Seven Strange-But-True Wedding Laws

Laws can be very weird. We’ve found some doozies when it comes to getting married. For example, men in Saudi Arabia, despite their exalted status, have to make sure the bride gets her daily grind. Coffee, that is. Apparently, there is a law on the books that says woman in this country may divorce her husband if he does not keep her supplied with coffee. We say, give her a monogrammed coffee mug as a wedding gift to make sure she knows where her bread is buttered, err, where her java is brewed. Some might expect international laws to be strange to the American culture, but here are some very strange-but-true laws from states right in in the USA.

  • It’s true that some people remarry the same person after getting a divorce. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are the famous example. However, if you are planning multiple repeat performances, just know that in Kentucky, it is illegal to remarry the same person more than four times.
  • They just do things differently down in Louisiana. You’ve seen the A&E show, “Duck Dynasty,” right? Anyway, down in Turo, LA, a guy is not allowed to wed until he’s proven his manliness by killing three cows or six blackbirds. No mention of ducks. But you can still give the guys our personalized duck pub sign as a fitting choice in groomsmen gifts.
  • You may be in for a ho-hum honeymoon if you live in the state of Washington. Here, there is a law against having sex with a virgin under any circumstances, including the wedding night. Yet, data shows that the birth rate keeps climbing – we’re confused?!
  • In Kansas, a wife may successfully file for divorce on the grounds that her husband mistreated her mother. Grooms, this is your hint (wherever you live) to present your new mother-in-law with a thank you for the wedding gift. even has gifts for mom including personalized locket bracelets and engraved photo frames that will keep you out of the dog house.
  • In Montana, a couple can get married without either of them attending the actual ceremony. It’s called a double-proxy wedding. Meant as a way for military personal to exchange vows while stationed apart, the rule can’t say no to a bride and/or groom who are just too lazy to get out of bed and show up at the county courthouse.
  • In Bellingham, Washington, it is against the law for a female to take more than three steps backward while dancing. This could cause a really big problem at the reception! To play it safe, let whomever you’re dancing with take the lead -- the bride, the bridesmaids, your mother-in-law, or any of the lady guests.
  • In Pennsylvania, ministers are forbidden from performing marriages if either the bride or groom is drunk. Even though a little swig of something might help calm your nerves, save it for celebrating at the reception. Then and only then can you break out the engraved flasks you filled up to give as groomsmen gifts.
  • However weird these rules are, there is one wedding rule that is not – and that is giving groomsmen gifts to the guys who have so loyally stood buy your side on the Big Day and for the many years prior. has a wide selection of both classic and unique groomsmen gifts that will communicate your heartfelt appreciation for these faithful and fun friends. Because most of our gifts for groomsmen come with a special personalization, you can feel confident that your gesture is as one-of-a-kind as the recipient.