So Some Brides Want to Get Dirty?
Trashing the dress is a recent trend where brides purposefully ruin their wedding gowns for the sake of a good photograph. Some brides pose in the surf, while others smear paint on themselves and their gown. A few ladies have even briefly set themselves and their dresses on fire!
Now onto a tradition that really stinks. No, really. The point of blackening the bride is to create the grossest concoction possible. A mixture of any combination of dairy, sausages, vegetables, eggs, fish and feathers is poured on the bride-to-be sometime before her big day. After she has been thoroughly befouled, she's paraded through the streets of her town.
This hilarious but decidedly unclean tradition isn't just a ladies-only affair. Grooms are also often subjected to the blackening, in which case the sticky, stinky couple is paraded around town together. Friends, family members and well-wishers follow behind the couple's filthy procession, making as much noise as possible so that no one will miss seeing the pair [source: Sartain].