In this era, one might think that they have seen it all. From weird tattoos that turn your eyes completely black to weird body transformations, the world surely is a bizarre place to be. When it comes to marriages however, people manage to come up with unique ideas to make their day extra special. Throughout history, many people managed to tie the knot with some of the most unusual things you can imagine. From the Eiffel Tower to marrying a pillow, here are 10 bizarre things people have married.
1. Aaron Chervenak married his smartphone in a Vegas chapel.
Apparently, not everything that happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. In 2016, a man tied the knot with his smartphone and said ‘Til Data Do Us Part’. The California man traveled to Sin City, where his beloved smartphone was equipped with a specially crafted ring on the back of the phone case.Chervenak slipped on his ring to become one with the device. In the video posted to YouTube, Chervenak says, “In a sense my smartphone has been my longest relationship. What I hope my wedding will do is somehow act as a symbolic gesture to show how precious our phones are becoming in our daily lives”. Since the event was non-legally binding, the phone can legally bail on its husband. Chervenak is also allowed to use other phones or deactivate the relationship for an upgrade at any time. (source)
2. A man who goes by the name Davecat married a synthetic doll named Sidore Kuroneko. He has a second synthetic doll, which is his live-in girlfriend.
Davecat, the online pseudonym he prefers to go by, bought his now wife from Abyss Creations in 2000. He spent a year and half saving up $6,000 to buy a real-life version doll, which he calls Sidore Kuroneko. Although made of silicone, Sidore is “anatomically correct” and has an exact resemblance to humans. Davecat loves Sidore so much that he gives her foot massages and the two even wear matching wedding bands. In 2012, Davecat purchased a second doll – a Russian called Elena – who is a live-in girlfriend. According to Davecat, Elena and Sidore are really good friends and keep each other company during the day, when Davecat is at work. “Not only do Synthetiks remain the same, but they’ll never cheat on you, lie to you, judge you, or show any other characteristic that can make Organiks unpredictable”, says Davecat. (source)
3. Erika Aya Eiffel married the Eiffel Tower.
A small percentage of humans are naturally born as OS, which means that they are naturally drawn to objects rather than human beings. People with OS have the inclination to develop significant relationships with inanimate objects. One such case is Erika Eiffel’s, the tower crane operator and former award-winning archer. In 2008, Erika married the Eiffel Tower and changed her surname to Eiffel. When the whole world became aware of Erika and her wedding ceremony, a British documentary maker made a film about her and spread misconceptions about her relationship. Soon after that, Erika lost her job at the tower, and her sponsors did not want anything to do with her, thus forcing her to quit archery. Erika had to break off her relationship with the Eiffel Tower and move to Germany, where she is currently working as a crane operator and slowly building a new relationship with her crane. (source)
4. Tracey Emin, an artist from the UK, married a rock.
In 2016, artist Tracey Emin revealed that she had married a rock. The artist, who’s particularly famous for her Tate exhibition, ‘My Bed’, admitted tying the knot with the ancient stone in France. According to reports, Tracey married the rock wearing her father’s white funeral shroud. In an interview, she explained, “It just means that at the moment I am not alone; somewhere on a hill facing the sea, there is a very beautiful ancient stone, and it’s not going anywhere. It will be there, waiting for me. The other thing about the stone is that it could be quite monstrous and scary. Instead I saw it as a protection thing as opposed to a fearful thing”. (source)
5. Akihiko Kondo, a Japanese man, spent more than $18,000 to get married to a hologram that uses a voice synthesizer to perform in sold-out shows worldwide.
In 2018, Akihiko Kondo took his wedding to a different dimension. The 35-year-old married Hatsune Miku, a singing hologram that uses a voice synthesizer to perform in sold-out shows worldwide. When he sent an invitation to his mother to attend the wedding, she refused to accept the hologram as her future daughter-in-law. In fact, none of Kondo’s relatives attended his wedding to Miku. Nevertheless, Akihiko Kondo walked down the aisle with his beloved wife. He explained to CNN, “Society pressures you to follow a certain formula for love, but it might not make you happy. I want people to be able to figure out what works for them”.
