71 Best Traditional Indonesian Wedding Moments

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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?

  • Tradition-inspired pre-wedding photos

    Pre-wedding photos are always a delightful sight. This one in particular features the iconic Abang-None look from Jakarta's native Betawi culture.

  • Tradition-inspired pre-wedding photos

    These traditional attires come from West Sumatra. Look at how vibrant the couple looks in black-and-red attires! Simply ravishing.

  • Tradition-inspired pre-wedding photos

    Even in a black-and-white photo, traditional attires will always stand out and make any couple look fabulous.

  • Tradition-inspired pre-wedding photos

    For a different approach, take some cues from this couple. Making use of tenun fabrics, the photo looks modern yet somewhat traditional at the same time.

  • Tradition-inspired pre-wedding photos

    Notice how this two made use of batik fabrics to incorporate just the right amount of traditional touch.

  • Tradition-inspired pre-wedding photos

    Lately, more couples have chosen vintage-inspired looks for their pre-wedding pictures. Neutral-colored attires and a washed color tone make this photo look so magical.

  • Tradition-inspired pre-wedding photos

    A sepia wash can make modern-day photos look as if they were taken right out of an antique photo album.

  • Tradition-inspired pre-wedding photos

    Inspired by classic Javanese portraits, this couple’s engagement photo looks so elegant and timeless.

  • Makeup session

    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.

  • Makeup session

    In fact, applying makeup on a traditional bride involves plenty of steps that it can involve several people aside from the main makeup artist.

  • Makeup session

    And when everything is done, what’s left is a flawless complexion that will amaze the guests and of course, the groom.

  • Traditional wedding attires

    Pictured above is a Javanese groom in his white beskap suit and batik, looking dapper as ever.

  • Traditional wedding attires

    Here’s the complete set that includes the blangkon headdress and the keris ceremonial knife, both essential elements for a traditional Javanese groom.

  • Traditional wedding attires

    For the traditional Indonesian bride, hair accessories have important meanings. Clusters of jasmine and jewel-crusted hairpins adorn the hair of Javanese brides.

  • Traditional wedding attires

    In different regions, though, the headpiece can be very different. Larger in size and bolder in color, this Balinese headpiece creates a strong statement

  • Traditional wedding attires

    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.

  • Traditional wedding attires

    An intricate kebaya looks so harmonious paired with traditional wedding accessories; like a match made in heaven.

  • Hand shots

    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.

  • Hand shots

    Gold nail polish adorns this bride's fingers, which has such a fabulous wedding ring. A foolproof way to look elegant without overdoing it.

  • Hand shots

    This bride chooses red nail polish to suit the already glamorous gold accessories and traditional dress.

  • Hand shots

    Looking for something simpler? Trust us, a French manicure works every time

  • The bride

    After all the preparation is finished, it’s time to strike a pose. We simply adore this bride’s black-and-gold kebaya that matches the gold headpiece,

  • The bride

    And this bride’s softer look with a pink kebaya and silver headpiece.

  • The bride

    This bride had a more festive look and all the gold accessories adorning her clothes, necklace, hair, and arms make her look so glamorous.

  • The bride

    Don’t forget to take pictures with your traditional wedding decorations as Kirana Larasati did during her beautiful Minang wedding.

  • Couple shots

    You are getting married to the love of your life, so couple shots are not to be missed. Take one before you head to the venue,

  • Couple shots

    One right before you enter the reception site,

  • Couple shots

    Another one as you walk into the party area,

  • Couple shots

    And of course, one while you’re standing side by side at the stage. Your matching traditional attires will look great on these photos.

  • Bridal Party

    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.

  • Bridal Party

    Meanwhile, this pack has a calmer color palette, mixing together light blue kebaya and light-colored batik fabrics.

  • Bridal Party

    For a thicker traditional feel, have your bridesmaids wear matching Javanese dodot attires like these lovely ladies did.

  • Bridal Party

    And when you’re all dressed to impress, strike a fancy pose to remember the day by.

  • Decoration

    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.

  • Decoration

    If you prefer richer colors, use a combination of red, gold, and marsala like this setup. Surely, it will evoke a royal atmosphere about the wedding.

  • Decoration

    Another beautiful décor inspiration for a Javanese wedding; those strands of hanging jasmine are simply to die for.

  • Decoration

    And finally, who can say no to all-gold wedding decorations adorned with colorful flowers? Just perfect.

  • Couple Entrance

    Traditional Indonesian weddings have always had grand entrances. Many couples even have parades welcoming them to the reception hall.

  • Couple Entrance

    The parade usually consists of traditional dancers who create a pathway for the newlyweds to walk through.

  • Couple Entrance

    There is also the Pedang Pora ritual, which is done in military weddings.

  • Couple Entrance

    Some couples are even paraded through the streets, along with traditional music players and dancers. Such a feast for the eyes.

  • Cultural Processions

    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.

  • Cultural Processions

    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.

  • Cultural Processions

    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.

  • Cultural Processions

    Pictured above is kacar kucur. In this ritual, the groom pours uncooked rice and coins to signify that he will entrust all his belongings to his wife.

  • Cultural Processions

    The wife, on the other hand, has to catch everything that her husband pours. Some say that if she spills, she won’t be thrifty in managing the household finance

  • Cultural Processions

    Hand-feeding rituals are also common in Indonesian weddings. Some require the couple to feed each other,

  • Cultural Processions

    While other cultures require the couple to be fed by their parents.

  • Cultural Processions

    To close the wedding rituals, the bride and groom serve tea to each other and drink it together.

  • Cultural Processions

    Meanwhile, there is a procession called mangulosi in Batak culture. In this procession, elders of the family wrap ulos fabric around the bride and groom to tighten their emotional bond.

  • Sungkem

    In every wedding, parents of both the bride and groom play important roles.

  • Sungkem

    Which is understandable, since they will remain an important part in the couple’s life as well.

  • Sungkem

    Javanese weddings have a custom called sungkem, in which the bride and groom bow before their parents’ feet, asking forgiveness for past mistakes and blessings for married life.

  • Sungkem

    To us, it is one of the most moving moments in any wedding,

  • Sungkem

    That it is rather impossible to not shed a tear.

  • Sungkem

    It is one moment you don’t want to ever miss on your wedding day.

  • Dance the night away

    After the seemingly endless anticipation, the day has finally come. Let loose and dance the night away. Do a little twirl like this couple did here,

  • Dance the night away

    Or perform your culture’s traditional dance together!

  • Dance the night away

    Throw all your cares away and have some fun!

  • Dance the night away

    Don’t forget to smile and enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime moments.

  • Dance the night away

    For when you and your partner look happy dancing,

  • Dance the night away

    All your guests will be delighted to tag along on the dance floor.

  • Dance the night away

    Not in the mood for dancing? Hiring professional dancers would be a great idea as well!

  • Couple moments

    But of course between all those moments, the ones you share with your spouse are the ones you will remember the most.

  • Couple moments

    Smiling happily during the exchange of rings,

  • Couple moments

    Posing together after being officially announced as husband and wife,

  • Couple moments

    Holding hands,

  • Couple moments

    Or simply sharing the look of love.

  • Couple moments

    We dare to say that the beauty of traditional Indonesian weddings,

  • Couple moments

    Have simply completed all of these moments.

  • Couple moments

    They are all perfect and we wouldn’t have them any other way.

There you have it, our favorite moments from traditional Indonesian weddings. Do tell us about your favorite ones in the comments section below!


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