Kidnapping the Bride Is Latest & Craziest Wedding Trend

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brideHey, remember when getting married was a simple affair where your dad chose your groom, handed over a donkey or two, and bada bing bada boom, you're husband and wife? Nowadays it's just so complicated, with the picking of the man yourself, the deciding on the location, the DJ vs. band debate, and the kidnapping. Mmm hmm, in Romania, kidnapping the bride is, like, a thing. One minute you're dancing with your friends and family, finally enjoying a piece of that cake you stressed over for months, and bam, you're whisked away in a white limo by guys dressed like terrorists and taken to a Bucharest landmark where you're expected to feign fear and take "help me" photos while your groom gathers a ransom and meets you at the Romanian Arc de Triomphe.

And we thought our chicken dance tradition was bizarre.

The bride-napping movement has gained steam over the last few years, and apparently, it's not uncommon to see 20 or so brides under the national landmark, kidnapped and awaiting their just-made-official husbands to rescue them by turning over some booze, or a love note, to their captures.

It's all fun and games, but it sounds like a fun and a game I'd rather partake in during rush week at college instead of during my wedding, but hey, whatever gets you going.

This bride-napping tradition kind of reminds me of that new trend of trashing your wedding dress after the ceremony. Evidently, brides are taking to frolicking around in water to ruin their dresses, lest they just sit in a closet for the rest of eternity, gathering dust. Unfortunately, one woman drowned recently while trashing her dress -- it got too heavy with all the water and she was pulled under. Terrible.

I also recently heard about a wedding trend where couples had photographers come over to their hotel suite in the morning to capture "morning after" shots, which, you know, are just TMI. I don't know who wants to see those photos, and I'm pretty sure the father or the bride would sooner die than be forced to see those pics in a post-wedding slideshow.

Anyway, whether you're in Romania or Vancouver or Virginia, the best part about getting hitched is that you can (mostly) do it your way, and if that means you're kidnapped and held for ransom or photographed just after you "had sex for the first time", then cheers. Happy wife, happy life.

What's the weirdest wedding tradition you've heard of?


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fleur... fleurdelys3110

This sounds pretty fun actually! However, I would not want to miss any part of my wedding to do this. This would be really fun maybe like the day before the wedding or something.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

You do a great job of mocking another country's tradition here! What a great article. It is refreshing to see a person write a negative article about something they don't understand- oh, wait... just another article written by a Stir blogger. *sigh*

Ksmomy Ksmomy

Umm this is nothing new. This has been going on in New Mexico for years!!! (I'm 39 and remember it happening to my aunt when I was 9) Although the bride or groom isn't left anywhere. They are driven around until the new spouse has collected the "ransom". Once the ransom is taken care of the bride or groom is returned and the ransom is given to the newlyweds! It's the "job" of the maid/matron of honor and bestman to not allow this to happen. Silly but it happens.

cmjaz cmjaz

He should just kidnap her before the wedding and fly to Vegas. I wasn't able to handle all the hoopla for a big wedding so we went to Vegas.

I actually have a girl at work that may be getting fired because she is taking so many days off work for wedding 'stuff'. (13 dys in the past 3 months) Not worth losing a very good paying job, with full benefits, over. Hopefully, her soon to be husband is ready for a one income household for awhile......

nonmember avatar Lexy

Oy vey... Daily mail does one article on this and now it's picked up everywhere... This is a Romanian tradition and if it weren't for that one spot in Bucharest that seems to be very popular as a 'hostage' location and the fact that the kidnapers have started playing with toy guns and taliban gear, it wouldn't even have blimped on anybody's radar.
In most weddings in the rest of the country, the bride just takes a break to a scenic part of town , takes some pictures with the kidnapers (generally the best friends) and then comes back for the couple's godparents and the groom to meet the ransom request.
It's a fun thing if the newlyweds have a sense of humor and it's something to be expected.
Don't feel sorry for the brides... they know it's coming and they pretty much decide when it happens, and hey, it does spice things up a bit ;).

Jessye Carr

That's an old tradition from quite a few countries actually ...

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