There is more to a wedding than just exchanging vows. It is the biggest day in the lives of the bride and groom, not to mention an 'auspicious' day for their respective entourages. It's an occasion for two families to unite and for the relatives to engage in fun and frolic.
If you are part of the wedding entourage, be warned that the spotlight is on you too. The bride and the groom are the stars of the show, but being their loyal aides, you share a part of the 'stardom'.
And to shine on that day, you must dress accordingly.
The rule of thumb is: do not wear the same shade as the bride or the groom. An exception to this rule will be if the whole family is trying to maintain a colour theme. For men, suits are the classic choice and nothing beats the look one can pull off in a suit. You could also wear a three-piece suit, which is a suit that comes with a vest, or even a tuxedo for a more formal look.
You can find a range of ready made suits in Cats Eye, Fit Elegance and Westecs. For tailor-made ones, Ferdous has been topping the list. Make sure you try it out at least once before the big day.
Sherwanis are a good choice as well, adding a more traditional, regal touch to your look. For made-to-order sherwanis you can check out O2 and Lubnan. For the best bargain, you may try out the shops lined up in Elephant Road that sell everything one can require in a wedding.
Remember: Grooming is important for men, just as make-up is for women. Make sure your hair is trimmed, combed and even gelled. If you do not like being clean shaved, ensure that your beard is trimmed. After all, you need to be prepared to pose for gazillion photographs!
For women, decisions are tough since there are too many options. You can wear shalwar kameez suits, saris, or lehengas. Long kameezes with intricate work teamed up with Palazzo pants or skirts are the new trend.
Saris have always been the number one preference for most women since they are guaranteed to always make you look more classy and elegant. But if you are more comfortable moving around in a shalwar kameez or a lehenga then opt to wear either of those since you will be required to move around attending to the guests and running last moment errands. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
Keep your make up subtle and not too flashy. Make sure it does not clash with the bride's and that your foundation is not too many shades lighter than your skin!
Make sure you smell good and smile like you mean it; after all it is one of the biggest days of your dearest one's life!
Model: Shawon, Safa
Make-up: Farzana Shakil
Wardrobe Shawon: Cats Eye
Wardrobe Safa: Almira
Location: Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel