25 Extremely Strange Wedding Traditions

Posted by , Updated on November 24, 2014

The one thing every human society has in common is marriage. It doesn’t matter how isolated or backwards it is, if you stick around long enough then you’ll find yourself at something at least resembling a wedding. That being said, it will almost certainly not be what you expect. In fact it is likely to be gross, confusing, terrifying, or any mixture of the three. But as you read this list of strange wedding traditions just think to yourself – who’s the weird one?

Subscribe to List25


Shoe thieves


In some parts of India the groom is required to take off his shoes before approaching the wedding altar. As soon as he does this mayhem ensues. Everyone from the bride’s side of the family tries to steal them while everyone from the groom’s side of the family tries to protect them. If the bride’s family succeeds in their endeavor, then they are allowed to hold the shoes hostage until they get paid a ransom.




In some countries the guests bring the bride and groom new dishes as gifts. In Germany the guests do the same…and then they smash them. Supposedly the noise scares away evil spirits.


Animal attraction


Although no country in the world officially recognizes human/animal marriages it is practiced in many countries like India to ward off bad spirits.


Motherly assistance


Some villages in Africa require an older woman to accompany the newlyweds into their bedroom on the first night of their marriage in order to “show the bride the ropes”. Although this is usually a village elder, sometimes it can be the brides own mother. And you thought your parents were nosy.


Serious Business


In the Congo, if you want to ruin someone’s wedding just hire a comedian. In order for the marriage to be taken seriously the bride and groom are not allowed to smile throughout the entire ceremony.

Show Us Your Love
Join Over 2 Million+ List25 Fans