Planning your engagement ceremony can be almost as exciting as preparing the big day itself. After all, it signifies the very first step of your wedding planning. Therefore, you should plan every single detail of this special day thoroughly, especially what you're going to wear! Below, we've collected some great ideas to spice up the usual kebaya to create an engagement look that is unique, beautiful and most importantly, speaks your personality.
Keep scrolling to see 13 engagement-day kebaya inspirations that will leave you mesmerized.
Photo: via Inspirasi Kebaya
Pastel colors This combination never gets old. Soft pastel colors and the delicate traditional kebaya have been proven to be a match made in heaven.
Photo: Green Light Photography - Kebaya: Gatikebaya
Neon For something more bold, choose a color that pops for your kebaya. You can opt for a bright yellow kebaya as pictured above or choose other vibrant colors like lime green or fuchsia. Make sure that the color doesn't clash with your makeup and decorations.
The new neutral There's no need to limit yourself to safe colors such as beige or off-white. Raisa wore a beautiful mauve-colored kebaya for her engagement to Hamish Daud—see how it beautiful it looks on her!
Gem tones If you prefer something darker, try wearing gem colors such as sapphire blue, emerald, or ruby red. We love how this bride paired her navy kebaya with a simple bun adorned with a white orchid.
Intricate beadwork There's nothing like beadwork to make your kebaya sparkle from afar and look extravagant when viewed up close. We love how the beadings on the left stretch from the neckline down to the hemline, accentuating the bride's figure. Paired with rose gold jewelry, we say this one is a winner.
More back detail inspiration This kebaya from BOH?! also stole our attention. The plunging illusion backline and beadings managed to form a beautiful shape that catches the eye.
Photo: via The Bride Best Friend - Kebaya: BOH!?
Peplum For something more modern, look no further than the on-trend peplum kebaya. This piece by BOH?! really left us breathless. Fresh light mint green color, 3D flower embellishments, peplum style, and a Shanghai collar, this kebaya has it all.
Photo: via The Bride Best Friend
Off-the-shoulder Here's another modern take on the classic lace kebaya. Combine an off-the-shoulder neckline with a modest length for an alluring yet still appropriate look.
Loose fit Who said a kebaya has to tightly hug your figure? This bride opted for a loose kebaya with intricate beadings on the shoulders and chest, which looks casual yet dreamy at the same time.
Photo: via The Bride Best Friend - Kebaya: Dina Vahada
Accessories To spice up and enhance your kebaya ensemble, try experimenting with accessories. We love how this bride paired her gold kebaya with a traditional songket sash that added another level of elegance to her look.
Photo: I Do Photoworks - Kebaya: Shemaure
Traditional attire For her engagement day, Ayu Thari tied a lavender sash to her blue-green kebaya and paired it with a golden hair piece. Can you guess where she's from? Also read all about her Balinese wedding here!
Kebaya dress If you want to wear a dress with the charm and elegance of a kebaya, take some cues from Tyas Mirasih. Her form-fitting dress had an intricate pattern cascading down the center of the dress, resembling a traditional lace kebaya.
Which kebaya is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below and add your favorite photos to the inspiration board right away!