Big Girl in a Skinny World – Pre-wedding Outfit Ideas for 2020

Tired of trying to find Pre-wedding outfit inspirations on Instagram and Pinterest and not finding anything that you can imagine yourself in? If you are a big girl, it is a herculean task to find something relevant on the internet when you are trying to figure out what to wear on the plethora of Pre (and Post) wedding functions Indian weddings end up having. Keywords often end up with nothing, and all you have to rely on is your own imagination to make decisions about these heavy, expensive outfits which you have no idea about how they may end up looking on you.

We understand your dilemma, and hence, have compiled a list of some of the best Pre-wedding outfit ideas for the curvy bride to be. 

Curvy Pre-Wedding Outfit Ideas
Curvy Pre-Wedding Outfit Ideas

Roka: 

Often, a roka is actually the least planned event of a wedding because in a lot of cases, it marks the formalisation of the wedding, and is a token event to make it official for both the families. So it’s quite possible that you may not end up getting a lot of time to prepare an outfit for this occasion. If that’s the case, we have a couple of awesome pre-wedding outfit ideas for you that are very easy to put together and look great too. 

Suit with Banarasi Dupatta 

 Since it’s your first function as a bride to be, it’s important to keep things light yet interesting and in sync with the spirit of the event. A nice silk kurta with pants, or churidar with a Banarasi dupatta is just the perfect choice for this event. Its kitsch, beautiful, traditional and yet so comfortable, and can be accessorised so well with a pair of chaandbaalis. You can either go for bright, vibrant colours or subtle pastels as the base colour with a bold coloured dupatta to add some drama to your outfit. 

Kurta with Skirt and Dupatta

Kurta with Skirt and Dupatta
Kurta with Skirt and Dupatta

Pair a long kurta with a skirt/light lehenga and a dupatta. You can mix and match the colours, there are very few ways to go wrong with this pre-wedding outfit, it’s really easy to put together and works really well with three different colours too given that there are some common elements, like similar pattern, or just a touch of golden embroidery. You can carry the dupatta in the classic open one-shoulder style, or drape with across both shoulders and let it flow (if you are using a net dupatta, this drape works really well). Accessorise this with a light maang tikka and danglers, and you are good to go!

Engagement

A less formal, and yet really crucial event, it is important to go for an outfit for your engagement that is not too heavy but has the right amount of glamour and glitz. Since you will probably be standing a lot to meet and greet people, your outfit should be comfortable, and with a great silhouette so that it pictures well no matter what. Here are our picks-

Light Lehenga

Light Lehenga
Light Lehenga

Nothing beats the lehenga when it comes to dramatic outfits. The twirl, and silhouette it gives your curves and the general fanciness associated with it makes it a perfect Engagement outfit, even if you do plan on wearing a lehenga for your sangeet or/and wedding too. Go for something in butterfly net/georgette and in an interesting colour. Accessorise with a dainty set of jewellery, and if you need tips on how to drape a lehenga for curvy brides, you can check this out. 

Gown

The Gown
The Gown

Gowns are beautiful, and if tailored well, can really accentuate your curves and make you look like a diva. Make sure you go for light fabric and not a bulky fabric like velvet which might be unflattering for curvy bodies. Butterfly net, georgette and chiffon are good choices. If you want to opt for silk, choose a good quality, soft variant instead of one with stiff texture. A flared gown looks very flattering on women with big bodies, but if your tummy is not your problem area, you can also go for a more fitted bodycon style in a suitable fabric that has some amount of stretch to sit well on your curves. Accessorize with diamond/pearl jewellery, or precious stone jewellery. 

Mehendi

One of the most fun events of your pre-wedding itinerary, your Mehendi calls for a pre-wedding outfit that’s vibrant, easy to carry, and most importantly, easy to sit for hours in. No full sleeves or tight fitted pants for this occasion. These are a couple of options you can consider-

Full-sized flared Dress

Full Sized Flared Dress
Full Sized Flared Dress

A light and breezy function, for a Mehendi you need something that is practical enough to sit in for long hours and get your Mehendi done. A long flared dress might just be the right fit for you because its light, manageable and has a beautiful silhouette that sits so well on big bodies. Accessorise with some beautiful floral jewellery and if its a day function, don’t forget your sunglasses!

Crop top and skirt

Crop Top and Skirt
Crop Top and Skirt

Another awesome option for a Mehendi outfit is a crop top and a flared skirt. You can get a solid coloured crop top with a patterned skirt. Keep the length of the crop top just at the helm of the beginning of the skirt, and tie the skirt around the slimmest part of your waist. If the idea of showing any skin around your tummy makes you uncomfortable, you can either get a light long jacket to provide a sheer coverage over your crop top and skirt, or you can do a stole as well. Wear a long floral necklace and floral earrings, and you are all set to be a beautiful bride to be.

Sangeet

For this event, you need a pre-wedding outfit that’s dramatic and fun, and easy to endure for the hours of dancing you have planned for. Here’s what you could wear-

Lehenga

Lehenga
Lehenga

For the grandeur and the drama, a lehenga cuts right to the chase. Wear one that moves well, in a fabric that is not too stiff or too heavy, because you will be moving around a lot on this day. Pair your look with kundan/polki jewellery, and some good dancing shoes and you are good to go. Remember to Keep your dupatta in a pinned up one shoulder drape for this event, you don’t want any distractions while you are breaking a leg on your sangeet after all. 

Long flared Jacket with Skirt

Long Flared jacket with Skirt
Long Flared jacket with Skirt

If you don’t want to do a lehenga, you can also go for this pre-wedding outfit, which is equally dramatic, and less hassle. Get a nice embroidered long jacket with some flare tailored for you with a flared skirt/lehenga. It looks awesome, does not need a dupatta, so no distractions, and pictures so well! Wear a good pair of danglers with this outfit, and if you want, a maangtika (make sure you stick it to your forehead using double-sided tape or it will transform into a paasa halfway into your sangeet performance), and you are all ready for all the dancing you want.

Cocktail

A Cocktail event calls out for something that is glam and daring, and a little edgy, while being frill-free at the same time so that you don’t have to fuss with your pre-wedding outfit during the fun and dancing. Also, it is one of the only events where you get to have a break from the all traditional look and can experiment with a more contemporary vibe. Take a look at our picks for you- 

Saree

Saree
Saree

Nothing spells glamorous like a well-styled georgette/chiffon saree- such an amazing option to honour your curves. You can don one with a cape or a jacket or simply wear it with a sexy blouse, there isn’t a way to go wrong with a saree. You can experiment with sequins/bling and go for dark, jewel-toned colours, or the evergreen black. Do a smokey eye, use a bomb highlighter and accessorise with diamond/diamontic or Swarovski jewellery, and all eyes will be for you, as they should be!

Indo-western Gown

Indo Western Gown
Indo Western Gown

Another great option for a cocktail is an Indo-western gown. Manageable, elegant and super glam, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the designs and finer detailings in this pre-wedding outfit. You can opt for one with cold shoulders, or one that is sleeveless, go for rich hues and darker colours if its a night event, and accessorise with a blingy clutch, diamond/Swarovski jewellery and dramatic makeup and go for the kill.  

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