50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Many of us know lots of different white wedding dresses as a tradition that has been continued through out the centuries, but actually it wan’t until the 1840’s when it became popular from Queen Victoria’s white wedding dress. The white wedding dress custom is more well known as Western wedding traditions, South American, Asian countries and other brides around the world have traditional cultural gowns on their wedding day.

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

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Even though the white wedding gown is super popular all over the world, there are many brides around the world still wear traditional wedding gowns from their ancestors. These dresses are all different color and patterns. Lots of traditional wedding gowns symbolizes love, fertility, and prosperity and make tie the knot day very memorable and special.

 


Take a trip around the world through these traditional wedding dresses!

 

1. Morocco

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Moroccan bride’s main dress for the formal ceremony is a caftan which is a long robe made of silk, satin, and chiffon and a jacket over. The dress is often open on the bottom and have embroidery or sequins details with a wide waist belt. Usually they wore heavy jewels as accessory.

 

2. Vietnam

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Vietnamese traditional wedding gowns are consist of two layers: a long side slit opened top and loose trousers. Yes, pants! The long top dress is made of silk and wrapped in layers of other colorful fabrics. Traditional colors are red or pink, but some region in Vietnam may wear other color including red which is a lucky color.

 

3. Sudan

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

This various according to different region in Sudan, but in general the Sudan brides wear a wrap that will go around the body and come around to cover the head. Red and gold are most of times the main colors of the bride’s dresses and accessories. Gold embellishments and jewelries are most worn in Northern Sudan.

 

4. Indonesia

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The traditional dresses consist of Kebab and Batik. The Kebab is a traditional blouse and dress combination and it’s extreme vibrant colors. The Batik is a traditional clothing patterns which include flowers, dots, squares and many more. The Indonesian bride wear very detailed headpieces which are made with gold with various jewel embellishments.



 

5. Macedonia

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The traditional wedding dress in Macedonia include over 45 parts and it’s very heavy- it weighs total average of 50 pounds! The Macedonian bride’s dress are the most characteristic of the older traditions and major colors are black, gold, and crimson red which is special color for the Macedonians ethnic group.

 

6. Japan

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

During formal Japanese wedding ceremony, the bride will wear a traditional white kimono symbolizes purity and maidenhood, but also change into a red kimono for the events after the ceremony for good luck. Over the kimono, an elaborate silk robe called Uchikake is worn, which is embroidered with delicate flowers and cranes patterns.

 

7. Malaysia

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Malaysian bridal gowns vary from region to region and their color changes also. But most wedding dresses will include a crown-like headpiece that show the bride for the queens that they are. Malaysia is predominantly Muslim, so many brides also incorporate the hijab into their outfits.

 

8. China

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The wedding dresses in China should never include black, blue or gray color because they believe it will bring sadness to the new couple’s married life. Red and white are the most colors used in Chinese wedding dresses which symbolizes love and prosperity.



 

9. Guatemala

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Most Guatemalan brides wear a white traditional wedding dress on the ceremony and also bridesmaids and flower girls which represent to keep the bride safe by confusing the evil spirit that might bring harm to new couple. But, in some region, the brides will wear traditional woven patterned wedding gowns will a custom made white veil which should be long as possible. Guatemalan believes that the longer the veil, the longer and happier the marriage will be. The average of these veils tend to run 6 feet long!

 

10. Nigeria

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Most of Nigerian brides were their traditional Igbo wedding gowns. The dress features a lace blouse and brightly patterned wrappers like a caftan that wrap around the body. When it comes to wedding outfits, the brighter is definitly better!

 

11. Czech Republic

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Many Czech brides wear white wedding dress which is the old tradition still runs in many parts of the region. The brides wear this beautiful embroidery and intricately spectacular head wear that include bonnets and headdresses and many of are woven from natural fibers to represent to signify fertility and purity.

