Russian dating information
A traditional Russian wedding can last between two days and one week.The celebration involves dancing, singing, toasting, and banqueting.First, the groom brings an offering (often money or jewelry) for the bride.At this point, the bride's parents bring out a woman or man (the latter for amusement) who is not the actual bride but is dressed up like one covered in a veil, so the groom cannot see his or her face.The priest then says a prayer blessing the couple's betrothal which mentions instances in the Bible where rings are used and relates those instances to the betrothal.In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Holy Matrimony is considered a Sacred Mystery and the sign of the marriage is not the exchange of rings (that takes place at the betrothal) but rather the placing of crowns on the heads of the bride and groom.Following the civil ceremony, the newlyweds and their witnesses travel around the city in a limousine and tour many historical sites.
The bride and groom stand inside the entrance of the church and the priest blesses them and gives them lighted candles which they will hold throughout the ceremony.
It is also customary for the married couple to release either balloons or, more preferred, two white doves to symbolize their love and partnership which is written in the sky for all to see.
The bride also releases another balloon with her maiden name written on it.
Following the traditional ceremony, the couple must have a civil ceremony called rospis v zagse.
This ceremony takes place at the department of public services, formally known as ZAGS.