Bride in white on the altar of the church, a ceremony, the bride and groom kiss and go to the party. Even if it is not in a religious temple and happens on a beach or in a restaurant, the custom is practically the same in many cultures, with some leader ministering the union, which is celebrated by family and friends.
This is the most common ritual in many countries. However, there are several parts of the world that have quite different marriage traditions. So here we select the world’s weirdest marriage traditions for you to know and maybe even copy some of those traditions for your wedding.
1. Malaysia; Do not go in the bathroom 72 hours before the wedding
According to the tradition of some regions of Malaysia, the bride and groom can not urinate or make “number two” for 72 long hours. The couple is treated by family members only with minimal water and no food.
Also, they are guarded all the time for nothing, literally, “getting out” of the script. According to the belief, if the couple can pass through this torturing test, they are able to survive a life together, and in addition to having fertility, none of their children will die.
2. The Blackening: Scots wedding tradition
Scottish cople are tied to trees and their friends and family throw lots of disgusting things into their body.
3. Tujia in China; Crying Brides
The brides in Tujia, China need to cry for 1 hour every day for 30 days before they get married. Ten days later the mother must cry every day. Ten days later, Grandma does the same. By the end of the month all the women in the family cry alongside the bride.
4. India; The bride should marry first to a tree
The women born as Mangliks are said to be “cursed” and can cause an early death of their husbands. In order to remove this curse they must first marry a tree. The tree is destroyed, and then the curse is broken.
5. Fiji; Whale tooth for the father-in-law
In Fiji, the men need to ask the bride’s father for his daughter’s hand in marriage and then they also need to bring a whale’s tooth to their father-in-law.
6. South Sudan; 2 children to validate the marriage
The people of the Neur tribe in the South of Sudan believe that the marriage is not complete until the woman has two children. If she does not have two children, the fiance can ask for a divorce.
7. Kenya; The father spits on the bride
At a wedding in Kenya, it is not uncommon to see the bride’s father blessing the daughter by spitting on her head and breasts before leaving the village with her new husband.
8. Mauritania: Obese girls to get married
In the region of Mauritania, in Africa, attractive and well-married women have to be obese, even if they can not even walk because of their weight. Because of this, young girls, from about five years of age, are forced by mothers to eat large portions of food.
9. Russia – Ransom of the bride
Russian bride and groom have to work to get their brides just before the ceremony. But, it’s all a great traditional joke. Before the wedding, the groom appears at the bride’s house and asks for the hand of his beloved again. Then his friends and family refuse the boy’s request until he pays the ransom on gifts, jewelry, money, or some sort of treat.
10. Greece – Food, broken dishes and partying
The joy of the Greeks with the marriage already begins two or three days before the wedding when the newlyweds organize a party called Krevati (“bed” in Greek) in their new home. On this day, the couple’s friends and relatives put money and children in the new bride and groom’s bed to bring prosperity and fertility into their lives. After this ritual, they leave for the celebration with food and music.
On the day of the wedding, the groom can not see the bride until the expected moment of the marriage. After exchanging bouquets of flowers, they have the wedding ceremony, where the godfather delivers the rings and puts crowns on the couple. At the end of the wedding ceremony, special guests, such as close friends and family, receive sugared almonds (traditionally in odd numbers) as a gift from the couple.
After the ceremony, usually the couple holds a big party with lots of food, drinks, music and dancing, usually until the next morning. As a symbol of luck and prosperity, the Greeks perform the famous dish-breaking to the sound of traditional folk music.