Cultural Diversity: Wedding Rituals From Around The World

Chinese weddingThe wedding is one of the most awaited moments in a person’s life. This is the time when two people become one. All around the world, different cultures have their own way of celebrating weddings.


Brides prepare for their marriage celebration by crying: they cry for one hour every day. The bride starts to cry 30 days before the wedding. Her mother joins her after ten days and after another ten days, her grandmother joins in. The practice goes on until all aunts and sisters join the bride.


In Scotland, there is this unusual tradition of “blackening the bride” or throwing disgusting things to her like spoiled milk, sauces, food, trash, dog poop, and eggs. In this way, the relatives of the bride prepare her for any humiliation or conflicts. The idea is that if the bride can handle these disgusting things, then she can handle everything—even marriage.


Kenyan mothers-in-law shave the head of brides. Lamb fat and oil is then applied on their shaved heads. The father of the bride spits on her head as a blessing to signify prosperity and abundance.


In Indian culture, girls born with a broken tooth that had already broken the gums have a curse—broken only by marrying an animal. These girls can bring back good luck and repel ghosts by marrying either a goat or a dog. Some Indian women also marry a tree to ward off bad luck.

South Korea

Grooms also have to undergo weird wedding rituals in South Korea. Before the night of the marriage, the groom’s friends or family members beat his feet with crane, sticks, or other objects. The strange wedding ritual apparently makes him stronger. It also tests his strength and knowledge.

United States

American weddings are not complicated rituals. Some couples deviate from the church setting—if you’re planning a wedding in Minnesota, for instance, feel free to find other locations for the ceremony. suggests marquee tents if you wish to be wed outdoors.

These wedding rituals may seem odd, but they play an important role in shaping the culture and maintaining traditions. If your family has traditions of their own, honor them in a well-planned wedding ceremony.