>A traditional Hindi wedding — help!

>Hi ladies!

I could really use your help. I’ve been invited to a dear sorority sister’s wedding in Destin, Fla., in April. I am so thrilled to have made the limited friend guestlist for the bride, and I can’t wait to be there to join in the festivities.

My sorority sister is Hindu, and this will be a huge gathering over many days. You can read about the Hindu Wedding Celebration here.

I’ll arrive on a Thursday in time for the reception, which will be held starting around 6 p.m. I’ll be driving in from Mobile and will need to change into a dress prior to the drive.

Then, on a Friday afternoon starting around 1 p.m. is the ceremony.

So, I will need 2 outfits for this wedding. I don’t want to show too much skin or stick out like a sore thumb. It would be neat to find a couple dresses that nod to Indian dress and traditions — silk, brocade, batik, etc., without looking like I am a white girl trying to dress as a Hindu.

I am 5’5″ and a size 12ish with a D-cup, so I’ll need something that looks good on my figure. Also, it’s the middle of April in Destin, which has average high temps of 78 and lows of 51. So, any ideas or suggestions?


6 thoughts on “>A traditional Hindi wedding — help!”

  1. >Been lurking, but wanted to help you out (have a lot of Indian friends). The rule of thumb is dress-up… More for the reception than the wedding. You can always do the little black dress, with funky jewelry for the wedding. For the reception, cocktail without the beauty pagent glamor. I am from Alabama (shout-out!!!) and moved to Chicago several years ago. I was SHOCKED how dressed up the weddings were! Alabama is usually church dress nice, here it is total cocktail! Anyway, the reception will be dressy. Most women will be in silk saris (really lovely) with lots of gold and silver trim or in punjabis (still really lovely). Anything dressier than a church dress is good, as long as it isn't a beaded long gown. Does this make sense? A dress for both would be best, and if you have "real" vs. "costume" jewelry, wear the real.


  2. >Oh, by the way, you may need to take your shoes off at the temple for the wedding, so be prepared for that. And if you are invited to the mehndi, a sundress or a fancy capri outfit is good.


  3. >Oh, I could use help too! I have to spend most of April attending my friend's wedding events – she's of Indian descent with Muslim religion. I am so scared I will stand out too much or reveal some flesh accidentally!!! I'm so honoured to go but so worried I'll screw up!


  4. >definitely tons of gold jewelry and jewel tones, I've been to a couple and have absolutely LOVED it! The craziest part about the actual ceremony takes place with the men on one side and the women on the other!


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