Traditional Wedding Attire From All Around The World

Today’s classical wedding dresses became popular in the 19th century, thanks to Queen Victoria. She was the first woman to wear a white bridal gown. Before her, women chose a traditional garment or a dress that fit the fashions of the day.

Now it’s rare to find a wedding dress that isn’t white. However, in some cultures, especially in Asia and Africa, the young couples still prefer traditional wedding attire. We have gathered together photos of brides and grooms wearing traditional clothing for their wedding ceremony. They look amazing, don’t they?


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Japanese brides traditionally wear two or more dresses throughout the ceremony, one white and one red.


Ghanaian traditional weddings are quite colorful. Each family has its own cloth pattern and their national cloth designs vary with different colors and patterns. 


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The vast majority of young Romanians prefer weddings with a modern style. Their traditional ceremonies can still be seen in more remote areas. In Romania, each of its regions has its own wedding costumes.

The Sami, Northern Europe

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The Sami are the indigenous people living in Lapland. Their traditional dresses tell you a lot about their owners. Square buttons mean that the person is married, while single people wear round buttons and belts.

Sri Lanka

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The bride at a traditional Sri Lankan wedding, often becomes the center of attention on her wedding day. However,  you most likely won’t be able to take your eyes off the groom either.


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The traditional garment choice for brides in the Indian culture is red or pink wedding dresses. In the northern regions you will find that married women traditionally wear a red dot on the center of their forehead.


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The groom traditionally wears the kilt of his in Scotland. After the wedding ceremony, the groom puts a shawl embellished with his clan’s colors around his bride’s shoulders to symbolize her membership in her new family.


Pakistan is an Islamic nation, but its traditions have a lot in common with Indian customs. Drawing intricate henna patterns on the bride’s hands and wearing a red wedding dress are common.


Ethiopia is the only country in Africa where Christianity is the official religion. Most of the Ethiopian people belong to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Their wedding ceremony resembles that of Greeks or Russians.


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Indonesian weddings vary greatly from island to island. There are more than 300 ethnic groups and 6 major religions.  The country is a crossroad of various cultures and civilizations.

Caucasian peoples

At a traditional Caucasian wedding, the groom usually wears the Circassian coat with a sword attached to his belt. The brides often choose a white wedding dress with national motifs.


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In China, traditional wedding dresses are red. In this country, the color white symbolizes mourning and funerals. After the marriage, the groom removes the red veil from the bride’s head.


Traditional Hawaiian weddings have the groom wearing all white. Everyone who gets married here includes the flower garlands as a part of the wedding ceremony. The brides often adorn their hair with fresh flowers.


In Malaysia, the majority of the wedding ceremonies are held in the Muslim tradition. The brides choose a wedding dress with shades of purple, violet, or cream.

Yemenite Jews

Most Jewish communities have no special wedding garments, but Yemenite Jews are the exception to this rule. Yemenite brides usually get married dressed in special outfits, which are inherited from their ancestors.

South Korea

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Traditional weddings are becoming very popular in South Korea. According to the ancient tradition, the groom carries his wife around the table on his back. This is a symbol of the bride being able to rely on her husband.


A bunad, a traditional Norwegian costume, is worn in Norway for special occasions like weddings and christening parties.

Bali, Indonesia

Balinese weddings are amazing with their richness and magnificence. Traditional wedding clothing involves lots of intricate details, while the bride and groom wear crowns of gold on their heads.


Nigerian brides wear Gele, a Nigerian head tie. The grooms here look no less elegant than the women.


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