Weird Wedding Stories From Ripley's Believe It Or Not! - Wedding Wednesday

October 05, 2016

Who doesn’t love a good fact? We love them here at Sternberg Clarke HQ and have even taken to writing about them each and every Friday as part of Ooh, Interesting! Fascinating Facts. As a celebration of that particular strand and because it’s Wedding Wednesday, we thought we’d do some research on weddings and wedding facts courtesy of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, here is what we’ve found.

World’s Longest Wedding Veil

When marrying Ferdinand Pucci near Naples, Italy, bride Elena De Angelis wanted to be noticed. With this in mind, she decided to wear the world’s longest wedding veil, which clocked in at a frankly ridiculous 1.8 miles long. Six and a half feet wide, the silk took many months to make and required 600 people to carry it through the streets of Casal di Principe including locals who presumably wondered what the holdup was all about. We hope nobody stood on it!

It Was Fate

You may have had at least one person describe their relationship as all being down to fate or that they were simply meant to be. This could actually be the case with Amy Singley and Steven Smith of Bushkill Township, Pennsylvania though; the happy couple were born at the same time on the same day and even in the same room! 24 years later, on June 12th 2010, they were happily married.

Cheap Wedding

With the value of the pound plummeting in recent months, you might be thinking of holding your wedding on the cheap. Not a problem! With this amazing vending machine, all you need is a single dollar and the AutoWed will do the rest. A robotic voice leads you through the vows – presumably in a blissfully romantic manner – and at the end of the ceremony, you either get to select ‘I do’ or ‘Escape’. If you go through with it to the end, you’re rewarded with two plastic rings and a wedding receipt.  Ah, romance.

Wet Under Foot

Eva and Pavel Jaworzno didn’t want to take a chance on the weather on their wedding day, simply deciding to get married underwater to save everyone the stress. With 275 guests watching the ceremony under the waves, their August 2011 ceremony became the world’s largest underwater wedding. If you’re having trouble picturing 275 people all clambering into your local swimming pool then you won’t be surprised to discover the wedding itself took place in a flooded open-pit mine in Poland. Clever.

Popping the Question

Far be it from us to suggest that Rachael Robinson didn’t think she was entirely safe when she married Duncan Turner, but the schoolteacher did decide to marry him whilst wearing a wedding dress made from bubble wrap. Thirteen feet of the stuff was used to create her dress and train, which was stitched together by pupils and parents of the school. Don’t go thinking it was see-through either; the bubbles were attached to an inner lining of cloth and topped off with white packing foam. Top recycling!



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By Henry Fosdike