When it came to marriage, the Spartans had some very interesting customs. One particularly odd one was associated with the wedding night. The bride would be "captured" by a bridesmaid.
The bridesmaid would then shave the bride's hair and dress her in a man's cloak and sandals. She would then lay on the mattress in the dark until her groom came to find her. The husband would continue to visit his new wife in secret for some time after the marriage. Some experts say this "abduction" tradition was to ward off the evil eye and that shaving her head signified her transition into a new life.