 

12. Pakistan

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The main wedding gowns that the bride wears on the wedding day is a heavily embroidered Lehenga or Gharara in red, maroon or pink with heavy jewels like necklaces, nose rings, and bracelets. Henna designs are decorated on their hands, arms, legs and feet.



 

13. Yemen

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The Yemen brides will have three or more outfits because of the length of wedding festivities. The bride wear a traditional green dress during the day before the wedding day for cleansing and beauty treatments. The wear a red dress with gold strings when they attend the hairdresser. If the bride in in public, they wear specific gold veils and all the gold jewelry that they own. On the wedding day, the bride generally wears gold and white and heavily decorated in veils, jewelry and a headpiece.

 

14. Korea

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Korean brides wear the Hanbok which is traditional wedding gown which is made up of simple lines without pockets and vibrant colors and consists of a short jacket with long sleeve with two long ribbons on top of a full skirt. Usually completing the outfit is a pair of boat-shaped shoes worn with white socks.

 

15. Ghana

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The bride and groom in Ghana often wear matching wedding ceremonial outfits. These gowns are made of Kente which is handwoven and the outfits features super bright and colorful patterns and designs.

 

16. Poland

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

A town in central Poland called Lowicz, the traditional bridal gown include a special veil or a cap that has its own ceremony during the wedding.



 

17. Portugal

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The Portuguese brides traditionally wear a long tunic embellished with filigree jewelry and the grooms generally wear a dark suit with white shirt and a hat!

 

18. Estonia

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Many Estonian brides wear traditional head-wreaths which are all flower wreath and paired with a colorful folk dresses.

 

19. Peru

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Peruvian brides wear bright handwoven skirts and men wear headdresses. Both the bride and the groom may also wear cloaks or ponchos.

 

20. Turkey

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Before the bride leaves her parent’s home and going to wedding ceremony, her brother and uncles tie a red ribbon around her waist. This red ribbon symbolizes happiness, good luck, and innocence.



 

21. Sri Lanka

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The brides in Sri Lanka wear combination of Eastern and Western traditions. Girls wear rich and heavily embroidered silk saris and veils. Jewelry always include an odd number of stones, since odd numbers are considered to be auspicious.

 

22. India

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The Indian brides choose a traditional Lehenga Choli outfit consist of red, 16 jewelry and accessories.

 

23. Eritrea

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

A traditional Eritrean wedding gowns include a crown made form dark velvet and purple dress with gold embroidery.

 

24. Tibet

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

On the day before the wedding day, the groom brings his bride a wedding dress and accessories which include a headdress, silver coins for hair decoration and a small metal Buddha amulet.



 

25. Italy

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Italian brides believe that green brings good luck and abundance, so they often wear green dresses and green accessories, although white is still the most popular color.

 

26. Austria

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Austrian brides wear exquisite and delicate fairy-tale gowns. Most important is the veil, which is thought to keep a bride hidden from evil spirits.

 

27. Spain

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Black is the new white! The traditional color for a Spanish wedding gown is black. According to wedding culture in Spain, the black represents the bride’s devotion to marriage till death. The Spanish bride wears a mantilla or a long veil.

 

28. Kazakhstan

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The brides in Kazakhstan wears a conical tall hat called the saukele which is considered to the most important part of the wedding costume. This hat is embellished with precious gemstones and owl feathers are added to the top as a symbol of good luck.



 

29. Iraq

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

A traditional Iraqi bride have the most number of wedding gown changes. Each of her seven dresses is a color of the rainbow. Red represents love and romance.

 

30. Bulgaria

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The brides from Ribnovo, Bulgaria, gets her face painted white and decorated with colorful sequins by her In-laws.

 

31. Thailand

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The Thailand bride well gorgeous, figure-flattering dresses wearing Thai national dress. It comes in various styles depending on the occasion. The traditional dress is a wrap-around style and often one-shoulder and color is pastels and creamier colors are most common for Thai wedding dresses.

 

32. Ukraine

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The bride from Hutsuls (ethno cultural of Ukrainians) wear the traditional wedding clothes are very colorful and the weddings themselves are very lively and full of dancing, games and jokes.



