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In southern Nigeria, brides wear colorful dresses with matching head wraps, or geles. Necklaces, anklets, and henna on the hands and feet are also common.

Source: USA Today

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The Korean wedding dress is called a hanbok. Originally worn as an everyday outfit, the dress is now reserved for weddings and the color palette is traditionally muted.

Source: Visit Korea

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The ao dai is the official national outfit of Vietnam. The dress translates to "long shirt" and became popular formal attire in the 1800s.

Source: One Vietnam

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Spanish brides follow the white dress tradition and add a mantilla, which is an intricate veil.

 

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Indonesian wedding traditions vary from region to region. In Bali, the bride wears a colorful dress accompanied with breathtaking headpieces known as betawi.

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Brides in the Andean area of Ecuador wear a long skirt (pollera) and top (anaco) down the aisle. Typically it's the godparents who choose the couple's bridal outfits.

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The Ethiopian wedding dress is one of the most regal. Both the bride and the groom wear capes, and gold accents are added with abandon.

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Colorful Indian wedding traditions vary by region and religion. In a Hindu wedding, the bride wears a sari with a veil-like headpiece, or ghunghat.

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Chinese traditions call for red bridal attire; the color is believed to bring luck. The traditional wedding dress, known as the kua, is threaded with gold or silver.

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Malaysian brides wear a baju kurung. The dress is worn by school girls, but a more elegant version is used for special religious occasions like weddings.

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The traditional cloth for a Ghanaian wedding is the kente, a colorful, ceremonial fabric that is hand-woven on a loom in brilliant colors with intricate designs. Every design has a story with its own proverbial meaning.

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Source: Fashion Ghana

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The kokoshnik headdress is an important part of a traditional Russian wedding. Up until the 1920s, it was common for a young bride to wear her bridal headdress every day until her first child was born.

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Cue the bagpipes! Though many brides in Scotland opt for a classic white dress, Scots find a way to incorporate tartan into every detail.

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In Turkey, the brother of the bride ties a red "maidenhood belt" around her waist as the wife-to-be says goodbye to her father's household.

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Afghan weddings are extremely celebratory, as marriage is considered a major milestone in a woman's life. Brides often wear green, a color associated with prosperity and paradise in Islamic tradition.

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Eritrean brides and grooms nearly match in their simple-yet-beautiful robes, sashes, and crowns.

Source: Haaretz

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Peruvian brides take advantage of the country's rich textile industry and line their white gowns with bright embroidery.

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In Kazakhstan, brides adorned in white and gold have a formal unveiling before the festivities can begin.