The Most Unusual Wedding Traditions from All Across the World

Let’s be real — weddings aren’t merely ceremonies. They are cultural celebrations that reflect our beliefs, values, and most importantly — traditions. So, it comes as no surprise that weddings are celebrated differently in every corner of the world. While some wedding customs are widely known, there are others that are incredibly specific to a certain region. And if you’re not a citizen of that particular area, you’ve probably never heard of them. That’s why we have decided to do a deep dive and share with you some of the most unusual wedding traditions from all across the world.

South Korea

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Let’s start with one that’s on the verge of being problematic, at least in Western countries. In South Korea, there’s a tradition of beating the groom’s feet to test his endurance and his commitment to his future wife. Sounds brutal, right? By fighting through the pain of the beating, the groom demonstrates his ability to withstand challenges in marriage. But don’t worry, to be frank honest, his tradition isn’t as violent as it may sound at first. It’s more of a lighthearted way for the groom’s friends to tease. But also prepare him for the responsibilities of married life.

Scotland

The Scottish don’t mess with tradition. And a prime example of that is their tradition of “blackening the bride“. This is a playful yet messy pre-wedding ritual that is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to the couple. By covering the bride and groom in substances like soot, feathers, and flour, the community comes together to protect the couple from negative influences and ensure a prosperous union filled with happiness and blessings. However, one question remains — who is supposed to clean the mess afterwards?

India

If you’re a believer in astrology, then you’ll absolutely enjoy the practice of Kumbh Vivah during Indian weddings. The purpose of this? Overcome potential astrological challenges in a relationship. When an individual is born under an unfavorable astrological combination (I can already tell that all Geminis would have to do this), they may undergo a mock marriage ceremony with a banana tree or a silver idol before marrying their intended partner. This symbolic ritual is believed to avert any potential harm or misfortune from affecting the actual marriage.

Germany

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One of my favorite ones comes from Germany, where couples have to saw a log after the wedding ceremony. This symbolizes the couple’s ability to work together and overcome obstacles in their marriage. By sawing through a log in front of their guests, the newlyweds demonstrate their teamwork, communication, and mutual support, setting the foundation for a strong and enduring partnership. Also, you never know when this would come in handy.

Fiji

In Fiji, the presentation of a whale’s tooth, known as “tabua,” is a customary gesture of respect and goodwill from the groom to the bride’s family. This tradition holds deep cultural significance, symbolizing the groom’s commitment to honor, protect, and care for his bride. The exchange of the whale tooth signifies the beginning of a new familial bond and mutual respect between the two families.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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