The World’s Strangest Marriages


While much of the world continues to debate over who should be able to marry, it’s easy to overlook people marrying themselves, animals, and inanimate objects. They say love takes many forms, but what we see here is surprising!

Man Marries Himself

In 2007, Chinese man Liu Ye, married a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself. The cutout features Ye wearing a red dress. The ceremony honored all Chinese wedding traditions. He made the event a public affair by holding the ceremony in village where local citizens could watch. Ye decided to marry himself because he was unhappy with reality.

Woman Marries Herself

In 2003, artist Jennifer Hoes married herself in The Netherlands, to celebrate her 30th birthday. A ceremony in front of friends and family, the wedding was meant to symbolize her commitment and responsibilities to her own life.

Woman Marries the Eiffel Tower

In 2008, a 37-year-old San Francisco woman married the Eiffel Tower. She changed her surname to “La Tour Eiffel.” She says she fell in love with and married the tower because of issues with human relationships. She was repeatedly molested as a child, and abandoned by her parents and left in foster homes.

Woman Marries the Berlin Wall

Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer, who’s last name literally translates to “Berlin Wall” married the wall after her sixth visit in 1979, after being diagnosed with Objectum-Sexuality. She said she first fell in love with the wall when she was seven and saw it on television. The destruction of the wall devastated her, and she has not returned to visit. Instead, she keeps models in her home. She maintains her husband is “sexier” than the Great Wall of China, because the Great Wall is thicker.

Woman Marries Fairground Ride

In 2009, Amy Wolfe, a 33-year-old Pennsylvania woman, married a fairground ride called 1001 Nachts. She believes she suffers from Objectum-Sexuality because at 13 years old, she felt instantly attracted to the ride, mentally and sexually. Since she knew it wasn’t “normal” she kept the feelings to herself, but has since decided those feelings are a part of who she is.

Man Marries Game Character

In 2009, a Japanese man who calls himself Sal9000 married Nene Anegasaki, a video game character from the Nintendo DS game, Love Plus. The wedding was live-cast on popular Japanese video sharing website, Nico Nico Douga.

Man Marries His Cat

In 2010, German postman Uwe Mitzscherlich married his cat Cecila, after the vet told him she was sick and wouldn’t live much longer. He wore a tuxedo, and she wore a wedding dress.

Woman Marries a Dolphin

In 2006, Sharon Tendler married Cindy, her dolphin companion of 15 years. The ceremony took place in Israel, and puts her as the first woman on record to be married to a dolphin. For years, she kept the possibility of marrying a human on the table, but has since decided she’s only meant to be with the dolphin.

Man Marries a Goat

In 2006, a man was forced to marry a goat and pay dowry to its owner as public embarrassment. In Sudan, the law says a man caught sleeping with a woman must marry her immediately. When the man was caught engaging in sexual activity with the animal, the law was applied.

Man Marries His Pillow

In 2010, Korean man Lee Jin-gyu married his pillow. The oversized pillow features an image of Fate Testarossa, from the anime series Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. He had “her” fitted with a wedding dress, and performed the ceremony with a local priest.

Man Marries His Doll

Davecat, a man featured on the TLC show, My Strange Addiction, married his 80-pound love doll, Sidore, in 2001. He says she’s the perfect companion with qualities that are “hard to find in an organic woman.” He hasn’t dated a woman since he bought the doll.

Regardless of who or what these people marry, it’s clear real emotion and deep love are the motivators in these unions.

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