A wedding is a ceremony where not only 2 people but their traditions, customs, and cultures come together. We have all come across various traditions while we attend weddings and might find some of them unconventional and weird. Each wedding is unique in its own way. Each country, state, and city might have different customs and its quite hard to trace back the origin of many of these.
Let us have a look at some of the most bizarre wedding traditions from around the world.
Italy– In Italy, “confetti” doesn’t mean scraps of paper to be thrown, but rather sugary treats, particularly sugared almonds.
Germany– newlyweds must instantly put their bond to the test by working together to saw a log in half in front of all their guests. The act is intended to showcase the bride and groom’s ability to work together and face the obstacles that may come throughout their marriage.
Scotland– thebride, groom, or both are taken out on the day before their wedding, plied with alcohol, and covered in treacle, ash, feathers, and flour by friends and family. The celebratory mess was originally carried out to avoid evil spirits and bring good luck.
Kenya– as the freshly married bride and groom leave the village,the father of the bride spits on his daughter’s head and chestso as not to jinx their good fortune.
France– Leftovers are gathered into a toilet (or toilet-like bowl) from which the bride and groom must eat for good luck.
Romania– The bride is kidnapped by friends, family, or hired entertainers, and the groom must come to her rescue and pay her ransom through drinks, money, or romantic gestures.
Congo– during their entire wedding day, from ceremony to reception, the two are not allowed to smile. If they do, it would mean they weren’t serious about marriage.
China– a prospective husband will shoot his bride with a bow and arrow several times then collects the arrows and breaks them during the ceremony, to ensure their love lasts forever. Another one of the tradition is that starting one month in advance the bride starts to cry for one hour every day. Ten days into the waterworks her mother joins the picture, and 10 days after that grandma does the same. By the end of the month every female in the family is crying alongside the bride.
Jamaica– Villagers line up in the street to take a look at the bride. It’s customary for them to call out negative comments if her appearance isn’t up to snuff. If the majority is critical, she goes home and makes a second try at looking good.
Venezuela– It’s good luck for the newlyweds to sneak away before the party’s over without getting caught; it’s also good luck for whichever guests catch on that they’re gone.
Ireland– In Ireland when the bride and groom are dancing the bride must keep both feet on the floor at all times. Irish folklore states that if they don’t, evil fairies will come and sweep her away.
French Polynesia– once the wedding has come to an end the relatives of the bride lay side-by-side face down on the ground whilst the bride and groom walk over them like a human rug.
India– If you’re an Indian female born during the astrological period when Mars and Saturn are both under the seventh house, you’re cursed; if you marry, be prepared for early widowhood. But wait, there’s a remedy: Marry a tree first, then have it cut down to break the evil spell.
As strange as these customs might sound, most of them are practiced around the world even today. If youre planning to get married soon you can even try to adapt some of these customs. Your guests would definitely enjoy a bunch of weird or quirky customs that they can also be a part of.