Wedding and marriage tradition in Ukraine
A marriage and wedding In Ukraine is filled with traditions that originate in both Eastern Christian and in Ukraine's ancient pagan past. Part of the Ukrainian marriage takes place at the bride's house. If you are not a close family member, you will most likely miss this part of the wedding. Ukrainian church weddings are not considered official, and so couples wanting to get married must exchange their wedding vows at a Russian marriage civil ceremony. Here, the bride and groom receive bread and salt, symbolizing health, prosperity and long life.
Before the church ceremony, the bride, the groom and their families meet at the home of the bride's parents for the blessing, the "blagoslovenya". At the blessing, the parents express their approval and good wishes for the couple. The Ukrainian marriage and Wedding civil ceremony is often considered unimportant to friends and relatives of the bride. The main affair is the wedding reception, a great two day celebration with music, dancing, feasting and drinking. Once the reception celebration has begun, a relative or close friend will make a wedding toast to the bride and groom. In keeping with Ukraine custom, everyone throws their champagne glasses on the floor. It is considered good luck if the glasses break when they hit the ground. Throughout the wedding and marrige reception, the traditional Ukrainian dance called the "kolomiyka" will take place as well as the singing of a song called "Mnogie Leta". It is a song of good wishes and means "many happy years".
Ukrainian wedding bread:
The korovay is a traditional wedding and marriage bread that symbolizes community, and it takes the place of wedding cake at a Ukrainian reception. The korovai is adorned with periwinkle, flowers and bread doves
Ukrainian wedding dresses:
The wedding rushnyk is an important part of your wedding. During the wedding the couple must kneel on a wedding towel (rushnyk)