Bride-napping in Romania

The bride wore a blindfold
by Alison Mutler
September 4, 2012

‘Kidnapping’ ritual booms in Bucharest

AP: A white limousine screeches to a halt, and a bride, resplendent in frothy gown and veil, is hauled outside by her abductors.

It’s one of Romania’s more colourful customs: bride-napping.

And the tradition of snatching the bride from under the nose of groom and guests with the wedding party in full swing is getting bigger, brasher and an increasingly common sight in the Romanian capital, the Balkans’ undisputed party town.

Every Saturday night, brides from Bucharest and beyond are dragged away in a mock abduction by friends and driven to a top tourist spot where they are “held hostage” – all the while pouting, dancing and striking provocative poses for the cameras. Continue reading “Bride-napping in Romania”