Destination couture

Editor | Jan 15th 2017

Five Indian designers share their thoughts on how to choose the right wedding outfit (for brides and grooms) for your dream destination wedding

Varun Bahl

Destination weddings give brides a little more leeway to experiment with their wardrobes. It’s best to combine style with practicality at such times. I strongly feel that brides shouldn’t subscribe to trends. Your bridal wardrobe should be all about letting your personality come to the fore while also allowing maximum comfort. However, if you wish to incorporate the latest trends, pay more attention to your blouse. Newer blouse styles such as leotards, capes, cropped layered versions, and camisoles are now becoming popular. Traditional bridal colours are making way for pastels and ivories.

Beach

This is the best type of wedding to add a touch of Indo-western fusion to your wedding wardrobe. You could wear a draped sari or a sari gown. A bikini top with a net camisole and a sheer sari is a good bet. A fringed cape set is another option. Beach weddings are the perfect locations to give your nod to white Indian wear.

Palace

If the destination is regal, your outfit should be worthy of a princess too. An intricately floral embroidered lehenga with ornate polki jewellery will do the trick. Play with colour combinations such as coral and light pink, peach and red, maroon and sindoori red and so on.

Temple

Keep it simple and elegant. A traditional sari and blouse ensemble topped off with gold temple jewellery will suffice.

Hills

Keep the weather in mind when planning your wardrobe. Full sleeved blouses, whether with your sari or lehenga are perfect. We suggest a flared lehenga with our floor-length jacket. This is also the ideal destination to layer.

Indoor

Wear a lehenga but with a twist — for instance our floral lehenga in an unconventional royal blue colour teamed with a leotard blouse will elevate your look.

Outdoor

Steal the spotlight in a voluminous gown with a trail as you mingle with guests at an outdoor function. Opt for floral embroidery for a delicate and dainty look.

Pallavi Mohan

Almost a decade ago, wedding attire was predominantly traditional and region-based. Currently, destination weddings are all the rage, which translates into a lot of resort and Western wear influence. Hence, the bridal wear market has become more experimental lately. Besides, brides are becoming more fashionable: they are spending a lot more time cross comparing and deciding on what is the best fit for them. While the predisposition for traditional silhouettes hasn’t entirely been lost, it is being updated. More and more brides are looking for outfits that are unconventional yet, are able to exude the old Indian charm. This is evident in the demand for modernized retro vintage drapes and the adoption of simpler silhouettes. Destination wedding wear has always had a hint of the bohemian vibe with the shift, over the years, to sarees from the salwar-kameez and one-piece gowns from lehengas. Our Festive/Winter’16 collection amalgamates the contemporary with the traditional to create unique silhouettes including long jackets with palazzos, lightweight lehengas and crop tops teamed with sarees, that are perfect for modern brides.

While the predisposition for traditional silhouettes hasn’t entirely been lost, it is being updated. More and more brides are looking for outfits that are unconventional yet, are able to exude the old Indian charm. This is evident in the demand for modernized retro vintage drapes and the adoption of simpler silhouettes. Destination wedding wear has always had a hint of the bohemian vibe with the shift, over the years, to sarees from the salwar-kameez and one-piece gowns from lehengas. Our Festive/Winter’16 collection amalgamates the contemporary with the traditional to create unique silhouettes including long jackets with palazzos, lightweight lehengas and crop tops teamed with sarees, that are perfect for modern brides. Instead of heavy, over embroidered outfits, there is an increasing affinity for lighter textiles such as net, chiffon, and georgette with a mix of floral and geometric patterns. The Bollywood industry has also played a huge part in influencing these wedding day choices, along with the growing demand for shorter blouses, deeper necklines, sequins and generally easy, breezy clothing. In terms of accessories, there has been a move towards statement pieces, artisanal and exclusive jewelry that is impactful without being excessive.Of course all this is highly variable and depends solely on the location of the wedding. Outfits at beach weddings are usually lighter and kitschier than the bridal wear choices for exotic foreign locations where local culture and designs may influence her decision.

