Traditional wedding outfits around the world

Nowadays classical wedding dress became popular because of Queen Victoria in the 19th century. She was the first woman wore a white wedding dress. Before her, women would choose a traditional garment or a dress that fit the fashions of the day.

Now it’s rare to find a wedding dress that isn’t white. However, in some cultures, especially in Asia and Africa, the young couples still prefer traditional wedding clothing. We here at Trip City adventure have gathered together photos of brides and grooms wearing traditional clothing for their wedding ceremony around the world.



At Japanese weddings, brides often wear two or more dresses throughout the ceremony — white and red.




Ghanaian traditional weddings are very colourful. Their national cloth designs vary with different colours and patterns. Each family has its own cloth pattern.




Young Romanians prefer weddings with a modern style. However, traditional ceremonies can still be seen in more isolated areas. Though Romania is not big, each of its regions has its own wedding costumes.


Sri Lanka


The couple often becomes the centre of attention on their wedding day with spectacular wedding outfit.




Red or pink wedding dresses are the traditional garment of choice for brides in the Indian culture. In the northern regions, married women traditionally wear a red dot on the center of their forehead.





In Scotland, the groom traditionally wears the kilt of his clan. After the wedding ceremony, the groom puts a shawl embellished with his clan’s colors around his bride’s shoulders to symbolize her membership in her new family.




This may surprise you, but Ethiopia is the only country in Africa where Christianity is the official religion. The majority of Ethiopian people belong to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. That is why the wedding ceremony here looks like that of Greeks or Russians.




Indonesian weddings can vary greatly from island to island. With more than 300 ethnic groups and 6 major religions, this relatively small country is a crossroad of various cultures and civilizations.


Caucasian people


At a traditional Caucasian wedding, the groom usually wears the Caucasian coat and attaches a sword to his belt. The brides often choose a white wedding dress with national motivs.




Traditional wedding dresses in China are red. In this country, the color white symbolizes the time of mourning and funerals. After the marriage, the groom removes the red veil from the bride’s head.




In traditional Hawaiian weddings, the groom wears all white. Almost everyone who gets married here includes the flower garlands as a part of the wedding ceremony. And the brides often decorate their hair with fresh flowers.




In Malaysia, most wedding ceremonies are held in the Muslim tradition. The brides often choose a wedding dress with shades of purple, violet, or cream.


South Korea


Traditional weddings are becoming more and more popular in South Korea. According to the ancient tradition, the groom should carry his wife around the table on his back. This symbolizes that the bride can rely on her husband.




In Norway, it is common to wear bunad, a traditional Norwegian costume, for special occasions like weddings and christening parties.




Balinese weddings will definitely amaze you with their richness and magnificence. Traditional wedding clothing involves lots of intricate details. Moreover, during the ceremony both groom and bride usually wear crowns of gold on their heads.