Your guide to preparing for your best friend’s wedding

It’s not every year that we celebrate the wedding of a best friend. But when we finally get the chance, it’s non-negotiable that every wedding we go to, every gift we give and every outfit we put on is no less than perfect. While planning out all the details sounds exciting at first, it can get confusing when each of our Pinterest boards and Instagram saves sets a distinctly different vibe. When it comes to clothing, we end up wondering whether to channel our enthusiasm through traditional lehengas in rich hues or stick to pastel and neutral colors. To focus on a gift, there is always a battle between a state-of-the-art luxury bag, precious high jewelry and a timeless watch. And pack for the weeklong phenomenon? This is, safely, the most difficult feat to achieve, considering that the last thing we want to do is leave those matching earrings behind.

So, in case you get close to the chance, but you’re still in the first step of preparing, we’ve put together a guide that will help you sort out your thoughts. What to pack, what to wear, scroll down for our all-inclusive edition of products you can swear by.

What to pack

It goes without saying that your packing list includes your outfits for each ceremony, but it is important that you also consider your accessories. It involves jewelry, bags, shoes, perfume, and at least one luxury watch to complete every look.

Jewelry

If there is one piece of jewelry that is on this list, let it be Bvlgari’s Serpenti Viper Necklace that will enhance any outfit with gold detailing. For days when you decide to ditch classic gold and opt for silver details instead, wrap the Serpenti Viper necklace in white gold from the Italian luxury house. They’re both versatile, yet striking enough to turn heads. In addition, the golden B.ZERO1 earrings or the Serpenti Viper earrings are also ideal accompaniments.

Bulgari Serpenti Viper earrings

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To concern

Choosing a watch that transcends styles can be a tricky affair, but the iconic Bvlgari Bvlgari watch features diamonds, rose gold, and stainless steel to complete any look. The bracelet wraps elegantly around the wrist and the small, no-frills dial promotes minimalism and grace. We suggest that you place this one at the top of the priority list.

Bulgari Serpenti Seduttori watch

Bags

One of the most important accessories, a bag can make a big difference when it comes to party attire. For a wedding where you don’t want to be weighed down by the essentials, consider pairing a modern Indo-Western outfit with the Serpenti Forever mini bag. But if getting small isn’t a viable option, the Serpenti Forever Top Handle Bag does the trick.

Perfume

There is no denying that you are never completely ready without wearing the perfect perfume. Our recommended choice for a wedding would be Rose Goldea Eau de Parfum which combines radiant rose and sophisticated musk to concoct a daring yet seductive scent.

Shoe

Just because it isn’t always visible under clothing that skims the floor, doesn’t mean a remarkable pair of shoes isn’t a good investment before the wedding. Before you start packing for your best friend’s big day, try pairing your look with different types of shoes. Think, juttis with zardozi work, custom embroidered heels or a pair of hand painted shoes that add the finishing touch to everything.

What to wear

Now to more important questions. How do you dress for each small and large ceremony at one of the most memorable weddings you will attend? What you wear really speaks of your personal style. So before you start looking at slightly edited versions of what your favorite influencers are wearing, find your own style.

If you choose to wear a swirl-worthy lehenga on one of the nuptials – or the wedding day itself – take inspiration from Katrina Kaif’s Sabyasachi floral lehenga. Or channel your excitement through a room in saturated hues like Ananya Panday’s.

In case you prefer to flaunt a festive saree, something like Alia Bhatt’s embroidered red drape is an ideal choice.

For more intimate nuptials, we recommend swapping out your flippy skirt for flared palazzo pants or experimenting with twin dhotis capes. But whatever you decide, let it be comfortable enough to perform your duties as a bridesmaid.

What to offer

Serpenti Secret Watch

Once the big ceremony is over, it’s safe to assume that your newly married best friend will be part of several family dinners and at least one long vacation. While her keychain is most likely well equipped with outfits to go along with these occasions, there aren’t enough accessories to wear them. At the top of our list of gift recommendations is Bvlgari’s Secret Serpenti watch, which doubles as a beautiful bracelet. The rose gold watch features round and marquise shaped diamonds and coils around the wrist quite elegantly.

Serpenti Forever jewelry box

There is nothing better than a high quality vanity case – which can also be used as a bag – to choose from as a wedding gift for her. And the Serpenti Forever jewelry box does the trick. It comes with a detachable chain and leather shoulder strap, multiplying the ways to wear it (or place it in your fashion wardrobe).

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