The Romani (“gypsies”)—not to be confused with Romanians—have a peculiar centuries-old tradition. To begin the married life, the groomsmen or bridesmaids kidnap the bride-to-be by whisking her away during the wedding day in a vehicle.
The kidnapping entourage head to a hideaway spot, where they unload and take good-humored “ransom” pictures of the bride and groom. Despite the bride’s pseudo-fearful look in the picture, she is quite calm. The bride has, after all, agreed to partake in the scripted kidnapping!
After pictures, the entourage returns the couple to the wedding reception location, where the groom offers the requested “ransom” to the kidnapping group. Additionally, the abductors might require other forms of payment, such as the groom dancing, offering bottles of liquor, etc., usually to the delight of onlooking wedding guests. After dropping the usually-harmless act, the kidnapping group returns the funds as a wedding gift.
This practice has prevailed because Eastern European governments tend to be hesitant to ban an age-old ethnic minority tradition.
While we can’t legally tell you how to have your own “kidnap the bride” all we can suggest is that EVERYBODY IS IN ON IT, to ensure you avoid legal troubles.