A white dress, veil, something borrowed, old, new and blue - these are all the pieces essential to a traditional western wedding gown. And as with every tradition, there's an explanation for every detail in the wedding ceremony. And though we are all used to see white tones on a wedding dress, you don't have to look very far for an entirely different approach to the bride's attire. And as the cultures and wedding ceremony traditions vary from country to country, so does the unique dresses. Some brides adorn themselves in colorful wedding dresses, others paint their hands and faces by local customs, and some hide their faces completely behind layers of jewelry or veils.

Not everybody upholds these wedding traditions of course, and not everybody chooses the classical wedding dress color, and many people wear what they want for their Big Day, but this list compiled by Bored Panda provides a fascinating insight into the different ways that different people can celebrate the same occasion. Who knows, maybe you'll find some inspiration!

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Indian Wedding

Indian Wedding

In Indian culture, pink or red wedding dresses are often the garment of choice for brides. Married woman in the north of the country can often be identified by a red dot in the middle of their forehead.

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Kristi Zoebelein
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That "red dot" is called a bindi.

Tye Kerce
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

True but to those who don't know the name the description works better to communicate it. Describing it tells a person it's shape and color and location. A name they don't know wouldn't tell them anything.

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Loredana Telea
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think Indian wedding costumes are amongst the most beautiful in the world. I like that they're so colorful :).

Kaushik Banerjee
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Indian wedding...? LOL! This is more like one of 20 very major types... Just check bengali wedding or marathi wedding or malayali wedding or Naga wedding or kashmiri wedding...

Yuvika Saini
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A bindi doesn't mean you are married sindoor on the forehead near your hair partion means you are married .its a red powder

Eshaa Venkatesh
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So there are 3 things that go on a bride forehead 1. Mang-tikka : This sits in the center-parting of the hair and is a piece of jewellery 2. Sindoor : Red vermillion applied in the center-parting, usually done during the marriage ceremony to signify that a woman now belongs to her husband 3. Bindi : Sticker like dot in the center of the forehead, usually between the eyebrows, can also be painted on - it is definitely not a piece of jewellery!

Michelle_Lucero
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Its called sindoor when you're married anyone can wear a bindi

Ashna Kalra
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The married woman in India is not identified by the red dot. They are identified by red vermillon in their parting of their hair and a special necklace the husband puts on the wife called "mangalsutra." As well as special wedding bangles called a "chura"

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devmurarjee mayank
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Guys the red dot is bindi. A bindi can be of many types from a simple red dot to a designer made, but on wedding it is emphasized to be in red color only, as it signifies that a woman is married and her husband is well alive.

Darren Kyle
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is a completely beautiful look.

Harini Leo
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please get your information right. Red dot on the middle of the forehead is something EVERYONE wears, it's right on the widow's peak that signifies marriage. And it's not all north, it's all of the country. The outfits in this picture are native to the north, yes. But every state has its own outfit. India is, after all, a country that was once 300 different kingdoms that were united to fight against the British.

Patricia Katzova
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wore blue saree- the one I have in my profile picture but will have another wedding in red saree. Same husband thou :D

Rupalim Hazarika
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the state of Assam, India the bride wears white and gold traditional costume called Mekhela Chador on her wedding day, groom wears white

Varanya Vijaykumar
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actually, that red dot doesn't denote being married. When you get married you use a sindoor, not a bindi. A sindoor signifies you're married. A bindi implies you have style.

Prachi Garg
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the red dot here talked about is the sindoor which the husband puts on the wife's forehead... near the hairline as a symbol of "being married". Bindi on the other hand is also considered a legit symbol of being married but it can also be worn by any woman/girl irrespective of age.. so technically in that sense, it is type of a jewellery.

Saumya Singh
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bindi can be worn by even unmarried women. Sindoor is rather a definite marker of a married woman, everyone may not wear it though

Samara Kumar
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Here in south non married woman wear something that looks like a sindhur, so sindur isn't a definite mark... :)

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Vishwa pratap singh
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actual wedding dress of india cant be same because of wide variety of rich and united culture present here...