The marriage isn’t legally binding in any aspect and Gatebox, the company whose devices can broadcast a hologram of Miku, has issued more than 3,700 marriage certificates to people who want to wed a hologram. Around 40 guests attended the wedding ceremony where Kondo held a cat-sized stuffed doll of Miku. (source)
6. Pascale Sellick, 49, married her duvet with a lavish ceremony.
Some of us love our beds but one woman took the idea of ‘loving your bed’ to the extreme. Pascale Sellick, 49, from the UK, is so in love with her duvet that she married it so they could become one, forever. In fact, she even hired a wedding planner and started sending official wedding invites to friends and family members last year. “My duvet is the longest, strongest, most intimate and reliable relationship that I have ever had. That’s because it has always been there for me and gives me great hugs,” the 49-year-old said. TThe special occasion took place at Rougemont Gardens in Exeter, Devon, followed by a “free wedding party” at The Glorious Art House in Fore Street. (source)
7. Kevin Nadal, an author, activist, and professor of psychology, married himself.
In 2005, Kevin Nadal, 27, a Filipino-American performance artist and PhD student in counseling psychology, took his vows – “I, Kevin Nadal, take me, Kevin Nadal, to have and hold, in sickness and health”; then threw a bouquet. The wedding ceremony took place in New York City with more than 125 guests attending. “Everybody said it was the best wedding they’d been to. Even if some people initially didn’t understand what I was trying to do, they came round in the end”.
What Kevin was doing was hosting an event that would celebrate the single life. “I’ve attended at least a dozen weddings, and I have bought tons of gifts for those couples. And don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to do it. But I started thinking: we always celebrate married life, why not single life? Single people are marginalized in our culture. People think you don’t have the commitment to be in a relationship or you’re too picky”. So, Kevin walked down the aisle to prove a point. (source)
8. Joseph Guiso, 20, married his dog in a park ceremony with 30 friends and family members present.
Dogs might be man’s best friend but one man has taken his love for canines to an entirely new level by marrying his beloved pet. In 2010, Joseph Guiso, 20, wed his five-year-old golden retriever, in the Queensland town of Toowoomba. Thirty of Guiso’s friends and family attended the unorthodox wedding and Guiso assured the guests that the event was only to show people how much he loved his beloved pet. Many local animal rights groups have slammed the ceremony, but Guiso has laughed off the criticism, saying that it was just a fun way of showing his love for his canine friend. (source)
9. Lee Jin-gyu married ‘dakimakura’ – a kind of large, huggable pillow from Japan, often with a picture of a popular anime character printed on the side.
True love can come in many forms and for Lee Jin-gyu, a Japanese man, it’s in the form of a large huggable pillow. In 2010, he married his beloved pillow that has an image of Fate Testarossa, from the ‘magical girl’ anime series Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. The 28-year-old held a special ceremony where he fitted his pillow with a wedding dress and said his vows in front of a priest. According to one of his friends, Lee is known to take the pillow wherever he goes and even has meals with it. (source)
10. Amanda Liberty married a chandelier she named Lumiere.
In 2017, Amanda Liberty spent more than £400 to buy a 90-year-old chandelier off of eBay. She describes it as love at first sight but the 33-year-old just couldn’t imagine living a life without her beloved chandelier. “She was based in Germany and although I knew it would be tricky to get her home, I knew I needed to find a way to make her mine. I couldn’t stop thinking about her and how beautiful she was – she has such a beautiful shape, and I could feel really amazing energy coming from her”. After the chandelier arrived at her home, Amanda put a ring on it to make it her’s forever. The 33-year-old hopes to work in public buildings such as Buckingham Palace, looking after the grand chandeliers that they have there. (source)