1) Ransoming The Bride, Romania
A mock abduction game is played before the wedding ceremony takes place. Friends or family kidnaps the bride while the groom has to rescue her by paying the ransom.
2) Log Cutting, Germany
German weddings have an exceptional wedding ritual. The newlyweds cut a log in half in front of the guests to show their ability to work together.
3) Muslim Wedding
In Muslim marriages, the Mehendi ceremony is an important event that is held at the bride’s home before the wedding. The wedding is called Nikaah.
4) Pre-planned Crying, China
In Tujia society of China, the bride and the other female members start crying a month before the wedding.
5) Releasing Doves, Philippines
In the Philippines, the bride and the groom release two doves into the air at the traditional Filipino wedding reception.
6) Sitting on the Lap, Java
In Java, the bride and the groom sit on the lap of the father of the bride. The father then states that both of them weigh the same. This depicts that the couple is equal as individuals.
7) Smashing Dishes, Germany
Polterabend is a German wedding custom in which, on the night before the wedding, the guests break porcelain to bring luck to the couple’s marriage.
8) Sudanese Nuer Tribe
The wedding is complete when the groom pays for 20-30 herds of cattle. The wife should be the mother of two kids. If she has only one kid, the husband can ask for the divorce.
9) Jain Wedding
In this wedding, the Phere, Kanyavaran, Havan and The Granthi Bandhan are the main rituals.
The bride brings two bouquets, one for herself and the other as a tribute to the Virgin Mary.
11) Hindu Wedding
Hindu Weddings are the longest wedding ceremony. The preparations start months or two months before! Different customs are performed like Sagan, Haldi, Sangeet and Sagaai are held before the wedding.
12) Spitting on The Bride, Kenya
In Kenya, the father of the bride spits on her head and chest for good luck.
13) Jewish Wedding
There are two phases in the wedding – Kiddushin and Nissu’in. Kiddushin is an engagement phase while Nissu’in is the actual wedding ceremony.
14) Blackening, Scotland
The bride and the groom are poured with alcohol, treacle and flour by the friends and the family.