Maheka Mirpuri

Gone are the days when weddings were held in temples or wedding halls and guests dressed in their traditional best. The go-to-trend on the big fat Indian wedding-scape for a while now is the destination soirée. Exchanging vows at an exotic locale has indeed become de rigueur. Indian destination weddings are usually quite fashionable, with a lot of attention given towards the décor and the theme. Today’s weddings are all about exploring different themes, global cuisines and exotic locales. Weddings at exotic locations call for destination appropriate dressing. So whether you’re headed to the universal favourite Rajasthan or to a scenic beach in South East Asia, there are some unwritten dress codes for every type of destination. Most Indian destination weddings happen along beaches in locations such as Goa, Phuket or Bali. A beach wedding promises non-stop sunshine, sand, and sea. Since we are talking about the sun, sand and ocean, you can safely set aside your bulky lehengas and heavy sarees. What you need are light and breezy clothes perfect for the beach side. Pheras on the beach and brunch by the pool are generally the order of the day. Free-flowing, fuss-free silhouettes should be your go to. Think shararas teamed with short fitted kurtas, voluminous skirts with cold shoulder corsets in lace or off shoulder mirror work crop tops, for a dash of ethnicity and diaphanous gowns. Team the in-season trend of the fluid cape over a corset with a long voluminous skirt. Light weight long jackets with long skirts are also apt. Fabrics like mul, Chanderi cottons, French chiffons and Swiss Chantilly lace are ideal - they are light weight and drape well.White is definitely right at a beach wedding. I personally love wearing whites punctuated with a hint of colour. Effulgent hues like yellow, burnt orange and hot pink are also good choices as they look vibrant at a beach wedding.

At a beach wedding remember that less is more. Intricate and delicate embroideries and sparsely used crystals, beads and pearls add to the glam factor. Hand painted floral designs and appliqués add the desired freshness. The other favourites for destination weddings are the palaces in Rajasthan. When you're headed for a royal affair, dress the part! Nothing should stop you from bringing out your best finery. Ornately embroidered lehengas in luxe fabrics and bright hues are the preferred choices.

Samant Chauhan

Choosing the right outfit for destination weddings is much tougher than choosing an outfit for a non-destination wedding. You have to keep so many things in mind including the location and the weather, before choosing the final outfit.

For Brides

Look at your wedding colour scheme and theme, and go for something appropriate, anything from navy and black to fuchsia and yellow. Pick the length of the outfit – short, long or airy – depending on what is more comfortable. Colour-themed ensembles or gowns and dresses are classic options.

For Grooms

You can opt for a traditional suit in light shades with a bow based on the theme of your wedding. You can opt for a nautical theme and combine dark blue with red and white. If the weather is hot, a jacket isn’t necessary, just a light shirt will do. Add sea-inspired accessories like starfish or nautical ribbons or bright tropical flowers, and your stylish look is complete.

SS Homme

SS HOMME Couture is designed for grooms and can be custom-made to befit any occasion or venue. For an indoor wedding, the groom can opt for a minimal embroidered and detailed sherwani that reflects the richness of the Indian tradition. A sherwani with a contrast textured shawl lapel lends a regal look. For an outdoor wedding, one can opt for a Jodhpuri paired with an embroidered kurta for a royal look. A classic well-fitted Jodhpuri teamed with mojris or pointed formal shoes and a maanak necklace or safa, looks stunning. The groom can also opt for embroidered suits for a sophisticated and elegant look. A wedding at the beach is a unique experience and at the same time can be very challenging when it comes to finding the appropriate outfit. The groom must opt for light linens and cottons for a day wedding. For a wedding amidst the hills, the groom can go for a bandhgala jacket in lighter hues paired with contrasting kurtas. For an evening affair, the groom can opt for a forest green or teal shade for traditional-wear or a three piece suit in darker shades of purple and blue for a formal look. For a palatial wedding, we suggest that the groom go for a full embroidered sherwani in dull gold thread that subtly blends ethnicity and modernity, royalty and keeping alive the old world charm.

One can also highlight a sherwani with exquisite brooches and tiered necklaces teamed with mojhris or kolhapuris to complete the look. For a wedding at the temple, we recommend a silk kurta with intricate designs and embroidery, subtly paired with a textured or plain bandi. Kurtas can be paired with churidars, dhotis or trousers for a suave look. Donning a good mix of these looks at various wedding venues will definitely reflect one’s unique sense of style. It is important for the groom to select colors that sync with the theme of the function and also complement his bride-to-be‘s look. Today, the Indian gent is aware about fashion and ceremonial dressing. Bespoke suits, textured fabrics and sharp silhouettes are some of the trends that grooms are veering towards this season. Vintage velvet has paved its way back into the latest trends for grooms. Velvet appliqués on the suit add just the right amount of glamour to a groom’s look. The color palette trending this season includes jewelled tones such as lilac, forest green, teal, mint and cobalt blue. The Western classic three piece suit is still a popular choice with the Indian grooms. Colored tuxedos and suits with the Indian accent of embroidery make for an exciting choice in the grooms wear fashion space. As the man of the hour, it is important to stand out from the crowd whilst being confident and comfortable in the ensemble. It is essential for the groom and his family to be systematic in putting together the essentials for the destination wedding, in order to avoid last minute chaos.