Even as the world transforms rapidly around us all, these traditional wedding dresses around the world have barely changed over the course of centuries.
When a Ghanaian man proposes to a woman, they don’t exactly have privacy. The traditional way to propose is to visit her house – with his entire family in tow. He better hope she says yes…otherwise it could get embarrassing. Ghanaian couples usually match their ceremonial attire to each other. The outfits will be made of kente, a type of cloth handwoven in Ghana, and it’s custom for them to feature bright, colorful patterns and intricate geometric designs. These unique outfits should emphasize the couple’s unique love.
In Morocco, the wedding ceremony can last for up to a week and includes many parties. Fist, the bride and groom have separate parties to celebrate with their own families. Then, they come together for the legal procedure and a joint celebration, which symbolizes their marriage and the marriage of their two families together. The bride wears a dress called a takchita, and the groom and his family carries the bride on a 4-legged amariyah to demonstrate his ability to support her.
Eritrean weddings last for an entire week! First, the families exchange gifts to each other. The next day will be full of song and dance, celebrating the match. Then the two families share a large feast, to symbolize long health. Following the feast, two traditional songs are mandatory to sing: the Awelo, naming and honoring each member of the family, and the Masse, honoring the women who prepared traditional food for the feast. The bride and groom have their outfits matching colors as a symbol of their bond.
Traditional Portuguese weddings are layered with old pagan styles and somewhat more recent Catholic values. The brides traditionally wear a full-length tunic, covering them from head to toe and adorned with lots and lots of jewelry. This jewelry has influence from a few different cultures – beads from the time of the Moors, crosses to honor the Catholic church, and gold in homage to the prosperity of the long line of Portuguese royals. In the past, these precious decorations would also serve as a dowry to the groom’s family.
Nigeria is a big country with around 250 ethnic groups of many religions and ethnic backgrounds, meaning that wedding ceremonies can be quite different from region to region. But one thing that is true of almost all these areas is that Nigerian brides will wear brightly colored wedding clothes, along with a unique head tie called a Gele in most parts of the country. As is the case in many African cultures, brides and grooms in Nigeria usually match the colors of their wedding outfits.
On the island of Sri Lanka, east meets west in a way that is especially easy to see at a traditional wedding. Their heavily embroidered silk saris are shared culturally with nearby India and beyond, while their long lace veils show an influence from Europe. Along with the sari and veil, the bride will wear a headpiece called a nalapata Grooms will wear a 4-cornered hat, a velvet jacket, and a long white waistcloth called a mul anduma.
“An nglacfaidh tú liom mar chéile?” That’s Scottish Gaelic for, Will you marry me? If you’ve seen or heard of Scottish men in skirts, it’s not quite what it sounds like. Wait-wrapped clothes in Scotland, called kilts, bore the colors and emblems of the clan they were born into. On their wedding day, men in Scotland traditionally wear the kilt of their clan. After the ceremony, the groom’s family gives the bride a shawl in the colors of their clan to signify her transition into his family.
Much like the architecture in the region, most Indonesian weddings across many regional subcultures feature a lot of gold, featured especially on headdresses and jewelry from head to toe which results in the bride and groom sparkling literally all over their bodies. It’s easy to see from its architecture that Indonesian empires had their fair share of glory and richness in the region, with many gold-adorned monuments. By wearing gold, the bride and groom as honor Indonesia’s past as well as its kings and queens.
Color is the name of the game at a Peruvian wedding. Women wear bright handwoven skirts, called polleras, and men wear headdresses. The bride and groom will both also wear a cloak, or poncho. These decorations and styles are reminiscent of the powerful Incan empire that once inhabited the region and beyond, with their capital Macchu Picchu in the mountains of Peru. Peruvians even decorate their cakes in the same colors as their dress – as well as hiding a ring inside on a ribbon.
In Sardinia, the dresses can be very elaborate, with ornate details that display influence from all around the Mediterranean from Northern Africa to Greece and northern Europe, including jeweled stitching, a velvet jacket, and a long veil. Unique to this island, there is even a special wedding pasta that you’ve probably heard of. Ziti has long been a local wedding tradition, with hollowed centers that can hold all kinds of pasta toppings. This was designed to fill up the bellies of famously large Italian families, who will all be celebrating, of course.
Traditional Polish weddings are not hard to find today. Bridal outfits include a special veil/cap (welon) that has its own ceremony (oczepiny) during the wedding. The groom puts on a flower matching the bride’s bouquet. During the ceremony, brides will move their dresses to cover their husband’s shoe – believing that this will give her a position of dominance in the relationship. Polish also believe that a bride can die of unhappiness, and the flower crown is created for her in the days before her wedding to manifest a happy, fertile marriage.
At traditional Chinese weddings, brides and grooms often opt for red outfits, as the color is culturally recognized as lucky. It keeps away evil spirits, as well as representing love and prosperity. Like in many other cultures, they are dressed by their respective families. The groom will then go to the bride’s family house, but he will first be blocked by her chosen bridesmaids. Once she gives him permission to pass, the families join each other for a tea ceremony.
