Haldi Ceremony is one of the most fun filled function in any Indian wedding and choosing the right haldi dress is very important.
When it comes to Haldi Ceremony dress for bride then you can opt for a lot of options varying from lehenga to a bright saree or a kurta or any other ethnic outfit but “Yellow” is defiantly the color of the Ceremony!
If you are an Indian or have an Indian acquaintance wherein you have attended an Indian wedding, then you must know that Indian weddings are all about lots and lots of functions, hippy music, lavish food, over the top décor and the custom Indian rituals which have been following for the longest possible time one can remember.
And one of them is the quintessential, Haldi Ceremony.
It is one of the most fun filled yet one of the emotional functions to make memories with the bride.
But what is this haldi ceremony and why is it significant enough to be worth considered?
Haldi ceremony is simply about applying a paste of turmeric, sandalwood, some oil and rose water to go off of any negativity, to fill positivity, to add glow, to purify soul and also to symbolize blessings whosoever applies it to the one getting married.
It is believed that the ingredients that go into the paste bring an uncanny glow to a bride’s face.
But the first question that usually comes up in the minds of various brides is whether to go for something new or wear something old for this ceremony because ultimately, the bride won’t be able to wear it again. For some, it is their mother’s old saree or their sister’s haldi’s outfit that they end up wearing.
For some it is all about going out and buying something new and quirky even if it implies that you can’t wear it later.
But it is all up to you as “weddings are all about fun and your cousins and friends are going to have a blast in painting you yellow”.
1. Yellow Lehenga with unique Blouse
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Haldi dress for a bride has to be special but always keep in mind that no matter how careful you are, it will be ruined. So, go for something simple yet elegant like this yellow Lehenga which has scattered light embroidery all over with a thick border having thick lace with fitted blouse blouse.
2. Plain Saree with Half Sleeve Blouse
For Haldi function outfit, this plain saree is another option which can be paired with accessories. Match this saree with a sleeveless/half sleeves blouse as your friends and family would need some space to show their haldi creativity.
3. Traditional Yellow Cotton Saree
You can never go wrong with a simple yellow cotton saree and pair it with an orange blouse. This gorgeous outfit is perfect for Haldi Ceremony for the bride as this ceremony usually takes place during day time and saree gives a traditional and elegant look.
4. Modern Layered Yellow Skirt with Accessories
Since haldi paste will be applied on your arms and legs, skirt becomes a go to for many brides. You can always pair it with lightly embroidered blouse and some accessories which would go perfectly with this fun ceremony.
5. Go non conventional with Shorts and Dupatta
When it comes to Haldi Ceremony, brides can go and express them self by wearing something which is non conventional yet practical. You can get a yellow shorts having an embroidered border and pair it with a white top. Match your shorts with a dupatta which has the same color and border embroidery. This is surely a trend setting outfit for the Indian bride to be.
6. Simple Lehenga & blouse
You can opt for a simple lehenga which is self embroidered with a thick border and paired with a plain blouse. This type of outfit looks expensive by since the lehenga fabric used is a machine work embroidery, it’s fits perfectly within the budget. This is a great choice of outfit for a Punjabi bride on her Haldi Ceremony.
7. Elegant & traditional Saree
You can never go wrong with an elegant and traditional saree with a half sleeve blouse paired with fresh flowers as accessory.
8. Trendy it up with Half Saree
Half Saree or sometimes refer as Lehenga Saree goes perfectly with Haldi Ceremony fun and party atmosphere. Having a traditional yet trendy outfit like this would enhance your overall wedding trousseau spectrum. This half saree has multiple borders giving it a unique look for the function.
9. Yellow dress to impress
Brides! Instead of going for traditional and conventional outfits for haldi ceremony, you can also go for a yellow dress. As it’s all about expressing yourself on your wedding functions, you can always go and wear what you like! This yellow dress has light mirror work giving it a simple, yet modern look!
Brides just go and express your self, it’s your wedding!
