The traditional “customs” of extra-continental weddings
In our collective imagination, except few exceptions, is white, elegant, in a word: magic. But did you know that the world is full of different traditions regarding wedding dress?
In the West area of the world, the classic white wedding dress symbolizes the purity of the soon-to-be bride. This is why today is possible to choose different hues of white, from the ivory white to the more yellowish undertones, as long as the dress remains “pure”.
However, we can’t forget that the wedding day is considered to be a party and an event of joy and fun other than a religious celebration, so it’s only fair that from India to Japan flowers, decorations and colours are more than allowed!
THE INDIAN BRIDE
Happy and colourful, the bride in India wears the “sari”, the typical tunic (usually red) embellished with drapes of fine, embroidered fabric. As additional decoration we usually find beautiful henné tattoos on both hands and feet of all the women invited to the wedding.
THE CHINESE BRIDE
In China, the colour of the wedding day is definitely red, full of meanings of love and fortune.
THE JAPANESE BRIDE
White, but this time symbolizing a new begging, is the “shiro-muku” of the Japanese bride; a refined, silk item of clothing to wear under the kimono. If the bride also wants to wear a headgear of some kind, you could probably say she tends to be a little jealous… The old Japanese legends says that any hat, or wig, hides the “horn” of a deadly demon of jealousy.
THE INDONESIAN BRIDE
The Indonesian bride surely don’t take the easy road when talking about wedding dresses. Wrapped in bright, colored fabrics, they wear elegant and rich headgear with gold embellishments and pearls. They will arrive to their wedding location with “bodyguards” – seeing the heaviness of their jewelry – and escorted in the traditional sedan chair.