As the largest archipelago country in the world, Indonesia has been blessed with diverse cultures and traditions, which naturally result in a variety of wedding customs and rituals. Although such rituals remain important to this day, it does not mean that modern brides can't incorporate their own personality into a traditional wedding. Brides nowadays seem to have become more and more creative in combining contemporary styles and traditional customs, creating one-of-a-kind festivities.
On the slideshow below are 71 best Indonesian wedding moments taken during various stages of the happy occasion. As brief as they may be, these moments are what make a truly memorable celebration, don't you think? Slide through the photos and tell us your favorites in the comments section below. Did you spot yourself among the photos?
Compared to regular bridal makeup, traditional Indonesian makeup is a lot more intricate and laden with meaning. The paes, a Javanese makeup placed near the hairline, is deemed so sacred that it must be done with absolute precision.
This shot should not be missed when documenting a traditional wedding. Embroidered or beaded, red or white, your kebaya reflects your personality and will be admired by every guest on your wedding day.
Although it seems trivial, a manicure should not be missed as all eyes will lay upon the bride's wedding ring. This bride chooses 3D nail art and silver polish to complement her silver-beaded black kebaya.
Another great thing about traditional Indonesian weddings, the bridal party can also get creative with their attires. These girls cleverly matched their purple dresses with brown batik, while still letting their own personality shine.
Decorations are an indispensable part of any wedding, so make sure to have yours well captured. Incorporating jasmine and tuberose, this stage decoration stands out while looking so simple. The batik screens on the back also add a more traditional feel to the whole setting.
Wedding rituals are the highlight of any Indonesian traditional wedding. Prior to the wedding, Javanese couples go through siraman, a bathing ritual that is believed to cleanse them before entering the sacred marriage.
Meanwhile, this ritual is called sawat gantal. In this procession, the couple throws betel leaves at each other, with the bride aiming for his feet as a sign of devotion, and the groom aiming for her chest to get her heart.
This one is called wiji dadi, in which the groom breaks an egg with his right foot, followed by the bride cleaning his feet. This represents a husband's readiness in becoming the head of the family as well as the wife's dedication to her husband.
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