Bridal Fashion

A Complete Outfit & Jewellery Guide for Punjabi Brides (for every function)

Medha Chawla, 15 Oct 2019

All jazzed-up and pepped-up, bundled with show-shaa and an array of celebrations spent dancing—nothing can ever match the upbeat Punjabi weddings. Well, so is the effervescent charm of a Punjabi bride—truly unmatchable! And today's blog is solely dedicated to the real cynosures aka the Punjabi brides who never fail to impress us with their spirited appearance. Every Punjabi wedding soiree comprises of back-to-back functions, each one demanding the bride to carry a distinctive look. Picking the relevant outfit and matching jewellery whilst making sure that you do not look similar at every function is definitely a task.....errr...no more! Cuz, here we jot down a complete outfit and jewellery guide for Punjabi brides for each of the wedding functions!

If you are a Punjabi bride, consider this as your wedding style bible!

The Ultimate Outfit and Jewellery guide for Punjabi brides

Puja/Kirtan

Most Punjabi weddings begin on a spiritual note, it can be a chowki, jagran, kirtan or any other Puja/Paath ceremony (according to their religious beliefs). It is considered auspicious to seek the divine blessings of the god before actually starting the wedding revelries. So, the first event at which the bride needs to put her best fashion foot forward is this close-knit holy function. And we tell you how to ace your bridal fashion game on your first wedding function.

Outfit Options

- So, mostly, it is a suit that works best for such functions. But in suits too, there is a lot of varieties you can choose from. Right from Anarkalis to trending Shararas & Ghararas to simple ones with a statement dupatta. In terms of heaviness also, you can choose simple or heavily embellished suits according to the grandeur of the event.

- Apart from the stylish suits, another silhouette that you can choose is a simplistic lehenga. You can wear your mom's lehenga and wear it with a voguish blouse just like Tanvi Puri did, or simply strut in a new decent lehenga.

Jewellery Guide

- Ideally, the bride must avoid getting bedecked with too many jewels for this ceremony.

- We suggest you wear one statement jewel which will uplift your overall outfit. For example, wear a heavy pair of earrings and avoid other adornments like maang tikka and necklace. Or simply choose light jewellery pieces.

Mehndi

There are two ways to go with your mehndi ceremony look! The first is to prioritise comfort over fashion (because mehndi application and the dance fun that follows is a tedious task and demands you to frolic around a lot). The other way is to go full glam in heavy outfits. So whichever style best suits your personality, here is some inspo straight from the real brides who took our breaths away with their mehndi looks.

Outfit Options

The sky is the limit when it comes to picking an outfit for mehndi ceremony. Right from a lehenga, suit, coord-set to skirt-blouse set, saree and even a short dress - you can choose anything and everything.

- Lust-worthy Lehengas!

- Skirt and shirt set

- A gorgeous pair of crop top and a lehenga skirt

Source Mili Ghosh

- A heavily embellished peplum Kurti with flared pants

- Jumpsuit? Hell yes!

Jewellery Guide

Hath phools, maang tikkas, heavy earrings and anklets are the quintessential adornments that a Punjabi bride must wear at the mehndi ceremony. But none of them is compulsory, so you can decide according to your outfits and your personality.

- Floral jewellery is evidently a hep choice among brides for the mehndi ceremony. You can definitely try your hands on that. There are a lot of floral jewellery stores out there that offer a drool-worthy variety of fresh and dry floral jewels.

- Gota jewellery is another option that we highly recommend for mehndi ceremony.

- Personalised accessories are making a lot of noise these days, and we totally root for them!

Sagan/Engagement

Engagement is one ceremony where you must neither overdo nor go over-simple. Your outfit and jewellery must together strike a perfect chord between elegance and glam. And here's how you can do it!

Outfit Options

- Glamorous and flamboyant gowns!

-Experimental sarees are a big YES for the engagement ceremony.

- There is nothing such as too many lehengas in a bride's wedding trousseau. So definitely, a lehenga is a YES too.

Jewellery Guide

- Diamond, rubies and emeralds look the best with gowns.

- Wear gold or polki only if you are wearing a lehenga.

- Glam up things with a voguish hair accessory like a hair crown, embellished clip or dainty embellishments like pearl drops and flowers.

- For the wrists, ditch a full-fledged stack of bangles. Opt for diamond bangles or a bracelet instead.

Sangeet

Punjabi nights are all about letting the hair down and burning the dance floor with your killer moves. So, a glitzy Sangeet night calls for a glimmering outfit which is fuss-free enough to let you dance the night away. The jewellery can be kept to a bare minimum or with little somethings to make you shine on!

Outfit Options

- A glimmering gharara set

- A dazzling short dress

- Or gorgeous gowns!

Source Isha Shukla

- And of course, sparkling lehengas!

Jewellery Guide

- Nothing better than donning a delicate diamond necklace for it will add the oomph while keeping you at your comfort best at the same time.

-  A simple and dainty maang tikka (only if you are planning to wear a lehenga or a gharara).

- A modish bracelet or diamond bangles with a gown or a set of bangles with a traditional ensemble.

- A statement ring is a MUST!

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Haldi and Choora

Most brides wear something yellow on the Haldi - be it a saree, a simple suit or even a skirt set. But you can break this common norm and make your own rules, cuz why not!

Outfit Options

- A simplistic suit

- A vibrant yellow saree

- A vibrant but lightweight lehenga

- A yellow suit with a contrasting dupatta

- Or something which is not yellow at all!

Source Mili Ghosh

Jewellery Guide

- Floral jewellery looks uber stunning for the haldi ceremony.

- It is not a bad idea to wear no jewellery at all during the haldi-chooda ceremony.

- You can also pick a few dainty pieces of gota jewellery. They look great too.

Wedding

The pressure of looking flawless is definitely real on the D-day! While the pressure is inevitable but a great choice of outfit and jewellery can help you stay calmer.

Outfit Options

- It is a no-brainer that lehengas look the best for the wedding ceremony.

- Heavily embellished Anarkali suits look good too.

- Don't forget to add some personalized elements to your special outfit.

- Don't go by any trends. Pick an outfit and colour which makes you feel confident.

- Don't pick anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Jewellery Guide

Chooda and Kaleeras are the real essentials of a Punjabi bride's wedding day look. They can't be skipped!

- For the bridal jewels, earrings, neckpiece(s) and a nath are pretty much compulsory. But you can choose between a matha patti or a maang tikka or choose to wear both with a twist. Indian jewellery is so diverse and versatile that you can actually embrace both minimalism and maximalism, as per your preferences.

- Layering necklaces is a hep trend. However, choose your necklace according to the type of blouse neckline (or vice versa).

- Also, choosing between matha patti and a maang tikka is always a big confusion, so here is some help

Reception

The reception is the last bash of the wedding revelries but also your first one as a married couple. However, whether you are a Punjabi bride or not, there is the same pool of Reception outfits to choose from. The jewellery is more about making a statement than getting bedecked. Here's is how you can ace your bridal style at the reception.

Outfit Options

- A classic saree is a BIG yes!

- A nice elegant gown 

- A lehenga (only if you do not mind wearing another lehenga after the wedding ceremony)

- An experimental saree if you want a modish look

- And hey, if your wedding and the reception is on the same day, you can also strut in your wedding lehenga! Simply let your hair down, loosen up the dupatta and make a rocking statement.

Jewellery Guide

Stick to the dazzling diamonds if you're wearing a western silhouette.

- However, you can go with the evergreen polkis and kundan too.

- Remember, the reception is supposed to be a chill event! Don't unnecessarily bog yourself down with the weight of heavy jewels.

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