A pretty bride in a mesmerizing flowing white gown and a gentleman in a tuxedo is what we have in our mind when we think of a wedding. Not all brides and grooms follow this Western tradition. There are many cultures that still follow their traditional outfits for the big day.
Red, which is said to bring good luck and auspiciousness, is the predominant colour of Chinese wedding attire for both men and women. The women's dress in northern China is usually a one-piece frock named Qi Pao. While those from southern China wear a two piece dress called Qun Gua. An elaborate crown is also an important part of the wedding costume. Men usually wear a Changshan and a black silk coat decorated with dragon robe. According to Chinese tradition, outfits of both men and women should have dragon and phoenix designs.
Even now the Japanese bride and groom wear the traditional wedding kimo. The bride would wear a white kimono named uchikake and a big and bulky headdress. The groom's kimono will be usually in black.
The Kazakh brides wear a red dress or in modern times a Western gown. But one thing that has not changed is the conical tall hat called the saukele. A saukele is often embellished with precious stones and gems. To bring good luck owl feathers are also added to the hat.
Colour and bold prints play an important role in African weddings. Though almost all colours are used for the wedding outfit, blue, orange, mustard, emerald and purple are frequently used. The wedding attire is incomplete without an elaborate headgear and jewellery. African men mostly wear dashiki (a loose brightly coloured shirt or tunic) and pants.
The Lankan brides wear a sari or kandyan in gold, cream or red colour, and would wear nalalpata (a hair ornament of several golden chains diverging from the middle to the sides). Sri Lankan grooms' attire literally steals the thunder from the bride. Men wear a dress called mul anduma. Dressing a Lankan groom is more time consuming than getting a bride ready for the wedding. It would take about an hour for the groom to get dressed in mul anduma.
The Moroccan bride’s outfit consists of a colorful caftan, a sort of long robe made of silk, satin, chiffon, silk or other rich fabrics, and covered with a jacket.
At old times, Scottish brides used to wear a traditional dress called Arisaid. It resembles a hooded cape that is tied at the waist. Even though now girls are opting for a modern white gown, Scottish men are still following the tradition and are wearing a kilt. A kilt is a knee-length skirt-type garment with pleats at the rear.