4 Crazy Wedding Traditions from Around The World

Wedding Style & Decor

It's the day before your wedding, but instead of putting the last-minute touches on your vows, you're getting trash thrown at you by your bridal party. No, this isn't a bizarre nightmare — it's one of the all-in-good-fun wedding traditions we've discovered from around the world! Here's four of our favorites.

About that trash...
This tradition stems from Scotland, where it's known as "blackening of the bride." The bride-to-be (and sometimes, the groom, too) are captured by friends the day before their ceremony and covered in everything from molasses and ash to flour and feathers before being paraded around town. The goal may seem to be ultimate humiliation, but the ritual stems from the practice of trying to ward off evil spirits.

Better work those triceps...
If you're getting married in Germany, you and your fiancé should start lifting now! After saying "I do," couples in the country are traditionally presented with a large log and a saw. By sawing the log in half, it is believed they are proving their ability to work together in overcoming obstacles.

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If you're a fan of the Taken series...
Then you may want to adopt the Romanian "bride-napping" tradition as part of your wedding festivities. Guests work together to "abduct" the bride, whisking her away to an undisclosed location and demanding a "ransom" from the groom. Typical requests? A few bottles of alcohol, or — for those looking to really make the groom sweat — singing a love song in front of the entire party!

For when your fiancé refuses to take those dance lessons...
Here's one way to punish him! After the wedding ceremony is over in South Korea, the groom has to remove his shoes for falaka or "foot whipping." Luckily, the practice is intended to cause more laughter than pain, but the groom will have to endure his family and friends hitting his feet with sticks, canes, or even dried fish. During this, he will be quizzed, as the practice is supposed to test both his knowledge and strength.

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