Destination Wedding Guide: What clothes should I pack?

Headed to a destination wedding? If yes, you’re bound to be confused with what and how much to carry. I know, because I’m headed to one next week. I’ve travelled outside Mumbai and India a number of times to attend weddings (perks of a big family!), but packing for them can be quite a task. How do I decide what to carry, given the weight and space limit? The past couple times I attended a wedding out of Mumbai, I made some smart choices when selecting my outfits and what to pack.

My fashion choices for destination weddings are now quite different from weddings I attend in Mumbai. Here is a handy guide based on my experience. Hope it helps you select the right clothes for the destination wedding you’re attending! Happy packing and bon voyage!

Indian outfits for destination weddings

What to pack

Saris (preferably pre-stitched or draped saris): For the wedding, reception or sangeet. (Below: Gaurav Gupta Tribe collection available at Jabong.com)

Gaurav Gupta Tribe collection Jabong

Anarkalis or kurtas: These are easy substitutes for saris at weddings. If your family norms aren’t too traditional, anarkalis are the perfect option. BTW, they are my top outfit of choice for destination weddings! (Below: BIBA by Rohit Bal, Look from Shyamal & Bhumika)

Model Shot _BIBA by Rohit Bal Autumn Winter Collection 2014 _0060

Shyamal Bhumika

Kurtis and tunics: You need these for smaller occasions (like poojas or family gatherings). These can be worn without dupattas and with trousers. (Below: Tunic by Rena Love)

Rena Love kurta shirt

Selecting your outfits

Look for easy-to-wear, light fabrics that are weather-appropriate and won’t wrinkle easily in your suitcase.

Sequins and stones tend to fall off, especially when crammed in a suitcase (I know, it’s happened to me!). Embellishments like appliqué, gota patti and thread work are great alternatives.

You will need to carry Indian outfits for each occasion at the wedding, but you can save space by carrying clothes that can work with more than one outfit, such as dupattas and churidars.

Choose outfits with minimal embellishments and fuss. They shouldn’t add too much weight to your luggage and be easy to drape.

Avoid packing lehengas since they are usually cumbersome to carry and occupy too much space!

Casual wear for destination weddings

What to pack

Dresses and tops: Maxi dresses are great for travel and can be worn for a family lunch or out shopping. Look at wrinkle-free tops and tees that you can pair with shorts or pants. It’s good to carry some fuss-free tops and dresses that don’t require special lingerie or camisoles. (Below: Maxi dress by Label by Ritu Kumar, dress by Being Human)

Maxi dress Label by Ritu Kumar

Being Human dress

Shorts and pants: Carry at least two trousers of which one could be cropped. Make sure they match your tops! (Below: Top from Forever New)

Printed Top Forever New

Selecting your outfits

Places with warm climes are usually the preferred destinations for Indian weddings. Keep the location in mind when packing your casual wear- it’s also a mini-holiday though you still need to look stylish.

Depending on the duration of your entire trip (and not just the wedding), you will need to carry multi-tasking clothes that you can mix and match, such as shorts and trousers in neutrals like black and beige.

If you’re carrying something that is a bit tough to match, either leave it behind at home or make sure you have at least two options to wear it with, which can also be worn with other garments. For example, carry at least two matching tops with your printed pants (they are usually tough to pair).

Avoid jeans. They are not meant for warm weather and add too much bulk to your luggage. Opt for cotton trousers or jeggings instead.

Beach wear for destination weddings

What to pack

Swim wear: One piece or bikini, it’s your choice! Of course, do keep in mind the culture of the place you are visiting. (Below: Swimsuit available at TheBeachCompany.in)

Swimwear Beach Company

Beach cover-up or sarong: Can be worn over your swim suit or as a dress. Make sure you carry one if there is going to be a poolside party or beach gig. (Below: Bikini and cover-up available at TheBeachCompany.in)

Beach wear for destination wedding

Selecting your clothes

There is almost certain to be a swimming pool or fun water sports at the location of the destination wedding. There might even be a pool party!

You ideally would need just one set of swim wear, but if you’re keen, you can carry two sets.

Don’t carry your “sporty” swimwear that you wear for your daily pool workout. It’s too boring for a holiday.

Have fun with fun prints, bold colours and sexy cuts- you’re on holiday!

 

Coming up next: Accessories to pack for destination weddings

WIFW A/W 2012: Day 2 highlights

WIFW A/W 2012: Day 2 highlights

Here is a summary of Day 2 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/ WInter 2012, each in 15 words or less. Enjoy!

Myoho by Kiran & Megha: Fluid and structured, Aztec prints and layered embroidery in dusty brights and charcoal hues.

Myoho by Kiran & Megha at WIFW A/W 2012

Nupur Kanoi: Dark “armour” for modern women with cording, pleating, kantha and quilting.

Nupur Kanoi at WIFW A/W 2012

The Next Episode by Shantanu Singh: Wear the penguin- streamlined bodice, greys, black and white, with hints of yellow/ orange.

