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.
The Turkmen bride is usually in red, her dress made of homespun silk. The dress is embroidered from head to toe and adorned with silver or gold pendants. A red piece of cloth over the bride’s mouth is a unique custom and serves as a symbol of her piety. As a part of the symbolism, she is expected to be silent and not allowed to speak to the groom during the ceremony.
She is also prohibited from making eye contact with guests and therefore averts her gaze toward the floor.
Kazakh brides wear a headpiece called a Saukele. It’s a beautifully adorned pointed headdress decorated with gems, precious metals and stones, pearls, and owl feathers. It’s arguably the most significant part of her look, and certainly the most expensive. Traditional dresses in a Kazakh wedding are red and paired with a scarf usually given to the bride by the groom’s mother.
The Saukele is also veiled and is customarily is made years before marriage. As a Saukele might be worth as much as a herd of horses, it is a status symbol.
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.
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.