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Roka Ceremony – What to Wear on Roka Ceremony for You & Family

If you are looking for some roka ceremony outfit ideas for you and your loving family/friends, you have landed the right place.
Let’s get real, though Indian weddings can be really tiring and can take a toll on you, but the love-showering ceremonies, traditional rituals, getting decked up for even the smallest functions and gorging on some lip-smacking delicacies is the best part amidst everything.
Even if it means that you’ll have to change for different-different functions but then again, we all love doing that.
But before even we start with the haldi ceremony, mehendi ceremony or anything else, there’s this one really important function which takes place and marks the beginning of a big fat (or a simple and sophisticated) wedding ceremony extravaganza which is the roka ceremony.

1. Pink Glimmering Lehenga

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Another stunning floral lehenga in a light pink shade. Zardozi work adorns the outfit. The cut is also unique. Belt detail has been added and the hem of the lehenga skirt flaunts net pleated frill details making it a unique outfit.

2. Beige Shimmery Gown

This ethnic evening gown is a real beauty! The cut and the color make it the perfect western gown! Beige is definitely not a conventional Indian bridal color. But the shimmer, sequin and crystal detailing and the larger-than-life flare of the skirt make it very much Indian!

3. Gold Fairy-tale Gown

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When one thinks of “fairy-tale weddings” these are the kind of outfits that first hits one’s imagination! This gown is exquisite, elegant, flamboyant and decadent! The matte-gold beige fabric is adorned in bright gold shimmery embellishments. The bodice showcases a gold scale-like texture. The skirt of the gown is highly flared with textured and embellished floral motifs.

4. Turquoise lehenga with monotone dupatta

This bride’s Banaras inspired lehenga skirt and choli are perfectly complimented by a monotone dupatta is perfect for a vibrant look for a night function.
Tip: As the color is quite dark and the print is too big, keep it a low affair with accessories and you can also complete the look with either a potli bag like above or a shimmery clutch too.

5. Glam in Wine

A great color option, for any pre-wedding function in the evening, is any shade of wine. The colors are unconventional but inevitably glamorous. This one is in a tone of purplish wine or dark jamun. On it big motifs of flowers in silver sequins and crystals has been added. The sleek sleeveless choli directs all the focus to the beautiful skirt. The net dupatta also flaunts floral motifs.

 

6. Elegance of White

Perhaps the most elegant Roka ceremony outfit in this whole list! This beautiful lehenga in off-white is sophistication at its best. The full-sleeve blouse flaunts embroidered motifs on fine net fabric. The skirt showcases floral motifs in grey and brown. The net dupatta also boasts self color embroidery. Checkout more of white Bridal Lehengas.

7. Before the Wedding Blues

The beauty of this lehenga is the unique shade of blue. The color is coupled with elements of lilac toned net fabric like the dupatta. Silver sequin work and lilac thread work adorn the lehenga skirt. The choli is off-shoulder.

 

8. The Sharara Look

Lehengas and ethnic gowns are pretty common as Roka ceremony outfits. If you love traditional looks and want to go for something really unique, go for a sharara or a gharara. This bride wears this gorgeous pastel green sharara embellished with traditional embroidery, zardozi work, zari detailing etc. A lot of net has been used in this outfit to create a vintage feel. This goes perfectly in a Muslim Wedding.

9. Tiered and Flared

Isn’t this your dream “Cinderella look”? Though difficult to carry, this bride flaunts this fairy-tale Roka ceremony look with grace. The peach tone is perfectly complimented by the gold embellishments on the bodice. The real beauty of the outfit is the larger-than-life flared and tiered skirt of the gown. The dress also comes with unique sleeve pattern.

10. Onion Pink Ball Gown

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The outfit color is a mix of onion pink and steel grey. The fabric flaunts a metallic sheen. The layered slanting fall of the skirt of the gown is stunning! The bodice flaunts sequin and crystal embroidery. Usage of net fabric adds dimension to the look.

11. Blue Bling Lehenga

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Planning a grand evening Roka function? Don’t shy away from wearing something gorgeous! This blue and gold lehenga is simply larger-than-life! The gold work is elaborate and adorns the flared lehenga skirt all the way. Ornate full sleeve boat neck blouse looks different and elegant. Checkout more of blue bridal lehengas.

