And finally… no laughing matter
Happy couples have been banned from laughing at their weddings by authorities in the south of Russia.
A new decree in the Rostov region dictates that there should be no laughter, loud conversations or exclamations during civil marriage ceremonies.
It also forbids the drinking of alcohol – ruling out a matrimonial toast – and any rearranging of furniture or floral arrangements in the registry office, The Moscow Times reports.
Olga Isaenko, head of the region’s registry office, said: “Yes, marriage is a joyful occasion, but you shouldn’t get carried away. It is permissible to smile, but there is nothing funny in the ceremony — this is a solemn, tender occasion.”
Violating the decree won’t land offenders in jail, but Mr Isaenko warned that criminal punishments still exist for certain offences such as disrupting a ceremony while intoxicated.