San Francisco, California

Take a trip to what feels like a historic European city without the long flight and jet lag. Visitors can stroll through the narrow cobblestoned streets by foot or on a horse-drawn carriage to admire the city’s famous French-colonial architecture and historic sites such as the Citadel, the Petit-Champlain District, Place Royale, Parliament Building, and […]

India: What a Steal

  On the day of the wedding, in a ritual called “Joota Chupai,” an Indian bride’s mischievous sisters and female cousins make off with the groom’s shoes and demand ransom money for their safe return. That’s one way to kick things up a notch!

The Peninsula – Hong Kong

Colonial style luxury and oriental elegance marry to create the perfect stay at Hong Kong’s The Peninsula. For instance, take your pick from any of their seven restaurants for a romantic dinner for two. Sleep in one of their many lavish suites with the crackling fireplace in the background. Moreover, some even include chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce […]

Greece: A Close Shave

Taking the term “groomsman” literally, on his wedding day, a Greek groom’s best man, or “koumparos,” becomes his barber when he pulls out a razor and shaves his pal’s face. But the groom’s day also has a sweet side. After he’s been freshly shaved, his new mother-in-law will feed him honey and almonds.

China: Take a Seat

  In China, a bride’s family will hire a “good luck” woman to take care of her as she travels from her home to her groom’s in an elaborately decorated sedan chair. Even more, attendants are busy shielding the bride with parasols and tossing rice (a symbol of health and prosperity) at the chair.

China: Bullseye!

  Let’s hope the groom remembers to remove the arrowheads. In China, a prospective husband will shoot his bride with a bow and (head-less) arrow several times, then collects the arrows and breaks them during the ceremony, to ensure their love lasts forever.

Congo: Keep Things Serious

GETTY IMAGES While most about-to-be marrieds brim with excitement and anticipation, Congolese couples must keep their happiness in check. During their entire wedding day, from ceremony to reception, the two are not allowed to smile. If they do, it would mean they aren’t serious about marriage.

Armenia: Breaking Bread

  Want to keep evil spirits far away from your marriage? Balance lavash flatbread on your shoulders. That’s what newly married Armenian couples traditionally do. According to the custom, when the bride and groom enter their wedding reception—typically at the groom’s house—they break a plate for good luck, then are given lavash and honey by […]

France: Potty Mouth

  Good news: French brides and grooms traditionally eat chocolate and champagne after the reception. Bad news: They must consume these treats from a toilet bowl. The point is to give the twosome strength before their wedding night. Unfortunately, it may come with a stomach ache as well.