There is a Jewish custom called a “black wedding”: during a plague, two orphans get married in a cemetery, under a black canopy, with the community pledging to support the couple, so the souls of the deceased will intercede to stop the plague. This April, such a wedding was conducted in Israel.
The town of Bridal Veil in Oregon maintains a functional post office despite not having had any permanent residents for more than three decades. This is because several thousand couples go out of their way each year to mail their wedding invitations from Bridal Veil for the unique postmark.
Mick Jagger’s 1971 wedding involved, among others: the guests being informed only a day before, the public civil ceremony being stormed by paparazzi, Jagger being accidentally locked out of the church, and Keith Richards laying passed out on the floor, reportedly in a Nazi uniform.
Montana is the only US state to allow two people to marry each other without either of them being physically present at the wedding.
Serbian wedding guests accidentally downed a small plane with celebratory gunfire in 2003.
A Swiss couple in the Maldives paid £820 to have their their wedding vows renewed in the native Dhivehi language. When the wedding video was posted to YouTube, the subtitles revealed that the minister had actually been insulting them, calling them “infidels” and their children “bastard swine”.
The first Pastafarian wedding took place in New Zealand in April. The guests wore eye patches and it took place on a pirate ship.
Couples who spent $1,000 or less were 53% less likely to get divorced, while couples whose weddings cost over $20,000 had divorce rates 43% higher than average. Weddings attended by more than 200 people were 92% less likely to get divorced.
Brides normally stand on the left of the Groom at a wedding so that his sword hand is free to defend against any other suitors.
Groomsmen (specifically bride’s-groomsmen) were originally at weddings to protect the bride from being captured by another suitor.