Colorful Wedding Outfits From Different Countries Around The World.
A woman planning for her wedding in the western world will often choose from a limited palate of white, off-white, or beige gowns. It was not until Queen Victoria donned a white, laced dress in 1840 that this colour became the standard for women.
Although, there are variations of the dress from a long flowing gown, to a form fitted dress, to a suit, the colour white is here to stay. Cultures around the world, however, celebrate the momentous occasion with lavish, vibrant, and elaborate dresses and veils.
It is not just the dress and veil either. The jewelry and embroidery is a rich celebration of the country and cultures the couple come from. And just like Queen Victoria inspired generations to wear white, maybe these brides across the globe will influence your decision when you choose what you will wear on the special day. Or you may just decide to honour your family’s heritage.
A wedding in India is the ultimate celebration, lasting days with hundreds of people invited for the special day.
Pink and red are the colour of choice with gold embroidery on the garments. A variation of sarees are worn by the bride which consists of a skirt, cropped top, and a long scarf wrapped around.
The bride and other women at the wedding have their feet, legs, arms and hands adorned with henna. Wives in the Hindu religion wear a bindi or dot on their forehead symbolizing they are married.
Nigerian brides wear a large and fancy gele or head tie for the momentous occasion.
Nigeria has over 500 languages spoken, 250 ethnic groups and many religions who do things slightly different from each other during a wedding.
One thing is consistent, however, women opt for bright and bold colour dresses, jewelry, and head ties.
Hutusuls women of the Carpathian mountains in the Ukraine, go to their wedding riding a horse.
The weddings are known for being lively, with a lot of dancing, games, and jokes. The bride's hair is often put in a braid. The dress is embroidered with rich and vibrant threads.
In Ghana, the groom will visit the bride's family about one to two weeks before the wedding to ask for her hand in marriage.
The colourful designs and prints on the bride's dress are based on her family's own pattern combined with the groom's. Often times, families use kente clothing made from silk and cotton cloth strips.
Kazakhstan still practices the act of "kidnapping the bride" which is used to avoid the expenses of paying for the wedding itself.
Women wear the ancient headdress called saukele. The saukele is usually decorated with pearls, corals, silver, and gold coins. Traditionally, the headdress is worn by the bride for one year after the ceremony.
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