traditional wedding dresses A Bulgarian woman dons a traditional wedding dress in the Rhodope mountains of Bulgaria.Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Brides on every continent know — it's all about the wedding dress.

In many countries, a bridal gown is a manifestation of a couple's heritage. The color, shape, and detail are designed in keeping with their customs and religious beliefs. In Turkey, the bride dons a red "maidenhood" belt for luck, and in Eritrea, she acccessorizes with a dark-colored velvet crown and purple and gold robe. Of course, no two brides are alike, and traditions may vary by region.

Let's take a look at how wedding dresses are worn around the world.

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