Traditional Weddings Customs: Russian Brides

Wedding ceremonies are different in every country you visit. The customs in Egypt won’t be the same as the ones in China. This is an accepted truth no matter where you go so it is easy to understand why some people may want to learn how things may be different for them. Here are some customs Russian brides need to know for traditions sake.

There is no best man or maid of honor in a traditional Russian wedding. These people are called by the Russian word “svideteli” or witnesses instead. The wedding party itself can last for as little as two days but sometimes goes for even longer!

Some things in traditional Russian marriages are the same as in American ones. One of these things is the time it takes to put the wedding together. A Russian wedding can take between one and six months. The marriage registration takes place in a “Zags” as opposed to our American courthouses.

As a symbol for hopeful longevity, health, and prosperity the new couple is given gifts of bread and salt. These are more than just food. They are the one of the ways for the older generation to bless the new couple.

This bread is even more important to the couple itself. Besides the blessings of their parents the bread is also a symbol of power and sharing. They each take a bite of this bread and whoever has taken the biggest bite is assumed to be the head of the family. This is a visual prop to allow them to see the give and take of marriage.

Toasts are an important part of American marriages. They are tools in which individuals who are close to the couple can share. In traditional Russian weddings this is no different. The speaker stands and once they are finished everyone takes a drink and cheers.

There are many wedding traditions that require breaking or smashing glass. Russian traditions are no different. When a toast is complete it is expected for the drinkers to throw their glasses on the ground. If they break completely when they land this is believed to be good luck. If blood is drawn, however, the couple could be in for a bumpy road.

Bride stealing is an ancient tradition in many customs. It teaches a certain lesson about due diligence and watching out for what is most important. In Russian tradition they call is Kasha Novelty and it is exactly what it sounds like!

Wedding celebrations can quickly turn into a bad nightmare for the groom if he’s not watching his woman closely. Friends and family of the groom will execute elaborate schemes in order to kidnap his bride and force him to pay a random to get her back.

Being one of these Russian brides can be just as nerve wrecking as being any other kind of bride. There are tons of things you have to remember, all the while taking one of the biggest steps towards your future. Still, it’s important to remember that on your wedding day you’re supposed to be happy. Smile, you’re getting married!

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