Even the most unconventional couples happily partake in American wedding traditions today, from the bride tossing her bouquet to donning something old, new, borrowed, and blue. But these customs are not unique to Americans. Almost every other nation and culture has its own cherished wedding traditions. Some are charming, such as the Swedish custom of having the bride or groom kissed whenever the newlywed couple leaves the room. Some are confusing, like the prohibition against smiling on the wedding day in the Congo. And some seem strange, like the requirement that engaged couples in Mongolia kill and butcher a chicken in order to locate a healthy liver before being permitted to wed. But one thing—love—unites these seemingly dissimilar traditions from near and far. According to a Norwegian custom, the bride will don an elaborate silver and gold crown with tiny charms hanging from it all around. The tinkling sound she makes when she moves is meant to ward off evil spirits. According to the theory, if you adhere to these customs, you will find eternal happiness with your soul mate. Therefore, hopefully it will all be worth it in the end, even if some Hindu brides must first marry a tree or some South Korean grooms must put up with getting their feet spanked by family and friends. When love and a happily ever after are the results, it’s typically a win-win situation for the newlyweds. To give you an idea of the many traditions that go far beyond the bouquet toss, continue reading to learn about 45 of the most amazing rituals from around the world.