Dresses and gowns are gaining popularity in the Indian wedding fashion scenario and giving tough competition to traditional attires. This types of Indian wedding dresses can be categorized as ‘fusion-fashion’ as the style combines western cuts with Indian detailing or ethnic cuts with western elements.

Ethnic gowns and dresses can be used by the bride in pre-wedding functions like the sangeet, the bachelorette party, the engagement party or in post-wedding functions like the reception. Sisters of the bride and groom, friends of the couple or other wedding invitees may also invest in ethnic gowns if they are in the mood to ditch the lehenga or the saree.

We have compiled the following ideas that will inspire and help you to choose the perfect Indian wedding dresses for you –

Layered Wedding Gown

These gowns are usually full-sleeved and the bodice comes with intricate ethnic detailing. Contrasted to the well-fitted bodice is the extra-flared lower part of the dress, much like a vintage western ball gown. The lower part of the dress has double layers and a frontal slit of the top layer partially exposes the one below. These dresses are characteristically heavy on gold detailing.

Straight Dress in Pastels

For guests or bridesmaids, this outfit is perfect! Designers are creating Indian wedding dresses in pastel shades like peach, millennial pink, light olive, pista etc and combining them with rose gold, matte gold or matte silver details. These are low on the flare quotient, lightweight and not too glittery. This makes them an extremely comfortable option for guests.

Flared Gown with Dupatta

This outfit is for brides who want to go for a dress on their reception parties. These full-sleeved gowns come with a lot of embellishments, details and bling. You can choose one in rich colours like ruby or maroon or one in a lighter hue like beige or gold – the grandeur would remain the same. What makes them special and unique is a dupatta. The heavily embellished dupatta does not fail to impart the ethnic factor to the outfit.

Ankle Length Anarkali Kurta

You can simply pick up an ankle-length anarkali kurta from your wardrobe and use it as an ethnic dress to attend an Indian wedding. Such kurtas paired with ethnic jewellery and smokey eye makeup results in perfect Indian wedding dresses for guests.

There are numerous more options in ethnic gowns and Indian wedding dresses for the bride as well as the guests. You can go to your designer or tailor, the nearest ethnic wear store or look online for more ideas.