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.
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.