Wedding Customs from across the World

Weddings occur all over the world and in all cultures. The process, superstitions, customs and ceremonies vary hugely though from one corner of the earth to another. Here we look at some of the more unusual customs that you might not have heard of:

South Korea

After a South Korean wedding, the groom must undergo a ritual foot beating before he may leave with his new wife. The groom’s family remove his shoes and tie his ankles together before taking it in turns to beat the groom’s feet with a stick or a dried fish! Whilst a little painful, the ritual is over quickly and is carried out more as a comical act than one of punishment. The ritual is meant to test the groom’s strength and during the ritual, the groom is quizzed as well.


Indian women born under a certain astrological period are called ‘Mangliks’ and believed to have been born with bad luck, particularly when it comes to marriage. To rid oneself of the curse, a kumbh vivah ceremony is held where the woman marries a banana or peepal tree in order to break the bad luck. The woman is then free to marry her man, curse-free this time.

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It’s normal to see a few tears being shed at a Gloucester Hotel Wedding Venue. It’s an emotional time after all. However, China take it to a new level as Tujia brides must cry for an hour a day in the month before their marriage ceremony. After ten days, the bride’s mother must also cry for an hour with her. Ten days after that, the grandmother must join in. By the end of the month, all female family members will be involved in the crying ritual.

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Swedish couples getting married might want to hold back on quaffing too much champagne in an effort to avoid using the bathroom. Swedish wedding tradition states that should the bride leave the room for any reason, all the female guests are allowed to approach the groom and kiss him. Similarly, if the groom pops out for a comfort break, any male guests may kiss the bride! Better find a venue with nearby toilets! Visit Gloucester Hotel Wedding Venue,  for your wedding needs.

Inner Mongolia

It definitely does not pay to be a chick in the Inner Mongolia region of China. The Daur people of this area must kill a chick before they can even set a date. The couple must kill and gut a chick together and then study its liver. If the liver is in a good, healthy condition then they can go ahead and choose a date for the ceremony. If they discover an unhealthy liver, they must continue the tradition until they find a chick with a healthy one.