Maria Kumar
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the elephants on her lengha.

Vivek Tiwari
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You don't have to be married to wear the red dot 'bindi'

Ebin Issac
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You guys probably don't know that India is supposed FUCKING huge and there are thousands of communities. It's different among every community and every location. In my life, I have never seen a couple in this outfit other than in movies. This is strictly a north Indian upper class Hindu style (what I came to know from movies) definitely not south Indian

Tye Kerce
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was wondering if no one else noticed it said in the north

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Sanjay Gupta
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this one is straight from a fashion show. this is not real marriage...

John To
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, every picture in this article is fake. All models are wearing for the photoshooting. So be it.... alright?

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Sheetal Kapoor
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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agbo kingsley
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the Indians attire, it portrays their culture. https://kingsmedics.com/benefits-of-getting-the-covid-19-vaccination/

agbo kingsley
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I personally love the Indians attire https://kingsmedics.com/benefits-of-getting-the-covid-19-vaccination/

Braddie Granes
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think Indian wedding look is more beautiful. Etizolam RX Online

Ramya N
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

India is different culture oriented country were each part as there own tradition so only india is known for vivid cultures.. check with other parts of wedding it will be very interesting..In south india bindi in forehead is very importance than mang sindoor, usually in south india they wont ware mang sindoor ..they only wear bindi or sindoor on fore head which is more important. with out that there are indicated as widow...

Melodygist media
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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Propro 9ja
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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Louisa Ann Caligagan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

so beautiful dress. I want to try it for free 😉😊

Aanya Singh
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In all other pictures brides are smiling and showing happiness but look at this couple 😂

Kahlo Smith
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Despite the inaccuracy of the bindi reference, the detail on these outfits is absolutely stunning!

Mani Menon
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why just the north of India? A 'bindi' is worn by every married woman in India. And the costume shown is not a typical wedding costume. Looks like something out of a TV serial!

Punam Tripathi
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

India has 29 states and each of it has a different wedding attire... The one depicted here is from Punjab.

Jacqui Chafe
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks, I always wondered about the red dot or "bindi"

Mousumi Sarkarkim
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks, but this one is only from one province! The wedding costumes are completely different in each province, as well as the rituals!

Maya Nathan
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My father is from southern India and we also wear "the red dot"

Anuradha Mukherjee
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please specify which region in India is this wedding scene from! Every state in India has a different attire for the bride and groom and different customs....you cannot generalize and say Indian wedding. You need to dedicate one entire article to it!

Stacy White
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is just gorgous! I love the sari!

Vishwa pratap singh
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How so ever..these r models in wedding dress..

Ritwika Misra
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a poor representation of how Indian weddings are and what people wear. This is from a renowned Indian designer Sabysachi's page.

Neha Butt
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

India is a land of diversity and there are so many cultures. It cannot just be affiliated to one particular type of attire and bindi.

Naveed Ali Zaman
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry this is Pakistani models modelling for fashion show of bridal wear

Rupalim Hazarika
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the state of Assam, the bride and groom both were white abd golden traditional costume on their wedding. I wish there was an option for adding a picture in the comments

Rism
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I adore the color..... so bold hmmm....

Samara Kumar
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Look at this stereotyping... Haha... India is so culturally diverse, that each of our 29 states more or less; dress differently!!! And religion too plays a big role on how they dress too... So don't say that for "Indian Weddings" this is what people where... Bollywood isn't everything... And this outfit is by a designer, so if you're going to use this image, maybe source it from the right place...

Akhilesh Rao
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The above one north indian and this one is south indian images-579...d58ddb.jpg images-5791a81d58ddb.jpg

Julia Thomas
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Always mentions north indian hindu weddings, and never south indian hindu or Christian weddings

Angie Bandoo
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's all considers a bindi . - a Hindu woman

Richard Petch
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In England the " red dot " means, fuck off you are not getting a council house, or it did a few years back, now them and the rest of them that come to our country are pushed to the front of the queue, English people don't stand a chance of getting a council home.

