What To Wear To A Winter Wedding: The Complete Guide

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This is the third post in our series – What to Wear to Winter Weddings.

You have to be warm to survive an Indian winter wedding, but how do you still look fabulous?

The basic rules for staying warm at winter weddings are:

  1. The Obvious: Full-sleeves, warm fabrics, juttis and shawls.
  2. Some lesser known “secrets”: hidden thermals, the way you style your dupatta, heavily embroidered shawls that double us as dupattas.

We saw what hundreds of wedding guests have worn over the years, and picked out the best ideas on how to style it right – so that you stay warm, while staying stylish!

Idea #1: Full-Sleeve Anarkalis

1. Sabyasachi has created the perfect winter anarkali

Image courtesy: Sabyasachi

2. You don’t need to stick to a dark winter palette, pastels work well too!

Image courtesy: Sabyasachi

3. Whites look gorgeous when paired with a heavy kundan necklace

Image courtesy: Rohit Bal

4. Straight cut pants underneath an embroidered open anarkali

Image courtesy: Karisma Kapoor

5. A cape over the anarkali for an extra layer of warmth

Image courtesy: Joe Maldea

TIP: Embroidered cuffs on the full-sleeved anarkali finish the look well

6. A dark hued long-sleeve anarkali that’s embroidered all over

Image courtesy: Priyal Prakash

TIP: Add an extra layer of warmth by teaming your net dupatta with a plain shawl in the same colour beneath it.

7. Raw silk long anarkali

Image courtesy: Karisma Kapoor

Idea #2: Long-Sleeve Kurtas

1. Kurta with sharara – easy to add thermal leggings underneath

Image courtesy: Shereen (Love & Other Bugs blog)

2. Super short, almost blouse-length kurta with sharara, in pastel shades

Image courtesy: Raveena Tandon

3. Matching benarsi silk brocade kurta & sharara (no need for a dupatta!)

Image courtesy: Raw Mango

4. Flared benarsi silk brocade kurta with sharara

Image courtesy: Aditi Rao Hydari in Raw Mango

5. Plain matka silk kurta with sharara

Image courtesy: Sabyasachi

6. Peplum style kurta with lehenga

Image courtesy: Jayanti Reddy

7. Benarsi silk brocade kurta with matching straight cut pants!

Image courtesy: Raw Mango

8. Silk satin kurta with brocade pants (if you want to tone it down)

Image courtesy: Raw Mango

9. Short kurta with a cowled skirt

Image courtesy: Jayanti Reddy

10. Meenakari silk benarasi dupatta with tanchoi kurta

Image courtesy: The Stylewali

Idea #3: Use Jackets

Add a literal blazer jacket to your lehenga like Rhea Kapoor did

Image courtesy: Rhea Kapoor

Or use it as a shrug over your blouse, bomber jacket instead of a blouse, pair a silk trench coat with a sari – read more about how to style your jacket with your winter wedding outfit.

Idea #4: Style a Shirt

1. A silk shirt with a lehenga, given the Indian treatment with layered necklaces

Image courtesy: Tarun Tahiliani

TIP: If you’re pairing a lehenga with your shirt, keep them in the same colour palette to make the look work

2. An embroidered georgette shirt with a choker necklace & threadwork lehenga skirt

Organza bird embroidered skirt finished with scallop gold and pearl border teamed with bird appliquéd georgette blouse - Rashi Kapoor
Image courtesy: Rashi Kapoor

3. Plain raw silk shirt with brocade silk lehenga

Image courtesy: Payal Khandwala

4. Balloon sleeve shirt in a complementary colour with a printed sari

Image courtesy: Sonam Kapoor

Idea #5: Full Sleeve Blouses

Peplum full-sleeve blouse with lehenga

Image courtesy: Masoom Minawala

See more full-sleeve blouse design ideas for winter weddings

Idea #6: Stylish Shawls & Dupattas

The trick lies in how you style it!

1. When it comes to shawls, choose a wedding-worthy embellished one (like this brand Janavi has!)

Image courtesy: Janavi x Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla collection
Image courtesy: Naina Redhu in Janavi x Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla collection shawl

2. Add a plain shawl under embroidered net dupatta of same shade!

Image courtesy: Abhinav Mishra

3. Tuck the dupatta into a belt when you’re in a full-sleeve blouse

Image courtesy: Parineeti Chopra at Priyanka Chopra Nick Jonas Wedding

4. Drape a dupatta over both shoulders and let it drop open on both sides to keep snug

Ranveer Singhs sister in black Sabyasachi velvet lehenga at his wedding reception with Deepika Padukone
Image courtesy: Sabyasachi

5. Wrap the dupatta over both shoulders

Image courtesy: Raw Mango

6. A slightly different way to drape a benarsi silk dupatta

Image courtesy: Raw Mango

7. Another unique way to drape a dupatta all around

Image courtesy: Raw Mango

8. This dupatta draping style looks perfect with a sharara

Image courtesy: Raw Mango

9. Drape a pretty shawl with a sari like this

Actress Sagarika Ghatge in black shawl with maroon sari for a wedding
Image courtesy: Sagarika Ghatge

10. Another dupatta draping style that works well for older women

Sri Devi Velvet Shawl Winter Wedding Style
Image Courtesy: Neha Jaggi

Idea #7: Layer Pretty & Warm Fabrics

1. Velvet Kurtas

Image courtesy: Karisma Kapoor
Velvet maroon kurta embroidered with gota patti by Anita Dongre 2018-2019 collection
Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

2. Head to toe velvet done right with an ensemble like this

Maroon velvet kurta with dull gold zari embroidery, velvet narrow salwar and velvet dupatta by Sureena Chowdhri GK1 M-block market designer store for Indian wedding outfits
Image courtesy: Sureena Chowdhri

3. Raw silk lehenga & blouse with velvet dupatta

Black lehenga in raw silk with velvet dupatta by designer Sureena Chowdhri GK1 M Block market - Indian wedding outfits for winter
Image courtesy: Sureena Chowdhri

4. Benarsi silk dupatta & lehenga in different prints

Image courtesy: Bageecha

5. Benarsi silk dupatta with raw silk embroidered lehenga & blouse

Indigo blue lehenga with fuschia pink dupatta in silk - Benzer Mumbai
Image courtesy: Benzer, Mumbai

6. Benarsi silk lehenga with silk satin dupatta

Image courtesy: Raw Mango

7. Velvet full-sleeve blouse with fur dupatta!

Velvet full sleeve blouse with fur dupatta - winter wedding outfit for Indian wedding
Image courtesy: Shehla Fatoor

We hope that you stay super warm yet super stylish this wedding season with the help of these styling tips.

Next post: Outfit Ideas for Brides to Wear to their Winter Weddings!

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