Brides, Here’s How To Sync Your Wedding Outfits With Your Groom Without Looking Like Twins

What makes a good wedding great? There are thousands of elements involved in the success of your celebration, of course, but the fashion choices and styling of the couple can make or break the wedding vibe, especially in photos. The outfits a couple chooses for every function, be it your roka, engagement, mehendi, sangeet, or reception, are vital for both halves. It’s a natural instinct for brides and grooms to want to colour-coordinate outfits to look like true soulmates, but if you match too much, things could go down to cringe town pretty quickly.

Harmonising outfits is definitely the wedding norm, but remember that you both aren’t twins but partners. Wearing identical his and hers ensembles doesn’t cut it any more (did it ever?), and nor does looking like a confused bricolage of wedding wear on your big day. There is a way to look impeccably styled, with the right amount of amalgamation of complementary design, colour, prints, ornamentation, and more. Here’s how to achieve those enviable “couple goals” on your wedding day, effortlessly.

Pick One Thing To Match

While the aim is to avoid twinning, it’s important to strike a balance when choosing bridal and groom wear. The best way to do this is to pick a colour mutually and pick one aspect of each outfit. Then, match only those bits, instead of the entire ensemble. For instance, the safa of the groom can be the same colour as the bride’s lehenga. His sherwani can be another shade, but the colour coordinated accents will look absolutely stunning together. We recommend pastels for a summer wedding.

If brides want to go even more minimal on syncing colours, the buttons on their clothes can match the colour of her dupatta for a bit of ingenious coordination. The options are endless – a good starting point is to figure out what aspect of your clothing has the potential to be matched, and agree on the colours you both want to include in the wedding.

Match The Accents

If colour-coordination isn’t your style, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be in sync with your groom! True synergy shows in the details, and that’s a good place to start for couples who like more subtle coordination in their outfits, and this is not limited to colours but styles.

Before finalising your outfits, consider things like the embellishments, or the kind of thread work and beadwork that you want to include in the clothes. The borders or zari work in the bride’s outfit can make an appearance in the groom’s garments too, or the french knots on his sherwani can be incorporated into the bridal lehenga. Ask your designers to customise these accents in both of your outfits well in advance, so that when you walk in together, you look perfectly in sync, and guests won’t even be able to put a finger on what you got right!

Choose Different Designers

It’s tempting to go to a single designer and choose outfits for both the bride and groom in one go, but it’s important to keep each one’s personal style in mind. A designer who works for the bride, may not match the sensibilities of the groom, and vice versa. Therefore, it is completely acceptable for the couple to approach different designers, keeping in mind the colour tones that they want to include in their ensembles.

Besides, for a truly spectacular set of outfits that fit well, choose designers who specialise in the garment you’re looking for. Certain designers are known for their excellent tuxedos, while some are known for exquisite bridal wear. Keeping all of this in mind can get complicated, and hiring a personal shopper or wedding stylist ensures that the couple gets a curation of the best options available on the market.

If You Must, Reserve The Matchy-Matchy For Smaller Functions

We understand the joy of twinning with your soulmate, and if you must, the smaller functions are the place to do it. Think intimate functions like the haldi and mehendi, where a matching duo would actually look cute!

The obvious route is to choose one colour and buy menswear and bridal wear in it – shades of turquoise, mustard, and corals are always a hit for these wedding ceremonies. Another interesting way to style the couple is to pick matching prints, which can then be integrated into the groom’s bundi and the bride’s lehenga. This way, the outfits match, and the wedding shopping and styling looks like it was thought through.

Pick A Colour Palette

There exist some colours that look good together universally, especially in Indian wear like saris, lehengas, sherwanis, and bandhgalas. Some of the classic combinations are ivory and gold, jewel tones and metallics, beige and gold, and grey and silver.

The couple can choose one of these permutations, or come up with their own colour combination together (a great bonding activity, we think!) Then, the bride can wear a lehenga in one of the colours, while the groom’s sherwani can be in the second hue – because these shades look so good together, they will look perfectly balanced.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Don’t treat bridal shopping separate from groom shopping. The two should be done in tandem, and consistent interaction is the key to getting it right. Draw out a plan for colours, styles, silhouettes, and embellishments on both your wish lists and keep checking in with each other to make sure both of you are happy with the final outcome.

Pay equal attention to each other’s wish lists. The groom’s preferences are as important as the bride’s desires, so find that sweet spot between the two and you’re golden. It’s vital that the bride and groom talk about what they want for their big days – it’s the abundance or lack of communication will show on the big day when the couple enters together – be sure that you both look perfectly in harmony with each other and not completely out of touch.

*This article was written by Fawzia Khan, Creative Features Editor at CLAD