Traveling to India for the first time for a wedding

#1 Oct 17th, 2017, 23:13
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Hi everyone!

I'm new to the forum and will be flying to India next week for the first time! I'm very excited and eager to visit but I do have one question:

What to wear for this wedding?

Right now, I think I've settled on not bringing anything and doing my wedding clothes shopping there, but I am pretty self-conscious and don't want to be the white guy who shows up to a wedding in a kurta and everyone else is wearing western suits :P

The groom is from Delhi and the bride is an american. They are both very casual and easy going so I doubt I need to be ultra formal. Is there a more wedding-casual attire I should be looking at?

I'm a man in my early 30s and I'll be staying in Hauz Khas Village.


Thank you!
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What type of a wedding (Hindu / Muslim / Christian etc) is it?
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I believe it is a hindu wedding.
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Traditional hindu weddings have 3-4 functions. You can mix and match your clothes. Suit for the wedding and ethnic for the smaller functions.
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Delhi wedding? Be prepared, if it is the usual (quasi traditional and quasi consumerist) Delhi affair, to be maybe blown away by garish opulence.
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Suit. No need to shop in India for it. Bring a suite and tie and you'd be all set. Even if some in the wedding were wearing kurta - you'd be better off with a suit.

Indians don't do subtle. So, be prepared for over the top...
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You can buy a very nice formal kurta/pajama outfit and have the adjustments made quickly. Posh stores are all over these days in Delhi and Hyderabad (where I bought them for shona baba and I)..
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A kurta pyjama / sherwani / bandhgala would be okay for a Hindu wedding.
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Indians don't do subtle. So, be prepared for over the top...
And no rehearsals it seems but there should at least be some kind of program. Indians grow up and age out going to weddings playing different roles as they go through life. I wish I had known about how the envelopes worked. It took me several times to give away my gifts, they kept giving them back back for more photos ops. I was pretty self conscious when it came to to put on the silk kurta pajamas but compliments from the Aunties out me to ease nicely. It was my first wedding as a known participant, the men tended towards traditional for the ceremony and western for the reception.

As the bride is American its hard to tell what the expectations are. If its a Hindu wedding she would have a baan, where she gets bathed in haldi. Which from my limited experience is a public smearing of turmeric paste by female relations and female friends.

OP you're going in cold, just roll with it. You could always steal the grooms shoes (or nowadays maybe car keys) and demand ransom. That would be good for a laugh.
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I went to 2 separate days of a Hindu wedding, on the first day (wedding) I wore a smart pair of trousers and a white long sleeved shirt with a nice pair of shoes, but after speaking with other guests (and seeing what they were wearing), I wore trousers, sandals (as most guests were wearing these) and a smart short sleeved shirt for the reception.
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Thanks for all the replies! I think I'm going to go the route of shopping in Delhi. The main reason being I'm also going to Hong Kong and Tokyo during this trip and don't feel like lugging around a full suit, ties, shoes etc. (Also, I hate being hot and a suit is torture for me in anything above 70F!)
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Then don't wear one. A kurta pyjama will do fine, and is more comfortable.
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Traveling to India for the first time for a wedding

... And, even if you are the only one, everyone will love you for it.

Lots of good stores for ready-made... Delhi folk will advise
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