10. Matching Cotton Saree
This is such a beautiful combination of a cotton saree for the bride which is matched with dhoti and short kurta for the groom. Bride and Groom matching outfit is bound to create sensation in the event and especially when both the ceremonies are happening at the same location.
11. A patiala Suit with net dupatta
Let’s jump straight on to some of the mind boggling, quirky, and traditional but not-so-traditional.
As mentioned before, wear something comfortable and traditional yet chic and what better than a simple patiala suit. Pair it with some lovely and fresh rose and mogra jewelry if you like. Maang tika, earrings and a floral neckpiece are really common, though you can also go for some floral bangles and anklets too.
Twirling in a patiala suit with long dupatta gives a classic vibe to the photographs which you can cherish once you’re over with the functions.
12. Splash of flower amidst being yellow
Keeping it minimalistic is an art in itself but a splash of colors with flowers is not bad though!
This skirt and top with sprinkle of colorful flowers and ethnic printed blouse surely compliments the function.
It is not only stylish but also perfect for that modern day bride who can’t be behind in being in trend.
13. Monotone saree with a dash of blue blouse
Why not make an entry with a splash of bright color on a monotone yellow saree with some cool sunglasses (if you opt for) to beat the heat for an outdoor haldi ceremony! This is an beautiful South Indian bride looks even more stunning in a saree on a beach for her haldi ceremony.
Tip: If your overall ensemble is monotone or has just a single splash of color, then you can overdo with accessories like here with big chandbalis.
14. Simple yet traditional mother’s gota patti Saree
Renowned Indian fashion influencer Masoom Minawala donned her mother’s gota patti saree and draped it into a traditional Gujarati Style. What better than sitting and being painted in the color of love and affection, decorated with some floral latkans on bangles.
Tip: You can always end up curling your hair for a flowy and natural look or even braid your hair with some flowers or jewelry in the braid to make it more effort-ful (not effortless though).
15. A stark variation from yellow to red with some embellishments
Now this is what you called high-level of experimenting when it comes to a traditional Haldi ceremony. There’s some embroidery work going on and ruby maang tika but the color contrast of cream colored pants and red kurti is awe-striking.
Tip: Don’t go overboard with the colors to look out-one-out in an awkward way as too many colors can spoil the outfit (if all it feels is the colors and not the face).
16. Not mogra for haldi? No worries, sunflower is there!
Now this is not about the clothes, instead accessory to pair your outfit with. If you don’t want to be the usual mogra jewelry bride, then pair your Indian haldi ceremony outfit with big sunflower flowers to shine and glow like the flower with strings made of mogra seeds only or something else.
17. Neon is in trend and can be your color too
This slightly neon green colored crop top kind of choli with a yellow skirt having neon green and pink border is something which is all quirky, cool and funky.
Neatly braided or even a messy braided or open hair would work wonders with such an outfit.
18. Why not multicolored?
The way Priyanka Chopra slayed in a multi-colored skirt at her mehendi ceremony, you too can shine bright with such a multi-colored skirt to stand out of the crowd and still look elegant.
Tip: As the skirt of the lehenga has quite a lot going on, pair it with something subtle and simple on the top to not look as if you are a walking shop of embellishments or too many colors.
19. Pleated skirt and shrug for a cool look
Now this is a statement piece for that out-of-the-box bride. The shrug and the skirt has pleats and ruffles going all around to do the talking and it seems that there’s nothing much efforts you need to do in with this.
Tip: When you know that the outfit itself has a lot of elements, then don’t overstuff the look with external elements like jewelry pieces, flowers etc. It will then spoil the overall look.
20. Statement blouse with dhoti style draped saree
Just look how cool and funky she’s looking!
The statement sleeves and the dhoti draped saree is so cool to make a statement and feel like a modern world carefree bride. And the neon sneakers are just acting as another statement piece to the overall look to add that oomph and coolness to the overall aesthetic look.
Tip: With such a look, you can always go a bit towards the heavier makeup but then keep accessories speak less so that your outfit screams the most.
