“Weddings are decided in heaven”…This is a very famous proverb in Tamil. Wedding happens once in a life time (nowadays more than once). People dream about making their wedding a very memorable one, something they could never forget in their lifetime… Dresses play an important role in every wedding. In present world people spend more money for buying their wedding dress. Dresses depend on their culture and tradition. I would like to present a glimpse of wedding dresses of different cultures of the world. India is a country where diverse cultures flourish. Here wedding attires depend on the religion and the region.
Dresses for Hindu wedding greatly depend on the region or state. South Indian men wear traditional White Dhotis and some people wear Pancha which is Dhoti tied in a different style. It is often paired with White Shirt and colorful Turban. North Indian grooms wear colorful heavily embroidered Sherwanis with matching Turbans. Women in India are generally noted for colorful Saris. South Indian Bride is generally made up with Saris made of traditional Kanjeevaram silk. Kerala women wear cream colored Saris with colorful Blouse. The jewels they wear makes up for the dull color of saris. Brides in North India are characterized by heavily worked Lehangas in colors like red or gold.
Wedding of Muslims are much more colorful. The bride’s dress is called Gharara Sharara which is similar to wedding gowns except for they are fully covered and has long sleeves. It is paired with a matching Veil or Hijab. Groom dresses according to their culture, normally sherwani or Suit and Tie.
Punjabi weddings are celebrated with great joy. Bride wears bright Salwar Kameez or Lehangas. Groom wears sherwani with colored Turbans. Similarly different countries have their own culture and tradition for wedding attires.
Japanese bride wears white dresses usually Kimonos. Kimonos are dresses with loosely fitter sleeves. They wear a matching white headpiece. Groom wears Coat Suit and Tie.
China is a country of great tradition and culture which is reflected in their costumes. Red color and Kimonos with a matching Head Piece play a major role in Chinese weddings. Brides in Northern China usually wear a Frock called Quipao embroidered with elaborate Gold and Silver design. Brides in Southern China prefer to wear double piece dress named Qungwa or Kwa embroidered with Gold Dragons and Phoenix. Norwegian
wedding include Crowns for Brides. Black or White embroidered Aprons are worn over Red Frocks paired with Flower Crowns or Metal Tiaras. Men wear Shirts and Pants in traditional style along with Hats. Swedish Brides wear Flower Circlets around their shoulders in addition to Gowns and the Bridegroom wears Lace works over their Shirts. Weddings have their own significance, so are the dresses and accessories. Weddings are decided in Heaven and Wedding Attires make us feel Heaven.
Unlike other wedding cultures African weddings are very colorful. The Bride is dressed up in Gowns which can be of any color, with big Head Ties that are sometimes contrasting. Traditional beads and accessories compliment their dresses.