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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.