Yes, weddings maybe one of the most universal traditions in the world, but all cultures add their own individual style to it.
1. Nigerian, Yoruba Bride
A typical Nigerian wedding will see the bride change at least three times. This is the traditional “iro” and “buba” attire, which comes in an array of colours and is worn with a an extravagant head scarf , called gele.
2. Indian Bride
An Indian wedding is not just one day. Traditionally, Indian weddings can go on for 3 days, the pre-wedding, the main wedding, and the post wedding. It includes traditions such as putting mehndi on the hands and feet of the bride.
3. Mongolian Bride
Before the wedding day, a Mongolian groom will arrive at the bride’s house with a present, which historically includes animals, and he will give the bride’s father a pot of glue to symbolize the strength of relationship with the bride.
4. Chinese Bride
In China, the bride's traditional wedding dress should never be black, blue, or grey as it may bring sorrow to the married life (and no one wants that). Red is the most used colour for wedding dresses, as it is a symbol for love and prosperity.
5. Norwegian Bride
Traditionally, a Norwegian bride will wear a crown on her wedding day, and rightly so. She is basically queen for the day. The crown would be the most expensive part of the bride’s outfit.
6. Tibetan Bride
Before the wedding, the groom and his family will send the bride clothes and hair ornaments wrapped in silk for her to wear on the wedding day.
7. Indonesian Bride
The bride and groom are carried around the village streets, to the wedding venue.
8. Eritrean Bride
On the day of an Eritrean wedding the groom and his groomsmen will go to family’s house of the bride and get her. He is welcomed with singing and dancing and he is expected to dance into the house, get his wife and they go to the venue together.
9. Zulu Bride
A Zulu wedding, like many other African weddings, is full of vibrant colours, and the beaded jewelry plays a huge role on the big day. The bride and her groom will wear matching colours to show people that they are an item. The girl is claiming her man.
10. Ghanaian Bride
A Ghanaian bride will traditionally wear kente on her wedding day. Kente is a vibrant multicolored fabric with patterns of bright colours, geometric shapes, and bold designs. This fabric is native to West Africa (Ghana) and was traditionally just worn by Kings and Queens.
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This article was written by Tolani Shoneye. Tweet her @tolly_t
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