23 Weird Wedding Traditions Around The World

Why So Serious in Congo

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While most about-to-be marrieds brim with excitement and anticipation, Congolese brides and grooms must keep their happiness in check. During their entire wedding day, from ceremony to reception, the two are not allowed to smile. If they do, it would mean they aren't serious about marriage.

Balance Lavash Flatbread on Your Shoulders in Armenia

That's what newly married Armenian men and women do. According to the custom, when the bride and groom enter their wedding reception typically at the groom's house they break a plate for good luck, they are given lavash and honey by the groom's mother. They balance the bread on their shoulders to ward off evil and eat spoonfuls of honey to symbolize happiness.

Bullseye in China

In China, a prospective husband will shoot his bride with a bow and (head-less) arrow several times, then collects all arrows and breaks them during the ceremony, to ensure their love lasts forever.

Toothy Treasure in Fiji

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.

Toilet Breath in France

This country has one of the weirdest and grossest wedding traditions ever. The couple is then obliged to finish the bowl in order to build up strength for the taxing wedding night that is ahead of them.

Blackening the Bride and Groom in Scotland

Friends and family of the bride show their love for the future bride by tying her up and covering her in every gross thing they can find. This includes, anything you can imagine and find in your pantry, such as flour, sauces, minced meat, fish, etc. The belief behind this is that if she can handle this she can handle marriage and any of the humiliation she will face while wed.

Marrying a Tree in India

India has a couple of different wedding traditions not seen around the rest of the world. One of these traditions is that the women that are born as Manliks (when Mars and Saturn are both under the 7th house in astrology) are “cursed” and it is believed that these women will cause their husbands to pass away at a young age.

They believe the woman marrying a tree prior to marrying their husband can resolve this issue. Some women would probably be better off staying married to a tree

Rat’s Tail in China

There is an extreme Chinese wedding tradition, not seen as often as a couple of years ago but it consists of the bride chopping off all her hair leaving just a “rat's tail” hairdo. The logic behind this is that one of the main things men notice in women is their hair, and cutting it all off is considered to be a sign of cleanliness and beauty.

The Groomsman in Greece

On the groom’s wedding day it is normal for him to get a nice clean shave from his barber, however in Greece this is not done by a professional barber. Becoming a groomsman has a whole different meaning. On his special day, his best man and the rest of the male wedding party get together and shave the Groom.

Spitting on the Bride in Kenya

In the Maasai culture in Kenya weddings are not exactly seen as a celebration of love. You are not allowed to choose whom you spend the rest of your life. On the wedding day a Maasai woman will have her head shaved and rubbed with lamb fat and oil, the father then proceeds to bless the couple by spitting on his daughter's head and breasts for good luck and fortune.

Buying out the Bride in Russia

They have a very fun pre-wedding tradition. Before the wedding, the bride's wedding party will meet the groom at the door when he comes to pick his bride up and give him a list of tasks he needs to complete. This could be a number of things and he needs to pass each one to be able to proceed. He may have to pay a ransom and often his first offer will buy him an alternate bride, usually a male friend dressed in a wedding dress. Once he offers enough, he gets his bride back.

No Bathroom for 72 Hours in Malaysian

The groom or even the bride is certainly not allowed to head out to the bathroom for 72 hours prior to the wedding. It is thought that in case the couple endures this pain, they can live an abundant life together.

Wearing Crown with a Robe in Ethiopian

As an extraordinary symbolic representation of their marriage, an Ethiopian couple wears a crown along with a robe as a wedding tradition.

Hanbok in Korean

The classic Korean costume Hanbok tend to be in a range of colors and various kinds of fabrics. and worn by Korean bride and groom as well as children for over 2,000 years.

Pinning Money while Dancing in Cuban

Pinning money on the bride is a wedding custom wherein the person who ask to dance with bride shall pin money as a gift.

Love and the Chicken Liver in 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 Locked Down Love Bridge The in Rome, Italy.

Couples come to the bridge, attached their decorated lock to the fence, and then throw away the key - a symbol that they will be bound together forever.

The Love Spoons In Wales

It's common for a man to gift his new lover with a carved wooden spoon, symbolizing that he will never allow her to go hungry.

Ribbon Pulling in England

They have a fun wedding tradition where ribbons are placed in between layers of the wedding cake. Before the couple cuts the cake all the single ladies gather around the cake and pull the ribbons. The one who pulls the ribbon with a ring charm is said to be the next one to get married.

Smashing Dishes in Germany

All the couples’ friends get together and smash porcelain plates on the ground. The couple then has to clean it up together and work together like they will have to in their marriage. It is very German to have a wedding tradition that involves cleaning something up and tidiness.

Shoe Thief in India

The bride’s side of the family has the mission to steal the shoes, while the groom’s side of the family’s mission is to protect them from being stolen. If the bride's family is successful in stealing the shoes, the groom is forced to “pay” a ransom. How fun!

Beating The Groom’s Feet in South Korea

There is a traditional custom that says that a groom should have his feet beaten with fish and canes the night before his wedding. It is supposed to make sure the soon-to-be husband does not disappoint on his wedding night.

Kissing Fest in Sweden

They have a wedding tradition that gets everyone up close and personal with the bride and groom. It is tradition that on their wedding day every time the bride gets up and leaves the room, all the single women line up and kiss the groom and vice versa when the groom leaves the room.

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