If you are Czech, it would be wise to check your bed for any stray babies. Before a newlywed couple can make “full use” of their wedding bed, friends will sit a baby in their bed. The superstition is that the baby will magically confer enhanced fertility to the couple.
It is a bit presumptuous to assume that the couple’s intent for the bed is solely for procreation if you ask us! Do these people even know how satisfying sleep can be?
Venezuelan Couples Vanish!
Do not be surprised at a Venezuelan wedding if the bride and groom make a sudden appearance and then an equally sudden disappearance. Customary at Venezuelan weddings is for the bride and groom to arrive at the reception unannounced and simply slip in amongst the guests.
Their exit is equally perplexing as the newlyweds will simply vanish without saying a single farewell. Does this mean they won’t know if we didn’t buy them a gift?
Australian Sacred Stones
Australian couples are known for bestowing stones into the hands of their guests. No, this is not for throwing at the band if they suck. The guests hold the stones while the bride and the groom read their wedding vows to each other.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds collect the stones from their guests and place them in a decorative bowl. The bowl is then displayed in the marital home to symbolize the wedding guests' support on the wedding day.
Selling the Groom's Tie, During the Wedding!
Industrious wedding guests in Spain found a way to fundraise for the bride and groom at the wedding ceremony itself. Spanish groomsmen slice and dice the groom’s tie into tiny pieces to sell to other wedding guests! All cash collected goes straight to the newlywed’s honeymoon fund.
The tradition has also extended to cutting up the bride’s garter and demanding cash for the pieces.
One could be forgiven to think that a Romanian fiancée has turned into a runaway bride. An enduring tradition in Romanian families is kidnapping the bride-to-be and making her future husband work to get her back from her takers!
He will have to follow a series of clues, and once he has located his fiancée, he must pay a ransom, sing a song, or bring a lot of alcohol to appease the captors!