Caucus Mountains, Georgia
In the Caucus mountains of Georgia, wedding customs have stayed the same for many centuries. Many of their traditions reflect the warring nature of these mountains, where various groups of people have had to fight constantly for their survival. The bride is carried under a four-post canopy to symbolize her protection, while the groom wears a sheath in his belt. Towards the end of the ceremony, the bride will be kidnapped by her family, in order to make the groom prove he’s capable of rescuing her.
Like many other Polynesian islands and cultures, Tongan weddings are strongly symbolic of the environment around them. As can be seen from the hand-made attire from Tiare ‘O Patitifa, women wear a colorful wrap that covers their bodies only from the torso to the knees, while the men’s wraps will cover everything from the waist down. The priest who marries them wears a feathered headdress to symbolize the divine right given to him by higher powers, and the couple go to sea in a canoe to symbolize the isolation of their love from the world around them.
At Greek weddings, ancient pagan traditions are combined with those of the Greek Orthodox church. Older tradition demands that the bride’s family places a lump of sugar in her glove to ensure a sweet life, and a gold coin to the inside of her shoe to bring good fortune. The groom puts a piece of iron in his pocket to ward off evil spirits throughout the day. A priest places crowns joined by a ribbon (called stefana) on the couple’s heads, representing their new unity.
Ukraine: Hutsul People
Near the border of Ukraine and Romania live the Hutsul people, who are most likely descended from the old Rus tribe and still practice many of their customs. At their weddings, they ride to church on horseback, and celebrate for two or three days in a large wedding tent. Their dresses are made by the delicate handwork of women in both families. Like certain other cultures, they strictly invite an odd number of people, believing odd numbers to be luckier because they can’t be divided!
Traditional Kazakh weddings involve the bride wearing a headdress called a“Saukele.” This tall, conical hat is trimmed with fur and is the most expensive article of any wedding ceremony. For wealthier women, the upper part of the hat is often decorated with semi-precious stone, blue velvet fabric, or gold thread. However, less prosperous women tend to make their “Saukele” from cheaper materials such as satin and will often use less precious beads made from glass to decorate the headgear.
Weddings in Oas are an important event in the Northwest part of Transylvania. The wedding is organized by the parents as well as the bride and groom-to-be and various different rituals are involved including the preparation of the dowry, the costumes, and choosing the godparents. The‘fotă’ is the traditional wedding skirt that is generally made from cotton or wool and themaramă’ is the unique headwear that must be worn by the woman during the wedding procession. She is usually also adorned with a variety of colorful beads.
The Yakan are an ethnolinguistic group that mostly inhabit the island of Basilan in the Philippines. Traditional weddings usually consist of two ceremonies – an Islamic one, and an older, pre-Islamic ritual. The weddings are arranged by the parents and both the bride and groom wear face paint for the ceremony. However, non-Islamic families tend to follow a more traditional Catholic wedding style. This also includes a veil for the bride and a rope in an ‘8’ shape (representing infinity) which both bride and groom wear around their heads.
Russia has over 185 different ethnic groups, and many of these have their own separate wedding traditions. However, many Russian weddings last for at least two days and some go on for as long as a week. However, the most predominant form of wedding tradition around Russia is that of the Eastern Orthodox Church. These weddings look much like regular Western weddings do, except for the fact that the bride and groom wear a crown after saying their vows. This can last for up to a week!
In a Maasai wedding, the bride is required to wear a bold and colorful necklace made of beads and shells. On the night of the wedding, a party called the “kupamba” takes place. During this party, the bride is allowed to take off her veil and show her hairstyle and jewels. The woman’s head is also shaved before the wedding ceremony which is meant to symbolize her new life in the wedding. The woman is expected to arrive at the wedding with all of her personal belongings.
In traditional Vietnamese weddings, brides wear extravagant dresses, translucent cloaks, and a headpiece called akhăn vấn. The clothes are heavily embroidered and beaded with symbols that have historically represented the emperor, such as phoenixes, dragons,and other imagery from nature. Early on in the ceremony, the bride wears no jewelry, and is bestowed with some later on.The family and friends of the groom go to his future bride’s home with an odd number of gifts, which represents luck for the marriage.
In the remote island culture of the Tonga, engagement takes a somewhat unusual first step: friendship. Before any official dating can happen, the groom-to-be has to convince his bride-to-be that she wants to accept his hand in friendship – called fai kaume. Once he’s convinced her, he then has to convince her parents he’s worthy of engagement by going to her house and asking their permission to see her every time – called faitohi. If everything is a go and they become engaged, there will be an important celebration before the wedding called afakalelea.
