LOOK: Photos of Traditional Wedding Outfits from All Over the World

When you think about weddings, many of us have this vision of a groom in a tuxedo and the bride dressed in a voluminous white gown with a veil over her face and long train trailing behind her back. But though such outfits are more commonly used in many places, not every place in the world follow that tradition.

Check out these interesting photos of traditional outfits from all over the world.

Japan

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Did you know that Japanese brides actually wear two types of dresses to their wedding? One is white and the other is red.

Ghana

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The couple often wear matching clothes made from same colorfully woven fabric. The pattern draws from each family’s own traditional pattern.

Romania

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The couple also wear matching outfits, with lots of flowers for the bride. Often, she wears a crown of flowers.

Sami Tribe, Lapland in Northern Europe

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Brides wear white gowns but their grooms wear the traditional outfit. The groom also changes his belt from one that has round buttons (used by singles) to one with square buttons (used by married people).

Sri Lanka

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The groom actually wears a more colorful outfit than the bride; sometimes it is more elaborate, too.

India

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Both men and women wear voluminous traditional outfits, often in red. The bride gets a red dot at the center of her forever, a mark traditionally worn by married women.

Scotland

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The bride wears a white gown while the groom wears a kilt in his clan’s colors, with a matching shawl that he drapes over the bride’s shoulders to signify she has become part of the family.

Pakistan

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Many would think this is similar to the wedding of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Brides wear red and have henna tattoo swirls on her hand.

Ethiopia

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The couple wear the traditional white gown and tuxedo like in most places, but both have elegant capes placed over their shoulders.

Indonesia

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While wedding traditions and clothes vary across the ethnic groups, the bride and groom wear matching traditional outfits with elaborate headdresses, often in red and gold.

Bali, Indonesia

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Weddings are rich and elaborate, with plenty of intricate designs and jewelry in the bride and groom’s outfits.

Georgia

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The traditional costume includes a sword for the groom.

China

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The couple wear clothes with red and gold or yellow motif.

Hawaii

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The couple wear all white, with lots of flowers for the bride.

Malaysia

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The couple wed in Muslim tradition, with brides often choosing a wedding dress in cream, violet, or purple.

South Korea

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The bride and groom wear the traditional hanbok, with elaborate headdresses.

Norway

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While grooms often wear tuxedos or similar outfits, the brides wear the traditional bunad.

Nigeria

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The couple wears traditional outfits, with lots of colorful, chunky jewelry. Brides pull their hair up in a Nigerian hair tie called a ‘Gele’.

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