As time passes by, the cultural identity tends to fade as the globalization and global village become the mainstream nowadays.
A wedding in Romania can be the best way to understand and see how this eastern European country forms a unique combination of traditional and modern with your own eyes.
In Romania, weddings usually have several steps: the couple drives to the city hall in the morning to get legally married, and then back at home to get all dressed up and, in the evening, they go to church to get married in front of God. Finally, everybody goes to the wedding party to celebrate.
One of the most interesting customs at a wedding is to kidnap the bride around midnight.
Those “kidnappers” are usually friends of the groom. They take the bride away by hand at the wedding party. Then, the bride is most often taken to a bar, 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 will be sent back to the wedding party. Usually, the ransom is paid in whiskey or wine to drink or it can also be a request for the groom to make a speech to declare his love to his wife.
Moreover, the veil usually will be taken away and replaces it with a head scarf. This symbolizes the transfer from a girl to a married woman who will take care of the household and future children.