The traditional of white wedding dresses became all the rave when Queen Victoria wed in 1840. At that time white dresses were reserved for the elite. The average bride married in everyday clothes. As time progressed, the white wedding dress became a symbol of purity. Christian cultures have preserved this tradition for generations.
Asian Wedding Dresses
In Asian, brides often opt for brightly colored shades of red. Wedding dresses in China are often comprised of red fabric that is embroidered with silver, white and gold threading. Symbols of love, luck and fertility are incorporated using intricate threading. Many dresses are also adorned with symbols of the phoenix and dragon, which symbolize the male and female in Chinese culture. Brides in Japan, wear white Kimonos and change into a red kimono following the wedding ceremony. The red Kimono symbolizes good luck.
Indian Wedding Dresses
India has a culture that is primarily Hindu based. The bridal attire is usually red, pink, burgundy or wine. Traditional Indian brides wear Saris that are opulently embroidered and embellished. Indian brides often accessorize with white and red wedding bangles along with gold jewelry. In India, bridal attire oftentimes varies by region. Oftentimes the bride's feet & hands are decorated with beautiful henna designs, which signify strength of love in a marriage.
African Wedding Dresses
African wedding dresses come in an array of colors and styles. This occurs because African weddings are often comprised of multiple ceremonies and the traditional wedding. For each event, different wedding attire is worn. The dresses are as unique as the bride herself and are usually custom made. Many wedding garments are made with vibrant colored Ankara fabric and voile lace. The bride and groom typically wear matching outfits, made with the same fabric. There is often no mistaking who “the happy couple” is!
Cultures from across the globe have a rich and deep symbolism associated to color. Most times, a wedding dress color takes its hue from these long standing traditions. As the varied cultures of the world meet, so do their customs and traditions. We are now witnessing in western culture, brides mixing colors and styles from other cultures into their wedding dress selections. As global citizens, brides are taking full advantage of the flexibility to interweave cultural influence into traditional wedding ceremonies. We encourage you to truly personalize your wedding style by adding a splash of color or maybe even some henna! Let us plan your upcoming multicultural wedding!
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