A wedding in Romania can be one of the most authentic and inspiring way to understand and see, with your own eyes, how this eastern european country is an unique mix of old and new, joined together in times when cultural identity tends to fade as globalisation takes its place.
In this post I will describe some Romanian wedding traditions as they are kept today by young couples getting married.
One of the most interesting customs at a wedding is to kidnap te bride around midnight.
Daily Mail wrote a fairly accurate article about this – even though the pictures and some details were a bit exaggerated, as there are no weapons or masks involved.
If you want to see what it is all about click here.
The tradition of the bride being kidnapped by the groom’s friends is not a specific Romanian tradition, but a custom outspread in all the eastern part of Europe.
There are some differences in „the ritual” depending on the country, but, at large, we are talking about the same root custom.
As many might imagine, this is a tradition reminding of old times when a bride was a very important „possesion”.However, in Romania, the custom goes like this: a group of close friends of the groom take the bride (usually by hand) and sneak her out of the building where the wedding party is taking place.Then, the bride is most often taken to a bar, a club, in the city center or in a park.The guys who kidnapped the girl call the groom and demand a ransom.They negotiate on the phone and when they reach an agreement, the bride is brought back to the wedding.Usually, the ransom is either paid in whiskey or fine wine bottles for the friends of the groom to drink or it can also be a request for the groom to make a speech to declare his love to his wife.