Bubu Prakash
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are getting regular attacked by cats, who are chasing this red dot.

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Kazakhstani Bride

Kazakhstani Bride

In a traditional Kazakh wedding, brides typically wear a headdress known as a "Saukele" as well as a facial veil. The Saukele is usually prepared long before the girls reach the age of marriage.

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Nigerian Bride

Nigerian Bride

Nigeria is a big country with around 250 ethnic groups and over 500 languages. Wedding ceremonies therefore change according to region, religion and ethnic background. However, Nigerian brides often wear brightly colored wedding clothes. They also often wear a Nigerian head tie called a Gele.

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Hutsuls Wedding In Ukrainian Carpathians

Hutsuls Wedding In Ukrainian Carpathians

The Hutsuls are an ethno-cultural group of Ukrainians who have lived for centuries in the Carpathian mountains. The traditional wedding clothes are very colorful and the weddings themselves are very lively and full of dancing, games and jokes.

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Traditional Wedding In Ghana

Traditional Wedding In Ghana

Traditional weddings in Ghana are often very colorful, and each family has its own cloth pattern that features on the bride and groom's wedding outfits.

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Japanese Wedding

Japanese Wedding

For a traditional Japanese wedding, the bride often wears a pure white kimono for the formal ceremony, which symbolizes purity and maidenhood. After the ceremony the bride may then change into a red kimono to symbolize good luck.

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Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

Men in Scotland traditionally wear the kilt of his clan for his wedding. After the ceremony, the bride wears a shawl emblazoned with her new husband's clan colors to signify her transition into his family.

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Mongolian Bride

Mongolian Bride

In a traditional Mongolian wedding ceremony, the bride and the groom each wear what's known as a Deel. A Deel is a form of patterned clothing that's been worn for centuries by Mongols and other nomadic tribes in Central Asia.

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Romanian Bride From Oas Region

Romanian Bride From Oas Region

Weddings in Oas are an important event in the north-west 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 and the costumes, choosing the godparents, and preparing the wedding flag.

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Chinese Wedding

Chinese Wedding

In China the colour red is considered to symbolize good luck. The colour is also believed to keep away evil spirits. It's therefore no surprise that traditional Chinese wedding outfits almost always feature the colour red.

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Yakan Bride

Yakan Bride

The Yakan are an ethno-linguistic 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.

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Bride In Gora Region Between Kosovo And Macedonia

Bride In Gora Region Between Kosovo And Macedonia

The Gorani people are Muslims by faith, but their traditions and customs contain various pagan elements. The bride is carried on a white horse covered with a scarf and a specially decorated umbrella during wedding festivities, and she accompanies her family to the neighbour's house of her husband-to-be.

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Yvonne Bernal
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She looks just like a carefully crafted porcelain doll. How stunning.

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Indonesian Wedding

Indonesian Wedding

Indonesia has over 17,000 islands and so weddings here vary greatly depending on where people live and which of the 300+ ethnic groups they belong to.

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Traditional Wedding Costumes And Bridal Crown From Norway

Traditional Wedding Costumes And Bridal Crown From Norway

In Norway, the traditional wedding costume is called a Bunad. It can also be worn for other occasions such as christening parties.

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Matyo Bride From Hungary

Matyo Bride From Hungary

In traditional Hungarian weddings, a brides attire usually includes an embroidered dress with floral patterns and three bright colors. She often wears many underskirts as well as an elaborate head-dress with wheat woven into it.

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Traditional Peruvian Bride In Sacred Valley Near Cuzco, Peru

Traditional Peruvian Bride In Sacred Valley Near Cuzco, Peru

Traditional Andean wedding outfits are often bright and include woven cloaks and hats adorned with tassels and reflective material. A special skirt and poncho is made for the bride and groom's wedding day.

