Red is the traditional color of Asian bridal wear. Asian wedding dress is made of rich fabrics in bright colors and adorned with ornate embroidery as well as beading.
- Asian wedding dresses represent traditional.
- The Asian bride usually wears ornate headpieces.
- Although each Asian country has their own form of traditional dress and style, they do all tend to be ornately detailed and use rich fabrics.
A Southern Chinese bride wears a bright red dress. Red symbolizes luck in China.
The Cheongsam is embroidered with dragons and a phoenix and typically done for the most part in gold. The edges of the skirt and jacket usually have a gold trim.
The traditional bridal crown has beading and fabric balls on top. And, the ball is very ornate, and is often one of the most expensive pieces of the outfit.
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In a traditional Japanese wedding, bride wears white brocade kimono during the ceremony, and wears a separate colorful kimono called uchikake for the reception. Besides, the bride’s hair is done with a number of gold combs which is covered by a white headpiece called a tsuno kakushi. And, the covering of the gold combs symbolizes obedience.
Jeogori and Chima
The jeogori is Korean traditional garment, which has been worn by both men and women. It is a short jacket with long sleeves and two long ribbons which are tied to form the otgoreum.
Chima is a full-length, high-waisted and wrap-around skirt.
Bride wears boat-shaped shoes which are made of silk, with white cotton socks.
Bride’s attire might include a white sash with significant symbols or flowers. Some brides may wear a headpiece or crown.
Norigae, a hanbok decoration, has been worn by all classes of Korean women for centuries. You can tie the norigae to the skirt or the ribbon on the jacket. And, the knot on the top is called the Maedeup.
Thai Wedding Dress
Thai wedding dress was most often a formal Thai dresses, which are made to be worn more than once. Thai don’t want to waste such beauty by wearing it only once since they consider traditional attire to be elegant and versatile. They spend a lot of time and energy creating a traditional Thai dress that can be worn, loved and enjoyed as often as possible. The traditional Thai dress is a hand-woven dress made of cotton. Cotton can make you feel cool and comfortable in a tropical climate.
Ao Dai and Ao Choang
Vietnamese wedding dresses have a long history, and are steeped in Vietnamese culture as well as tradition.
Ao Dai is a Vietnamese national costume. The traditional comprised of 4 to 5 panels of silky, flowing fabric, layered over loose-fitting trousers of the same material. Generally, the more panels or layers, the wealthier the person wearing it. Some very rich people would even wear more than one ao dai at the same time.
Nowadays, most ao dai consist of only two pieces: a dress and a pair of loose silk pants. The dress can vary in length from just below the knee all the way to the ground.
The dress consists of two to four panels. It has a well-fitted bodice. It is split on the sides from the waist down, while early versions had buttons up the front or on the side.
The necklines usually have the “boat” style or the “mandarin” style.
- “Boat” style is more open, off the neck and preferred in warmer climates.
- “Mandarin” style is a high stiff collar. And length of the collar is depending on the person wearing it.
Sometimes, the collar is formed by the 7 layers (or colors) of the ao dai. We see a low-scooped neck style now and then, but not often.
To fit to the individual’s bod, most ao dai are custom tailored. Of course, some lesser quality ao dai’s are now being mass produced, but they’re less fitted.
Bride wears an outer robe over the ao dai to create a more formal look for their wedding. Although bright pink may also be used, red is considered the marriage gown color. Sometimes, gold silk trims the ao dai and the ao choang.
In Korean, unique trimmings are often painted or embroidered on the garment and the couple’s names, or beautiful images are used as trimmings along the collar, cuff or back.
The bride’s head is adorned with a matching headpiece or non la or the khanh vanh!
The bride and groom may change their clothes as many as three or four times during the wedding day.
- western-style wedding gown and white tuxedo
- Ao Dai
- formal evening gown and black tuxedo
In a word, ao dai is a graceful, stately costume. It can flatter to almost any figure. It has become a popular garment in western culture.
Modern Trends in Asian Bridal Attire
Although tradition is still very much respected in many Asian cultures, families are finding that a blend of traditional attire and contemporary wedding gowns is what they would like for their weddings in 2011 and beyond.
For instance, a couple may wear more westernized attire for the ceremony, and wear traditional attire for the reception.
The wedding attire in any Asian country is elegant, ornate and most often meticulously crafted to honor the richness of its culture.
This blending of traditional and contemporary wedding dresses not only reflects their cultural heritage but also is a meaningful and beautiful way along with their modern day ideas.
Blending your traditional Asian wedding dresses with the westernized wedding gowns enjoys a truly beautiful wedding day.