Khakassia is a remote area in Russia, which shares many wedding and other traditions with Siberia. Because their weather is so hard, their clothes are designed to be as warm as they are beautiful. This is especially important since traditional weddings take place outside, specifically in the bride’s yard. Bride, groom, and their respective friends and families will all be bundled up with fur coats – though the bride’s will naturally be the most beautiful.
At Uzbekistani weddings, the wedding follows a ceremony of engagement, called a Fatikha-Tui. It’s performed with the permission of parents of a bride and groom. If the bride’s parents agree, they break bread together in a tradition called sindirish, which signifies that the girl is engaged. The groom’s family proceeds to pay for the entire wedding. On the day of the wedding, the men first party in the morning by blowing two-meter-long horns and doing dances on stilts. In the afternoon, the groom and his male party heads for the bride’s home with song and dance, getting smeared with flower when they arrive.
The Huipils Of Mesoamerica
Throughout Mexico and Central America, many indigenous groups whose roots lay with the ancient Maya wear various huipils for different ceremonies – especially weddings. They areloose-fitting tunics,rich in symbolism with different mythological imagery like animals and flowers. Today, they are still popularin the Mexican states of Chiapas, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Campeche, Hidalgo, Michoacán (where it is called a huanengo), Veracruz and Morelos.
In Malay weddings, grooms traditionally wear a long sleeved shirt and trousers called baju melayu, and brides wear a sarong over a long dress, calledbaju kebeya. They come in many bright and beautiful colors, and are usually embroidered with beautiful gold thread. They also cover their heads with elaborate cloths. Before the official unification, there is a two-day ceremony called thebersanding ceremony, in which the couple visits the homes of both bride and groom andsit on decorated thrones, being lavished with blessings and gifts, yellow rice, and flower petals (symbolic of fertility). Then, the bride serves her groom a meal for the first time, called makan berdemai.
Status is of the utmost importance in traditional Samoan culture, so people marry mostly within their social class. But once a couple is set to be married, weddings are paid for by both families equally. The reception takes place immediately after the ceremony, with the bride performing a traditional Samoan dance for the guests, called a taualuga. Girls in Samoa grow up learning this dance from a young age, in preparation for their wedding day. When the dance ends, the guests may be served food.
Alongside a traditional sarong, weddings in Java will feature traditional Javanese headdresses, called a blangkonfor the groom and a selendang for the bride. Preparation for the wedding involves a procession called ahajatan, which wards off an ill outcome of the marriage. Then, the bride and groom are showered with water by their seven closest companions, a process calledsiraman. After this, the mother serves a sweet called ‘dawet’ while the father holds an umbrella over her head, which symbolizes the cooperation that makes a marriage work.
One very longstanding tradition at weddings in Pakistan is the youthful status of the bride and the groom – no matter how few or how many decades old they are old, they will always be referred to as a ‘boy’ and a ‘girl’. During the day of festivities before the wedding, the bride has oil and turmeric rubbed on her face and hands by her friends and family. The next day, it’s purported to make her look beautiful and glowing.
In Estonia, being a bride is a very colorful affair. They traditionally wear intricately stitched folk dresses, paired with floral head-wreaths. Typically, the couple ties the knot at the local Office of National Statistics, but its more popular nickname is the Õnnepalee (the Palace of Happiness). In between the official registration and the reception, they have a wedding train parade, called a pulmarong, where all the guests drive behind the married couple. At the reception, the couple is presented with tasks to solve, usually related to building a home and becoming parents.
Zulu Tribe in South Africa
Like any other African wedding, they are known to be a vibrant musical, colorful, with plenty of dancing and feasting. But a Zulu wedding takes the lead in popularity, magnificence, and grandiosity. On the wedding day, the bride is adorned with white and red ochre, and bags of pebbles are tied on her feet to add to the rhythm when dancing. She wears a veil made of beads and twisted fig-trees, ties oxtail fringes on her arms and knees, and wears goatskin on her neck. The highlight of the ceremony comes when a dance-off between the groom’s and the bride’s families takes place.
Weddings in Saudi Arabia are, culturally, a huge and expensive deal. There is no religious ceremony, but instead, the celebration is a combination of an extravagant fashion show and a bachelorette party. The guests typically arrive at 10 p.m. The men enter one ballroom to hang out with the groom, and the women come into another hall to wait for the bride. In Saudi Arabia, weddings in public venues are always segregated, making them very private and intimate affairs.
In a traditional Andean marriage ceremony, locals gather outside to celebrate a couple’s union in the presence of their most revered goddess: Mother Earth. Both the bride and groom’s family have been working day and night, putting up decorations and preparing food. The bride and groom wear beautifully detailed traditional Andean clothing. The bride wears a Montera hat, a sequined Jobona jacket, depicting scenes from nature, and – the showstopper – a beautifully detailed pollera skirt. Andean wedding ceremonies are known as a celebration of the two things they value most: family and Mother Earth.