12. Gold Ethnic Dress

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A bold but unique choice for the Roka ceremony, this ethnic dress is all gold with just some awesomely designed textures. The bodice has a western cut but the skirt is flared and patterned like a lehenga. The zigzag pattern on the gold is chic, contemporary yet perfect for the big fat Indian Roka ceremony.

13. Perfect Lighter Hues

Peach and beige intermingle with gold and silver to create the perfect outfit for a grand Roka ceremony. This lehenga has all the ethnic embellishments like metallic embroidery, flared skirt, rich fabric etc but it still looks extremely sober, subtle and light because of the color combination.

14. The Lighter the Better

This Roka ceremony outfit is a masterpiece. The hue and fabric are as light as it can get. On a beige-peach combination fabric, the designer has used chikankari embroidery, concentrated on the skirt which is matched with a perfectly stitched Black Sherwani. The unique part is the fact that no gold or silver thread has been used in the embroidery. The cut of the choli is unique too, so is the draping style of the sheer dupatta.

15. Velvet Lehenga for Themed Roka Ceremony

If you are having a vintage or Mughal themed Roka ceremony, a heavy velvet lehenga would be the best choice. This one comes in a shade of the darkest navy. Floral motifs in red, pink and gold complement the darkness of the base fabric. A sheer dupatta with an ornate border is added. Checkout more of velvet lehengas.

16. Red Gown Themed Dress

Most Roka ceremonies take place during the day hours and bright shades look beautiful in the sunshine. This bride wears a fusion outfit in a cool-toned red shade. While the bodice is typically ethnic with detailed embroidery, the lower part of the dress resembles a gown with net embellishments. An ornate belt detail is also added.

 

17. Peach Lehenga with Mirror Work

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Go subtle! There is a beauty in lighter hues and mild undertones that is unmatched. This bride wears a peach toned lehenga with mirror work and embroidery. Though a light hue, it can still work in an evening function. The work is not over-the-top, the cuts are not experimental yet there is an elegance about this Roka ceremony outfit. Checkout more of Pink Lehengas.

18. Mirror Work Goals

There is a thing of appeal about chunky mirror work on a white or off-white background and it has been fully utilized in case of this Roka ceremony outfit. The off-white ensemble upholds the most exquisite mirror work designs.

19. Lavender Legacy

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No color matches the elegance of pastel hues when it comes to wedding related functions that take place during the day time. This lehenga is all about color and textures. The choli is embellished but the rest of the outfit is just adorned with tiny floral motifs. The lehenga skirt showcases a crumpled texture and frill details are also added at the borders.

 

20. Metallic Fusion Dress

Functions like the Roka ceremony is the best occasion to flaunt your love for ethnic fusion clothing. This bride twirls for photos in her metallic fusion gown. All over, the gown is embellished in a combination of sequins in shades like electric blue, steel, silver and other metallic tones. The dress flares from the waistline, just like a pleated lehenga.

21. Burnt Orange Fusion Lehenga

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Not only is the light burnt orange, terracotta toned fabric unique in itself, but also it is perfectly complemented by gold embroidery of the blouse and the hemlines. The most unique part of the outfit is the skirt hemline. The A-line lehenga skirt has a layered hemline, resembling evening gowns from western fashion.

22. Velvet Gown Style Lehenga

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Roka ceremony is all about experimental clothing and fusion ethnic attires. This dark maroon lehenga comes with a hand-worked choli, ornate floral dupatta and a lehenga skirt which has the cut and fall of a western gown.

23. Ethnic Boho Lehenga

Boho or quirky styles are completely trending now! This bride wears a lehenga featuring all colors and patterns. The outfit is designed in such a way that it looks like it has been stitched together from different scraps of fabric and put together with gold zari work. The presence of so many colors makes the outfit extremely vibrant. Latkan details are added.

24. Peach and Gold Dress

The combination of peach and gold never fails to impress! The simple dress is both elegant and attractive and a safe choice for the Roka ceremony.

