In the West, huge white dresses are the standard. These dresses are meant to represent the bride’s innocence and purity. While white dresses are becoming more and more common, they still aren’t the norm in many countries and cultures. Let’s look at some of the most vibrant and colourful wedding dresses from around the world.
In China, most traditional wedding dresses are red. Believed to be the luckiest colour, bright red dresses are thought to bring love, fertility, success, and honor into the marriage. Gold thread is used to create beautiful and intricate designs in the material to invite prosperity and wealth to the new couple’s life. White is almost never used in China for wedding dresses, as it is associated with death and sadness, definitely not something you want to bring into a marriage.
Much like Chinese wedding dresses, Indian wedding dresses tend to be red. However, there tends to be a bit more variety in the shade. Some brides wear bright red, while others opt for a richer tone, closer to burgundy or maroon. They also tend to take the idea of it being the bride’s day very seriously and make sure all eyes will be on her. The dresses are embellished with gold or silver thread, embroidered into some of the most wonderful and ornate designs, which sparkle and shine.
Colour reigns supreme in Igbo wedding clothing. Instead of a traditional one-piece dress, brides from this region of Nigeria tend to opt for a blouse and wrap around skirt combination of different, but matching colours. So, expect to see a lot of pink and purple, red and blue, yellow and gold combinations. They also tend to wear beautiful, statement head dresses instead of veils. These can be either made from fabric or coral beads.
In Ghana, the wedding couple wear matching outfits. These brightly coloured, beautiful Kente ensembles are full of meaningful patterns. Kente is the traditional fabric of Ghana which carries a deep and meaningful significance in the Ghanaian culture. Originally reserved for royalty, it is now used as in many formal ceremonies and as a symbol of pride for their culture and heritage.
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