Papua New Guinea
In some parts of Papua New Guinea, it is still customary for a groom to pay a bride price before the wedding ceremony. In some instances, this is paid in golden-edged clamshells. In other areas, an endowment is payable instead. Weddings are also an essential occasion to wear special clothing and is an excellent opportunity to show off glitzy accessories, like seashells and wear colorful face paint. The bride wears dyed grass aprons, open at the sides, and in some places, it is common to smear the body with mud or clay.
The Datoga people are known as a nomadic tribe, residing in north-central Tanzania. Tanzanians still place great importance on traditional social organization systems in their everyday lives, and kinship provides a strong support network that is especially visible through all of life’s meaningful ceremonies. Interestingly, unlike many other parts of the world, for many Tanzanians, it is customary for the groom’s family to pick the wedding dress. Once married, the girl must wear a unique skirt made of thin leather strips, which is symbolic of fertility given by a Goddess to the Datoga houses.
Bedouin tribes live in parts of north and northeast Africa and the Middle East. The word “bedouin” comes from the Arab word “Badawi,” which means a nomad. The groom has to pay the bride’s father a dowry. He uses part of this money to buy traditional Bedouin jewelry for the bride. Sometimes the dowry includes animals like camels. The cloth for the wedding dress is provided by the female members of the groom’s family. The bride’s friends apply henna tattoos on her hands and feet. This is known as the “laylat al henna.”
In the Ivory Coast, the government abolished polygamy back in 1964 and set the legal marriage age limit at eighteen for boys and sixteen for girls. However, polygamy is a widely accepted lifestyle among many native ethnic groups. Although marriage traditions and norms are changing and becoming more Westernized, a vast majority engage in traditional native wedding rituals. The fabric used traditionally used for wedding attire is called Kente/Kita, which is very popular all around West Africa.
In a traditional Yemenite Jewish wedding, the bride wears traditional jewelry and an elaborate headdress decorated with flowers and jewels. These are believed to ward off evil. Gold threads are also woven into the fabric of her clothes and wedding celebrations traditionally last five to seven days. Traditionally speaking, a bride is also expected to decorate her hands with henna, much like Hindu brides. The bride is also generally confined to her parents home during the preparation for the wedding.
Traditional weddings in Fiji are quite the spectacle and it’s not unusual for most of the local villagers to take part. The bride’s dress is fashioned from the bark of the mulberry tree which is essentially pressed into a thin but durable material which the dress is then fashioned from. The material is known as Tapa and it’s popular throughout Polynesia. The bride will also wear a customary Tapa necklace and the dresses tend to have long trains.
In Iraq, a wedding proposal is accepted with rose water, cordial, and sweet Arabic coffee. Iraqi weddings are quite a long and epic affair: the engagement is known to take up to years even, and once the actual ceremony takes place, it takes 7 days. Just before the wedding week, the bride will receive gifts from both families including many dresses of many colors. Then, on each of the seven days, she will wear a different color for each of the seven colors of the rainbow.
In Turkmenistan, the traditional wedding ceremony sees the bride dressed up in a red dress made from homemade silk studded with silver or gilded pendants. Over the course of the day, the bride is expected to be quiet and not talk to her groom. She is also expected to wear a red cloth around her mouth as a symbol of her piety. The bride is not meant to make eye contact with people and should keep her eyes on the ground.
Wait…you haven’t heard of Gora? Don’t panic. It’s a region, not a country. But its bridal dresses will surprise you. Gora sits between Kosovo and Albania, and has long been inhabited by the nomadic Gorani people: ethnically Slavic, religiously Muslim, but retaining some traditions and customs from ancient pagan beliefs in the area. Their weddings are a three-day affair, carrying the bride on a white horse covered with a custom scarf and decorated umbrella to the husband’s neighbor’s house, who hosts the wedding.
In Germany, traditional bridal headdresses vary from region to region. In the Black Forest valley, the headdress is large and decorated with hundreds of beads and glass balls, while in Buckenburg the emphasis is more on flowers than beads. However, the majority of traditional weddings are centered around the traditions that take place during and before the wedding. This includes a night for breaking porcelain as it’s thought to be a symbol of good luck. Brides also tend to wear very minimalist white dresses with short trains.
Hungary: Matyo People
The Matyo people are a subgroup of Hungarians who have inhabited Hungary’s northern regions for many centuries, retaining their culture amid many surrounding political and cultural shifts. In Eastern Europe, a proverb is often heard that goes, “You’re no Matyó embroidery!” This developed in admiration of their intricate and flawless embroidery of the Matyo. The dress features many florals, as flowers are representative of fertility. Wheat is woven into the headdress to symbolize this too, as well as prosperity and fortune for the new family.
In the remote southwestern town of Ribnovo, the practice of “gelena” involves covering the bride’s face with paint and colorful sequins. In a private rite open only to female in-laws, her face is covered in thick, chalky white paint and decorated with colorful sequins.The girl and her husband-to-be will then lead a traditional horo dance on the central square, joined by most of the village’s youth. A long, red veil covers her hair, her head is framed with tinsel, her painted face veiled with silvery filaments.
