Share the crazy/ funny wedding traditions around the globe!

posted 3 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Interesting thread. 

I’m in New Zealand but cant think of anything too unusual but we can get married anywhere – hot air balloon, top of a mountain, scuba diving or whatever takes your fancy.

One thing I dont get is in the USA the B&G feed each other a piece of wedding cake but end up smashing it into each others mouths and being pretty messy. I just dont get that. Why? 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

@brixey:  lol I think it is for comedic relief and just to get the couple and party light and fun. It makes everyone laugh

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

really great and interesting thread! Ok I’ll go next:-). 

In Sweden it customary to exchange engagement rings. These are plain bands and then the bride gets an additional ring at the wedding ceremony (usually one that is a bit more blingly but still modest). the groom uses the same ring for ceremony, but gets both dates engraved in it (engagement and wedding).

The bride and groom enter the church together to symbolise that they enter the marriage willingly and as equals (basically to avoid the bride being forced into marriage). 

We wear our wedding band over our engagement ring. So the wedding band seals the promise of marriage and the vows we have given each other. 

Games during reception is a must. Things like the shoe game etc are classics. 

Anyone who wants to can do a speech on the day. Telegrams with poems and well wishes from absent friends and family is also very common. 

The groom carries the bride over the treshold when they enter their home has husband and wife. 

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

Oh I forgot, also custom that if the groom goes to the bathroom or otherwise leaves the room/his wife’s side the male guests steal a kiss from the bride and vice versa (so when the bride goes the ladies  kiss the groom) for good luck (and some entertainment). 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

In Korea grooms must beg the guests for money and pick up their brides during the ceremony to show that they will always support them. 

Also in Korea they throw a chicken instead of bouquet. That’s an old tradition that’s dying out though. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Slovenian funny traditions… well, where do I start? There are so many! lol

Some things are the same as in Germany. You need a separate civil ceremony to make the marriage official and you can do it on a different day than your church ceremony – if you do, it’s usually a very small party (family) that go to lunch afterwards. Many couples have their civil ceremony on the same day as their religious one though, or have just a civil ceremony. 

One thing that’s the same here as in Germany are the his/hers wedding rings. They are usually on the simple side, right now, very wide ones are in fashion and tipically the bride’s ring has a few small diamonds in it. 

Now, as for the really funny traditions… Most of these are still very much in practice in the country but not in the larger towns and cities. 

The groom comes for the bride to her village and the boys from the bride’s village (or her brothers, cousins, friends etc.) make him a real “obstacle course” so that he can prove he’s worthy of her. He needs to do stuff like chop wood or build a simple fence, sometimes he must even buy everyone drinks to get to his bride. 

Then he comes to the closed door of the bride’s house and must ask for the bride to come out. So they send a few wrong brides to him, for example a little girl, an old woman or a man dressed as a bride (they all wear stuff like toilet paper wedding dresses or white table cloths, it’s really funny). He must send all the wrong brides back and demand the real one. Eventually she comes out.

So they make it through the wedding. At the reception, the maid of honour and the best man must guard the bride because other wedding guests will attempt to steal her (the bride is in on it of course and has a great time). If they manage to steal the bride, the groom must go and find her and win her back – sometimes that means paying for more drinks! lol And the best man and maid of honour get punished too for not guarding the bride better – they must exchange shoes and dance together. That’s my favourite part, it’s so, so funny! Sometimes they don’t steal the bride but go for the bouquet instead while everything else remains the same. 

That’s just from the top of my head, there are many more funny traditions.  

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

@Sportybee: have you asked your SO about the German Tradition of “kidnapping the bride” ?

( See MsMeows post)

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

mmmm….. In italian tradition theres a few. (my DH is italian not me)

The days before the wedding (typically the night before) in italy this is done basically for all weddings lol… but the groom goes to where the bride is (her house or moms house) and there’s always a balcony…. the groom must then serenade the bride with all the men/family/and sometimes townspeople behind him and then she looks out at him from the balcony with curlers in her hair (supposed to be a “surprise” but she usually finds out and has her makeup done lol), and then he has to wait until she comes down to greet him before he can stop singing (her saying yes I will marry you)…..usually presents her with flowers and then everyone comes in for food and drinks to celebrate.

I know back when his parents got married it was tradition to only choose “couples” to be your BM and GM…..and also the MOH and BM are supposed to pick out and BUY the wedding rings for the couple????

The grooms parents are supposed to “present” the flowers/bouqets to the bride on the day of the wedding…

At the wedding your supposed to have those jordan almonds…. and wrap them up 5 each because it symbolizes 5 diff things… like love, happiness, fertility etc…..

We actually didnt take part in any of these traditions lol

 

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it’s pretty crazy that anyone can pretty much get married anywhere in the US and their friends can become certified in some states, just for the day even to preform the ceremony.  Compared to that going to town hall is completly logical. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Atalanta:  A live chicken! They bind the legs but it’s still dangerous! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

DH’s family is originally from Romania…and they have this tradition of staging a mock “kidnapping” of the bride. The groom then has to pay a “ransom” to get her back eg. sing a song, take a (lot of) shot(s), dance like Beyonce etc. I understand they do this in quite a few eastern European countries too. Halfway through the night, a few groomsmen and some friends took me and my sister up to one of the hotel rooms to film a “ransom video” which was then shown to everyone in the ballroom. DH had to do a gangnam style dance-off with the groomsmen as the “ransom.” It was so wacky and fun. Totally scandalized my unsuspecting relatives.

 

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