These 19 breathtaking photos show what traditional wedding outfits look like around the world


Did you know that today’s custom of wearing white dress for wedding only became popular recently? Apparently, white dresses became the popular choice among brides when Queen Victoria got married to Albert of Saxe-Coburg in a white dress in 1840. White is considered a symbol of purity of the soul, hence, why women choose to wear white on their big day.

Long before white dresses became a world-wide phenomenon, women got married in their traditional costumes and it still remains a prevalent choice especially in Asia and Africa where many women choose to wear traditional outfits on their wedding day. Let us take a look at traditional wedding outfits around the world!

#1 Japan

Japanese brides and grooms often wear two or more wedding outfits throughout the ceremony and some of the favourite colours for the outfits are red and white

#2 Ghana

Just like their culture, Ghanaian couples don colourful and beautiful wedding attires. Their traditional outfits vary with a wide range of bright colours and patterns according to the family

#3 Romania 

Nowadays, young couples in Romania prefer to get married in modern wedding outfits but there are still some who choose to wear their traditional costumes on their wedding day, especially those who live in the rural areas. Plus, their traditional wedding outfits vary between regions

#4 The Sami, Northern Europe

The Sami are native people who live in Lapland, Finland’s northernmost region. Even though they have a small population, the Sami have a rich culture and customs which can be seen in the complexity of their outfits. For instance, married people wear square buttons while single people wear belts with round buttons

#5 Sri Lanka

In typical weddings, the bride often become the centre of attention, but in a traditional Sri Lankan wedding, you might find the groom to be equally dazzling as well

#6 India

This holy land of Bollywood sees couples get married in red or pink traditional outfits. In the northern part of India, brides usually wear bindi, a vermilion red dot on their forehead to symbolise their long commitment and well-being of their husbands

#7 Scotland

In Scotland, the grooms usually wear the kilt of his clan. After the wedding ceremony, the groom would put a shawl which is decorated with his clan’s official colours around his bride’s shoulders as a symbol to welcome his wife into her new family

#8 Pakistan

Pakistani wedding garments share a lot of common features with Indian traditional wedding outfits. Some of their wedding customs include wearing decorative red henna on hands and red dresses

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#9 Ethiopia

As the only country in Africa to have Christianity as their official religion, Ethiopian couples usually get married in the church. Their wedding ceremony resembles a lot like Russians and Greeks

#10 Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the top diverse countries in the world with over 300 different ethnic groups and 6 major religions so it is not a surprise that their traditional wedding outfits vary greatly from one ethnic group to another

Aessan Gede dan Aesan Paksangko Pakaian adat Sumatra Selatan sangat terkenal dengan sebutan Aesan gede yang melambangkan kebesaran, dan pakaian Aesan paksangko yang melambangkan keanggunan masyarakat Sumatera Selatan. Pakaian adat ini biasanya hanya digunakan saat upacara adat perkawinan. Dengan pemahaman bahwa upacara perkawinan ini merupakan upacara besar. Maka dengan menggunakan Aesan Gede atau Aesan Paksangko sebagai kostum pengantin memiliki makna sesuatu yang sangat anggun, karena kedua pengantin bagaikan raja dan ratu. Pembeda antara corak Aesan Gede dan Aesan Paksongko, jika dirinci sebagai berikut; gaya Aesan Gede berwarna merah jambu dipadu dengan warna keemasan. Kedua warna tersebut diyakini sebagai cerminan keagungan para bangsawan Sriwijaya. Apalagi dengan gemerlap perhiasan pelengkap serta mahkota Aesan Gede, bungo cempako, kembang goyang, dan kelapo standan. Lalu dipadukan dengan baju dodot serta kain songket lepus bermotif napan perak. Pada Aesan Paksangkong. Bagi laki-laki menggunakan songket lepus bersulam emas, jubah motif tabor bunga emas, selempang songket, seluar, serta songkok emeas menghias kepala. Dan bagi perempuan menggunakan teratai penutup dada, baju kurung warna merah ningrat bertabur bunga bintang keemasan, kain songket lepus bersulam emas, serta hiasan kepala berupa mahkota Aesan Paksangkong. Tak ketinggalan pula pernak-pernik penghias baju seperti perhiasan bercitrakan keemasan, kelapo standan, kembang goyang, serta kembang kenango. #paradesignphotography #jakartaphotography #weddingphotography #jakartawedding #vendorwedding #tradisional #java #wedding #solo #adat #instaphoto #instanusantara #indonesia #geonusantara #traditionalweddingphotography #adatpalembang Photo by: @paradesignphotography In frame: Wendrata+Desy

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#11 Caucasian 

Caucasian grooms usually wear Circassian coat along with a sword attached to his belt while Caucasian brides often opt to wear wedding gown with national motifs

#12 China

Red remains popular among Chinese brides and grooms. After the wedding ceremony, the groom will lift the red veil from the bride’s head

#13 Hawaii

In traditional Hawaiian weddings, the brides wear white gowns with floral crown. The grooms also wear all-white outfits and put fresh flowers on their heads

#14 Malaysia

Malay couples in Malaysia often opt for traditional costumes and the colour can vary greatly according from pastel pink to majestic black. However, most of them choose to wear all-time classic, white, for their solemnisation

#15 Yemenite Jews

Most Jewish communities do not have special wedding outfits but Yemenite Jews is an exception. The brides often wear special wedding garments inherited by their mothers

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#16 South Korea

Recently, traditional wedding garments gain rising popularity among young couples. The brides wear special wedding hanbok while the grooms wear gwanbok

#17 Norway

In a traditional Norwegian wedding, it is common to wear bunad, a traditional Norwegian costume for special occasions like wedding and christening parties

#18 Nigeria

Nigerian brides often choose bright colours for their wedding and wear Gele, Nigerian head tie

#19 Phillipines

The Tausugs or Sulu people still practice traditional marriage. The Tausug male wears fitting pants as well as a shirt. A sash is put around the waist with a matching turban. Often, males shave their hair or cut it very short to indicate social status. The ladies wear Malay sarong. They put on brass accessories on their blouses or perhaps use as a bracelet or necklace.

Credit: Philippines Travel Site


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