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Outfit ideas for an intimate wedding celebration

If you’re wondering what to wear for an intimate at-home celebration or a courthouse wedding, we’ve got you covered!

Take you to court

A wedding is such an elaborate affair in our country that often, we do not really place emphasis on marriage registration. For many of us, it is merely a formality that officiates our nuptials. “When I watched Carrie Bradshaw ditch her grand wedding dress and marry Mr. Big in an elegant skirt-suit at the end of the 2008 film, Sex and the City—I understood how beautiful and memorable a courthouse signing can be too! After all, a wedding is a wedding—irrespective of the venue and scale. Since it is a special day for the bride and groom, a day they will want to reflect on fondly for the rest of their lives, dressing appropriately only enriches the significance of the event. So, even though there is no dress code per se for a court signing, something formal, dignified and fuss-free should do the trick. Ultimately, you’re going to be in court, and dressing in accordance with the occasion and venue is necessary. After all, even Bradshaw wore her bejewelled blue Manolo Blahnik shoes when she finally said, ‘I do’!” exclaims Priyanka Modi, Creative Director, AMPM.


Dress we can

Regardless of how mundane a trip to a government establishment might seem otherwise, the day of your marriage registration will be a special one. “Couples have started dressing up for their courthouse wedding because they don’t want it to feel like just another day and rightfully so! After all, this is the day that legally recognises them as husband and wife. Also, there are photos taken to mark the occasion and you most certainly want to be dressed up for the memories,” notes fashion designer Rhea Pillai Rastogi. “An ankle-length summer dress with kitten heels for the bride and a breezy linen suit worn with a t-shirt or open collared shirt for the groom are perfect for an at-home celebratory brunch/lunch post the signing,” states Rastogi.


In search of elegance
A court signing might be the abbreviated version of the big celebration, but it still marks the auspicious beginning of a new chapter in your life. You still want to feel special and look beautiful while being comfortable as you solemnise your love. “In my opinion, minimalist and classy should be the way to go for a court signing ceremony. One should wear what they are comfortable in and what makes them feel special yet not over the top. Choosing a lightweight chikankari sari, anarkali or even a salwar suit are ideal and elegant options for the bride. For the groom, a kurta worn with a bundi jacket can be the outfit of choice,” opines designer Anjul Bhandari.


Look before hue leap

A court marriage is just as important as the standard revelry, except that it’s scaled down and intimate. “Whether it’s a traditional or contemporary silhouette, I recommend red for brides and beige/cream for men, especially since they are symbolic of the Indian bridal couple,” feels designer Reeti Arneja.


Fun and only

Maintaining elements of fun, festivity and comfort is essential when it comes to special occasions—even those that are intimately celebrated with a chosen few at home. “For an at-home celebration I would prioritise comfort,” states designer Vatsala Kothari of Aapro Label, adding, “You can pair a printed full-length skirt/ lehenga featuring minimal embroidery with a bustier top and a lightweight dupatta. The groom can pick a kurta with subtle embroidery or attractive prints and an embroidered Nehru jacket.”


Subtle agent

When it comes to at-home pre-wedding functions such as the roka ceremony, for instance, keep it simple, but add an element of festivity to your look. “Because the roka is not the wedding itself, wear a sari with minimal gota work or a folk-inspired skirt with a bandhani dupatta,” proposes fashion designer Ritu Kumar.
Further, Modi points that luxurious Indian fabrics and refined colours are a match made in heaven at such functions. “You can also look at tone-on-tone embroidery, tasteful motifs and thoughtfully-placed sequins that can help you make a lasting impression,” she advises.


Accessory to love
Pay heed to your outfit and accessories as you want to look your best for your special day—regardless of the scale of the celebrations. Designer Swapna Anumolu of Mishru mentions, “When it comes to jewellery, brides can pick dainty baubles and comfortable shoes such as a pair of block heels or even kitten heels. For the groom, a classic or vintage watch and a pocket square can easily elevate the look.”


Home goal
At-home celebrations are the most intimate celebrations one can ask for. Surrounded by your loved ones, the comfort of an event at home comes with its own perks. “The bride can wear a traditional lehenga with intricate and personalised embroidery work. The groom can sport a designer long jacket or sherwani with fitted trousers or churidar pants,” suggests designer Adarsh of the label, Osaa By Adarsh.

Play by the ‘less is more’ rule when it comes such intimate celebrations. “Floor-length floral anarkalis or maxi dresses paired with statement accessories make chic yet impactful statements,” claims Nanki Papneja, co-founder of Limerick.


Too much of a good bling

In light of this pandemic, many young couples are going to choose registered court marriages. While the size and scale of weddings may have reduced, every bride still wants to feel special on her wedding day. Biren Vaidya, Managing Director and Creative Head of The Rose Group of companies, feels, “The type of jewellery should depend on the personality of the bride. Gold jewellery, which best emphasises tradition, is the ideal choice if you’re inclined to a more traditional style. However, if you prefer wearing formal dresses and gowns, look at diamond jewellery or a necklace with solitaires and matching earrings and bracelet. A touch of pearls, too, can add an elegant finish to your look.”


Lead Photo: Anjul Bhandari; Raw Mango; AM PM

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