The Best Wedding Outfits for a Smaller Wedding During Covid19

Every bride wants to look like a vision on her big day and spends endless hours narrowing down the ‘perfect’ outfit for her princess moment. However, with COVID-19 shrinking our weddings to a mere 50-people affair, the previously finalized OTT outfit may just feel a bit out of place. After all layers on cancan and tulle, bedazzling Swarovski and a 10-foot long trail may seem perfect for a 1000-people extravaganza but is definitely out of place in an intimate home ceremony. So the “new normal” of weddings needs a new way to plan and shop for your wedding outfits.

Here are all the insights you need on getting your wedding outfits just right! 

Revamp your wedding outfits
Revamp your wedding outfits

Less is more. For real. 

Minimalistic Wedding Outfits
Minimalistic Wedding Outfits

No one wants to think of less when it comes to their wedding, but in light of the significantly smaller celebrations we’ll be having, less is definitely more when it comes to your wedding outfit. Given the smaller context, the first rule of finding the perfect outfit is to think classic and elegant as opposed to flamboyant or dramatic. Pay emphasis to flattering silhouettes, rich fabrics and different colours to find something that works well. 

If it works for the camera, it works

Colourful Lehengas
Colourful Lehengas

When you’re planning your outfit, you’ll have to keep in mind that your wedding is probably being streamed online. The outfit has to be camera-friendly as most of your guests will be watching online. So steer clear of colours that don’t shoot well—white, gold and a lot of bling may not shoot well, while bright coloured wedding outfits can come alive on camera. Also, some cuts may look great in person but might look unflattering or poufy on camera. So avoid empire lines, a lot of pleating or voluminous silhouettes. 

Upcycling is the word to remember

Upcycled Outfits
Upcycled Outfits

You’re having a small wedding, and you probably don’t want to spend a year’s salary on your wedding outfits. The trend that’s really creating a buzz is upcycling! Take your mom’s wedding outfit and have it repurposed to yours. Or pick one of your granny’s stunning silk saris and pair it with a contemporary blouse. The options are endless, the end result is absolutely gorgeous and the planet will thank you! 

For once, ready-to-wear trumps couture

Ready-to-wear Lehengas
Ready-to-wear Lehengas

The most important thing when shopping for your wedding outfit right now is safety. You don’t want to go out too often and risk exposure. So for once, we actually prefer RTW to having something customized. Go shopping with a clear idea of what you want, find something that meets your vision and just buy it. At most, you’ll have to go for a final fitting closer to the wedding date. But to have something customized with multiple sessions with the designer is not really a smart option right now! 

God is in the details

God is in the details
God is in the details

While simple is key, it definitely does not mean it has to be ordinary. Opt for detailing to make your outfit look truly bridal. Intricate embroideries, using old-school craft traditions and expert tailoring will all work to make wedding outfits stand out. Also, pair your outfit with heritage jewellery and beautiful makeup for a truly head-turning look.

Image Credits: Vogue India, Limeroad & Instagram

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Tanvi Saraf

Tanvi Saraf is a writer, editor and traveller who's recently moved to the south. Having worked with the country's leading publications, including Marie Claire, India Today, Harper's Bazaar Bride and L'officiel, she now heads marketing for WeddingWishlist.com & CherryTin.com. Her life's philosophy and choices are guided by her motto, "Enjoy it. Because it's happening", and with both our websites, she's all set to bring the joy back to gifting.

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