As soon as the elated feeling of an invitation to a wedding is worn off, it is time to look forward to what you will wear. It is already a huge task to decide what to wear and when the wedding is going to happen in another culture, it becomes even harder. Being from a different culture means you have to research all the options and then make a choice because the options may alter based on what the newlyweds are going to wear.
What the groom will wear also depends on the regions where they hail from. In some parts of India, the grooms wear a traditional attire that includes a dhoti that is a rectangular piece of cloth and tied around the waist. While in other regions, they opt for a sherwani that is a long coat and a kurta that is a loose long shirt that continues till the knees. In the recent times, the Indian grooms have now started opting for western suits also. Moreover, the grooms also have henna on their bodies but it is less intricate and hidden.
Usually, a Japanese groom flaunts a wedding kimono for the function but changes into a tuxedo after the ceremony. The kimono is popularly known as a montsuki and symbolizes the family. With the advent of modernization, the younger grooms have also started wearing a tuxedo from the beginning.
Chinese grooms sport a traditional black colored silk coat and a fancy adorned robe over it. These days, the robe is often skipped by the younger generation. There is also a headwear that the groom is supposed to wear. It is typically a black hat that is adorned with a red tassel. Then again, the younger generation skips all the traditional attire and just sports a western suit or a tuxedo for the entire ceremony and the wedding reception too.
In the UK, brides usually wear a white long dress with a beautiful veil and a long pretty train. In this article, we will compare bridal traditions among India, China, and Japan.
Indian brides wear dresses according to the areas where they are from. In some areas, they wear sarees, which is a long drape while in other areas, they wear a lehenga that is a long skirt with a blouse and a dupatta. The bridal clothes are intricately embroidered in bright exciting colors to show the happiness for the couple. The brides also have henna on their palms, legs, forearms, and hands.
Japanese people spend a preposterous amount of money on their weddings to impress all. The weddings usually cost close to approximately £70,000. The entire money is spent by the parents and because the weddings are so elaborate, the bride changes costumes around 5 times during the wedding. The traditional weddings are known as Shinto weddings. In the Shinto Weddings, the bride used to wear a white kimono while nowadays the Japanese bride wears a dress with a traditional print on it.
Usually, in China, the bride often wears red dresses. This is because the color red is symbolic of good luck and is believed to keep the evil spirits away. In the regions of Northern China, the bride traditional ensemble includes a bedecked one price dress in silver and gold designs while in some regions of Southern China, the brides are seen to be wearing a two-piece frock. Sometimes, the brides combine their wedding attire with a crown to get spectacular pictures while sometimes just for the stately occasion. The shoes that are worn by these brides are embellished with a symbol of a deer or turtle. This symbol exemplifies longevity and happiness for the couple.
It is not an easy task to choose the best outfit for a wedding, as you want to blend in the culture and do not want to displease anyone.
In an Indian wedding, bright colors and intricate designs mean you would fit in easily. The guests cannot wear black or white because they represent the colors of sadness and mourning. In addition to this, red should be avoided by the ladies because it is the color for the bride’s attire. It is advised to keep your shoulders covered as it is a sign of disrespect if the guests show bare shoulders at the wedding. So no short skirts or low cut blouses too. The ladies can sport an adorned shawl with a dress or can even wear an Anarkali dress or a bright vibrant saree. Moreover, jewelry is mandatory and it is important to wear a bold neckpiece with earrings or bangles. Men can opt for a kurta paired with a pajama and a shawl on it. For the feet, it is important to wear chappals, sandals or jootis in order to be comfortable and avoid the heat. Sometimes the guests are anticipated to cover their heads with a shawl or stole and men can do the same with a handkerchief for the ceremony. The entire wedding ceremony in India could be as long as 3 days so it is advised to wear comfortable clothing.
A formal black suit with white tie is what usually guests at a Japanese wedding wear. Usually, white clothes and black ties are avoided. It is a lot flexible for guests to dress in a Japanese wedding and they can sport a black suit with many colored ties. Women opt for knee length kimonos to get a traditional look. It is ideal to avoid bare shoulders as it is considered disrespectful.
Never wear red to a Chinese wedding because it is considered as stealing the clarity from the bride. Any formal attire is ideal for a Chinese wedding. You can opt for colors like purple, pink or peach as they represent a new life with happiness. Black and white should be avoided strictly because in China black is the color of mourning and sadness and considered extremely bad luck.