Outside temperatures may be soaring, but the wedding season is at its peak. While some consider having the event indoors, most people like to have the wedding on sprawling lawns. And although one can use tents and shamiyanas, there is no escape from the scorching sun.
With heavy lehengas and even heavier jewellery, the summer heat can play havoc on the bride and the guests’ dream of enjoying the big day. Added to that, heavy makeup smudges far more easily in summers than in the wintertime.
Due to the heat and sweat, many fabrics stick to the body, making one uncomfortable. “For us Indians, textiles are eternally in tune with seasons. For summer, trendsetters will be whites, a fusion of light pastel colours with a dash of calming brightness. One can choose fabrics that are sheer and flowy, so that your summer wear is absolutely comfortable and fresh air reaches your body,” says designer Gaurang Shah.
Gaurang Shah’s bridal collection
However, if someone chooses a summer-friendly fabric like cotton, it might not look grand enough for an occasion like a wedding. Explaining how one can add bling to their attire, designer Shravan Kummar says, “For a South Indian wedding, saris in light silk or khadi-jamdani with less of embroidery can be worn. To add to the drama, one can wear bright pop shades but with less of bling. For a North Indian one can opt for georgette lehengas or saris of net and organza that have more of flair and less of bling.” To accessorise the whole look, Shravan adds, “Pick light jewelleries such as chains with nice pendants or bracelets, which will look elegant and classy. Also, one can accessorise with flowers.”
Gaurang Shah, designer
Make-up also plays a major role in any wedding, as everyone wants to put their best foot forward.
“On the big day, before starting to put the make-up on, make sure you splash your face with freezing cold water. Carry a make-up setting spray that you can use just in case you feel your make-up is melting. However, make sure you don’t use the spray very frequently as that can damage your skin,” says Meenakshi Pamnani, a fashion blogger.