18| Shoe Thieves
In some parts of India the groom is required to take off his shoes before approaching the wedding altar. As soon as he does this mayhem ensues. Everyone from the bride’s side of the family tries to steal them while everyone from the groom’s side of the family tries to protect them. If the bride’s family succeeds in their endeavor, then they are allowed to hold the shoes hostage until they get paid a ransom.
In some countries the guests bring the bride and groom new dishes as gifts. In Germany the guests do the same…and then they smash them. Supposedly the noise scares away evil spirits.
16| Serious Business
In the Congo, if you want to ruin someone’s wedding just hire a comedian. In order for the marriage to be taken seriously the bride and groom are not allowed to smile throughout the entire ceremony.
15| Kidnapping The Bride
Practiced in many countries throughout Africa and Asia it can often lead into woman being raped and/or forced into marriage, especially in nations like Rwanda.
In France the friends and family of the newlyweds congregate outside the newlyweds home on the first night of their marriage while proceeding to bang on pot and pans, yell, and just in general be as annoying as possible. Not only would this complicate the whole “lets be romantic” thing, the newlyweds are also required to go outside and appease them with snacks and drinks!
When a wedding is over in Korea, friends of the groom remove his socks, tie a rope around his ankles and start beating his feet with fish in order to prepare him for his first night as a married man so he will keep lying down focusing on his marital duties.
12| Fat Farms
Beauty is relative and there is nothing in the world that exposes that more than the country of Mauritania. Evidently there is a huge difference between a fat camp and a fat farm. We westerners go to fat camps to get skinny, Mauritanian girls go to fat farms to get fat…and eventually married.
11| Wearing White
Although to Westerners it seems normal, to most of the world a white bridal dress is very strange. In most countries the bridal dress is very vibrant and full of color. So why are western brides so limited in their options? It is said to have started with Queen Victoria in 1840 when she donned a white dress in her marriage to Prince Albert. In her day, this was very controversial because the color white was associated with mourning.
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