All over the world, wedding is considered as the most sacred bond between two people. Whatever culture you belong to and wherever you are, groom, bride and all the guests start the preparations months before the auspicious date. The preparations include venue, catering, flowers, lighting, guest list and most importantly outfits. Different regions of the world have different wedding rituals and different wedding outfits. Worldwide, the bride’s clothes generally represent the culture where they belong to and nowadays grooms usually prefer wearing a tuxedo during some or all rituals of their weddings. Here is a small list of different wedding outfits that brides and grooms usually wear in different cultures.
In Korea, both groom and bride wear traditional dress specially made for the ceremony. It represents the tradition of thousands of years and is called as hanbok. Normally lightweight material is used to make one and the outfit has simple lines, bright colors with no pockets.
A purple or pink hanbok is for the bride and a blue hanbok is what the groom’s mother wear. The other female members of the family may choose to wear hanbok or other modern clothing.
In Indian weddings, bride’s outfits depend upon the regions they belong to. In some places, the bride wears a saree, a garment which looks like a long drape. In other places, they wear lehenga (a long skirt). Mostly red or any other vibrant color along with elegant embroidery is used to make these garments.
The groom’s outfit also varies by the region they belong to. Some wear dhoti-kurta, a rectangular cloth tied around the waist and a shirt that falls freely below the knee. In some places, grooms wear a long coat (sherwani) and some prefer wearing a Western suit.
In China, the bride dresses in red because Chinese believe red as a good-luck sign which keeps evil spirits away. In northern China, a one-piece embroidered dress is the bride’s traditional outfit. The embroidery comes in silver or gold designs. In south China, a two-piece frock is the bride’s usual attire.
The grooms wear an embroidered dress and a black silk coat over it but nowadays, grooms avoid wearing an overcoat and prefer western wear. A headwear is also included in the traditional dress, usually a black hat with red tassels.
Japanese people spend a lot on the weddings and during the ceremony, the bride changes clothes around 5 times. Traditional wedding dress for the bride is a white kimono but nowadays, they prefer wearing a dress with traditional print.
Similarly, Japanese grooms wear kimono (montsuki) during the wedding which often exhibits the family crest and they then change into a western wear.
The brides in Mexico wear a bright colored, Flamenco-styled dress with a ruffled hem. In Spain, traditionally, the bride wears black which symbolizes her devotion till-death. The groom here wears a short-sleeved, light shirt suitable for tropical temperature.
The guests at weddings in Cuba take part in the conventional money dance, where every man dancing with bride pins some money to her dress so that the newlyweds can be helped with their honeymoon expenses.