Brazil Brides Face $300 Fine If Late To The Altar

SAO PAULO (AP) - A church in Brazil is trying to crack down on tardy brides by fining them $300 for showing up late to their own weddings.

It's a common tradition in the South American nation for brides to arrive at least 10 minutes tardy. And it's not unusual to be an hour late - or worse.

Priest Roberto Carrara at the Nossa Senhora de Lourdes Cathedral in the small southern city of Apucarana is tired of wedding delays disrupting scheduled Masses and other ceremonies.

Cathedral secretary Daiane Evaristo said Wednesday that couples will be required to leave a $300 check as deposit.

They can only get it back if they're on time.

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