Kebaya and traditional attires have never gone and will never go out of date. Its beauty and authenticity can always make any wedding a momentous occasion. Aside from the traditional attires of each culture, kebaya is one of Indonesia's most adored heritage. As time passes, it still remains the go-to look for traditional weddings and even more so with variations inspired by the latest fashion trends. So today we've gathered 21 beautiful photos of women looking pretty in kebaya and traditional attires, to celebrate Raden Ajeng Kartini, Indonesia's heroine of women empowerment. Take a look at these ideas and don't be afraid to use them as ideas for your own traditional wedding!
Starting off the slide show are Raisa and Wulandhary, two public figures who chose kebaya for their wedding dresses. Either Wulandhary’s traditional long-sleeved, high-neck white kebaya or Raisa’s more modern approach, we can’t help but stunned by their beauty.
A classic white Kebaya can never do you wrong, it’s always a perfect fit for any theme or color palettes in traditional weddings. Also, aren’t you stunned at how graceful this bride looks?
Look at these couples all clad in their traditional attires! As Indonesia’s culture is very diverse, we do encourage you to embrace them in your weddings and if possible, wear full-on traditional wedding attires for the ceremony or reception.
Hijab and kebaya complement each other very well, so don’t be discouraged to experiment with your kebaya look even when wearing hijab.
Still for brides with hijab, don’t hesitate to put on traditional wedding accessories to complement your look as an alternative to a wedding veil. No, it wouldn’t look too overwhelming, but instead more authentic.
As the fashion industry evolves, so does kebaya. The one on the left is adorned with an oversized bow ornament, while the other one applies a trendy train that falls down from the arms.
You can also wear a wedding dress with a kebaya-like twist to it. A fully-embellished or lace gown with a modest silhouette can look like a Kebaya, thus adding an authentic feeling along with it.
If you’re more into soft colors, these pastel colored kebaya are for you. They would be the perfect companion for traditional pre-wedding processionals, like siraman or pengajian.
These colorful batik fabric makes a relaxed but poised look. Choose brighter colors for a more playful vibe or darker colors to invoke elegance to your siraman look!
Wearing colored-kebaya can also be a statement of your personality. Don’t be afraid to choose bold colors that suits your personality, like bright red or navy blue. Would you fancy this look for your an engagement ceremony?
Now let’s move on to the bridesmaids. It’s no secret that your bridal party will look completely stunning clad in matching kebaya.
A kutubaru kebaya along with an intriguing batik fabric makes a beautiful combination, effortlessly adding elegance to the whole wedding.
Another idea is to accessorize your girls with a matching headpiece. Aside from infusing elegance to the girls’ looks, these headpieces also help to emphasize the traditional vibe of the wedding.
For an even more authentic feeling, these girls cleverly transformed their batik material into tube dresses and added a sash as an accessory. With complete makeup and hairdo, it surely looks like they came from the old Javanese era!
If a modern kebaya is a better option for your beloved bridesmaids, these flower-embroidered tops are perfect to instill a modern look, don’t you think?
Of course, don’t be afraid to go all out with your traditional look! The bold combination of red and gold comes across as luxurious and enchanting, perfect for an engagement session.
If you prefer a more casual engagement session like First Daughter, Kahiyang Ayu, wear a dressy top and batik skirt, so that you can move around easily during the shots, especially if you’re going somewhere rather challenging.
For a more modern vibe, don’t be afraid to experiment with different looks. Either an edgy Peranakan theme or a simple and casual indoor session, take your pick!
Traditional fabric is also an alternative you should consider for your engagement photos. They are hassle-free, easier to execute, but with no less authenticity.
For the morning preparation on the wedding day, would you consider using a simple lace Kebaya as your robe? Not the usual way to function a kebaya indeed, but it is a great way to re-use a kebaya especially if it has been passed down for generations!
What’s cuter than children clad in Kebaya? Ask your ring bearer and flower girls will look utterly adorable and be prepared to hear your guests squeal with delight!
There you have it! Which of the look above is your favorite? Write down your thoughts on the comments section below and add the pictures to your inspiration board right away!