With French and general Western media influence, many Vietnamese like to wear white or other color European-style gowns for at least some events in their multi-part marriage ceremonies. Unlike in the U.S., Vietnamese and other Southeast Asians usually participate in a sequence of ceremonies to complete their transition to married status. This provides them with the opportunity to wear several kinds of costumes during their wedding events.
For more traditional-style wedding events, most Vietnamese women wear a colored silk tunic called an áo dài (pronounced “ow zai”), worn over a long silk skirt or pants, depending on the region. These tunic costumes, designed in the 1920s as a new form of unified national dress, frequently are blue or purple for wedding events.
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