 

33. Mongol

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

In a traditional Mongolian wedding ceremony, the bride and the groom each wear what’s known as a Deel. A Deel is a form of patterned clothing that’s been worn for centuries by Mongols and other nomadic tribes in Central Asia.

 

34. Scotland

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Men in Scotland traditionally wear the kilt for his wedding. After the ceremony, the bride wears a shawl emblazoned with her new husband’s clan colors to represent her transition into his family.

 

35. Norway

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

In Norway, the bride wear the traditional wedding gown is called a Bunad. With embroidery, scarves, shawls and handmade silver or gold jewelry.

 

36. Hungary

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The Hungarian brides wear an embroidered dress with floral patterns and three bright colors on the wedding ceremony. The bride often wear many underskirts as well as an elaborate head-dress with wheat woven into it.



 

37. Bolivia

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Bolivian bride wear a long veil and floral headband paired with white separates and a long gold necklace.

 

38. Tajikistan

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The bride wear traditionally a simple white dress over a pair of trousers. The ceremony which can last days, the bride may change into corresponding gowns.

 

39. Nubia

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The Nubian bride wears three veils: colored one atop her head, a sheer one over her face, and a heavy white sheet that masks the head entirely.

 

40. Jordan

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Brides wear traditional white dress with gold or silver jewelry. Often, a green silk clothes will adorn their heads, as the color green symbolizes growth, harmony and safety.



 

41. Egypt

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The traditional wedding dress in Egypt is two types, one with a golden color and other one is pure white. The golden color is often seen in Egyptian wedding where all the decorations in the dress are made with gold. Bride wear a crown shaped headdress with a collection of golden jewelries in it.

 

42. Bali

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The bride in Bali look almost like a royalty with their elaborate gold headpieces and large gold earrings. The makeup is worn heavily for the special day and only the finest sarongs are worn. The sarong on it’s own can be worth millions of rupiah. Ouch!

 

43. Cambodia

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Canary yellow if a popular color in Cambodia. The wedding gowns are yellow brightly colored silk costumes with jewelry lots of gold!

 

44. Ethiopia

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The Ethiopian bride wear cape and gold accents like floral embroidery patterns on the cape.



 

45. Kenya

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

Bridal dress in Kenya is also known and Shuka which is and African garments with specific pattern of design such as checks in different color combinations.

 

46. Uzbekistan

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

In traditional Uzbek weddings, the bride wear a colorful outfit hand embroidered with intricate patterns on the dress and the edges all around the sheer veil.

 

47. Romania

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The Romanian bride wears floral headband with cotton eyelet blouse with beautifully embroidered matching vest as the groom.

 

 

48. Germany

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

In Germany, traditional bridal headdresses vary from region to region. In the Black Forest valley, the headdress is large and decorated with hundreds of beads and glass balls.



 

49. Brazil

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The bride wear traditional white wedding gowns with gold shoes. The bride is expected to write the names of her single friends inside the hem which they believe providing good luck for her female friends to find love life.

 

50. Sweden

50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

The brides in Rattvik, Sweden, wears flower headdress with crown on the top of the head and beaded necklaces with white apron along the dark colored dress. This type of wedding dress os very costly and usually owned by the parrish and loaned to the bride.

 



We live in a multi cultural world where it is really fun and get to see different traditional wedding gowns and that’s one of many reasons we chose full-time traveling.

 

Hope this inspire each of you!

What’s your favorite traditional wedding gowns?

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41 thoughts on “50 Jaw Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Around The World

  1. It was so fascinating to see the beautiful wedding dresses and traditional wedding customs around the world. For me personally I have always thought that Indian wedding dresses are absolutely stunning. Then again I love the culture, I love the food, the music and the movies so it makes sense!

  2. I am impressed with all of these gowns. Each of them are unique and gorgeous in their own way. I just love all the colors. America is pretty boring with their white dresses.

