Wedding ceremony is one of the most important events in any person’s life. And when it comes to Ukrainian wedding, one can think about the customs and cultures typically followed to hold a Wedding ceremony in Ukraine. In this article I am going to show you a quick review of Ukrainian wedding ceremony.
A wedding is typically most colorful and exciting when it comes to Ukrainian wedding ceremony. It is sort of a complex wedding event which lasts for two to three days. There are also number of pre wedding ceremonies and events according to Ukrainian cultures and customs. These traditional events are as important for the Ukrainian bride as a wedding ceremony itself.
A formal engagement which officially announces that the wedding is going to happen, takes place before wedding ceremony. This ceremony is called “dohlyaduny”. The bride groom according to this tradition visits the bride’s parent for the purpose of proposal. It’s an old customary event which is formally arranged to officially propose the bride through her parents’ permission. Her parent gets a will power to decide whether to accept or reject the proposal.
The length of the time period of engagement varies from couple to couple, but it normally ranges from a month to one year or may be two years. During this period, the couple gets to know each other more as well as the families. This period is usually spent in making arrangements for the grand event that is wedding ceremony in Ukraine. A couple goes for shopping, visits restaurants, decides menu that each of the guest would enjoy.
The couple has to decide a person who will be making a toast to the couple on their wedding. To capture and record memories, a photographer and videographer is also selected by the couple. A church is one of the most important decisions amongst wedding arrangements. A Ukrainian bride then decides the most important thing that is her wedding dress. The color is traditionally white but in recent years pink or ivory has also gained popularity amongst brides.
A Ukrainian bride wears her traditional dress which is called “vyshyvanka” at certain times. It is a national embroidered shirt from Ukraine. A bridal veil makes an indispensable part of bridal’s dress. It is a must element in Ukrainian bridal dress without which the dress would be totally incomplete. The Ukrainian bride grooms don’t have to meet any requirements for the dress code for the wedding. They can wear three or four piece suit and may be they can only wear any shorts and shirt even.
The wedding takes place on Friday or Saturday. A night before wedding, the bride and bride groom must spend a night separately. Bride groom arranges a bachelor party and bride arranges a ‘divych-vechir” which is also a bachelorette party.
In the morning, the bride groom goes to the bride’s house and pays the bride with some “vycup” or a ransom. According to Ukrainian culture, there is only one bridesmaid who takes out different contests and if the bride groom fails to win them, he has to pay her vycup.
Then everyone goes to civilian registry office to register the marriage. Then the ceremony takes place in the church. Afterwards the guests and couple stay there for 3 to 4 hours, take pictures and greet each other. The dinner is held after then at home or any restaurant. There is a lot of dancing and singing after dinner which may last till dawn.