Weddings Complete with Kidnappings


Photo: Vadim Ghirda

Weddings are precious moments everywhere, but in Romania it comes with a little side of kidnapping for ransom. So forget veils, there brides wear blindfolds ... Here's the country's strange tradition of "bride-napping":

Mock abductions of brides are part of marriage ceremonies across the former Soviet Union. In some countries, guests lock up a bride or have her hide in a backroom during celebrations, demanding that the bridegroom delivers a "ransom" - like singing a song, dancing or sometimes paying real money. [...]

Recently, about 20 brides were held hostage at the Arch of Triumph, which was built in 1922 to honour Romanian soldiers who died during the First World War and to celebrate the reunification of Transylvania with the rest of Romania.

One bride was driven in from her wedding in a town an hour east of Bucharest with a gaggle of guests in tow. Another grabbed the toy machine-gun of her kidnappers, dressed up as Taliban, and pretending to use it in front of the monument.

Alison Mutler of the Associated Press has the story: Link - via Art of the Prank


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