Nowadays there are some customs that should be used at the Russian wedding. But sometimes it looks inappropriate and people just show their bad manners in public. I repeat, some people behave that way at their weddings, not everyone! Please, I just don’t want you to consider all the Russians to be such strange people! These photos may shoсk you.
You will read about some Russian old traditions that are used almost at every wedding. But someone follow these traditions beautifully, and someone… Well, you will see.
1. Detailed “Morning of the bride” under the supervision of a photographer
This part of the wedding day is not less important than the banquet or hike in the civil registry (here Russian people register the marriage, not in the churches). The main purpose is to seize the brightest and the most beautiful moments of the preparation of bride for the holiday. However, often the bride turns the preparation into an unnecessary detailed report. As a result, relatives in stretched sweat pants and T-shirts, mess and other unsightly items begin to appear on wedding photos.
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2. Paying the ransom
Once the groom arrives at the bride’s home, he must pay a ransom for the bride, a term in Russian known as vykup nevesty (выкуп невесты). Usually, it happens in the apartment building, where colored balloons and ribbons connot hide the fact, that the staircase has not been repaired at least for several decades.
3. False bride
It happens that the script of the ransom provides a test for the groom as a meeting with the false bride. This role is often played by men. This “bride” sits at the apartment where the groom is coming, and waits for him.
When the groom comes in, his “bride” appears in front of her future newlywed in all her glory.
After that joke the guests show to the groom his real bride while the false one may have a rest.
4. The bride’s shoe
The groom paid a ransom for his bride. But suddenly her shoe disappeared. So he also had to pay for her shoe to find it and put on the foot of his Cinderella.
Another custom connected with the shoe is a sip of alcohol from the bride’s shoe. As practice shows, the grooms who care about their bride’s hygiene and dryness of feet prefer to use shoes only as a support.
And some of them prefer not to think about it and drink right out of the shoe to the delight of the guests.
5. Vulgar contests
Some masters of ceremonies think that a wedding shouldn’t be without uncontrolled dance, striptease, and contests with vulgar jokes.
Often food become unwitting participant in such contests. More often these are bananas and carrots because of their shape.
It happens, some pictures taken during these games, subsequently take place in the wedding album. After processing in Photoshop, of course.
6. Street photoshoot
There are couples who invite a professional photographer to their wedding and set to him the task of making the highest quality images in a festive atmosphere, which will not be ashamed to be shown to the grandchildren. And there are couples who prefer a quite strange approach: an amateur photographer and shooting in the most unsightly places.