There are a crazy amount of things that you need to buy for your South Asian wedding, so much so that it can be hard to keep it all straight. You’ve got the basics like clothes and jewelry, but then it’s remembering what types of jewelry, how many outfits and for what events, and what about tiny accessories like bindis? On top of that, there are also a list of cultural decor items or religious items that you’ve got to get for events at home, baraat, and potentially the ceremony itself.
So what makes the list? We’ve put together a starter one for you so you don’t forget anything. Just be sure to adjust accordingly depending on the specifics – check in with family members, your decorator, officiant, and even your bridal hair and makeup team (are they bringing fake flowers for your hair or do you need to get that?).
Bridal Apparel & Accessories
You may need up to 6 outfits for events and ceremonies plus the jewelry to match.
Religious outfit + jewelry
Mehndi outfit + jewelry set, hair pieces
Friday-night event (Sangeet, Garba) outfit + jewelry (set, bangles, hair accessories) + clutch
Wedding ceremony outfit + bridal jewelry set (nath, tikka/head piece, earrings, rani haar/long necklace, short necklace, haath phool, anklets) + shoes if you’re participating in baraat
Reception outfit + jewelry + shoes
Post-wedding lunch/family event outfit + jewelry
Depending on the type of wedding you’re having, you may need to add certain jewelry pieces for that. For instance, if you’re having a Punjabi wedding, you’ll need to add choora and kaleerey to the list.
Wearing a sari for any of your wedding outfits? Don’t forget the matching petticoat to go with it.
Groom Apparel & Accessories
Mehndi outfit if he’s joining in on yours, or one if his family is having a separate one
Friday-night event (Sangeet, Garba) outfit
Wedding ceremony outfit + groom jewelry (necklace, kalgi) + headwear (pagdi or pag) + shoes
Reception outfit + shoes
Post-wedding lunch/family event outfit
Bridesmaids Wedding Outfits
Accessories for both
Safety pins in different colors
Wedding invitations and other stationery (programs, escort cards, etc.)
Welcome and/or favor bags
Wedding favors (personalized dandiya sticks, umbrellas/parasols, dupattas, etc.)
Cultural items for baraat (tray, etc.)
Religious items for wedding (check to see what officiant is providing and what you need to provide)
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