World’s Craziest Wedding Traditions – Part 2 (The West)
Now that you’ve seen how the APAC region does weddings weird, let’s take a look at the
West! You didn’t think places like Germany, Cuba or Sweden didn’t have their own touch of
weirdness, did you?..
Czech Republic – Oh Baby Baby
In The Czech Republic, a couple about to be wed might come home and find someone’s else
baby in their bed. The infant is placed on the couple’s bed in order to bless it and thus
increase the couple’s chances of having their own once the wedding is over. They may also
have rice, peas and lentils hurled at them after the ceremony in a bid to promote fertility.
Russia – Takes The Cake
This Russian wedding tradition literally takes the cake! If you’re a newlywed in Russia it’s
tradition to share a sweetbread called Karavaya, which both the bride and groom take a big
bite into. Whoever takes the biggest bite is considered the head of the family and gets to
wear the trousers from this day onwards.
Cuba – Cash Donations Only
If you thought your friends gift list was a little cheeky you should try attending a wedding in
Cuba. It’s customary in Cuba for every male guest who dances with the bride to pin cold,
hard cash onto her dress to help pay for the wedding and honeymoon. It must be the only
place in the world the bride’s dress is worth more AFTER she’s worn it.
Venezuela – Bride & Seek
At a Venezuelan wedding you might end up playing peek-a-boo with the bride and groom as
it’s considered good luck for the couple if they can sneak off without anyone noticing. If
you’re a master at hide and seek you’ll be in for some good fortune too as it’s considered
good luck if you’re the guest who spots them leaving.
Sweden – You May All Kiss The Bride & Groom
There is a cheeky custom in Sweden that gives all the girls at the wedding permission to kiss
the groom whenever the bride pops to the toilet. Likewise, any brave guys can dive in for a
kiss from the bride whenever her new groom leaves the reception.
Germany – Those Who Chop Together…
In Germany, the first test of the newlyweds teamwork is the challenge of sawing a block of
wood in half whilst everyone at the wedding stares at them. Guess it’s good practise for all
those Ikea flat packs that lay ahead in the marriage.
Across Europe – The Curious Case Of The Bride-Nappers
In countries across Europe it’s not uncommon for brides to go missing in the lead up to their
wedding. (Got to keep Sherlock busy!) In Romania, the groom will often be asked to pay a
ransom (either booze, money or romantic gestures) in order to rescue the bride who may be
kidnapped by friends, family or even hired muscle. In Wales, there is a little less mystery as
it falls down to the best man to run away with the bride, often to the nearest pub where the
groom has to pick up the tab if/when he finds them.
We’ve hoped you enjoyed the amazing (albeit whacky) facts. Remember, it’s not a good
wedding unless someone cries (for a month) or hacks wood, goes missing, bath your feet in
milk & honey…you get the picture ;-)
Jayne Gorman is a freelance travel writer and award-winning travel blogger who blogged her way around 40 countries before her 30th birthday. Now Sydney-based you’ll often find her sniffing out the latest street art and sweet treats around the city.