No longer does a wedding invite imply ‘Bride weds Bride’ and no longer grooms have to just leave their outfits to family members and the bride to be worn just an hour before the ceremonies begin and turn up for the big part…… um, wedding. With the exposure and the quick uploads on social media with bad phone camera pictures (thanks to friends) and the expensive photographer who was hired, the grooms don’t want to wear something so 2014. So here we are to help you poor hapless males with options and tips for looking your stylish best for your wedding this season, so that years later when you look at the photographs you are not thinking, ‘God I wish I had not let her choose pink so we could be matchy- matchy’.
Probably the most used and seen option and the most fail safe outfit, this one has been seen in practically every wedding worn by the groom. If you are the kinds who sticks to this like Velcro, then make sure it is not in the usual boring off white/ cream/ beige (no cream and beige are not white) colour. Opt for darker hues such as deep burgundy or deep purple. Like red? Then choose a dark maroon or a deep red. Black is another option but that is a colour usually advised against during a wedding.
Tired of being seen in sherwanis for every wedding? Go for its more contemporary cousin, the Achkan. Achkans are kurtas made of lighter fabrics such as linen or chikan. They are shorter than sherwanis and can be worn with dhoti pants or salwar and not necessarily a chudidar. You can experiment with the colours with achkan too. You can have a white bottom with a dark red achkan.
This is another fail safe option most grooms tend to gravitate towards. If you are tired of the same ol’ same ol’, then try vamping your outfit up a bit. Instead of a normal kurta why not wear the bandhgala version of it? And instead of a traditional salwar, wear trousers or dhoti pants or Jodhpuri pants. Else wear a royal coloured kurta and team it up with a chudidar. The kurta in this option is usually made from richer fabrics with very intricate work.
Our tip- If you are short, then go for a monochrome look and a kurta which ends just at the knee. If you are skinny then don’t choose dark colours. If you are tall and broad then make sure the fit is well tailored and the outfit enhances your shoulders.
Accessories – Yes, men do not have as much choice of accessories as women especially for their wedding. We are not talking layers of gold chains and thick rings. No. We are talking accessories such as
Brooch – Can be worn with a bandhgala
Cufflinks – The slightly blingy kinds, if you end up wearing a shirt and a jacket
Mojaris – This footwear looks amazing with ethnic wear. Opt for a pair with light work on it
Safa – Wedding turban in a muted colour
Stole- A stole in a contrasting colour will work wonders to up your outfit
You can also make a grand entry for the wedding by ditching the traditional horse and opting for a bike or a cycle or a car. We hope we have managed to convince you to NOT leave your outfit in the hands of your family members and we also hope we have managed to convince you to drop that ego which makes you say ‘honestly I don’t care what I am wearing’. If we have even achieved 10% of this, then we know we have done some good work.
Also, we will like to thank Bollywood for tips for grooms for portraying larger than life weddings. On the other hand, you can thank us too!