From drinking out of a toilet bowl to killing baby chicks these are 25 very bizarre wedding customs.
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In Fiji men are expected to bring the father of the bride a tooth from a whale's mouth
In Kenyan Masai weddings the father blesses his daughter by spitting on her head
In France, the friends of the bride and groom collect all the wedding leftovers and bits of trash in a toilet bowl and then force the couple to drink it. These days, however, its usually just chocolate
In Ireland at least one of the bride's feet have to always be on the floor during her wedding. They used to believe that evil fairies would sweep her away if she didn't
In Yugur culture (an ethnic Chinese minority) the groom shoots his bride three times with headless arrows. He then breaks the arrows to ensure their love lasts
In Southern Sudan people of the Neur tribe believe the wedding isn't complete until the bride has had 2 children. Until then the groom can seek a divorce.
On the Maruesas Islands of French Polynesia the relatives of the bride all lay face down in the dirt as the bride and groom walk over them
Although no country officially recognizes human/animal marriages they are practiced in some places like India to ward off evil spirits
Some villages in Africa require an older woman from the village to accompany the bride and groom on the first night after their wedding
In the Congo the bride and groom are not allowed to smile throughout the entire wedding ceremony
In many countries throughout Asia and Africa the bride is kidnapped before her wedding
In France, friends of the bride and groom congregate outside their home on the first night of their marriage to bang on pots and pans
In Mauritania girls go to fat farms because being fat is attractive for marriage
In some Irish counties several men will dress up in straw, go to the brides house on the eve of her wedding, and dance with her
In Spartan culture, the women would shave their heads and dress up like men before waiting to get stolen away by their groom-to-be.
In Sweden if the groom leaves the table to go to the bathroom then every male in the reception will get a chance to kiss the bride and vice versa
The Daur are a group of people living in Chinese Inner Mongolia. In their culture the bride and groom have to kill a baby chick while both holding the knife
In some parts of Scotland the bride's friends cover her in trash and tie her to a tree
In India women that are born on a certain day of the year are considered cursed and will bring their husband and early death. The only way to break the curse is to get married to a tree first. And then the destroy the tree.
In Northern Borneo newlyweds are confined to their house while not emptying their bowels or urinating for three days
In some parts of India the bride's family tries to steal the groom's shoes and hold them for ransom
In Germany the guests bring the newlyweds new dishes as gifts. And then they smash them to drive off evil spirits
In Korea after the wedding is over the groom's friends takes off his socks and beat his feet with fish
In the culture of the Tujia people in China, the women of the bride's family start crying for 1 hour everyday 1 month before the wedding.
While wearing white might be the normal thing to do in the west, in most countries the bride wears something a lot more colorful as white is the color of mourning.
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