Wedding traditions are part of almost all Weddings. They vary from culture to culture though. Some are odd to us but they are common to the place where they are practiced.
Shooting the bride
In China’s Yugur culture, grooms shoot their future brides with a bow and arrow — albeit minus the arrowheads — three times. The groom then breaks the arrows to ensure the couple stay in love forever.
Love and the Chicken Liver
In Daur, China, there is a tradition that requires engaged couples to dissect a chicken and check out it’s liver: If the liver is healthy, the couple can set a date. If not, they can’t plan their nuptials until they find one that is.
The Bridesmaid Blockade
In China, when a groom comes to get his bride, he must first break through an aggressive wall of her angry bridesmaids. The bridesmaids demand money from him, and put him through a series of silly performances and tasks – all meant to prove just how strong his love really is.
Crying for the Groom
Brides of the Tujia people in China are required to cry for an hour a day, every day, for the month preceding their wedding. Ten days into this ritual her mother begins to join her, then her grandmother. This is thought to be an expression of joy as the women cry in different tones.
In Mauritania, girls aged between five and 15 are sent to “fat farms” before their wedding to pile on the pounds. If a bride had stomach rolls, stretch marks and overlapping thighs, it signalled her husband was wealthy enough to keep her satisfied.
Blackening of the bride
Scottish brides-to-be are taken by surprise by their friends ahead of the big day, and pelted with all sorts of rubbish such as curdled milk, dead fish, spoiled food, tar and feathers. She is then tied to a tree and after taken for a night of drinking. The belief is that if she can withstand this kind of treatment, she can handle anything that comes her way in her marriage.
Eloping in Scotland
In Scotland, there aren’t any laws about how old one has to be to tie the knot. Gretna Green in Scotland became a popular elopement spot for couples who were too young to get married in the UK – 5,000 couples visit Gretna Green every year.
To a Whale of a Wife
In Fiji, men have to find an unusual gift before they can ask for a woman’s hand in marriage: Before asking for the hand of his beloved, the groom must present his father-in-law with a whale’s tooth.
Beating the groom’s feet
Korean tradition dictates that the groom has his feet beaten with fish or a cane before his first night as a married man — to test his true strength and character.
The Monthly Valentine’s Day
South Korea is a very couple-oriented country: They have matching outfits for couples, “couple-sets” on every menu, and an endless slew of romantic holidays. In fact, on the 14th of every month, many Korean couples celebrate Valentine’s Day and buy special treats for one another.
Marrying a Tree
In parts of India women born as Mangliks (an astrological combination when Mars and Saturn are both under the 7th house), are apparently “cursed” and thought to be likely to cause their husband an early death. In order to counter this, they must first be married to a tree and the tree cut down to break the curse.
Drinking from the Toilet
Newlyweds in France were forced to drink leftovers from their wedding out of a toilet bowl. Nowadays, chocolate and champagne are used as a substitute, but still served out of a toilet. The idea was to give the bride and groom strength before their wedding night.
Feet on the ground
In Ireland, the bride’s feet must stay on the floor at all times when she and the groom are dancing. This is due to the belief that if they don’t, evil fairies will come and sweep her away.
Guests to traditional German weddings bring the happy couple any type of porcelain except glass, and then smash them in the belief that this will ward off evil spirits. The couple are then expected to clean up the mess together, learning that married life will not be easy, but by working together, they can overcome any challenge.
The Love Without Bathroom Breaks
In Borneo, one tribe does not allow newlyweds to leave their homes during their wedding day, not even to go to the bathroom. Like most odd traditions, it is said to bring the couple good luck.
The Money Dance
During Greek weddings, the bride and groom share a traditional dance, during which guests pin money to their clothing.
Bachelor and Spinster Balls
A cherished Aussie tradition, B and S Balls offer a rare opportunity for youngsters from the bush to socialize – that would be the censored version. Notorious for binge drinking, dangerous stunts and casual sex, these parties are under pressure from insurance companies to close down. But beneath the dust and debauchery, the Balls are loaded with that quintessential Aussie joie de vivre and are seen as a rite of passage for kids in the Outback who often lead quite secluded lives.
You? What is your wedding traditions? Do you have these wedding traditions?