We are Family
Continuing with our wedding series, today we take a look at colours and styles for your family and also take a moment to thank you for all the love you have been showering on our wedding series.
As weddings get smaller in keeping with Covid protocol, those who know you best-your family will still be the most important part of your wedding. Ensure they look and feel great, with these tips by celebrity designer Dilnaz Karbhary.
Dilnaz has been designing for brides since years, but says pandemic weddings go much beyond clothes. The designer has to be sensitive and also play counsellor to the couple and their families and soothe their nerves, as they prep for the big day.
Dilnaz says, “We have been dressing brides through the pandemic and their biggest worry is the uncertainty. Designers have to assure the couple, the truth is they are going to be getting married no matter what. Designers also have to play the role of a counsellor because not just the couple even their families are so stressed. Some brides don’t care and want to go full on glam, others don’t want to go overboard because it’s just 20 people.”
(All pictures in this feature are by Dilnaz)
A lot of my brides are shifting their wedding to the morning because of the time restrictions, it’s usually a lunch-reception. For morning functions avoid anything that is too bright and jewel colours like navy or turquoise blue, wine or burgundy, go for lighter colours, pastel tones
A lot of Indian mothers pick a saree but the Marwari community for example usually prefers lehengas, so it really depends. Choose your outfit based on your personality and body type, something that will make you feel youthful.
Lehengas in classic and traditional embroideries last long. Invest in good quality embroidery like resham threadwork. Ensure that the fabric you choose can carry the weight of the embroidery. You cant use lightweight georgette it will mess up the embroidery so we always use heavy georgette, net, silk. Heavy georgette (around 120 gms) falls beautifully. Again, if the embroidery is too heavy the georgette will stretch. Fabrics that are pure silk, always last long, if it’s a blend it will not last as long.
Father of the bride/groom
Men should go for structured clothing, wear a nice sherwani or achkan. Men wear Indian wear far lesser than women, so they should definitely invest in classic styles.
Since we live in a tropical country its nice to wear a cotton kurta inside your achkan, basically something that you can breathe in, dance and have fun.
Men should celebrate colour, the flamboyance in dressing looks great. Experiment with colours and find out what you carry best. Avoid wrapping ugly thin crushed dupattas around your neck instead go for a beautiful Maheshwari dupatta with gold zari, to go with your kurta. You can also pick an ikat dupatta.
Sister of the bride/groom
The sister of the bride should experiment and have fun. A lot of bridesmaids are teaming crop tops with their lehengas. Wear draped dupattas and crop tops with flouncy skirts.
There’s an interesting trend where at the afterparty, the sisters of the bride just want to have fun. They slip out of their lehengas and put on short kaftans, and dance the night away. Fully embroidered Bodycons are also in demand. A lot of girls also pick jumpsuits because they are so versatile. They can be worn at weddings and also at work meetings. Jumpsuits also work well on the Indian figure which usually tends to be pear shaped. It also makes you look taller.
Brother of the bride/groom
As I earlier said men should play with colours. Invest in separates that you can mix and match. If you are wearing a black silk bandi it could have dull gold embroidery or wear an Ivory kurta, emerald kurta.
If you live in a cold place, throw a lovely Pashmina shawl over your outfit.
Wrapping up, Dilnaz offers a final piece of advice, “We are living in sensitive times where humanity is being accused of destroying the environment, so make conscious choices. Choose clothes of good quality instead of over consumption just because you want to wear new clothes every day.”