The world’s most unusual wedding traditions

Wedding traditions - such as tossing the bouquet, or wearing something blue – have become things we accept, and indeed relish, as a part of getting married in the UK. But have you ever wondered what weird and wonderful traditions other parts of the globe have as well? Here at Ripe Insurance for Valuables, we’ve put together a list of 5 of our favourites – it doesn’t mean we’ll be taking part in some of them any time soon though!

1. Scotland: Blackening of the Bride 

In traditional Scottish weddings, brides (and sometimes the groom) are bombarded with a variety of rubbish; such as curdled milk, fish guts, rotten food, and even tar and feathers. She is then tied to a tree and later taken out for a night of drinking on the town. The tradition stems from the belief that if she can withstand this awful treatment, then she can handle any hurdle that comes her way in the marriage.



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2. France: Toilet Treats

Historically, in France the bride and groom once ate and drank wedding leftovers from a toilet bowl – known as ‘La Soupe’. Nowadays, the leftovers are replaced with champagne and chocolate – however, they still must be consumed from the toilet. Let’s hope the champagne and chocolate are worth it! The thought behind this wedding tradition is that it’ll give the bride and groom ‘strength’ for their wedding night.


3. China: Crying for the Groom

Usually, marriage is associated with joy. However, among the Tujia people of China, brides are required to cry for an hour a day, every day, for the whole month before her wedding. Ten days into their wailing month, the bride’s mother joins her in crying, and then next week - her grandmother.

By the end of the month, her entire family is crying beside her – sounds cheerful! Despite the tears, this wedding tradition is thought to be an expression of pure happiness - as the tones of the crying is believed to be reminiscent of a song.

4. Germany: A Smashing Wedding

If you’re attending a traditional German wedding anytime soon, then make sure you bring a selection of porcelain dishes. Guests proceed to smash these dishes on the floor to keep any evil spirits at bay. The smashed dishes are then cleaned up by the bride and groom.

The method behind this madness dictates that if they can work together to clean up the smashed mess, then they can overcome any challenge in their marriage, as long as they work together.


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5. Romania: Sweeping the Bride off her Feet (Literally) 

In some Romanian weddings, the wedding guests all work together to kidnap the bride, and whisk her away to a secret location. Once she has been kidnapped, the guests then demand a ransom from the groom!

Thankfully, the ransom request is usually something like a few bottles of whiskey. However, if the guests are feeling particularly cruel, then the groom must sing a love song or publicly declare his love for his kidnapped bride in front of the entire wedding party.


As strange as these traditions may sound, other places around the world would likely think that our tradition of the bride throwing her bouquet to the gathered crowd of jostling female wedding guests is equally as bizarre.

While you might not be adopting any of these traditions any time soon, one tradition that is essential to adopt is insuring your wedding and engagement rings, with our specialist valuable insurance. To find cover that protects your jewellery hassle-free, along with our Lowest Price Guarantee, get a tailored online quote with Ripe Insurance for Valuables today.


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