FC: Wedding Dresses Around the World
1: This scrapbook is made to share the unique cultural differences between certain countries wedding dresses. Brides in cultures around the world have married in a variety of vibrant colors, attaching different meanings to each color. There are many wedding traditions that are specific to cultures; one component of the ceremonies generally remains universal: the beautiful dress of the bride.
3: For a Chinese wedding, the most important factor of the wedding attire and decorations is making sure they are all the color red. In Chinese culture red means good luck, so everything from the wedding dress to the lanterns is red. In northern China, the bride wears a one- piece dress called Qi Pao. The dress has many intricate designs or gold and silver on it. On the southern side of China, the bride usually wears a two-piece outfit called a Cheongsam. This outfit is decorated with either a golden phoenix or a dragon. Back when arranged marriages were still going on, the bride would wear a red veil to conceal her face during the whole ceremony. Her face is not revealed until the wedding night.
4: In Africa, a traditional bridal outfit has items made from the same fabric. The fabric is normally bright, and also has many cheerful colors. A headpiece called a Gele, a wrap skirt called a Jro, a shawl, and a blouse all make up the brides outfit. Each tribe is represented by the different colors and patterns. | Africa
5: The wedding attire of Indians consists of saris in red and white. The colors symbolize fertility, wealth, and purity. In the days leading up to the ceremony, the bride’s hands and feet are painted with henna ink by female family members. This decoration is known as Mehendi. | I N D I A N
6: Flowers and butterflies cover the robes and are banded with red, indigo, or yellow. Each color symbolizes heaven, earth, and humanity. The bride also has her hands covered in white which is the symbol of respect. | Korea
7: During a Korean wedding ceremony, the clothes must be worn with additional robes and headdresses. It is important to have plenty of bright colors in Korean wedding attire; this will bring good spirits at the special event. The bride’s outfit is a high-waist skirt that wraps around the body. A long-sleeved short jacket is also worn by the bride.
8: In Morocco, the brides often wear bright yellow, because it scares away the “evil eye”. Green is also worn because it is the color of plants and brings good luck. | M O R O C C O
9: In Ireland, the bride often wears a blue wedding dress because blue is considered a lucky color. The color to avoid is green at a wedding because it is thought to attract bad luck. While most brides would have a fit if their dress was torn on their wedding day, the Irish actually consider it a sign of good luck. | I R I S H
11: The Hispanic bride wears a slim dress and has the option to wear a bolero jacket over it. A mantilla veil is a big Spanish influence and has become traditional for Mexican and Latin American brides to wear. A Hispanic bride often pays homage to her ancestors by wearing a dress passed down from her mother and grandmother. This shows the pride she has for her family. The bride usually sews yellow, blue, and red ribbons into the lingerie she wears under her dress. This symbolizes food, money, and passion she hopes to gain during her marriage. Pearls are never a part of a Hispanic bride’s outfit because they are thought to bring grief and future tears to the marriage.