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Traditional Wedding Costumes In Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Traditional Wedding Costumes In Veliky Novgorod, Russia

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.

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Hamar Woman In Traditional Dress

Hamar Woman In Traditional Dress

The Hamar people come from Ethiopia. Unmarried women wear large collars made of red, green, and black coloured beads, and married women wear two distinct metals collars. First wives also wear a leather band with a large visible disk attached.

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Korean Traditional Royal Wedding Costumes

Korean Traditional Royal Wedding Costumes

The Korean national costume is called the Hanbok, and a variation of this can be worn at traditional weddings. According to ancient tradition in, the groom should carry his wife around the table on his back. This is so the bride knows that her husband is reliable.

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Malay Wedding

Malay Wedding

Most weddings in Malaysia are held according to the Muslim tradition. Brides often wear wedding dresses that include colors such as purple, violet, and cream.

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Melia Janssen
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is a big Malay population in Singapore too. And yes, we wear this too.

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Balinese Wedding, Indonesia

Balinese Wedding, Indonesia

Traditional Balinese wedding clothes are often vivid and richly decorated. The bride and the groom often wear crowns of gold on their heads during the ceremony.

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Weddings In Jakarta, Indonesia

Weddings In Jakarta, Indonesia

As in other parts of Indonesia, traditional wedding attire in Jakarta includes plenty of gold, intricate patterns, striking colors and ornate head wear.

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Uzbek Bride Wearing Traditional Clothes

Uzbek Bride Wearing Traditional Clothes

In traditional Uzbek weddings (Nikokh-Tui), the bride wears a colorful outfit hand embroidered with intricate patterns. The wedding ceremony plays an essential role in Uzbek life.

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Afghani Jewish Bride

Afghani Jewish Bride

Jews are believed to have resided in Afghanistan for nearly 1,500 years. Now however there is only one Jew remaining in the country (Zablon Simintov, who was born in Herat in 1959). Traditional wedding ceremonies saw the brides covered with a veil and garments, and she also wore henna on her hands and feet and sequins on her forehead.

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faiq_sawiz
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All brides in the country wear traditional cloths as this. They are so fancy and skillfully made

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Turkmen Bride

Turkmen Bride

In Turkmenistan, the traditional wedding ceremony sees the bride dressed up in a red dress made from silk homemade fabric studded with silver or gilded pendants.

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Palembang Wedding, Indonesia

Palembang Wedding, Indonesia

Palembang is the second-largest city on Sumatra island in Indonesia. In traditional weddings brides wear what's called an Aesan Gede, which is a rich and striking costume that evokes the grandeur of the Srivijaya empire.

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Sami Wedding

Sami Wedding

The Sami are the indigenous people living in the far north of Europe. The area is called Sápmi and it stretches across parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula. Their traditional dresses explain a lot about the wearer. For example, single people wear belts with circular buttons, while square buttons mean a person is married.

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Krista Mikkonen
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The color and style of the dress and clothes depends a lot what area you are from. Nowadays younger generation have brought more variation with colours etc. Its not always this same style :)

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Polish Wedding From The Lowicz Area

Polish Wedding From The Lowicz Area

A Polish bride will traditionally wear a white dress and a full veil (welon). The groom will often wear a buttonhole flower to match his bride's bouquet. If you notice a bride subtly moving a part of her wedding dress to cover the top of the groom's shoe, she may be following a traditional belief that this will give her a position of dominance in the relationship.

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Joanna Tur
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i'm polish and i've never seen anything like that...traditional clothing is rather rare this days....

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Maasai Wedding In Kenya

Maasai Wedding In Kenya

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.

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Bedouin Wedding Veil In Israel

Bedouin Wedding Veil In Israel

In traditional Bedouin wedding ceremonies, Bedouin brides often wear a heavy and ornate face veil comprised of various jewelry.

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António Lima
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I trully believe that her face is more beautiful than that veil

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Javanese Wedding

Javanese Wedding