A bride in Turkey may wear a traditional bindalli dress at the henna ceremony. The gorgeous velvet gowns, usually in deep reds, are embroidered in the bindalli style and have a long train and jacket. On the wedding night, she wears a traditional white gown.
A red ribbon is tied around her waist in an old custom. The person tying it is a brother or other male relative that she is close with.
Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy’s island of Sardinia is steeped in old-world traditions, many of which are borrowed from ancient Greece, Rome, Spain, and parts of Africa. Sardinian brides wear beautifully ornate dresses stitched with jewels.
The colors and embroidery designs of her ensemble are unique to each village of Sardinia. She is draped in a distinctively Sardinian long veil and a velvet overcoat.
The Bedouin are a nomadic Arabic population that lives in the Middle East, North Africa, but primarily in the Arabian Peninsula. A traditional wedding will begin with the sacrifice of a camel. The bride’s costume is elaborately embroidered in a cross-stitch pattern. Design patterns are sewn across the front and back of her dress and along the main seams.
The Bedouin bride also wears a veil that is embellished with heavy jewelry. A henna ceremony is customary, and the henna painting symbolizes luck, beauty, and health.
The Moroccan bride wears an ornate traditional dress called a takchita. She is in this gown as she is being carried into the ceremony on an amariyah held by the groom and his family. It is a very old Moroccan custom, and it symbolizes support from her new family.
Her dress is often cream or white, but she wears many wedding dresses and festivities can go on for a week. Another traditional dress she wears during the celebration is called the Amazigh dress.
The island nation off the tip of India is home to several ethnicities and hosts many Indian cultural influences. The Sinhalese make up the dominant ethnic representation in Sri Lanka. Sinhalese brides wear a long blouse, sometimes with puffy sleeves from the royal tradition, and a petticoat-style skirt.
A distinctive part of the bride’s attire is a long, beautifully draped silk sari. The heavily embroidered silk cloth is weighed down with beads and sequins that are attached with gold and silver thread.