Russian Wedding Traditions
Contemporary Russian wedding tradition has adopted various features of Western
weddings, but certain traditions remained. Thus, usually the Russian wedding
is celebrated during at least two days. The first day includes the civil ceremony,
church wedding and the beginning of the wedding reception. The second day is the
continuation of the party. Weddings last even more in the villages, for a minimum
of three days. Before the civil ceremony there is a tradition of ransom for the
bride: the groom with his best man and several close people comes to bride's house
in order to take her to the registry office where the civil ceremony takes place.
But first he has to pay a ransom to his bride's brother or other relative. Certainly,
it is just a conventional joke, and ransom is conventional as well. The couple
receives the ministrations from the bride's parents at home. On their way out
of the house they are awaited by all local children who expect coins from the
bride's parents. The bride and the groom are greeted by the guests in front of
the registry office with bread and salt on it - this symbolizes health and
wellbeing. The bride and the groom have to take a bite of the bread, and the
one who bites more is considered to be the head of the family.
As far as civil ceremony is the only which gives the couple the status of
officially married, it is considered the most important, but more and more
couples want to get married in church as well. Civil ceremony is attended
by all relatives, friends and even acquaintances who won't attend the
wedding reception. There are usually a best man and a maid of honor,
who are called "witnesses" ("svideteli" in Russian). Previously their
role was rather functional: they literally served as witnesses of the
wedding at civil ceremony, but nowadays it is just an honor to tradition.
Church wedding may last for half an hour and sometimes it takes two hours.
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