A Ukrainian wedding is a truly amazing occasion. There is a well known
song in Ukraine, which has the following lines: (Nowadays we know our
traditions not so well .. But there is nothing to compare to a real
Ukrainian wedding ..There is nothing so beautiful)
weddings in Ukraine
The words to the song may point to
traditions not being kept, but in fact Ukrainian people cling very
strongly to their traditions, particularly in post Soviet times. With
a wedding, this is certainly the case.
In olden days, when
match-making was a common way of being married, a man would send his
trusted representatives to the home of a potential bride. The
representatives, known as would approach the parents of the girl and
mention all of the good qualities of the groom (his wealth, house,
etc). If the girl's parents were interested, the girl was then brought
out to meet the representative so that they could get an idea of her
to take back to the groom.
The Wedding day
The best time
of year for a Ukrainian wedding is autumn. This is because it was
usually a time when the hard work of spring and summer had been done,
and the harvest provided a full supply for a long winter ahead.
The wedding dress should be white. It certainly should not be blue (in
Ukraine, this is a sign that the marriage will be a cold one), nor
pink (the marriage will not last long). The bride should not make the
dress herself, nor should her mother.
The wedding takes place
with a formal ceremony, and unlike traditional Western weddings, there
are no bridesmaids or groomsmen. Instead, witnesses' represent the
bride and groom. In Ukraine, the wedding must always be officially
registered with a civil ceremony. If a couple choose for a church
wedding as well, the civil ceremony will usually take place right away
after the wedding, or often in the days leading up to it.
The Wedding celebrations in general last
for two to three days. In olden times, it was traditional for the
bride to wear a dress she had made herself, on the second day of the
wedding celebration. This was to show her skills as a good,
domesticated wife. Thankfully, nowadays, a wife is seen for more than
just her ability to clean, cook and sew. But many Ukrainian girls
still take great pride in their skills in these areas.
celebrations are a incredibly amusing time, with lots and lots of
food, vodka, dancing, and singing. If you have not yet been lucky
enough to attend a Ukrainian wedding, then surely you don't know just
how much fun they really are.