Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

31 REALLY Weird Marriage Customs From Around The World.

Throwing the bouquet, scandalously removing the garter, the couple's first dance, the cutting of the cake, and the life-affirming moment that the Electric Slide begins - these are all wedding traditions that most Americans know and love. Around the world, wedding traditions are a little bit different: Some of them are heartwarmingly romantic, and some of them are a little strange, and some of them might make you a little bit uncomfortable. Check out these 31 love and marriage customs from around the globe - #24 will make you cringe.

#1. To a Whale of a Wife

In Fiji, men have to find an unusual gift before they can ask for a woman's hand in marriage: Before asking for the hand of his beloved, the groom must present his father-in-law with a whale's tooth.

#2. The Blackening of the Bride

In Scotland, there is a particularly nasty pre-wedding tradition that involves the bride and groom being pelted with food trash, including rotten eggs and fish. The Scots believe that if a couple can withstand this, their marriage can withstand anything.

#3. Love and the Chicken Liver

In Daur, China, there is a tradition that requires engaged couples to dissect a chicken and check out it's liver: If the liver is healthy, the couple can set a date. If not, they can't plan their nuptials until they find one that is.

#4. The Bridesmaid Blockade

In China, when a groom comes to get his bride, he must first break through an aggressive wall of her angry bridesmaids. The bridesmaids demand money from him, and put him through a series of silly performances and tasks - all meant to prove just how strong his love really is.

#5. The Courting Hut

Some African tribes allow women to enter a "courting hut" so they can hang out with potential spouses away from the prying eyes of their parents - and the rest of the village.

#6. My Big, Fat Mauritanian Wedding

In Mauritania, a large, full-bodied wife is said to signify good luck and prosperity in a marriage. Unfortunately, Mauritian women are often force-fed to become fatter for their wedding, sometimes causing them endless illness and health problems down the line.

#7. The Bridal Kidnapping

Here's a completely messed up tradition that will have you cringing; In Krygyzstan, an old adage claims that tears on a wedding day will make for a happy marriage. Until 1991 (when it was finally made illegal) many parents would consent to the marriage of a kidnapped young girl, especially if she was crying.

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