Bride and groom from Bulgaria
In Bulgaria complicated arrangements of woolen braids and bunches of flowers were fastened between the bride's own hair which was plaited in a dozen or more braids. In parts of the Sofia region a bride would wear a huge halo of flowers and bunches of feather grass and her face were hidden by a curtain of numerous thin plaits hung with coins. And in Pleven region brides wore impressive halos of coins. A bridegroom would be distinguished by the white towel placed over one shoulder or around his neck and the posy of flowers or the wreath on his fur hat.
Bride from Bulgaria. This and the above photo from here
Bulgarian bride in a coin headdress. Photo found here
Norwegian bride from eastern Telemark. Photo source
A bride from Hardanger, Norway, ca.1870-1920. Photo source
Bridal crowns varied from district to district. Some crowns could be so heavy that they would have to be sewn into the bride’s hair in order for it to sit properly in place. The shape of the crown varied in different parts of the country; usually it was circular and worn like an ordinary crown, but in some places it was of a crescent shape and fastened under the chin like a bonnet.
Bride from Estonia
The costume of the Estonian bride was gaily coloured and embroidered and she wore an impressive headdress. Shaped like a basin it was covered with dangling balls of coloured glass and bunches of feathers.
Bride from Transylvania in traditional costume and headdress. Photo source
Transylvania bride's headdress is covered all around with little metal plates. Each plate is adorned with a precious stone. The lower end is trimmed with a string of coins (gold, silver or copper, depending on one's wealth) and the upper part of headdress is filled (like a flower pot) with peacock feathers or artificial flowers.
Wedding couples from Germany, Black Forest region. Photo source
Bride from Schaumburg-Lippe, Germany. Photo source
In Germany bridal headdress varied from region to region. In the Black Forest valley, for example, the headdress was large and decorated with hundredths of glass balls and beads, while in Buckenburg an emphasis was on flowers rather than beads.
Bride from Ukraine. Photo source
In some regions of Ukraine brides used to wear huge wreaths of goose feathers. Each wreath was about a kilogram of weight. A velvet or silk band with bead flowers and golden decorations was a ritual complement to the feather wreath.
Bride from North Russia
Bride from Pskov province, Russia
The wedding headwear of Russian brides descended from flower wreaths and at first it was a ribbon or a metal headband encircling the forehead and fastened at the back of the head. Later kokoshnik came to use as a wedding headdress. They were most often made of damask woven with gilt metallic threads or velvet with gold embroidery. The wealthy peasant class often decorated their kokoshniks with pearls and gemstones.
Bride from Macedonia, Neohorouda province. Photo source
Bride from Salamanca, Spain. Photo courtesy Amalia Gonzalez
Bride from Salamanca, Spain, in traditional costume. Photo source
The main element of the bride's costume of Salamanca, Spain is jewelry as well. It features necklaces, pendants, medals, medallions, reliquaries, crosses and beautifully craved coral pieces. The headdress is pretty modest - a simple embroidered kerchief of fine linen or tulle covering the hair.
Luckily, nowadays many young people want to keep tradition alive and chose to wear traditional wedding costume for their big day.
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