With the bright green buds of spring comes the unofficial start of another celebratory time of year: wedding season. Across the globe, the ceremonies that unite two people reflect the beautifully diverse cultures of those participating and often honor ancestral traditions that date back centuries. Some Bulgarian Muslim brides, for example, have their faces painted like porcelain dolls. In Macedonia, the best man is entrusted to shave the face of the groom. Below, a look at some of the most vibrant and unique wedding ceremonies from around the world.

A mother pours water on her son, the groom, during a traditional cleansing ritual the day before his wedding, at Yogyakarta Palace in Yogycarta, Indonesia. The wedding ceremonies are a continuous, three-day affair. | (REUTERS/Beawiharta)

A make-up artist prepares the bride's traditional gele (Nigerian head wrap) before the start of her wedding in Lagos, Nigeria. The gele, which is wrapped and molded into specific shapes, is essentially a woman's crown and a sign of social status and importance. | (REUTERS/Akintunde Akinley)

The best man shaves the groom's face during a traditional wedding ceremony in Galicnik, Macedonia. The best man gets this honor because, it is assumed, the groom would be too nervous to get a clean shave himself. | (REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski)

Bulgarian Muslim bride Fatme Kichukova has her face painted by the female members of her family. The ancient, face-painting tradition is called gelena in Bulgarian and is unique to the remote, largely Muslim village of Ribnovo, Bulgaria. | (REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

Maasai bride Namunyak Baiera wears traditional bead necklaces during her wedding in Olepolos, Kenya. | (REUTERS/Damien Guerchois)

A bride and groom wearing traditional Eritrean dress arrive for their wedding at a Christian Orthodox church in Jerusalem, Israel. | (REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reill)

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah holds the arm of his son to bless the bride during the "bersanding," or enthronement ceremony, at their wedding in the Nurul Iman Palace in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. | (REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

A groom shoots his bride with "Cupid's arrow" during their traditional Yugur wedding in Gansu Province, China. The shooting of the arrow (without an arrowhead) represents their everlasting love. | (Wang Jiang/Sipa Asia/ZUMA Press/Corbis)

An Indian Hindu bride ties a piece of turmeric in auspicious thread around her groom's wrist in Bombay, India. | (Dinodia/CORBIS)

A bride of the She ethnic group stands on a chair to listen to her family's advice at her wedding ceremony in Baimaxia Village, China. | (Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)

A bride and groom sit at their traditional Korean wedding ceremony in Anyang, South Korea. | (Topic Photo Agency/CORBIS)

An Ultra-orthodox Jewish bride watches her groom dance after their traditional wedding ceremony in Jerusalem, Israel. | (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

The bride and groom, who belong to the Miao ethnic group, are escorted to the bride's home after the ceremony in Sansui County, China. | (Qin Gang/Xinhua Press/Corbis)