Most Bizarre Wedding Traditions From Across The World
Marriage is a union between two individuals who plan on spending the rest of their lives together. Each culture has its own set of traditions associated with marriage that others might have never heard of.
Here are some of the weirdest wedding traditions from across the world:
1. Scotland: The blackening of the bride
Rest assured it is not what you are thinking, not that that’ll make it any better. Have you ever heard of a tradition where the point was to make the bride a walking mess? Not a lot of people have.
Just days before the wedding an event called the “Blackening of the Bride” takes place. The bride, and on occasion the groom, is/are “captured” by members of the wedding part and covered in spoiled fish, flour, beer, and feathers. They are then marched through the streets of town for people to gawk at.
The idea is that if they can get through walking through the streets looking their worst, marriage will be easy.
2. Argentina Ribbon Cake
For the majority of people around the world, bridesmaids traditionally catch the bride’s bouquet to determine who is next to get married. While the country of Argentina still does it, they have a tradition that is unique to them.
Single women flock around a wedding cake that has a couple of ribbons sticking out. All at once the women pull at the ribbons, and whoever gets the ribbon with a ring at the end will be walking down the aisle next.
3. Spain’s Cut the Groom’s Tie
Some wedding traditions are strange and others can border on dangerous. Spain’s tradition falls into the latter category. While mingling at the reception, the groom is ambushed by his groomsmen who cut the tie he’s wearing so it may be sliced into smaller pieces.
Those small pieces are then put up for an “auction.” The belief is that anyone fortunate enough to receive a piece of the tie will be blessed with good luck.
It sounds like an interesting and funny tradition to continue, but with sharp objects so close to the neck, it’s hard to imagine an accident never happening.
4. Canada’s Sock Dance
Music is essential to having at least an okay wedding. In Canada, it’s not only the bride and groom that have a special dance to themselves. If either of the two has any unmarried siblings, those siblings get onto the dance floor and perform is bright knitted socks.
If guests approve, they toss money at the siblings which is eventually gathered and given to the married couple.
This is usually done in Quebec and other French-speaking parts of Canada
5. Germany: Sawing the Log
Anyone who is already married knows that it is an equal partnership. In the European country, while still dressed in their nice wedding attire, the bride and groom must work together to saw through a large log using a two-person crosscut handsaw.
On a few occasions, the fathers from both sides had partially sawed through the log beforehand by both fathers.
Think of the fathers acting first as a symbol that they’ll always be there when and if the couple needs them.
6. South Korea: Foot Beating
In a few parts of South Korea, it is considered a tradition for the groom’s friends to hold him against his will and beat his bare feet with dried fish. According to older beliefs, beating his feet with a smelly fish will boost his vitality and virility to help during the “honeymoon night.”
It probably looks hilarious to watch someone have their feet hit again and again by a dry fish, but it’s hard to imagine what it will actually accomplish other than making his feet smell.
7. Breaking the Bell in Guatemala
During birthday parties, kids will sometimes take turns swinging at pinatas to get candy. Marriage in Guatemala has a similar tradition that involves a little less sugar. After the wedding ceremony is over, the procession heads over to the groom’s residence.
At the groom’s house, a white ceramic bell filled with various grains representing abundance are placed in the bell.
The mother of the groom smashes the ceramic bell as a greeting when the bride and groom arrive. It is believed that smashing the object will bring the couple good luck and prosperity.