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Wedding Dresses from Around the World

Updated September 23, 2021 10.3k votes 1.4k voters 34.2k views17 items

It's a question every bride thinks about: "what am I going to wear on my wedding day!?" But if you're living in Japan or Pakistan, you probably won't go for the fairy-tale white wedding clothes from the movies. Check out our list of wedding dresses from around the world to see what a Japanese or Pakistani bride might consider for her big day. 

While a lot of modern brides are opting for typical Western-style white wedding gowns, many are turning to more traditional wedding dresses to celebrate their cultures. In some places, it's not just the bride that wears traditional clothing, or even a unique dress of her own. For example, in Nigerian tradition, the whole family wears similar wedding clothing to show unity with the bride and groom. 

International wedding dresses, like sarees from India and the osaria from Sri Lanka, are often accompanied by intricate embroidery and large amounts of jewelry. Other places, like Japan and Tibet, adorn their brides in heavy, but beautiful and elaborate headdresses. One thing is for sure: around the world, everyone loves a bride! 

Take a look at all the beautiful wedding dresses from around the world! Vote up the best look for a bride on her big day. 

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    Pakistan - Lehenga

    A bridal lehenga is a long, embroidered, and pleated skirt that is secured at the waist and leaves the lower back bare. It's often paired with a chiffon or crepe dupatta, which is a material that is worn as a head covering or scarf. 

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  • A traditional Sri Lankan bride wears either a sari or an osaria, which is a sari that has a frill around the waist and is more pleated. The outfit is either gold, cream or red, and embroidered with gold thread, pearls, and beads. In addition to this, a bride wears 21 items of jewelry, including hair decorations, rings,  bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and pendants. Talk about bling!

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  • During a Malay wedding, which takes place over several days, the bride wears a hijab and clothes made of songket, which is a hand-woven fabric embroidered with golden threads. 

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    "Aso-ebi" translates to "family cloth," and is the fabric that members of the same Yoruba family traditionally wore to identify themselves at special events like weddings.  For example, a groom's family would wear one particular aso-ebi fabric, while members of the bride’s family wore a different aso-ebi fabric. The tradition has now spread over Nigeria and much of Africa. 

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