The kransekage is likely the most interesting wedding cake anyone could bake. Traditional to both Denmark and Norway, kransekage is made by stacking concentric rings — starting from the largest at the bottom to the smallest at the top — on top of each other to form a cone.
Eighteen layers are usually the standard but can exceed more! Rumor has it this cake is not just cool-looking, but also induces finger-licking in those who eat it.
Brides Circling Grooms Seven Times
Jewish brides, particularly from the Ashkenazi ethnic group, run rings around their husbands! Seven, in fact. The tradition is steeped in biblical significance. The reason for seven circles should be a giveaway: according to the Torah, the earth was created in seven days.
Therefore, the circles represent the days of creation as the wife “creates” a new world for her and her husband. This circling further represents the separation of their inner world from the outer world.
Stealing the Groom's Shoes
Indian grooms have to keep a close eye on their shoes at their wedding. Customarily, the grooms remove their shoes when at the mandap (altar in English) with their brides.
A classic tradition of pranking the groom is for the bride's female relatives to take off with his shoes when he is least suspecting. Once the groom realizes his fancy footwear has disappeared, the bride’s relatives demand a ransom for their return.
Brides With Ghostbusting Crowns
The wedding day phantoms are at it again. Almost every culture has a way of protecting its newlyweds from evil spirits. Ghost-proof protocols include wearing a veil, carrying the bride through the door, having both feet on the ground at all times, and more!
Now, we can add the Norweigan bridal crown: an ostentatious silver and gold tiara with several ghost-repelling charms dangling off it. The clink and chime of the charms are intended to scare off any shady spirits. Take note: ghosts hate noise!
No Wedding Night Baby? Get a Refund!
The Nuer people's wedding traditions in South Sudan happen in multiple stages, beginning with the hopeful bachelors approaching their intended bride’s family with a dowry of up to forty cattle.
Following this, a wedding ceremony takes place, but the proceedings' third and final stage is the chance to make the newlywed status official: the conjugal night. However, should the bride fail to conceive, the groom can call the entire marriage off and get a refund of all his cattle!