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20+ Traditional Wedding Outfits from Around the World

Sri Lanka

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A Sri Lankan bride will wear a sari and a Nalapata headpiece. The groom will wear a 4-cornered hat, a velvet jacket, and a mul anduma, a long, white cloth wrapped around his waist.

 

Hawaii

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Photo credit: Leo A.Both brides and grooms in Hawaii wear colorful leis around their necks. Additionally, wives-to-be usually wear long, white dresses, while grooms typically wear loose white shirts and matching slacks.

 

Scotland

In Scotland, a groom will customarily wear a kilt, topped with a jacket, shirt, and tie. To make up for his lack of pockets, he’ll also sport a sporran, or pouch.

 

Nigeria

In Nigeria, brides and grooms often wear color-coordinated wedding outfits. A traditional bride will wear a gele wrapped around her head, while a groom will sport a fila abeti aja, or a “dog-eared” cloth cap.

 

Greece (Orthodox)

At Orthodox Greek weddings, the presiding priest places crowns (called stefana) on the heads of the bride and groom. The stefana are often joined by a ribbon, representing the unity between the newly wed couple.

 

Sardinia

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In Sardinia, a bride seeking to emulate traditional folk dress will wear an elaborate dress, velvet jacket, and a long veil.

 

South Korea

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In South Korea, couples wear traditional outfits referred to as hanbok. The bride’s hanbok includes a wrap-around skirt and a short jacket with long sleeves (known as a chima-jeogori). The groom’s hanbok is composed of a short jacket (durumagi) and roomy pants (baji).

 

Norway

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Though many brides in Norway opt for modern, white wedding dresses, many still wear bunads, or traditional folk dresses.

 

Kosovo

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The nomadic Gorani people, who are Slavic Muslims, used to spend an entire week to celebrate a wedding, but now it’s said to last only about 3 days. In that time, various traditional celebrations that revolve around “ethnic identity.”

 

Mongolia

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Brides and grooms in traditional Mongolian weddings wear what’s called a “deel.” Though there are deels for everyday wear, these custom garbs, worn since centuries ago, are typically reserved for weddings and holidays.

 

This article has been edited and updated.

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