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Feast Your Eyes on 17 Intriguing Historic Photographs of Weddings from Around the World

There are so many beautiful wedding traditions from around the world. Sadly, many of these costumes and customs have fallen by the wayside. But, for a brief window there existed a time when both old traditions and photography stood side by side, allowing those moments which would pass all too quickly to be captured for posterity. What follows is a collection of these gorgeous and intriguing photographs from long ago.

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Hopi bride photographed by Edward Curtis in 1900. Via/ Library of Congress

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Korean bride on palanquin from 1919. Via/ Library of Congress

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Bedouin bride from the 1910s. Via/ Library of Congress

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Kazakh bride (on the left) from the late 1800s. Via/ Library of Congress



Brides of Yore from Around the World

Grecian bride from 1902. Via/ Library of Congress

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Kyrgyz bride in Turkestan from the late 1800s. Via/ Library of Congress

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Japanese bride from 1910. Via/ NYPL


Brides of Yore from Around the World

1930s Hungarian bride. Via/ NYPL

From America to China to Cameroon and far beyond, the old photographs of brides and weddings from the late 19th and early 20th century capture other worlds. The many ceremonies and complicated local costume of each wedding party speaks to a time when weddings were a huge event for the entire village, when ceremonies might have remained unchanged for centuries, and when new inventions like photography were just beginning to change the way weddings were done.

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Tlakluit bride photographed by Edward Curtis around 1910. Via/ Library of Congress

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Two couples getting married in China around 1905. Via/ Library of Congress

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Cameroon wedding from 1912. Via/ NYPL

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Breton bride and groom from the early 1900s. Via/ NYPL



Brides of Yore from Around the World

Swedish bride from the 1880s. Via/ Wiki Commons

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Nazareth bride in the 1910s. Via/ Library of Congress

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Chippewa bride and groom from the 1870s. Via/ Library of Congress



Brides of Yore from Around the World

Turkish bride from the 1910s. Via/ Library of Congress

Brides of Yore from Around the World

Romanian bride ad groom from the 1920s. Via/ Flickr

That’s it for these intriguing photos of brides from around the world. They give us an idea of what weddings from hundreds of years ago might have been like all around the world. They offer a window into a time when the old traditions were still very much alive and kicking.

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