Throughout different eras and generations, the style of wedding dresses tends to change. No matter what background or culture you come from, there are only two really important details: A lifelong commitment, and making the bride feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. Well, at least the most beautiful one at the ceremony. However, ‘beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.’ Unsurprisingly, wedding dresses look different, depending on what part of the world you’re in.
Therefore, the designs of all these wedding dresses are extremely varied. Some reflect differences in values, beliefs, and the overall fashion sense of the culture in question. Over the centuries, many things in the world drastically changed. The only thing that stayed the same is the classic traditional wedding dress. But who wants a plain old ordinary dress? These are some of the wedding dress styles all around the world.
Traditionally, a Tibet wedding is generally suggested by elders in the family. Basically, to find the perfect match, an elder from the man’s family would visit the woman’s family with tea and other gifts. It seems like an unconventional way to find a partner, but this tradition works in certain cultures.
If the woman’s family accepts the gifts, it basically means they accept the proposal. The groom’s family gets the wedding dresses ready, as well as a headdress decorated in silver coins. It also includes a little Buddha lucky charm for the bride; the groom gives it to her one day before the wedding. The dress looks a lot more colorful than I’m used to.
Whenever a Ghanaian man proposes to a girl, they don’t really have so much privacy. The traditional way to propose isn’t to surprise her after a romantic date. For this culture, he goes to her house with both of their families present. I sure hope she says yes. If not, that must be completely embarrassing.
When it comes to the wedding ceremony, Ghanaian couples like to match their attires. The clothes are made from kente- a kind of cloth that is handwoven in Ghana. It’s customary for them to have bright, colorful patterns and some intricately detailed designs. These outfits certainly emphasize the pair’s unique love.
Hungary: Matyó People
The people of Matyó are actually a subgroup of Hungarians. They have been colonizing the northern regions of Hungary for centuries now. The group holds on to their culture and traditions, especially during political and cultural shifts. In Eastern Europe, a phrase that is commonly used is, “You’re no Matyó embroidery.”
The quote was started because of the admiration of their intricate and perfect stitching of the Matyó dresses. The dress also includes florals because flowers represent fertility. They also wove Wheat into the headdress as another symbol of fruitfulness as well as fortune and prosperity for the new blossoming family. The headpiece just looks really heavy!
When it comes to India, bridal gowns are no joke. It’s something the culture takes extremely seriously. The dresses are layers with symbolism and have a total of 16 add-ons! The many layers are extremely important, and according to the culture, it ensures a happy marriage. In India, wedding dresses are called a Sari and are often red.
The color of the Sari is to symbolize the rising sun. In addition to all the layers the bride has on when she gets to her wedding, another thing will be added during the ceremony: The Jaimala. Basically, the couple puts flower garlands on each other as a promise of love. The dress looks a bit excessive, but what do I know? I’m American…