Though weddings in India are all about delectable food, family gatherings, banter and opulent settings, the real essence still remains the traditions and age-old rituals that mark each ceremony. It is not just the wedding and the exchange of vows between the groom and the bride, there is an entire week-long pre-wedding function that precedes it. The haldi ceremony, which usually takes place on the morning of the wedding day, is a fun-filled closed-knit ceremony with all the family members in attendance.
These days both the families of the groom and the bride have started arranging for this celebration together. It only amplifies the enjoyment, warmth and fun of the celebrations multifold and brings both families even closer. Applying haldi to both the groom and the bride and bestowing them with all the blessings for a prosperous and healthy married life ahead, is what marks the heart of the haldi ceremony. Since it is a daytime event, the sartorial choices should also be planned accordingly. Our team of Trousseau Shoppers and Wedding stylists has curated an entire lookbook of stunning designer outfits that you can wear at your haldi ceremony. Do not take this pre-wedding function lightly. It is a big event these days and the couples and their families tend to have the most unabashed and unfiltered fun during their haldi.
1. The quintessential yellow saree, lehenga or suit – Well, this is the first pick for most of the brides and we can argue there. Indian outfits in yellow colour do make for the perfect wear for that occasion. The yellow of the outfit complements and graces the yellow of the haldi perfectly well and highlights the piousness of the holy ritual. However, we do suggest adding an element in another colour to break the monotony. It can be either the blouse of the saree or the lehenga. Brides can also opt for some baby’s breath flowers or genda phool or any other floral jewellery. If you have made up your mind about wearing yellow on this day, do make sure to atleast stand out with a unique choice. Don’t opt for anything too basic or commonplace.
2. The very vibrant multi colored lehenga – This is the pick of the modern contemporary bride. Keep the silhouette easy, free-flowing and indo western. Lehenga with a small blouse and a breezy free-flowing skirt looks very feminine and graceful. We are particularly in love with these colourful lehengas from the designer. They would make any bride ooze glamour and at the same time look like a princess all about to get ready for her Prince Charming.
3. Minimal lehenga in a strong bright colour – If yellow is not your colour and you want to really dress up big for your Haldi ceremony, opt for these lehengas. Choose a colour that suits your skin tone the best. Research well through all the lightweight stylish lehengas available across brands. Try not to pick something too heavy or with too much embroidery or embellishments. The idea is to wear something that resonates well with the theme of this ceremony. You can save your heavy lehengas for other celebrations. You can also go for something that is more skin-revealing and yet looks very elegant. With haldi all over you, it would just make it all look more fun and vibrant.
4. Kaftans for the new age no fuss bride – For brides who are not inclined to dress up too heavily for their Haldi ceremony, a kaftan makes for an incredibly good option. It is free-flowing and allows for easy movement. Also, you could enjoy all the ceremonies without feeling the burden of carrying a lehenga. As such, kaftans are rather big for every occasion and event these days, and there is no way wearing one would not come across as making a style statement. Play around with some colourful floral jewellery options and you would make for a very pretty bride.
Whatever you wear, keep your makeup and hair really simple. Save all the glitter and the highlighters for your main wedding in the evening.