Indian wedding wear for men

Our guide to men’s clothing for Indian weddings


Kurta Pajama

A Kurta is an adorned knee length collarless shirt which is found in mostly white or pastel colors, although these days kurtas are made out of colorful and decorative fabrics. Pajamas are loose trousers with a string tie at the waist; they are traditionally white in color.



This is typical of North Indian and Punjabi weddings. A sherwani is long coat, buttoned up at the front with a Nehru collar. The sherwani falls well below the knees, and looks elegant especially if the groom is tall and has a good physique. Sherwanis are traditionally off-white, but lately there are other colors available. They are usually embellished with embroidery.


Indo-Western wedding attire

If you and your bride like aspects of both western and Asian wedding attire, why not choose an Indo-Western outfit that brings you the best of both worlds?



A Jodhpuri suit, also known as a prince suit, is a blend of Indian and western tastes that is very popular with younger men. It gives the groom a regal look, and he can wear appropriate jewelry to complement that of his bride. The length of the kurta must be 2 inches below the sleeve.

Jodphuri should be worn with a narrow trouser to match the kurta, made with the same fabric. The groom has a choice of either selecting suiting material or silk, which can be plain, jacquard or jamewari, depending upon his taste, skin color and of course, his budget.

The shades preferred by Indian males are most often light shades like cream, fawn, dark fawn, white and off white. Grooms have the option to heighten the impact of their outfit by adding buttons in gold or silver or with precious stones. The groom can also go for some light embroidery on the neck and front, with in shades of brown, red or grey.



A churidar is a long fitting pajama worn by the North Indian groom. Churidars are usually white in color and made in fine muslins or cottons. The traditional churidar is tied at the waist, but new variants come with elastic, doing away with the hassle of tying a knot. They are special because they are longer than the man’s legs, with crinkled ends that are crumpled to fit. Creases thus developed resemble 'churis' or bangles, hence the name churidars. A churidar is a perfect accompaniment to a long kurta and sherwani.


Wedding turban or Safa

Safa and wedding turbans are traditional headgear worn by the men of both sides of the family during an Indian wedding. The groom's safa is traditionally red in color, and it goes well with the off-white sherwanis.



Jutti are a type of footwear that is common in North India and Pakistan. Usually made of fine leather, they are often delicately embroidered with threads or beads.


Kalgi or Kalangi

A bridegroom uses this jewel to decorate his wedding turban. Traditionally worn to reflect wealth and stature in society, a kalgi can be either a simple brooch or a more extravagant piece, adding glamour to a turban or safa. Kalgis are often embellished with feathers.

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