Iraqi weddings span seven days, traditionally, and the bride wears a different gown for each day of the marital celebration. Her dresses are in seven different colors, corresponding to the primary seven colors. The number is culturally significant.
Henna is another bridal tradition — the bridesmaids adorn her hands and feet with intricate decorations the night before the wedding. The bride and groom are seated on a sofa called a kosha while the religious ceremonies are conducted.
The ancient kingdom of Nubia and its culture is located in Africa, along the Nile between Egypt and Sudan.
The bride from the Nubian culture has the unique custom of wearing no less than three bridal veils! First, a white sheet covers her face completely. Then there is a sheer white veil, and on top of that is a colored veil.
A Lebanese bride is dressed in white, but the style varies from that of the typical white wedding. She wears a simple white hijab, though some choose a more ornate headcover. The floor-length dress has a high neck and long sleeves, leaving only the bride's face visible.
She wears plenty of gold jewelry passed down from the parents of the bride and groom. Lebanese weddings are festive affairs with up to 800 guests!
In Nigeria, there are three main tribes, Igbo, Hausa, and Yoruba. In a Yoruba traditional wedding, the bride wears an Iro and Buba, as they do in Ghana (also featured in this article). They also wear a decorative head wrap, a vibrant veil, and a shoulder scarf.
In the Igbo tribe, the bride wears various celebratory outfits with a crown and necklace of coral. Vibrant colors and family patterns make up the pair’s ensembles.
Traditionally, the Hungarian bride is dressed in a multicolored gown embroidered with floral designs. Several skirts underneath fill the dress out for a voluminous effect that is balanced with an elaborate headdress. It is very large and heavy and it dwarf’s the bride’s face, but also makes her bridely presence unignorable.
Old traditions have wheat woven into it as well as ribbons, artificial flowers, baubles, and foil décor.