A traditional Japanese ceremony has many stages. It begins with a dinner for the two families to exchange gifts; each family has prepared part of the wedding dress for the other family. The husband’s family will give the bride a wedding sash to wear over a white kimono, called an obi. The bride’s family will give the groom a type of pleated trouser, called a hakama, and a jacket, called a haori, which he will wear on top of his usually black kimono.
Over the past couple of years, Bhutanese weddings have become popular among tourists. A Bhutanese wedding is much more than an exchange of vows and rings. The wedding represents the significance of the bond between a husband and wife. A traditional Bhutanese wedding includes several religious rites performed by Buddhist monks. Along with the rituals comes the traditional wedding attire – the groom wears a gho, and the bride wears a kira with a scarf.
Native American Tribes
Each Native American tribe has its special customs and wedding traditions – but they all differ greatly from conventional modern weddings. The Native American wedding dress traditionally features four colors. Each color is related to a direction, black (north), blue (south), yellow (west), and white (east). The traditional jewelry is mainly made of silver, and the jewelry isn’t just to add beauty, it has a protecting purpose against all evil things that the newlyweds may face in their future.
Traditional Celtic Dress
Celtic wedding customs and traditions come from clear springs. From ancient times till modern-day location is critical when it comes to planning a Celtic wedding. Clothing is a major part of many British Isle region weddings. Some brides sew their dresses, while others have their mothers or other close women friends sew it for them. Swiss Amish have many specific customs that are uncommon in non-Swiss communities.
The Amish Wedding Dress
Amish wedding dresses can vary in different communities. In some Amish communities, the brides will wear a black dress matched with a white apron and cape. In other communities, the bride chooses her dress color but wears a white apron and cape. Some brides sew their dresses, while others have their mothers or other close women friends sew it for them. Swiss Amish have many specific customs that are uncommon in non-Swiss communities.
Aboriginal Australians believe that smoke has cleansing and healing powers that can ward off evil spirits. They burn plans in a fire or use a smudge stick – the fragrant smoke is fanned over the people. The tradition of acknowledging who the land belonged to and those who came before you is also thought to bring you good luck and start your marriage off positively. Bright body paint is another traditional custom that reflects the individual’s family, ancestors, and is a very spiritual practice, especially at weddings.
A Wiccan wedding, otherwise known as a Handfasting ceremony, can be held at any time of the year, although some days are considered special like the Summer Solstice or Mayday. Weather is an important factor in a Wiccan wedding as most ceremonies are held outside. The bride and groom do not have particular outfits, but certain styles are seen more often than others. For brides, this includes long, light-colored dresses. The groom will most likely be wearing an embroidered shirt or a kilt.
Iran: The Persian Wedding
The Persian wedding ceremony begins with the Khastegari, asking a woman’s hand in marriage. The Khastegari is a ceremony in which a woman and man meet for the first time at the woman’s house with the intention of marriage. It is somewhat like a traditional date – both people can decide whether they want to end it with the first meeting or not. If all goes well and the two individuals decide to get married, the bride would usually choose to wear a light color that is not white.
A traditional Spanish wedding dress includes a lace headdress called a mantilla, which the mother of the bride will have embroidered for her daughter. The mantilla is a lace veil that is worn over a high comb called a peineta. Some brides decide to wear the mantilla without the peineta, directly on their hair. The bridal dress will typically include fine lace details, a lace collar, and sleeves. Although most brides wear mantilla made of white lace, it is traditionally made out of black lace.
Ethiopian wedding dresses are traditionally made out of white handwoven cotton fabric that has been hand embroidered. Known as ‘Habesha Kemis’ the dress is an ankle-length dress with intricate, multicolored embroidery and comes with a Netela, a gauze-like woven scarf. Ethiopian brides-to-be begin the long but exciting process of creating their perfect Ethiopian traditional wedding dress a month before they are to be married. Brides-to-be create their own unique designs and then find a shemane (weaver) who can make it a beautiful reality.
Many Turkish brides wear white or red wedding dresses with sparkling silver embroidery, and often a white headscarf to match. Traditionally, many Turkish brides also wear a red veil over this because it symbolizes their chastity. There is also a “Maidenhood Belt”, which is a red ribbon tied around the bride’s waist. Lastly, the bride and groom also have ribbons placed around their necks during the wedding where guests can pin gold coins to offer their congratulations.
In Cambodia, traditional brides wear a sampot, which is a silk dress in a bold color that has belonged to her family for generations, passed down to her. Sampot, which also happens to be Cambodia’s national dress, is a long strip of unstitched rectangular cloth about three meters long and one meter wide. It is wrapped around the waist and then tied into a knot. A chang pong, another cloth, covers the chest and crosses one shoulder of the bride.
