As the world returns to normalcy, you can expect Indian weddings to be more luxurious than they were before. Who doesn’t want to bask in the happiness of a reception occurring in person, rather than Zoom? Of course, arriving on time is never a requirement…but you do want to arrive fashionably late, decked in the prettiest sarees. Although this might seem like an unmanageable feat after a lockdown full of sweatpants and old T-shirts, Mann Sey has you covered.
Here are the different types of Indian wedding sarees, and where you would wear them:
Best for: Cocktail evenings
Before all the ceremonies begin, you’ll probably find yourself at cocktail parties celebrating the happy couple. Made with transparent yet sophisticated fabric, organza sarees are a stylish balance of modernity and tradition, and will definitely enchant whoever you’re talking to. This bold, shiny look would look great when mingling and reconnecting with friends and family.
Best for: Haldi and Mehendi ceremonies
Nicknamed “modern fashion in ethnic style,” ruffle sarees are a truly innovative development in the constantly blurring lines of Western and South Asian attire. Although embroidered blouses are beautiful, the skirt is the real start of the show. Expect to turn heads in these beautiful, silky frills, especially when paired with a Mann Sey item.
These sarees are an excellent look for Haldi and Mehendi ceremonies, thanks to their innovative style and simple elegance, perfect for mobility. Be careful not to splash turmeric on it, though.
Best for: Sangeet ceremony
A sequin saree is truly the right look if you want to be the star of the show. You’ll definitely feel like a princess in this brilliant and shimmery attire. Modeled by many Bollywood stars, including Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone, the sequin saree is rapidly rising in popularity—especially in today’s day and age where the bolder the outfit is, the better.
These shiny designs are excellent choices for the Sangeet ceremony, where you want to make a statement and can make a statement because you don’t want to overshadow the bride...yet.
Banarasi, Paithani, and silk sarees
Best for: The wedding ceremony
You can never go wrong with the classics. That’s exactly what a banarasi saree is—the eye-catching, gold-encrusted style millions of people have worn since the Mughal Empire. For a wedding ceremony, beautiful, traditional attire is key, and banarasi sarees would fit the occasion perfectly.
Paithani sarees also originated a long time ago, but they’re just as stunning today. Often designed with kaleidoscope-colored patterns, they are vivid and eye-catching, yet don’t go too over-the-top, which is perfect for a wedding ceremony.
Silk sarees, arguably the most popular style of all, are probably what the average person’s pictures in their head when they’re asked to visualize a saree. However, nothing about the saree itself is average; absolutely gorgeous and soft, these are the most desirable choice for a long, hot wedding ceremony.
The many different events affiliated with Indian weddings may seem daunting when you can’t figure out what to wear, but you can never go wrong with a saree—especially one from Mann Sey. As wedding season approaches, make sure when you know which saree to wear, and when to wear them!
Written by Ruhani Chhabra