21. Get noticed with floral passa and haath phool
Remember this hair accessory worn by Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani? And did you notice that cute yet intrinsic haath phool for some decoration on your fingers too? If not, then this is something which you can vouch for while still being in the wedding mood.
22. Color blocking prints
This color blocking mechanism is also now in trend and works well for other functions as well besides the haldi function.
Color blocking also helps you look slimmer and makes a person stop at you to watch your entire ensemble.
23. Embroidered short lehenga for a casual and hippy bride
This haldi ensemble idea of the bride is super dapper and quite vocal about the easy going and happy go lucky nature of the lady sighting the fact that she ditched the usual ankle length lehenga skirt, instead opted for something short and sassy.
This kind of outfit works best for an outdoor haldi function with an airy vibe around and more so ever if you’re around the waters or (directly) under the sun.
Tip: Wear a color that blends in well with the décor of the venue and can also be coordinated with that of the groom as; why not twinning with your would-be husband!
24. Tassels on the back and palazzos at bottom
Tassels are in vogue and what better way to flaunt your back and break the monotony of your outfit than using long tassels latkan at the back. It not only adds oomph, but also complements the overall look.
Moreover, skirt style palazzos are also quite trending in the fashion world these days.
Tip: Tassels come in various forms like the one in the above image are of cloth while they also come with embellishments etc. As you might be dancing, jumping here and there so keep them light and in contrast with your overall outfit.
You can even have them customized in whatever shape, size and length you want for some personalized touch.
25. Keep it simple with bell sleeves and a dupatta
Three Important factors to consider before choosing your Haldi Outfit
However what all needs to be considered before finalizing on an outfit and matching accessories for a Haldi Ceremony?
There are a few things to keep in mind while choosing outfits and accessories for this function to avoid discomfort and also to have crazy but nostalgic clicks:
1. If you’re the bride, then your clothes will be stained and in many parts of India, it is a ritual that the clothes stained in haldi and oil is donated to someone in need or can also be taken up by the sister of the bride.
Or can even be worn by someone else in the family, but not the bride herself later; so it is better to choose a shade of yellow to symbolize the event perfectly and also to blend well with the color of haldi.
Though you can always opt for other colors as well but yellow seems to be in high coordination and in sync with the color of haldi and looks great in pictures too. Also avoid various textures like beadings, velvet etc. on your outfit.
And if you’re someone who’s going to attend someone’s haldi ceremony, same rule applies to you so that you don’t end up with haldi-removal treatment once back home.
2. Don’t wear accessories that you might regret later for haldi being applied on them. A BIG NO to heavily embellished jewelry as you’ll have problem clearing haldi off them. Instead opt for floral accessories as they are in vogue and also match with any outfit. But don’t go overboard with them also.
Just ones which complement your outfit well. The choice of flowers depends on you.
Though the most usual ones are mogra and roses, but you can have any which you love.
3. As you’ll be sitting for most of the time, a really comfortable outfit with comforting silhouette is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Don’t wear something that makes you feel uncomfortable while sitting with haldi on.
And if you’ll apply haldi to the bride, then also be comfortable as you too will be running, twirling all day long (required you are the bride’s good friend and would love to apply loads of the paste on her).
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Conclusion – Haldi Ceremony Outfits & Dresses for Brides
If you don’t want much hassle but still wish to feel comfortable and look sophisticated, then wear a suit with bell sleeves for some statement and pair it with a contrasting printed dupatta.
The big puffy sleeves will add a slight variation and a character to your otherwise plain outfit.
Tip: Keep the dupatta in a contrast color so that it doesn’t mix with the rest of your outfit else it won’t work.
If you don’t want to carry it, then simply click pictures before the function starts and then you can remove it once you start getting loaded with haldi from all your friends and relatives.
So in this blog we discussed and gave you some feasible, modern and some traditional options to choose from for the haldi ceremony.
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So what are you planning to wear on your Haldi Ceremony?