Weird Wedding Traditions

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This week we’re bringing you 8 weird wedding traditions that are still often practiced around the World. From marrying trees to fattening up brides to be, we can’t help but wonder if our UK traditions of throwing bouquets and cutting cakes are all just a little too boring.

 

1. Ireland: 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.

 

2. Scotland: blackening of the bride

In Scotland, there is a particularly nasty pre-wedding tradition where the bride and groom are taken by surprise by their friends ahead of the big day and pelted with rubbish. The tradition holds that if the couple can withstand this, their marriage can withstand anything.

 

3. France: 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.

 

4. Germany: smashing plates

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.

 

5. Mauritania: fattening of the bride

In Mauritania, a large, full-bodied wife is said to signify good luck and prosperity in a marriage. Women are often sent to “fat farms” before their wedding to pile on the pounds.

 

6. China: 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.

 

7. Korea: 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.

 

8. India: marrying a tree

In some parts of India, it is said that girls born during a certain astrological period are cursed, and will cause an early death for their husband. The only way to break the curse is for the woman to first marry a tree, and then have the tree cut down.

 

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