- World’s Weirdest Wedding Traditions
- February 3, 2011 | 0 Responses
All over the world people practice numerous wedding customs that have been passed on through generations. Although they have a history of meaning many just seem strange in today’s culture. Some of them are still practiced today.
Blackening the Bride
Blackening the Bride is a Scottish pre wedding tradition. The Bride is taken by surprise and covered with foul substances such as eggs, feathers and various sauces. After the Bride is ‘blackened’ they are then paraded around town for all to see.
This is a German tradition. It involves shattering a large amount of dishes before the wedding and the Bride and Groom having to clean it all up. It is believed that cleaning up the broken dishes will help prepare the couple for their new lives together. It is said to bring the couple good luck.
Kidnapping the Bride
Kidnapping the Bride is another German tradition. Friends of the Bride and Groom will kidnap the Bride and hide her somewhere and the Groom then has to search to find her. The search always begins in the local pub where the groom will invite everyone to join him in the search, after buying them all a drink.
Germans also wear their wedding bands on their right hands not their left.
Stealing the Groom’s Shoes
This may seem odd, but in this custom everyone is either out to steal the Groom’s shoes or protect them. This is an Indian tradition.
The Groom has to remove his shoes before he gets to the alter. Members of the Bride’s family have to try and steal the Groom’s shoes and will go to great length to do so. On the other hand, the Groom’s family will go to extreme measures to try and hide the shoes. If the Bride’s family succeed, then the Groom must pay whatever amount of money they request to get his shoes back.
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