Traditional Egyptian brides wear gorgeous gowns. Their white wedding dresses feature tight bodices and dramatic, full skirts with intricate beading. These extravagant, bejeweled dresses are often accompanied by a long sheer veil. Egyptians brides love long, elaborate, and highly detailed gowns. Often, there are intricate gold embellishments, accents, and details. Plain white headscarves are often worn by more religious brides beneath the veil.
In Bangladesh, beautiful brides wear a traditional red saree, a length of cloth elaborately draped around the body that is steeped in traditions and history. The bride is also adorned with heavy gold jewelry that matches the equally lavish gold embroidery of her saree. Paisleys, polkas, leaves, and vines are the most common designs. The bride’s hands and feet are often painted with alta (a red dye made from betel leaves) or mehendi (a paste made from the henna plant’s leaves).
In Mongolia, two people who want to get married have to make a trip together to the groom’s house to ask for permission. If they agree, they will also then be in charge of preparing the wedding. Brides and grooms in traditional Mongolian weddings wear patterned clothes called a “deel.” Though deels refer to Mongolian clothing in general and include a lot of everyday wear, custom deel garbs have been made for centuries that are typically reserved for weddings and holidays.
Scandinavia: Sami People
Although Scandinavia is divided into different countries today, its different regions share plenty of history and customs. But one of the longest surviving cultures there is called Sami. The Sami people are indigenous to the far north of Scandinavia, stretching across parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula. Reindeer are native to this region, which the Sami are famous for herding. Their traditional clothing communicates many things about the person wearing them, such as their marital status.
In order to propose a match in Tibet, an elder from the man’s family would bring the other family gift and tea. If the woman’s family accepts the gifts, then they accept the proposal. The groom’s family then prepares the wedding dress, a headdress adorned with silver coins, and a small metal Buddha amulet for the bride.
In India, bridal gowns are no joke. Layered and layered with symbolism, the dress will have sixteen embellishments in total – all considered crucial to ensure a happy marriage. The wedding dress, or sari, is usually red to represent the rising sun. In addition to everything the bride is already wearing when she arrives, one more feature will be added later in the ceremony: the jaimala, in which the couple place flower garlands on each other in a promise of love.
In South Korea, the traditional wedding outfits of both the husband and wife are called a hanbok. The bride’s hanbok includes a short jacket with long sleeves, called a chima-jeogori, and a wrapped skirt. The groom’s hanbok is composed of a short jacket, called a durumagi, and lose-fitting pants, called baji. Ancient tradition insists that the groom carry his wife around a sacred table on his back – an act that demonstrates a sense of reliability to the bride.
What is the most popular wedding dress of all time? ›
Grace Kelly. The wedding gown that's widely considered the most famous of all time was a confection of silk, taffeta, tulle, and Belgian lace.What makes a wedding gown timeless? ›
Bridal fabrics such as lace, chiffon, satin, and silk in ballgown and A-line silhouettes evoke luxury and timelessness. The combination of these fabrics and silhouettes enable a wedding gown to look regal and stand out.What is elopement dress? ›
Couples who elope typically choose to forgo a formal wedding and opt for an intimate ceremony instead. What is an elopement dress? Typically an elopement outfit is more casual than a formal wedding gown and runs the gamut from white mini dresses to modern jumpsuits.Why do brides still wear white? ›
The practice likely traces back more than 2,000 years, with roots in the Roman Republic (509 B.C. - 27 B.C.) when brides wore a white tunic. The color white represented purity, symbolizing both a woman's chastity and her transition to a married Roman matron.Which country has best wedding dress in the world? ›
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You can't get more iconic than the black Hubert de Givenchy evening gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's, surely the ultimate little black dress (LBD).What color should an older bride wear? ›
White is the traditional color for wedding dresses, and if this is what you wish, go for it! If you don't want to wear white, you can also take a look at shades like ivory, blush, grey, or even gold.What is the most popular color for a wedding dress? ›
White: White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. This color of choice for the traditional bride is and will always a staple in bridal fashion.What should a 56 year old woman wear to a wedding? ›
According to Bride's Magazine “Weddings will become more casual with less of a black-tie- feel”, and “we will see more guests wearing midi and mini-length dresses”. Dresses with patterns and floral designs are very popular this season.Is eloping a legal marriage? ›
An elopement is just as meaningful, legal and valid as a big white wedding in a church or licensed venue. Eloping is an excellent alternative to going to your local registry office too. It is as unique, individual and memorable as you make it.
What is the difference between eloping and marrying? ›
Eloping is a marriage conducted without the knowledge of the couple's family and friends, particularly their parents. Typically, those who elope only have a ceremony and do not host a reception or celebration.Do you walk down an aisle during an elopement? ›
Walking Down the Aisle
While not all elopements have aisles, there's no reason you cannot arrive to your all-time favorite song or walk down a designated aisle. White has created an aisle out of flower petals on the beach and had brides walk down a mountain trail to their partner.
