On Your Wedding Day -“People Will Stare. Make It Worth Their While”

In an Indian wedding, while the bride is typically attired in richly embroidered bridal wear dresses in brocade and silk, the groom would wear a plain black churidar, wedding sherwani and kurta. With Indian designers focusing on creating embroidered dresses for men as well in rich banarsi fabrics, the focus is shifting. The groom is as much getting noticed for his sartorial style as the bride. Thus, as brides look for styles and designers, so do the grooms these days.

We at Shopkhoj have written enough & more on bridal wear for women, the styles, the shops and designers and the latest trends. We think it is time to share shopping tips with our viewers on the appropriate wedding attire for grooms at Indian weddings.

Indian Traditional Attire for Grooms – North & South

Grooms in South India and East India traditionally wore a dhoti and a kurta and an angavastram, which is a stole, over it. They are plain and simple in cream or white with a small zari border.

The grooms in North India wear what is commonly known as a sherwani.

Sherwani & Its Styles

A sherwani is a long buttoned coat worn on top of a churidar.It is similar to a British frock coat in design. The Mughal rule had probably influenced these sartorial style for men. It is said the word sherwani is derived from Sherwan which is a folk dress in Azerbaijan.

The sherwani in velvet or richly embroidered sherwani & a in beige, cream or black is always a popular choice. Brocade sherwanis with minimal embroidery paired with a stole or an embroidered shawl is another choice.


Churidar Kurta

A churidar kurta is another trending style for the men. The kurta is shorter than a sherwani. It can be in silk or brocade. The bandhgala jacket is a style that was made popular by Pandit Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. This jacket in a bright colour can be set off with a cream or black churidar kurta.


The groom’s attire is incomplete without a turban.The turban or the Safa is the one that is placed on the head. It is literally the high point of the groom’s attire. There are ready made turbans that are available in red, maroon and cream colours. Some come with a piece of jewellery which is called the sarpech or kalgi. Erstwhile kings and princes wore the turban with the sarpech and that tradition continues.


Juttis-footwear for the Groom

Juttis are footwear made of camel leather or cow leather . They are closed flat shoes. There are juttis with intricate and colourful embroidery and juttis in cream colour with embroidery. There are juttis in plain black colour as well.

The sherwani, the turban and the juttis make the complete ensemble for the groom.

Juttis-footwear for the groom

Buying or Renting the Sherwani Set

There are several shops in South Extension Market and in Lajpat Nagar in Delhi where the entire groom’s attire can be customised and outfitted. Emporio Mall in Vasant Kunj boasts of designer shops especially for the groom.

Several online stores offer the sherwani, the turban & juttis.

There are also shops in Lajpat Nagar where the entire outfit can be rented out.Check them out. The money spent on buying a sherwani can be used wisely instead.

It is a personal choice where time and costs are the deciding factors.

Have a merry wedding day!


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