful broach that gives a royal touch to the outfit.



Wedding ceremonies begin with a Puja that is organized a few days before the wedding. This puja means that you invite everyone, including the Gods, to invoke their blessings for the special day.

For Puja, bride can wear a beautiful saree with a minimal jewellery and groom can go for a kurta pajama with stand collar neck having some beautiful thread work or with embellishments on neck and wrist border or Koti Set. Whereas for family of the couple, women’s can wear sarees and men’s can wear Kurta Pajamas or Koti with Kurta pajama.



Mehendi Ceremony is all about applying Henna to the bride’s hand and feet. In some states like Rajasthan and Gujarat, mehendi is applied on groom’s hand too. This joyous celebration is complemented with singing traditional songs as well as playing traditional musical instruments like dholak by women.

Bride can opt for flowing net or georgette lehengas that will sparse embellishments in designs with stunning colours. Groom should be dressed in outfits that allow them freedom of movement so they can wear a simple Kurta on Jeans or Kurta pajama.



The haldi ceremony is held at both the bride and groom’s respective homes. It involves the application of haldi or turmeric paste on bride and groom-to-be because haldi is said to be pure and saves the couple from the evil’s eye, bestowing them with “wedding glow”.

For Haldi ceremony, its better for Bride to dress in yellow anarkali suit, saree or lehenga choli that allows you to move around effortlessly but also look chic and appropriate whereas Groom can wear a good yellow kurta with border, paired with churidar or dhoti pant.



The sangeet ceremony is an event that comprises of singing and dancing. The bride and groom-to-be, along with their family members perform choreographed dance or dance on bollywood hit songs of the season.

For Sangeet, Brides have to wear beautifully embellished flared lehengas or lehenga choli with full sleeve jackets beautified with diamond and stone work that glitters when you dance with your bffs. Grooms can go for Indo-western sherwanis that is comfortable in making movements while rocking the dance floor.



Wedding is the most important festivity from among all the wedding occasions. On this occasion not only bride and groom, but all the relatives, friends and guests are dressed in their best outfits.

Bridal Lehengas in Red, Pink or Maroon colour are mostly worn by the brides for Pheras and Groom is seen adorning stunning sherwanis in golden, maroon or cream colour. Pairing them with perfect accessories completes the look of the outfit. Wearing same outfits is very much in trend now so Bridesmaids can select same colour combination lehenga choli or saree and Groomsman can select same coloured Indowestern sherwani, Printed Koti Sets or Patiala Suits for wedding.



The wedding reception is the final function of the storied Indian wedding functions. The reception is the only event that is not guided by any rituals. It’s just an informal gathering with lots of music and plenty of photo opportunities. Every single guest at this occasion dresses in their festive best.

Brides can flaunt their best looks at this occasion by wearing a Gown that matches the colour tone of the outfit of her Groom. Gown should be beautified with stone, diamond embellishments to give it a glittery look so that it sparkles at your Reception night. Grooms should choose Suit that matches the colour of the Gown of his Bride. Groom can select a Tuxedo Suit as its comfortable, stylish and takes the minimal yet classy approach.


This way, depending on the event and your role in the wedding, you can decide on your outfits for each occasion with Rajwadi!


Bhagyashree. V

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