Wedding Garter History and Meaning
One superstition was that owning a piece of the wedding dress would bring good luck, leading to wedding guests essentially attacking the bride to rip off a piece of her gown. This led to brides wearing a specific article of clothing to be given out as the lucky piece: the garter.
Blue is the color of love, purity, faithfulness, and modesty. To keep with tradition, the bride can wear a blue piece of jewelry. But for a modern take, you can write a little note or other small message in blue on the bottom of her shoes.What does a black wedding dress symbolize? ›
What does it mean to wear a black wedding dress? Black can also be a color of elegance or class (such as a black-tie-only event, and black evening gowns). Black also represents power, sexuality, sophistication, formality, wealth, mystery, depth, and best of all, sheer style.Which country has most beautiful bride? ›
Buddhist Bhutanese weddings are more than just dress or rings and people of Bhutan emphasis more on bond between husband and wife. The wedding rituals are performed by Buddhist monks and Lamas. The couple dress in traditional Bhutanese costumes which is GHO for men and KIRA for women.
- Italy. #1 in Fashionable. #16 in Best Countries Overall. ...
- France. #2 in Fashionable. #11 in Best Countries Overall. ...
- Spain. #3 in Fashionable. ...
- United States. #4 in Fashionable. ...
- United Kingdom. #5 in Fashionable. ...
- Switzerland. #6 in Fashionable. ...
- United Arab Emirates. #7 in Fashionable. ...
- South Korea. #8 in Fashionable.
- 1/16. Russia. The traditional outfit is known at the sarafan while the headdress is the kokoshnik and worn by married women. ...
- 2/16. Turkey. ...
- 3/16. Kurdistan. ...
- 4/16. Kyrgyzstan. ...
- 5/16. China. ...
- 6/16. Yemen. ...
- 7/16. North-West Africa. ...
- 8/16. Pakistan.
Coming in as the number one most fashionable country in the world is Italy. Italy boasts some of the top names in couture fashion, including Guccio Gucci, Gianni Versace, Valentino Garavani, Roberto Cavalli and Giorgio Armani.Who is the best dressed girl in the world? ›
- Angelina Jolie.
- Lady Gaga.
- Kate Moss.
- Zoe Kravitz.
What should an older bride wear in her hair? ›
Hair pins or hair combs can be an option, embellishing a sleek up do. Side tiaras can work well, particularly in short hair. Birdcage veils definitely work well but steer clear of cutesy bows. Either a beaded or embellished centre of elegant sculpted feathers work well.What color should brides hair be? ›
Hair Color Ideas for Brides. Now, let's dive in to the fun part: choosing a color. "My usual suggestion for my brides is to either go a bit lighter than their usual hair color, like a light brown to chocolate brown if they haven't tried coloring their hair, for a more vibrant aura on their wedding day," says Mycke.What colors make a bride stand out? ›
Pink, Blue and Ivory Wedding Color Scheme
Balance out both captivating hues with a neutral base shade like white or cream to help this pairing feel modern. Whether you lean into deep undertones or experiment with light patels, shades of pink and blue are great for couples who want a wedding that's romantic and bright.
Burgundy, green and light blue followed in terms of popularity, respectively. The least popular wedding color in 2021 was bronze, according to our data. Just 3% of couples reported using this unique color for their nuptials.What does a grey wedding dress mean? ›
Black. Gothic influences of the colour black demonstrate power, sophistication and wealth mixed with an air of mystery. The bride who wears black will never look back, as the old colour rhyme goes. Grey. Silver grey tones suggest composure, organisation and glamour.What color should a 65 year old woman wear? ›
This is yet another example of why color selection is so important when it comes to fashion for older women. It's better to stick with dark colors, such as black, dark blue, or bordeaux, for your basic items of clothing. You can always accessorize them with other colors. Just be extra careful with reds and pastels.How do I look classy at 60? ›
- Big patterns, bold colors. ...
- Breathable Fabrics Reign Supreme. ...
- Embrace the unexpected. ...
- Balance timeless with trends. ...
- Mix textures and metals. ...
- Eye-catching accessories. ...
- Denim that fits like a dream. ...
- Updated basics.
- 7 Anti-Aging Tricks that Every Woman Over 60 Should Know. ...
- Wear a Genuine Smile. ...
- Spend Time with Young People. ...
- Burn Fat the Old Fashion Way – By Walking! ...
- Embrace Your Passions. ...
- Stop Helping the Clock by Smoking and Spending Time in the Sun. ...
- Give Your Skin What it Really Needs – Water and Nutritious Food.
Elopements and civil ceremonies/civil marriages are both legally binding ways to get married without a wedding. With elopements you'll pick up a marriage license from the County Clerk and Recorder and you'll sign it on the day of your elopement and then have it filed after its completed.Do couples regret eloping? ›
One of the top reasons why some couples regret their decision to elope is that their experience of the day and the photos they received didn't meet their expectations. In the age of social media, it's hard to *not* have high expectations when it comes to eloping.
