January 29th, 2019 by OYO Team

The Big Fat Indian Wedding comes with many pre-wedding ceremonies and rituals, whether you are getting married in a farmhouse or in the sprawling wedding lawns in Mumbai. One such custom is the Roka ceremony. Roka ceremony is a very special day in a woman’s life; it’s the day she gets hooked up with her soul mate. This pre-wedding function brings along lots of happiness and dreams for the bride-to-be. On such a special day, the bride needs to look the best as she is going to be the centre of attraction. Everyone will be noticing her makeup, hairstyle and most importantly the dress.

The dress has to be unique and beautiful. Today’s bride wants some of the box dresses which can reflect their personalities and can make them comfortable in the hectic schedule. So, you should always go for the traditional yet simple one. A balanced and natural look is really preferred nowadays.

We have brought some amazing outfit ideas for your Roka ceremony so that you can look perfect on that day!

  • Shirt with Lehenga Skirt

Nowadays everyone is experimenting with the dresses, and when it comes the day of the Roka ceremony the bride always want to look different. Shirt with the lehenga skirt is the new quirky look which will make your look ethic, stylish and at the same time comfortable to carry out. You can choose the shirt according to your choice, as the silk shirt will do great as well as the simple cotton shirt. The lehenga skirt can be printed cotton one or the pure silk one that gives your outfit a different and out of the box look.

  • Full blown-up kurta

An unusual colour and the one that’s strikingly different is what you should aim at wearing for your Roka ceremony dress. A full blown-up blue kurta which has golden Khari print all over, will give it the touch of boldness and a bright pink dupatta to match, wouldn’t it be such an ideal outfit? Full blown-up kurtas are so in fashion these days and look cute and are so trendy. Make sure you are not on the heavier side if you are opting for this. One of a kind, isn’t it?

  • The Silk Romance

If you are the kind of girl who likes very traditional outfits, a two-coloured floor length Anarkali in silk is just perfect. Go for one which is not too heavy, an ideal combo would be where the embroidery on the bodice would complement the woven fabric. Just do up your hair in a nice updo and put on some earrings.

  • Designer Salwaar kameez

Salwar kameez can be way too casual for this function but if styled properly it can do wonders. In spite of going for a normal Salwaar or Chudidaar try wearing something like Patiala salwar, ankle length pants, or a dhoti with a heavily embroidered kurta. A pair of matching earrings, bridal hair accessories will jazz up your look. Don’t, you agree?

  • Kurta and skirt

We all love wearing kurta and skirt. Don’t we? A nice pastel shade combo of this one or a distinct colour tone would be ideal for a Roka ceremony.  A slightly embroidered kurta would go well with the plain skirt. It helps to give you a look of a modern bride beside being traditional as well. Wear your favourite chandelier earrings for this function and be a rocking bride to be.

  • Glam Gowns

If your Roka is a formal event then the western style glam poufy gowns are your most trusted options. To make it appropriate for Indian ceremony, Indian designers have a lot of gown options available which have just a touch of tradition. Go for strapless or poufy gowns in icy blue, frosty green, peach or jewel tones and make a statement to your Roka ceremony dress.

  • Gowns with capes

Capes are so much in trend these days as they make your attire looks very cool. To make up for a stunning Roka outfit, you can get a combination of a gown and sheer cape. Choose those  outfits which have detachable capes which allow you to reuse your outfit without the cape later on. These kind of gowns are so much in fashion and add that oomph factor much needed to make this ceremony a little glamorous.

  • Sari gowns

Not everybody is comfortable in it but a Sari is a beautiful Indian garment. If you want to wear a sari minus the pleating and pinning, then the pre-stitched or draped sari gowns are for you. Sari gowns are uber comfortable and extravagant making for stylish Indian Roka dresses. You will find a lot of designs, colours and styles in it which will help to bring out the best in you if you want to opt for this outfit.

  • Traditional Saree

If Saree is really your thing you can just turn to the same trusted garment for your Roka. Since this is your Roka, try to spice things up a bit more than usual and up your saree game. Helping you to stand out even in a saree on your Roka with bold colours, fringe detailed pallu, offbeat prints and unique blouse designs and patterns. We suggest you wear a saree only if you don’t plan to already wear it to the wedding reception or Pheras. For an emotional connect, just wear a saree from your mom’s wardrobe or you can even get your love story embroidered on your saree.

  • Long straight Cut Kurta with Palazzo Suit

If your Roka is a simple affair then you can wear something breezy and traditional like Palazzo pants and kurta suit. If you are already wearing lehenga and gowns at your other wedding functions then this option works well. Go for raw silk for traditional charm or choose a suit set in pastels. This kind of outfit looks really classy and will just be the ideal dress if you are one who likes the minimalistic look and looking for a subtle affair with your Roka dress.

  • Lehenga with Jacket

This is the Roka Ceremony dress for the bride that belongs to cultural as well as modern style or fashion. This dress consists of a lehenga and long length jacket or gown. Made famous by a lot of esteemed Indian designers, it is a favourite outfit these days preferred by a lot of brides in their functions. Go  for pastel shades like pink, peach, Pista green etc. if the function is happening during the daytime. You will look gorgeous, we bet on that!

  • Trail Anarkali Suits

Want to  get a bit of Hatke look on your Roka Day? You can go for Trail Anarkali suits which will look just apt. and choose between  light or bright shades, as you wish and we assure that you will look like a gorgeous damsel. A trail Anarkali never goes out of fashion and if you are someone, who likes to keep it a bit safe and don’t want to experiment as well, then this is the ideal outfit. You will be all set to look like a rocking modern Bride when you carry a matching clutch along with light make up.

  • The stunning Banarasi look

If you want to put your best style foot forward, then this is just the right pick. Banarasi skirt with this meshed statement sleeves would just be for a bride who likes to carry off a different look and make a distinct statement on her Roka day. This kind of dress is cool, trendy as well as traditional in design. We suggest you stick to ethnic colours while opting for this kind of an outfit.

  • Pastel sharara

We are just in love with the pastel shararas this season, with glitter embellishment. It’s our personal favourite and looks amazing on any silhouette. More than the Pakistani brides, a lot of our desi Indian Brides are opting for shararas this wedding season and we should say they are totally rocking the look.  Go for minty blues, creams, Pista green, salmon pink, whites and gold or just plain light orange, and we bet everyone would be swooning over you!

  • Ethnic gowns

Out of the best dresses for Roka ceremony, ethnic gowns are quite popular these days and they flatter every body type. They come in a number of colours and designs and look just amazing on the Roka ceremony. And, they are very easy to carry too. You can go for a heavy gown and still don’t have to worry about your comfort. The options are endless in this category and you’ll surely be able to find a perfect one for yourself.

Our tips for the Brides-to-be!

  • Don’t go overboard with colours; avoid reds or greens for your first function.
  • Look for easy fabrics in pastels with little shine.
  • Don’t over-accessorize yourself, just stay simple and comfortable in your skin.
  • Also, make sure not to paint your face with layers of makeup, it’s not a wedding rather a closed ceremony.

As the wedding always brings happiness and togetherness, and it brings the thought about your dresses as well. Choose the correct one according to your personality and what colour or style you want to try and is comfortable with. Always remember the outfit will look good when you will be feeling comfortable in it.

Think and make your day the most memorable and happy one!

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