  3. Now I wish I came from Vietnam, I love theirs more especially the head decor…topdresses are my wardrobe essential and it wouldn’t be too bad to wed in such! Anyway, thanks for sharing the variety!

  4. Um wow! Those are absolutely the most beautiful wedding dresses I’ve ever seen! Love seeing different cultures and their traditions!

  5. Such incredible cultures and traditions, thanks for putting this roundup together. I know when my time comes I want to either wear my own traditional outfit or my future husbands. But I know it will be either one for sure.

  6. It’s always interesting to see how different the rest of the world is from those of us in America. The wedding dresses in this post are so unique, and have a lot more going on than the usual plain white dress that we’re used to seeing here.

  7. It is amazing how different wedding dresses are all over the world. These are all so beautiful.

  8. How beautiful these dresses are, amazed by so many of them. I wish I get to attend some wedding ceremonies around the world! Great post

  9. This was a fascinating read, I’ve never really thought about traditional wedding dresses in other countries! My favourite from the list is definitely the Nigerian dress, although the Polish and Italian are also gorgeous! They’re all lovely.

  10. I am from India so my love for Indian wedding dress is abundance…However, i love all the wedding dresses you have shared in the post. Sri Lanka, Sudan has amazing wedding dresses. Such a great post. I loved it very much.

  11. Omg they all look gorgeous! But am kind of bias coz I like Japan and Korea’s traditional wedding dresses. Ours in the Philippines follows the western modern style. China’s red outfits brings goodluck!

  12. It’s so neat to see the different wedding gown traditions from around the world. I love the Poland dress, it’s simple yet has such cute embellishments. I also love all the colorful ones. So much fun!

  13. These are stunning! I love how you can see the different cultural styles in each of these gowns. Amazing how very few of them are white, but rather are very colorful. Very different than the “norm” in the wedding traditions that I grew up with.

  14. Indonesia has a jaw dropping concept. All these are looking wonderful. I am against favoritism but my top is India.

  15. This is an exercise in appreciation of diversity and you’ve presented that lesson in such an engaging way. Each culture brings reflects its own sense of beauty in its vacrious cultural practices. These wedding pictures, for instance are reflective of the beauty of each national wedding attire. Very creative .Great capture.

  16. These dresses are all so amazing. I’m totally loving that flower headdress from Sweden and would not have guessed this many cultures would have such colorful wedding dresses.

  17. I am a Fashion Designer and I love studying costumes from different countries across the globe. This is a wonderful compilation of wedding costumes and It would be unfair to pick a favorite here as all of them are very beautiful. But I still love the elaborate headgear worn by the Mongal bride and wonder if it would be too heavy and uncomfortable to walk around in?

  18. These dresses are exquisite! I love to see the dress from different cultures, and I enjoy the different fabric cuts and colours!

  19. So cool to see how cultures vary so much! There are so many beautiful dresses here. It might not be a huge departure, but I love the green dresses in Italy!

  20. I absolutely love reading posts like this, as I think traditional wedding dresses here in the UK are a tad boring. I’d much rather get married in something bright and colourful 🙂

    Louise x

  21. I’m absolutely enthralled with all of the beautiful brides! Here is the U.S. white is traditional, so it was a lot of fun to see customs the of other countries. Those from Japan and Nigeria, are probably my favorites. I’m such a sucker for all things colorful. x

  22. What an absolutely fantastic post! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I am astounded by the beauty of so many gorgeous traditional wedding garb!

  23. These are truly jaw dropping. I thought I would’ve been able to choose a top three. I have 17 favorites, lol

  24. All of them are awesome. Every outfit tells you so much about the tradition and vibe of the country. SO colourful and elegant looking. Don’t want to compare but i loved the Italian and Indian Outfits the most.

  25. Those are some pretty incredible wedding dresses that you have there. It’s pretty awesome. I remember when my brother married his wife from Korea, and she had that ornate dress. Even the mothers had those dresses.

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