IN PHOTOS:The beautiful traditional wedding outfits of various Asian countries
For couples who take the giant leap of faith and decide to tie the knot, their weddings will always be one of the most special days in their lives. And if you get married somewhere in Asia, and you choose to have a traditional wedding, you'll most likely be wearing any one of these beautiful costumes when you look into your sweetheart's eyes and finally say, "I do."
With different countries and cultures come different traditional garb, and this of course includes costumes worn on special occasions; and no other occasion compares to a wedding, when two lovers officially become partners for life. For this reason, wedding costumes are some of the most beautiful and elegant outfits people can wear in their lifetimes. And because of the significance of marriage, there are symbolic reasons for whatever rituals take place at weddings and what is worn by the bride and groom.
Below are photos of traditional wedding outfits from China, Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Tibet. Every one of them is beautiful, and unique to the cultures that they belong to. Despite less and less people willing to make the commitment in recent years, just looking at the costumes below makes you realize how special the institution of marriage still is to most everybody in the world.
Which one is your favorite?
CHINA — Red is worn by the bride and groom for good luck. Many weddings typically take place at sunset, which is considered to be the best time of the day.
JAPAN — The bride dresses in a white kimono, which represents purity and maidenhood, but she will also change into a red kimono, that, like in China, represents good luck.
SOUTH KOREA — Colorful variations of the Hanbok, the country's national costume, are worn at traditional weddings.
INDIA — Pink or red dresses are usually worn by the bride in traditional weddings, but because of the the differences in region, religion, caste, ethnicity, and language, customs for weddings vary across the country.
INDONESIA — With more than 300 ethnic groups, the customs and costumes vary widely in Indonesia. In traditional weddings, the bride and groom cover their faces with a seledang, or a veil, to represent one mind with two bodies.
VIETNAM — The bride and groom wear a variation of an Ao Dai, Vietnam’s national costume. Traditional weddings are usually influenced by both Buddhist and Confucian beliefs.
MALAYSIA — With Hindu, Islamic and indigenous roots, this country also has a wide variety of traditional wedding customs, and therefore, costumes.
MONGOLIA — The bride and groom wear a Deel, which has been long been worn by Mongols and nomadic tribes in Central Asia.
TIBET — Brides wear heavily-layered white, wool wedding dresses, along with very colorful aprons and robes.
What are some traditional wedding outfits you have seen?