Posted By oliva on December 10, 2012
Weddings are ceremonies of pure bliss, love, and commitment. It is always a picture of romance, beauty, and immortal happiness. Because of the different cultures that each country possesses, the supposedly happy and beautiful picture of marriage in some places might not always be the same portrait in other countries. Months before the wedding, brides-to-be are already busy checking out for their bridesmaid dresses and gowns (get yours here), and fitting these to make sure that everything is perfect for her and the entourage; but in some countries, the brides-to-be during this stage are still in pain from the piercings and disks that are placed in their lips as signs of wealth, albeit it sounds awful and quite hideous, that practice is believed to be beautiful for them. Here are some of the most peculiar wedding traditions in different countries that definitely show how unfathomable each civilization depicts.
India – If there are only a few days left prior to the wedding, most brides would have already been busy bathing in oils and milk, moisturizing their skin to the optimum, and taking in vitamin supplements to keep it glowing and clean during the occasion, but not in India. Days before the wedding, the bride and her female friends would have already started decorating their hands and feet with intricately made designs. The ink is made of henna and while it’s not for a lifetime, it can last for a few days, leaving her skin printed and dirtied with the dye throughout the event.
Ethiopia (Surma tribe) – Women are supposed to look flawless during the big day as they hire hair and makeup stylists to look every inch beautiful. But in this particular place, brides-to-be are required to remove their lower teeth, have their lips pierced, and have the clay disk inserted into it. This custom is made months before the wedding. And take note that the size of the disk is actually changed from time to time, so it’s getting bigger and bigger until the wedding day. It might sound hilarious, but the size of the disk is actually the determinant of the bride’s dowry. In other words, the bigger the disk, the bigger is the bride’s dowry as well.
Java – While couples set sufficient budget from a humble amount of $2000 to whopping $50,000 for the legal fees, church fees, reception, gowns and the like, to have a successful and memorable wedding, it is not cash that couples-to-be in Java should save much before the wedding event. The couple should prepare 25 rat tails to be submitted to the local office as the wedding fee. Furthermore, if you need divorce in the future, you will have to save at least 40 rat tails to do that. So, don’t expect couples-to-be to head online and checkout Bridesire.com months before their wedding date albeit, expect them to get down and dirty in search for rat’s tails.
United Kingdom – There is nothing peculiar here as this is usually the place for the royals. However, instead of opting for maidens to be part of the bride’s entourage, the couples actually have children sashay down the aisle. The reason is to invoke a fertility aura for the new couple. This is apparent in one of the most watched weddings of all time, the Kate Middleton and Prince William royal wedding.
Scotland – Blackening the bride is an ancient Scottish tradition, yet some modern couples are still observing it during their big day. In this particular activity, the couple is blocked from an easier path to the wedding venue as people throw dirt, mud, eggs, dung, foul milk, and basically anything that would make her dirty and stinking to remind them that marriage is full of obstacles and is never tidy at all times. Conversely, grooms-to-be wear skirts.
Certainly, these peculiar wedding customs around the world might not be the most naïve ones there is, but these are enough to remind all of us that marriage is definitely at all times breezy. Therefore, before heading to buy mother of the bride dresses (get yours here), first consider the type of wedding ceremony that you are getting into.