“I VOW TO DRESS APPROPRIATELY”
Your cultural guide to dressing for weddings.
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.
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.
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