Cultural Wedding Menswear

A Chinese bride and groom wearing red outfits and holding hands.

While it’s pretty common to focus on what the bride wears at a wedding, the same isn’t always the case when it comes to what attire the groom sports on the big day. However, there are many cultural traditions that a groom may choose to incorporate into his wedding day look. Not only is this a wonderful way to showcase one’s ethnicity, roots, or religious affiliations, but it’s also a fun and special way for him to commemorate the occasion and to really stand out. However, the ins and outs of cultural wedding menswear can be an intimidating topic if you don’t wear it often. Change that when planning your own wedding by reading more about some of the different cultural outfit choices for grooms below.

Chinese Wedding Wear

Chinese brides and grooms alike tend to flock to a certain hue for their wedding day attire: red. This color is believed to ward off evil spirits and is also associated with good luck, love, and prosperity.

Indonesian Wedding Wear

Indonesian grooms typically sport an eloquent and lavish look on their wedding day. The cultural tradition for these men is that, like their brides, they wear an outfit covered in gold and sparkling jewels. This look is described as regal, and it’s meant to emulate how a real king or queen would dress for such an event. While this is a common Indonesian cultural tradition, keep in mind that the country is so massive with more than 300 ethnic groups that traditions in Indonesian menswear can vary greatly.

Javanese Wedding Wear

Javanese wedding outfits for grooms include a sarong and a kebaya, which is essentially a long-sleeved blouse. Grooms will typically also wear a headpiece in this culture. The outfits of the groom and bride are usually intricate and boldly colored in the Javanese tradition, which is a subset of Indonesian culture.

Scottish Wedding Wear

A bride standing next to groomsmen wearing red plaid kilts.

For men who have Scottish roots or are tying the knot in Scotland, it’s common to wear a kilt on the wedding day that represents their “clan” in color and pattern. After the ceremony concludes, a bride will typically wear a coordinating shawl that represents her transition into her new husband’s family, or clan. This is representative of family roots and family ties.

Korean Wedding Wear

In the Korean culture, there is certainly something unique expected out of the groom’s attire at his wedding. The national wedding costume in Korea is called the hanbok. Tradition states that the groom should also wear a table on his back at his wedding, in order to carry his wife around on throughout the day to let her know that she can rely upon him.

Islamic Wedding Wear

Islamic grooms wear a traditional sherwani which is typically a loose, collarless shirt that’s embroidered. Islamic grooms may also opt to wear a floral veil of roses during their wedding ceremony. Finally, the heads of Islamic grooms are traditionally adorned by a turban known as the Karakuli as they enter the house after the wedding festivities.

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