What is it called when you get married without telling anyone? ›
Usually, you elope to get married without anyone knowing in advance. The word elope probably originated with the Middle Dutch word lopen, meaning "run away." Couples who elope typically don't seek anyone's permission before running off to get married, not even their parents.What is a micro wedding? ›
A micro wedding is an intimate affair, typically with no more than 50 guests. They still feature time-honored traditions that make a wedding but on a much smaller scale. Sounds good to us!Is it cheaper to elope or have a wedding? ›
According to the 2020 Brides American Wedding Study, couples can save a lot of money if they decide to elope. Even the most expensive elopements are often cheaper than other types of weddings. One of the biggest costs saved is on the reception. Couples spend on average a whopping $3034.30 for the venue alone!What is a tiny wedding called? ›
Often called tiny weddings, a micro wedding is a stripped-down version of a traditional wedding with 30 or fewer guests. Micro weddings typically last two to three hours, which is just long enough to have your ceremony followed by drinks and light bites, with some photos to mark the occasion.What do most brides walk down the aisle to? ›
- Canon in D - Pachelbel. Play.
- At Last - Etta James. Play.
- Songbird - Fleetwood Mac. Play.
- Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles. Play.
- A Thousand Years - Christina Perri. Play.
- Somwhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole. Play.
- Make You Feel My Love - Adele. Play.
- Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder.
As you begin making your wedding playlist, you might wonder, "What is a recessional?" The recessional happens at the end of the ceremony when the newly-married couple and wedding party walk back up the aisle.How many guests is considered an elopement? ›
Guests. This is one of the biggest contrasts between a traditional wedding and an elopement ceremony. Most traditional weddings have a guest list with 50 to 200+ guests, while an elopement is 20 guests or less. A microwedding is 20-50 guests.What is the most popular wedding dress color? ›
White: White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. This color of choice for the traditional bride is and will always a staple in bridal fashion.What is the most popular wedding tradition? ›
- "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." ...
- Carrying a bridal bouquet. ...
- Bridesmaids in matching bridesmaid dresses. ...
- Wearing a wedding veil. ...
- Wearing your ring on the "ring finger." ...
- Mailing guests printed wedding invitations.
1. Ivory and White Dresses. These colors have dominated most of the traditional as well as modern wedding ceremonies. The purity, virginity, or innocence message about the bride are perfectly highlighted by these two colors, with ivory being increasingly preferred over white.
What color should brides hair be? ›
Hair Color Ideas for Brides. Now, let's dive in to the fun part: choosing a color. "My usual suggestion for my brides is to either go a bit lighter than their usual hair color, like a light brown to chocolate brown if they haven't tried coloring their hair, for a more vibrant aura on their wedding day," says Mycke.What is the least popular month for weddings? ›
In most parts of the country, the deep winter months (January, February and March) are the least popular for weddings. In fact, only 5% of weddings take place during winter, according to our study. Per our data, 3% of weddings took place in December, 1% took place in January and 1% took place in February.What is the least popular day to get married? ›
What is the least popular wedding date? The Ides of March, which falls on March 15 every year, is one of the least popular dates to get married on. Another unpopular date is May 13; Friday the 13th, generally, is considered to be an inauspicious day for doing any important things.What are brides wearing in 2022? ›
Corset bodices, voluminous skirts, square necklines, and bridal hoods will all be big in 2022. Many brides will be mixing old and new with accessories like birdcage veils and elbow-length gloves.What colors make a bride stand out? ›
Pink, Blue and Ivory Wedding Color Scheme
Balance out both captivating hues with a neutral base shade like white or cream to help this pairing feel modern. Whether you lean into deep undertones or experiment with light patels, shades of pink and blue are great for couples who want a wedding that's romantic and bright.
Black. Gothic influences of the colour black demonstrate power, sophistication and wealth mixed with an air of mystery. The bride who wears black will never look back, as the old colour rhyme goes. Grey. Silver grey tones suggest composure, organisation and glamour.What do brides regret most? ›
- Not Spending enough money - Or spending too much. ...
- Not Eating throughout the wedding day. ...
- Pack a Wedding Day Essentials Kit. ...
- Not choosing the dress you wanted. ...
- Not giving your photographer a photo checklist. ...
- Prep for your photos. ...
- Inviting Too Many Guests.
Paris, France. The most romantic city in the world is just the place for a destination wedding.How can I look more attractive in a wedding? ›
- #1 – Drink a LOT of Water. Make your skin glow for REAL, not just shimmery highlighter. ...
- #2 – Avoid Sun Damage. ...
- #3 – Invest in Great Skincare. ...
- #4 – Get Regular Facials. ...
- #6 – Tanning. ...
- #7 – Consider Lash Extensions. ...
- #8 – Consider Hair Extensions. ...
- #9 – Don't Forget About the Groom.