30 How Much Is the Bride?

How Much Is the Bride?

Posted on November 8, 2012 by team

Bride price, also known as bride wealth, bride token, is an amount of money or property or wealth paid by the groom or his family to the parents of a woman upon the marriage of their daughter to the groom. This tradition is followed by many cultures.

Some brides told us how much they cost to their grooms.

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Eliza Saralapova, 23.

Chief manager in Zepter International, Grozny, Chechnya.

Bride wealth: 665 dollars, a sheep, a sack of sugar, elite tea, a golden ring for the friend of the bride.

Her future husband proposed to her at the first meeting. She was hesitating to say "yes" and he stole her. Parents agreed to accept their marriage after that.

Inna Ibragimova, 24

Housekeeper, Grozny, Chechnya

Bride wealth: 665 dollars, a sheep, a sack of sugar and a sack of tea.

She was also stolen by her boyfriend and his friends, her relatives were "fighting" for her for three days and she finally got married anyway.


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30 Responses to “How Much Is the Bride?”

  1. ProudGerman says:

    You may want refund.

  2. (r)evolutionist says:

    Smash culture/tradition.

    • Tiger says:

      …and become what? Soul-less machines that obey your personal sick fantasies?

      • America says:

        Become free from the binds of those who use tradition, and you beloved religion, to control you.

        • ProudGerman says:

          Religion is ‘man-made’ and requires a service to be provided for redemption.

          Accepting Jesus is FREE and is not works based.

          • jeffrey pigden says:

            Since JESUS is part of an organized religion he must be ‘man-made’ and require a service fee. Accepting GOD, without Jesus or Mohammed or John Smith or any other ‘man-made’ interference is the only TRUE freedom !!

            • Tiger says:

              So the fact that there are many different organized churches venerating Jesus Christ it means that he was “man made”? You surely did not learn argumentation techniques at a Jesuit´s college?

            • America says:

              Oops, Amen to ProudGerman’s insightful comment that is.

              and Jesus was nothing more then a proxy to God himself. A holy man and a prophet, yes, but just a man. His significance is overrated. Man made organized religion and it’s adherence to rigid dogma is the real sickness. Take about soulless…

    • Tiger says:

      Just because You Muricans have no traditions it does not mean that other nations must give up their own traditions.

      • America says:

        Oh please, just because one bucks tradition doesn’t mean they’ve become “soul-less machines” who indulge in “sick fantasies” as you so narrow mindedly suggest. You sound ignorant and brain washed. Unable to think for yourself, bound by tradition and religious doctrine, and rigidly unable to accept anything other then the dogma you’ve been taught. How unfortunate for you. Keep drinking the Kool Aid…

        • Tiger says:

          Scumbag America:
          Comes from a country that celebrates a Coca Cola Santa Claus holiday – Calls other people who stick to their authentic traditions brainwashed
          You what kid, get a passport and go travel instead of wasting your time on the internet in a Southern Florida shack.

          • America says:

            Once again your (in)tolerance for the culture and traditions of other nations shines bright! Keep drinking the Kool Aid and pounding out the insults, Dear Friend. You’re such an open minded individual. I apologize for having thought otherwise.

      • America says:

        BTW it’s rather amusing that you think Americans have no traditions considering the world view seems to be that America is a backward nation of knee jerk religious conservatives, bound by Christian tradition and dogma, stubbornly so compared to our enlightened European brothers who have turned away from the Church in much greater numbers. Open your eyes. Europeans are giving up their religious traditions on their own, nothing to do with American influence.

        • Tiger says:

          Actually protestant and catholic Europeans are giving up their traditions. Orthodox do not so easily and muslims do not give their traditions even if they live in Europe.

          • America says:

            Well then enjoy living among your new Muslim overlords, Dear Friend. After all we all know how much you respect their beliefs and transitions. (rolls eyes) Shut up you whiny closed minded hypocrite. The only beliefs and traditions you have any tolerance for are your own. And once Europe is a lost cause you’ll probably be eager to come live among you backward knee jerk religious “‘Merican friends”. lol

  3. K@sey_yo says:

    Pretty much like our dowry system back then. Only difference is that gradually we seemed to have abandoned the tradition (and instead just…bring in the rent money whenever we move in/buy a house).

    • zax says:

      Dowry, a concept which we had in Christian countries is exactly the opposite one – it’s the money bride’s family must pay in order to get her married. Muslims (like those Chechens shown here) buy (often literally) the bride – so, it’s the money groom and his family pay.

      • Tiger says:

        No, that dowry thing is not necessarily confession based. There some Christian region were the family of the bride pay, some regions where the groom pays and some where the dowry is mutual.

  4. 70KokuSamurai says:

    This “tradition” just reinforces the argument that women are “property” and can be bought for a mere pittance. I can see why families return an abused women to her “husband”: greed, they want to keep the bribes he paid.

  5. banana says:

    any interaction with women comes at a financial cost. Incidentally Natalia Simkaeva, 20, is pregnant. The pedo has been porking her since she was 17.

    • America says:

      Seriously? She met her future husband at 17, dated for 3 years and got married and he’s a pedo? lol

      Please, amuse us some more with your definition of what a pedo is.

  6. Osip says:

    Brides’ fathers must be skilled negotiators. None of the brides are worth the price paid.

  7. LK says:

    Nothing like a culture where women are kidnapped and become the kidnapper’s wives automatically

  8. RB says:

    What is the problem to marry for love? Why do they say the one that marry s for love it never works? I think they mean marry for lust docent always work, but to marry for true love what more can a man or woman ever wish for.

  9. Russiafan says:

    Here in Japan we use a match maker to negotiate bride price and dowry (both are paid) Bride price is roughly about three months salary and the woman has to give a dowry equivalent to that. Customs are different in the countryside. When I got married, I had to give three months salary, but my wife had to bring two big cabinets and enough cloth for what she would wear for the rest of her life. We decided this was all too complicated and spent the money on a wedding feast instead.

  10. René says:

    What do they mean by “stealing” a bride?

    • jeffrey pigden says:

      The bride leaves her family home and moves to her new husband’s home but not his bed. This is often done with the help of the groom’s male relatives. My friend’s wedding involved a symbolic drinking contest between her male relatives and my friend’s. The groom’s gang won!!

    • PKN says:

      Kidnapping her.

    • Tiger says:

      Ideally you ride on a white horse with your weapons, grab the bride from the field and take her to your lair. Then, in theory, nobody can be sure that you did not deflower her anyway, so her family finally agrees to the wedding. If she would return unmarried from a kidnapping, she would be damaged good, since nobody can be sure, that she is still a virgin. And marrying a non-virgin, means humiliation in those societies and is a real no-go. That´s what this kidnapping is about. If you are not sure if the bride or the parents agree, then you have to kidnap her and she will be yours anyway.

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