Americans are fond of the "white wedding," but around the world, international women embrace more colorful customs on their special day. Here are a look at some of the bridal looks from around the world.
Hungarian brides will wear an embroidered dress with floral patterns in bright colors. The dress will be accessorized with a headdress with wheat woven into it. The outfit isn't complete until it's been pared with enough petticoats to make the dress stick out.
Indian weddings are notorious for being all-out affairs, and the bride's outfit is no exception! Brides will have intricate designs drawn on them with henna during a Mehendi ceremony that takes place days before the wedding. The bride's outfit consists of 16 pieces and is called Solah Shringar. Talk about a need for bridesmaids!
In America, the bride sometimes changes between the wedding ceremony and the reception, but in Iraq, the bride will change up to seven times. Brides will change the color of their dress when they make the outfit swap. If you're going to change that many times, why stick to white?
Traditionally, Japanese brides compliment their white kimonos with a silk headdress called tsunokakushi. The headdresses hide the bride's "horns of jealousy." We all know that women don't actually have horns, so the "horns of jealousy" actually represent ego and selfishness. By covering them up, the bride symbolically demonstrates her determinism to become a gentle, obedient wife.
The traditional bridal outfit of Korea is called a hanbok (if you're in South Korea) or a joseon-ot (if you're in North Korea). It's made from cotton or silk and is essentially a long-sleeve blouse and a high-waisted skirt.
The Yakan people, who mostly inhabit the island of Basilan in the Philippines, hold wedding ceremonies in which both the bride and groom will wear face paint. Additionally, weddings will consist of two ceremonies ”” one Islamic and one pre-Islamic.