Here's What Weddings Look Like in 10 Places Around the World

We would walk down the aisle in every single one of these dresses.

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Wedding ceremonies around the world a common theme: to celebrate two people as they make a lifelong commitment to one another. But from place to place, the ceremonial rituals, traditional clothing and cultural customs behind those weddings can vary greatly — and that's what makes them so exciting.

Here's a closer look at 10 real, beautiful weddings that put a modern twist on tradition in different locations around the world.

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1 Russia

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In some traditional Russian weddings, it's customary for the newlywed couple to release to symbolize their love and commitment to one another.

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2 Japan

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A traditional, elaborate Japanese wedding involves for the bride. During the actual ceremony, she'll wear a white kimono, like the one pictured here, and a white headpiece.

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3 Pakistan

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To prepare for a Pakistani wedding, the bride will cover herself in , and the groom will often wear a flower garland.

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4 Greece

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In a Greek Orthodox ceremony, the priest officiating the wedding will place special crowns on the couple's heads. The crowns, called "," are connected by a white ribbon symbolizing their new lifelong bond.

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5 Nigeria

Traditional Nigerian wedding-wear is bright and bold. For women, this Igbo attire typically features a lace blouse, a patterned wrap skirt and a head scarf.

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6 California

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The canopy (Chuppah) under which the bride and groom stand at Jewish weddings, like this one, is meant to protect the happy couple from evil spirits.

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7 Scotland

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The day before this beautiful photo was taken, these newlyweds might not have looked so happy and clean: It's Scottish tradition to in treacle, ash, feathers and flour the day before the ceremony. This messy custom, known as "Blackening," is said to bring good luck.

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8 Hawaii

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Long, flowing bridal gowns, colorful leis and romantic regional music are all part of a .

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9 Malaysia

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An authentic Malay wedding is no small event. Made up of a number of rituals and ceremonies, the Malay wedding is meant to treat the bride and groom like royalty for the day.

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10 Cuba

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For Cuban brides, the general rule is the , the better. Most traditional Cuban wedding gowns will include full skirts and lots of ruffles.

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