How Traditional Wedding Outfits Look in Different Asian Countries
In Western culture weddings, a bride typically wears a white dress while the groom wears a tuxedo — both outfits have long stood as the most formal type of dress. But in Asia, wedding cultures and outfits can be vastly different depending on the country. Check out what we’ve compiled below:
On the day of the wedding, the groom and bride wear red costumes because the color symbolizes good luck. In China, the groom’s family is responsibly for the cost of the wedding. Weddings are typically held at sunset because it’s considered the best time of the day.
Brides typically wear pink or red wedding dresses in Indian culture. In North India, the groom must hide his face behind a floral veil, called a sehra, which is believe to protect him from the evil eye. Before the ceremony, someone from the bride’s side of the family will take a peek under the veil to make sure it’s really the groom and not an imposter. Married women in the north of country are identified by a red dot in the middle of their forehead.
In a traditional Japanese wedding, the bride typically wears a pure white kimono for the formal ceremony, which symbolizes purity and maidenhood. After the ceremony, the bride will change into a red kimono that symbolizes good luck, according to Bored Panda. Weddings are a $20 billion industry in Japan, where the average cost of a wedding for 50 to 100 people is $30,000 and can even exceed $100,000. A wedding that costs between $10,000 to $20,000 is seen as cheap. Because of this, some families will go into debt in order to have a lavish wedding.
In a traditional Indonesian wedding, the bride and groom are sitting next to each other with a veil, called a seledang, that covers both their heads to indicate two people, but having one mind. Attending a wedding is very important and not attending could be considered an insult. However, with over 300-plus ethnic groups in the country, weddings can be vastly different between one another.
The national costume in Korea is called the Hanbok, and a variation of it is worn at traditional weddings. Before the wedding, the groom gives the bride’s mother a living wild goose (in modern times, they use a wooden goose). This symbolizes that he will take care of her daughter for life, similar to wild geese who mate for life. Additionally, the groom should carry his wife around the table on his back to prove his reliability, according to ancient tradition.
Malaysia is made up of indigenous cultures as well as Hindu and Islamic regions. Because of that, there are different forms of “traditional” when it comes to Malaysian weddings. The above photo depicts a bride and a groom wearing a dress colored purple, violet, and cream.
In a traditional Tibetan wedding, the bride wears a white, woolen wedding dress layered (and I do mean LAYERED) with brightly colored aprons and robes. In ancient times, most weddings in Tibet were arranged, however, that has fazed out in modern times.
In a traditional Mongolian wedding ceremony, both the bride and groom wear a Deel, a form of clothing worn for centuries by Mongols and nomadic tribes in Central Asia. The ceremony itself consist of singing traditional folk songs and the newlyweds receive blessings and good wishes from their friends and family.
The traditional Vietnamese wedding is influenced by Confucian and Buddhist ideologies. Back in the day, parents or extended family arranged the weddings without consulting with the children. Sometimes, the bride and groom would meet for the first time on the wedding day. The date of the wedding is typically decided by a Buddhist monk or fortune teller, but this could be different if the family is Catholic. During the ceremony, the bride and groom would wear a variation of an “Ao Dai,” which is a silk tunic worn over the pants and is Vietnam’s national costume.
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