In the modern Afghan weddings held in the United States by Afghan immigrants and their descendants, the centuries-old traditions are upheld while loosening a bit on the old-fashioned rules, like keeping the bride and groom separate.
In the Afghan weddings we have photographed, the bride and groom celebrate their wedding in the same room. It's the dancing that separates Afghan weddings from other weddings. Afghan wedding dancing is elegant, graceful, structured, romantic and sometimes teasing.
Green is the traditional bridal color for Afghan weddings. It represents posterity. In modern Afghan weddings held in the U.S., the bride typically wears white but honors her Afghan heritage by having a relative tie a green scarf around her hips at the reception.