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    Just got the news about your friend’s wedding? Don’t fret we have you covered. Bollywood’s an ideal space for chalking out inspiration when it comes to functions leading up to the wedding.

    From Mehendi to engagement to reception, Tinseltown’s finest fashion fixtures have you sorted. Taking cues from all the celeb offbeat looks, we suggest spice it all up, whip up fresh ideas, and think beyond the sari or a lehenga. Kurtas can be worn as dresses and robes can be adorned with a millennial twist; there is a lot that you can experiment with. Also, remember there are no sacrosanct rules, just have fun!

    We roll out 6 different looks that will help you make a strong style statement.

    Get engagement ready. Colour of choice: A spectrum of yellows

     

    Embracing tradition with a hint of modernity is never bad, and this sharara set adorned by Mrunal Thakur makes for a winning look. Veering away from the old school image of a sharara, ornate, floor-grazing pieces are the trend of the town. Thakur’s piece is impeccably constructed, adorned without heavy jewellery and the perfect kind of yellow making it occasion appropriate. Besides being considered auspicious, yellow is a perfect hue for a day time ceremony. So whether you are attending an engagement party in a resort or it is just an intimate family gathering, opt for any tone of yellow, from canary to lemon, and be that gleaming ray of sunshine at the party.

    Be ahead of the trend with this similar yellow hued three-piece set from Biba.in    

    Evergreen florals for Mehendi

    For anyone who wants to engage in prints and patterns, florals serve as an easy answer. Extremely versatile and available in a wide spectrum of colours, they make for a perfect Mehendi look. We love the effortlessness of Alia Bhatt in this wide kurta-salwar combo. Even though whites and creams as base colours might be considered unorthodox for Mehendi, but once blended with busy floral prints, spell perfection.

    Get set to look gorgeous, with this floral anarkali with a mesmerizing flow from Biba.in

    Elegant capes for the sangeet

    Sonam Kapoor is giving us cues on how a hero piece can completely pull your entire look together. A classic cape top, paired with decadent lehenga exudes perfection for the sangeet. Take a step back from the traditional salwar-kurta look, ditch the choli and instead pick up capes in an array of lengths and textures. In case you feel like pairing one with a kurta or a lehenga, go easy; veer away from the heavy embroidered or floor-grazing capes. Since its sangeet, maybe a bit of peaking skin won’t harm, an off-shoulder cape top will help you put together a perfect ensemble

    Try this elegant and stylish cape dress from W for Woman to recreate Sonam’s look

    Peachy perfection for pre-wedding cocktails

    Pre-wedding cocktails might conjure up images of sharp, sleek dresses and high heels, however, we suggest trying to loop in a bit of tradition in and pick up pieces in peach. The colour is perfect for a night function and helps you veer away from the monotonous spectrum of reds. Takes lessons from Priyanka Chopra in a floor-length peach Anarkali on how to keep it classy. Also, be open to having fun with different silhouettes; think striking peach-toned printed tops paired with palazzos and even peach-hued shararas.

    Here’s a peach set with flared pants from W for Woman for an avant-garde cocktail party style

    Statement robes and shrugs pack a punch for the wedding

    Veer away from the traditional saris and lehengas for the wedding. For a breezy evening wedding, a beautiful robe with intricate embroideries can do. Raveena Tandon is schooling us on how to champion a pairing of dhoti-trousers with a flared, floor-length, printed robe. Also, take note of the way she is handling a confluence of different hues. The market is brimming with lightweight robes in an array of variety. We suggest being mindful of the kind of trousers you will be pairing the robe or the shrug with. Just in case you are intimidated by the look, start with a pair of tailored trousers, loop in a funky robe and a button-down shirt. Start easy.

    Give your evening a modern twist with this fusion 3 piece set sported by Gia Kashyap from Biba India, made with Liva fashion fabric

    Twirl in a classic flared kurta for the reception

    It will be safe to say that you can hardly go wrong with a flared kurta. Move beyond the idea of straight-cut kurtas and let these old-school, traditional flared pieces do the talking. Sonam Kapoor’s v kurta is reception goals for anyone who wants to loop in a bit of fun. Also, her pairing of ethnic earrings and hairdo add more character to her look.

    Experiment with bright flared pieces like this beautifully flowing orange kurta from Aurelia

    Do let us know which look is your favourite. Tell us in the comment box below.

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    Natasha Banerjee