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14 Beautiful Wedding Dresses From Around the World

There's so much more out there than just white princess frocks

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    Bulgaria

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    Bali

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    Cambodia

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    India

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    Indonesia

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    Japan

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    South Korea

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    Macedonia

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    Malaysia

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    Thailand

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    Russia

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    Sri Lanka

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    China

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    Ukraine

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  • Bulgarian weddings sound like a hoot - there's a special bread (we love bread), lots of games and merry-making, and dancing and kissing for the happy couple. What more do you want?

  • Balinese weddings are a stunning visual feast. From the incredible flowers to the intricate headdresses and makeup, Balinese ceremonies are truly special. The ceremonial rites come from Hinduism.

  • Canary yellow is a popular colour in Cambodia, alongside beautiful headresses. Also, we're loving that parasol - we're sure that's not technically part of the look, but it's beautiful nonetheless. (image via Mark Maxwell on Flickr)

  • India's a vast country with a wealth of different traditions when it comes to weddings. This photo, taken from a Hindu ceremony shows a bride and groom in red-tone clothes, with some neck garlands and tonnes of detailed embroidery.

  • Lots of islands make up Indonesia, so traditions vary from place to place, but bright colours and a lot of bling is a must.

  • This couple have plumped for a traditional 'Shinto' ceremony, which is part of old Japanese customs. The white headdress is called a tsunokakushi. Shinto weddings are themed around purity, and involves ceremonial drinking of sake, but their popularity is on the decline.

  • Bridal attire in South Korea includes a jacket called a 'jeogori' and a high-waisted, wrap-around skirt. The headpiece is optional - but it's pretty cool.

  • There's a very cute tradition in Macedonia where brides look at their groom through the wedding ring - n'aww. Brides wear strings of coins around their colourful dresses. (Photo via Flickr user Marjan Lazarevski)

  • The handwoven clothes often wore at Malay weddings is called a 'songket'. Picture via Azlan DuPree.

  • Floral adornments are popular at Thai weddings, which are usually themed around one of the six periods in Thai history.

  • Temperatures in Russia are no joke - they have some seriously bitter winters. No many so many brides choose faux fur stoles to stay snug in.

  • No word of a lie, the groom's outfit (called a mul anduma) can take over 30 minutes to put on. 30 minutes! Brides usually wear cream or red, and hair jewellery.

  • China has a very rich culture and is seeped in history. Red is an auspicious colour in China, making it a popular choice at weddings. Also - loving the headgear.

  • Fusing elements of folk culture with Orthodox Christian beliefs, Ukrainian weddings are rich in colour and tradition. There's lots of ceremonial blessing as part of the service - and fun fact - the bride will be 'kidnapped' by her family and has to pay a 'ransom' to get her back.