Wedding Customs and Cultures Across The Globe

Marriage is a sacred vow in each country, however, the norms and customs around the world are so unique to each culture and religion. Let's go around the world and see the different wedding cultures, customs, and of course the dresses! 

Venice, Italy

This beautiful bride is getting married in Venice, Italy. The bride and her father are doing the traditional Gondola ride through the canals of Venice to the church. All of the guests are standing on the bridge and above her to welcome the bride and her father to the church. Some traditional brides in Italy, however, will replace the "something blue" with a green dress or accessory. 

This beautiful bride is getting married in Venice, Italy. The bride and her father are doing the traditional Gondola ride through the canals of Venice to the church. All of the guests are standing on the bridge and above her to welcome the bride and her father to the church. Some traditional brides in Italy, however, will replace the "something blue" with a green dress or accessory. 

India

The tradition before an Indian bride gets married is that she and her female friends decorate their hands and feet with detailed designs called menhdi. These designs are temporary and many brides turn this tradition into a "menhdi party" with her, her family, and friends. 

The tradition before an Indian bride gets married is that she and her female friends decorate their hands and feet with detailed designs called menhdi. These designs are temporary and many brides turn this tradition into a "menhdi party" with her, her family, and friends. 

Modern-Day China

In China each bride picks three dresses. The first is a traditional qipao or cheongsam which is an embroidered, slim-fitting gown that's usually the color red because red is a strong, lucky color in Chinese culture. 

In China each bride picks three dresses. The first is a traditional qipao or cheongsam which is an embroidered, slim-fitting gown that's usually the color red because red is a strong, lucky color in Chinese culture. 

The second dress the bride will switch into is a white princess-cut ball gown that resembles a traditional American wedding dress.

The second dress the bride will switch into is a white princess-cut ball gown that resembles a traditional American wedding dress.

Finally the last dress the bride will be seen wearing is a gown of her color choice or a short, more casual cocktail dress.

Finally the last dress the bride will be seen wearing is a gown of her color choice or a short, more casual cocktail dress.

The Jewish Religion

(Predominantly Customs in the United States)

At a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, the bride and groom will share their first kiss under a prayer shawl. 

At a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, the bride and groom will share their first kiss under a prayer shawl. 

Mazel Tov! No Jewish wedding would be complete without the dancing of the Hora. At the ceremony the bride and groom are both lifted in their chairs and are danced around the room by their friends, family, and loved ones. 

Mazel Tov! No Jewish wedding would be complete without the dancing of the Hora. At the ceremony the bride and groom are both lifted in their chairs and are danced around the room by their friends, family, and loved ones. 

Nubia, Egypt

In Nubia, the wedding dresses are very traditional to their customs and culture. The bride will wear three veils: a colored one on the top of her head, next a sheer one over her face, and lastly a heavy white sheet that fully covers her head.

In Nubia, the wedding dresses are very traditional to their customs and culture. The bride will wear three veils: a colored one on the top of her head, next a sheer one over her face, and lastly a heavy white sheet that fully covers her head.

Lima, Peru

In Lima, Peru, you will see traditional brides in bright red and black gowns, these gowns are often very large and heavy due to the multiple layers of cotton and heavily embroidered petticoats used to give the dress a flared look at the bottom. The veil is also traditionally black lace and short. 

In Lima, Peru, you will see traditional brides in bright red and black gowns, these gowns are often very large and heavy due to the multiple layers of cotton and heavily embroidered petticoats used to give the dress a flared look at the bottom. The veil is also traditionally black lace and short. 

Nigeria 

This beautiful Nigerian bride is traditionally dressed in a brightly colored lace blouse and patterned kaftan. She has on coral beads and a headdress to bring the wedding attire together. The bride can decide on what color she would like her blouse and kaftan to be and matches her beads and headdress accordingly. 

This beautiful Nigerian bride is traditionally dressed in a brightly colored lace blouse and patterned kaftan. She has on coral beads and a headdress to bring the wedding attire together. The bride can decide on what color she would like her blouse and kaftan to be and matches her beads and headdress accordingly. 

Modern-Day Africa 

These African brides still embrace their culture and heritage with the dark browns, reds, and golds, however, these stunning brides are adding a modern touch to their traditional gown. Many African brides in a middle to upper class society will be seen wearing wedding dresses of this sort. 

These African brides still embrace their culture and heritage with the dark browns, reds, and golds, however, these stunning brides are adding a modern touch to their traditional gown. Many African brides in a middle to upper class society will be seen wearing wedding dresses of this sort.