25. Twitch from usual color palette with lime yellow

Are you someone who always prefers to oft for the most unusual yet chirpy colors? Then this lime yellow is something which will suit the perfect outdoor day event or even a night ceremony with all the dazzling embroidery and flash on it. Checkout more of yellow lehenga.
The leaf like cut-outs at the bottom of the lehenga blouse surely deviate from the usual cut and look of the blouse. Also the statement dupatta!
Belt like structure at the beginning of the lehenga skirt is just so perfect! And to add coolness to your photographs, you can also add those big sunglasses as why not 😉
TIP: As there’s a lot going on with the lehenga, keep jewelry at a minimum with just a choker like in the image. Also don’t go too heavy with the makeup. Keep it light but bold lips and some extra highlighter is just enough to accentuate the whole look.

26. When Less is More

There is nothing to describe about this outfit except for the fact that it is outright mesmerizing! The A-line paper white lehenga skirt is devoid of embellishments. The choli boasts a bit of thread work in white and pink. The same motifs are repeated on the border of the sheer cape. The cape also has a few bouts of vibrant pink in the form of printed floral motifs. Elegant fabrics like satin, net, chiffon etc have been used for this Roka ceremony outfit.

27. ‘Steel’ the Show

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Unique colors are in vogue! This steel grey lehenga with metallic embroidery and net frill details is definitely stealing the show!

 

28. Chanderi Silk for vintage bride

In today’s modern era, it’s hard to find a bride who’s into vintage things, but if you are someone who loves those Banarasi silk sarees or chanderi ones, then a maroon saree like the one above will make you stand out perfectly.

29. Sharara shararat going on

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If you want to feel comfortable and not feel like a princess with a lehenga or get restricted by the 6 yard clothing piece, then an umber chic sharara is something which you can choose for the roka.
It is both simple and elegant, and feels highly cozy. Just twirl around for photos and see how the sharara feels in photos, just a mini version of the extravagant lehenga.

30. White shirt and a designer lehenga for a carefree look

Now this is raging across social media and the fashion circle for the longest time and what better than experimenting at your sister or friend’s roka ceremony. It’s not too decked up still feels a complete look in itself.
Pair with some heavy Indian or junk jewelry to complete the look. A good pair of sunglasses will add a sense of coolness to this otherwise hot look and will also help you beat the heat.
TIP: As the top is light, keep the skirt heavy and embellished and also try to keep makeup, especially your eyes and lips bold.

Tips & Tricks for Your Roka Ceremony

1. Don’t go overboard and overwhelmed with anything and everything you see on the hangers because in these kinds of functions which are not going to end for a long time, it’s better that you choose something which is not extremely heavy.
So save the heavy embellishments and jewelry for the wedding.
2. Though if you choose to go heavy with the outfit, be light on accessories and makeup. The look should be balanced and not over the top. Similarly, if you wear loose down the waist, keep it fitted on the top and vice versa.
3. Colors are something with which you can PLAY A LOT as this is the time to stand apart in terms of fashion, outfit picks and to be carefree because rest of the functions except mehendi ceremony doesn’t actually let you open up with the color palette as people mostly expect traditional colors.
Be it beige, pink, light blue, green, yellow for the roka, JUST HAVE IT. The list is endless.
4. Lastly, for the footwear, choose something that blends well and feels comfortable because there’re a lot of alternatives to heels (like mules, kolhapuri chappals, ballet flat, jutis etc.) and within heels(like wedge heels).

Conclusion – what to wear on Roka Ceremony

According to our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and our ancestors, Roka ceremony is like an official announcement of consent of both the bride and the groom to get married and start with the festivities.
It means that the groom has been stopped, that is, reserved for the bride and vice versa. It can be considered as even a pre-engagement function or sometimes what people do is take this opportunity to even exchange rings between the two. But is for sure the first function before wedding festivities commence.
Mostly what the would-be-couple chooses is a traditional outfit for the function but one can also go past the traditional one for something more modern, classy and sophisticated as this is the time to shine bright. Why not?
However before you start picking anything for this very first official function of yours, you need to keep some tips in mind.
If you’re looking out for an option for your roka but don’t want to go the usual way, instead opt for customization then do contact GetEthnic.com  to get in touch with their best designers and fine craftsmen for that perfect ensemble.
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