For most women, their wedding dress is one of the most important clothing items that they will ever wear. This makes finding and choosing the perfect dress an incredibly exciting yet stressful task.
Interestingly, unlike many other parts of the world, for many Tanzanians it is customary for the groom’s family to pick the wedding dress. So depending on the relationship and communication between the bride and groom’s family (usually mother, sisters and aunts) – the bride may have little say on what she wears on her big day.
Moreover, Tanzania is a multicultural society with wedding customs from all over the world. This means that not every bride will wear the traditional white wedding dress. For instance, brides having a Muslim wedding often wear colorful middle-eastern inspired dresses, whereas brides having a Hindu wedding wear beautifully embroidered saris during their wedding ceremonies.
So, it is difficult to represent the full diversity of wedding dresses in Tanzania. However, to get started, we will highlight the most fashionable traditional white wedding dress styles to help some brides shine even more on their big day.