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Traditional Wedding Dresses in Different Cultures

Medha Godbole Feb 6, 2019
With all the different cultures in the world, the wedding attires that are undoubtedly beautiful; come in wide variety. Read on to know some traditional attires the Christian, Jewish, African, and Indian brides and grooms flaunt on the wedding day!
Our wedding day is one of the most significant days of our lives. Various cultures have different traditions for the dresses they wear.


A classic Christian ceremony will have the bride looking absolutely fabulous in a white wedding gown.
That could be an A-line dress, a frilly, long, full skirt, or a Ballerina dress, called a ball gown that gives a classic 'Cinderella' look. Then, there is that column gown that fits close to the body. This is perfect if you are slim, tall, and willowy.
For the men, they usually wear the classic Tuxedo. Depending on the time, venue, and their body shape, men can also opt for a formal suit, stroller jacket, vest, striped pants, bow tie, or the good old black tail coat.


The chatan, Jewish groom, wears a spotless, white, short linen robe, called kittel, along with a white cap. The bride dresses depending on whether the synagogue is conservative or orthodox.
In a conservative synagogue, the bride's shoulders should be covered. If it is absolutely orthodox, tradition demands that the gowns have full or three-quarter sleeves, high neck cut lines, and ankle-length skirts. Back exposure is not allowed for Jewish brides. Their ball gowns exude simplicity as well as elegance.


From white and gold, long Dashiki consisting of three pieces, to Kente bow ties, African grooms are extremely traditional and rooted to their culture. The women have more choice when it comes to dressing for their wedding.
African women look just perfect in red and gold buba dresses or a purple and gold ashoke-style dress. A millionstone black and gold cape dress is also beautiful. Another lovely option is an elegant white and gold dress accompanied by a gele head wrap.


Indians have very colorful wedding gowns. Bright and lively hues are the characteristics of an Indian ceremony. Indian bridal wear is all about different patterns, beautiful and ornately designed dresses, and sarees.
In a traditional Hindu ceremony, the women mostly wear exquisitely designed 'zari' sarees. Indian women look enchanting in a Saree complimented by gold bridal jewelry. Blue, maroon, green, yellow are popular colors.
These days, some women also wear shararas, which are long, finely-decorated, floor-length skirts, coupled with matching blouses. The men can wear a dhoti and a kurta, a kurta salwar, or a stylish sherwani. In different regions of India, they dress differently, but these are the most popular outfits.
The Muslim ceremonies are beautiful and colorful. While the bride wears a colorful ghagra or salwar kameez, the groom wears a silk kurta and salwar. Sherwani is a popular in all Indian weddings. In Indian weddings, there is a plethora of outifts you can choose from.