The NExt Episode by Shantanu Singh at WIFW A/W 2012

Vaishali S: Her “Khwaja” collection used hand woven organic cotton in unconventional silhouettes in black and white.

Vaishali S at WIFW A/W 2012

Chandrani Singh Fllora: Colours of sapphire with shibori dye techniques for “aqua” effects.

Chandrani Singh Fllora at WIFW A/W 2012

Dozakh by Kartikeya & Isha: Inspired by mystical Prague, they used their signature layering and tone on tone embroidery.

Dozakh at WIFW A/W 2012

Taurus by Dhruv & Pallavi: Om-inspired headgear, deep contrasting colours with metallic gold embellishment on western silhouettes, drapes and layers.

Taurus by Shruv & Pallavi at WIFW A/W 2012

Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta: Industrial surfaces and men’s fabric create a metal chic look crossed with industrial Goth. Woah!

Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta at WIFW A/W 2012

Anaikka: Dark crystals on constructed silhouettes can turn woman into warrior!

Anaikka at WIFW A/W 2012

Pero by Aneeth Arora: Patchwork of fabrics from across India- khadis, ikats, pashminas (drawn from the travelling woman?).

Pero by Aneeth Arora at WIFW A/W 2012

Rishta by Arjun: Hybrid of shapes, textures, colours and silhouettes tell the worker’s dreams (burnt sequins) and reality.

Rishta by Arjun at WIFW A/W 2012

Kavita Bhartia: Flowing prints, metallic embellishments (think gold marries black).

Kavita Bhartia at WIFW A/W 2012

Nachiket Barve: Geometrical patterns and delicious colour effects, embellished with everything from mashru appliqué to patchwork.

Nachiket Barve at WIFW A/W 2012

Rakesh Agarvwal: Sexy evening wear in metallic and jewel tones.

Rakesh Agarvwal at WIFW A/W 2012

Gaurav Gupta: Clean lines with calculated fluidity, in colours like midnight purple, tangerine and charcoal grey.

Gaurav Gupta at WIFW A/W 2012

Customary Bollywood appearance of the day

Chitrangada Singh for Anaikka. Neckline too low, bust too tight. #Fail.Chitrangada Singh at WIFW A/W 2012

WIFW A/W 2011: How to wear Day 4 trends

Speaking Chic put some of the outfits and trends from the fourth day of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 through our magnifying glass and came up with some key advice for these select pieces and trends:

White for winter

Sonia Sarin’s all-white collection, with shiny bandanas.

Sonia Sarin at WIFW A/W 2011

Speaking Chic says: White is the (non)colour for all seasons, except the prolonged monsoon.

How should you wear this?: As it is, or white teamed with almost any colour is just as nice!

Florals for winter

Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal had a Mughalflower-inspired collection.

Anupama Dayal at WIFW A/W 2011

Speaking Chic says: Last season, winter florals made an appearance on and off the ramp. Anupama Dayal’s floral collection seems to have a strong summer link (though this is from her Autumn/Winter collection).

How should you wear this?: Only in deeper colours for winter.

Shiny!

Koga by Jenjum and Jasleen’s shiny surfaces were mixed with colours like greens, reds, oranges and blues.

Koga by Jenjum and Jasleen at WIFW A/W 2011

Speaking Chic says: Over the last few seasons, fashion has taken a subdued approach to bling. But they’re still perfect for partying and glam nights out.

How should you wear this?: Only one shiny garment at a time, please!

Tailored formals

Atsu Sekhose showcased a largely formal wear collection with tailoring, along with detailing like ruffles and sequins.

Atsu by Atsu Sekhose at WIFW A/W 2011

Speaking Chic says: Fine tailoring, colours like purple, maroon, teal, midnight blue and black make for great formal wear. The bling factor is right for the night.

How should you wear this?: Any way you like—formals are never out of style.

Wooden fashion

Alpana and Neeraj used wood-finished mouldable materials to create striated and blistered wood textures. It was twisted, bolted, shredded and interlaced to form the structures and corsets, often getting a 3D look.

Alpana-Neeraj at WIFW A/W 2011

Speaking Chic says: This out-of-the-box approach to fashion gets a thumbs-up from us, though we hope this gets more wearable in the retail version.

How should you wear this?: A bit more fabric and a bit less wood would be more wearable.

Wire and cables

My Village by Rimzim Dadu incorporated metal and plastic fibres for a futuristic look.

My VIllage by Rimzim Dadu at WIFW A/W 2011

Speaking Chic says: If you appreciate Rimzim Dadu’s technique and creativity, then this outfit will make you feel special, powerful and unique.

How should you wear this?: With truckloads of attitude.

Fluid fabrics

Gaurav Gupta used satins and lycra-based jerseys to create fluid and drapey silhouettes.

Gaurav Gupta at WIFW A/W 2011

Speaking Chic says: Drapes got a different twist in the ace designer’s garments, ranging from messy ruffles to a zippered bodice. Super-like!

How should you wear this?: In a draping style that suits your body type.