Ethnic Wedding Attire

Bridal Attire Around the World

Ethnic wedding attire can add a sense of family tradition to your wedding ceremony. Here is a look at some beautiful ethnic wedding attire traditions:

Chinese Wedding Attire - bride wear a series of vividly colored brocade Qi Pau (Chinese jacket) and Cheongsams, which are very slim fitting gowns with two slits up each side of the skirt. Traditional Chinese grooms wear Da Gua, a front-closing tunic.

Japanese Wedding Attire - Japanese brides often wear colorful kimonos, along with a tsuno kakushi, which is a big hood that covers the hair. The tsuno kakushi is said to hide the bride's horns and show her obedience to her new husband. The bride will change into a new kimono following the ceremony and the fabric from the bride's kimonos is often made into bedding and passed down to future generations.

African Wedding Attire - Traditional native African brides attire wear a headpiece called a 'gele', a loose fitting wrap skirt called an 'iro', a shawl called a 'iborum' and a short loose blouse called a 'buba' - all fashioned out of matching fabric. The groom wears a pair of slacks called 'sokoto', a shirt called a 'bubba', a long flowing pullover type jacket called an 'agbada' and a rounded box-hat called a 'fila'.

Scottish Wedding Attire - Tartan is worn by Scottish brides, either on her plain white gown trimmed with tartan ribbons, as a tartan shawl draped around her shoulders or tied as a sash at her waist. Celtic embroidery, such as the Celtic knotwork (which symbolizes eternal love) might also be incorporated into her dress. Scottish grooms and groomsman typically wear traditional Highland outfits, including kilts, vests, sporrans (leather pouches), jackets, hose and ghillies (authentic Highland footwear). The groom will wear his family tartan attached with a large brooch on the shoulder of his jacket, and a Skean Dhu (which means 'black dagger' in Gaelic) tucked into the top of his kilt hose.

Mexican Weddings - Authentic Mexican brides wore mantilla veils and either a slim dress with a bolero jacket or a Flamenco-style dress with a layer of ruffles at the hem. In lieu of carrying flowers Mexican brides carried brightly colored fans. Mexican grooms wore Matador's outfits - which consisted of bolero jackets with form-fitting pants.

Hindu Weddings - Traditional Hindu bridal attire varies with region, but many wear saris in red and white; colors representing fertility, wealth and purity. The hands and feet of Hindu brides are painted by a female family member with henna, a red dye, in what is referred to as the 'mehendi ceremony', which takes place in the days leading up to the wedding ceremony.

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