Your cul­tural guide to dress­ing for wed­dings.

Herworld (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Nad­hi­rah Oth­man

Time and Venue

Day­time re­cep­tions tend to be s semi-for­mal, while those at night a are gen­er­ally more for­mal. Take a l look at the venue: is it a five-star h ho­tel or a grand hall? If it is, VIPs a are likely to at­tend, so it’s good to n not be un­der­dressed. An out­door w wed­ding, how­ever, is a whole other s story. You can still wear a dress or t tra­di­tional wear, as most are likely t to do. But, you can also con­sider w wear­ing a fancy kaf­tan or re­sort w wear, es­pe­cially when it’s by the b beach. Just re­mem­ber that the c com­bi­na­tion of sand and heels is n not the most com­fort­able.

Back­ground Check

It’s also im­por­tant to con­sider the b back­ground of the host, es­pe­cially w with Malaysia be­ing a mul­tira­cial c coun­try. Guests at­tend­ing a

cer­e­mony in a church or mosque shouldn’t wear some­thing too re­veal­ing. Do con­sider bring­ing a scarf to cover your hair if you’re at­tend­ing an akad nikah (solem­ni­sa­tion cer­e­mony). Malays don’t be­lieve in un­lucky colours, so feel free to wear any – even black! Most guests will don tra­di­tional wear but as long as what you’re wear­ing is mod­est and not too ca­sual, it should be fine.

Depend­ing on how tra­di­tional the fam­ily is, wear­ing black to Chi­nese tea cer­e­monies is a big no – you don’t want to wish the bride and groom bad luck now, do you? Cou­ples of this eth­nic­ity would usu­ally wear red on their big day, so un­less you’re part of the bridal party, wear­ing this colour can seem im­po­lite. Din­ner cer­e­monies tend to be quite for­mal, so look your best by opt­ing for a midi dress – or maxi if it’s a black-tie oc­ca­sion – and heels. In­dian wed­dings are all about colours! Put on your bright-coloured sari or lengha and be sure to wear a lot of jew­ellery – don’t be afraid to stack up ban­gles and wear ex­trav­a­gant ear­rings! Just like in Bol­ly­wood movies, they do go all out. Fam­i­lies that are con­ser­va­tive will how­ever avoid wear­ing white, as it is the colour of mourn­ing, so you should keep that in mind.

Alia Bas­ta­mam Alia Bas­ta­mam Raya 2018 Sling­back pump, Miu Miu Clutch, Jimmy Choo

Dia­mante watch, Chopard

Em­bellil­shed shed tulle dress, ess, Nee­dle e& & Thread ad

Ear­rings, Is­abel Marant

Midi dress, s, Self-Por­trait rait San­dal, San ndal, ER ERES RES Ruf­fled dress, RM285, Top­shop Cuff, RM203.32, WAN­DER­LUST + CO

Min­audière bag, RM185.90, Zara

Ear­rings RM89.90, ZARA

Dress, TIBI

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