In the Orthodox community, gemachs, or loan funds, help brides defray wedding costs.
Brides are a focal point for Israeli charities, which can be a godsend for poor women. But sometimes a bargain dress comes with ideological or sectarian strings attached.
Every Saturday night in Romania, 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.
World Mission Society Church of God Part 2