Final September, on the way from Australia to Costa Rica, we produced stop that is much-anticipated Ukraine to finally introduce Max to my extensive family members and go to my cousin’s wedding. Even though that we spent my youth in Ukraine (my children relocated to Canada once I ended up being 15 years old), I experienced never attended a conventional Ukrainian wedding before together with no clue what to expect. We guessed that there is a church that is intimate accompanied by an outdoor reception into the bride’s town.
1. Having to pay the Ransom
The morning regarding the wedding, the groom (my relative) needed to go directly to the bride’s parent’s home to pay for the ransom to have their bride. Their man that is best, together with his instant family members (that also included my loved ones, Max and I also) had been permitted to arrive for moral help. He arrived in the homely home with two loafs of bread to gift into the bride’s family. But alternatively to be taken in straight away, he had been greeted by the bridesmaids whose duty would be to protect the bride from getting “stolen” without the ransom that is adequate. Girls worked difficult to up the cost of the ransom by stumping my cousins on questions regarding their bride (every answer that is wrong him to pay for more), forcing him to shower her with compliments, and do other things that had been required to get him to drop more money. After about fifteen minutes of laughter and solid entertainment for all, my relative had been permitted in getting his woman.
Spending the ransom!
The parents of the bride actually bring out another woman or man dressed as the bride and covered with a veil, so the groom can’t see her face to trick the groom in some iterations of this tradition. It is stated that when the groom understands it is perhaps not their bride, he's asked to fund the bride that is alot more valuable. Additionally it is stated that when the bride’s moms and dads meet with the groom in the door by having a pumpkin, it indicates that their offer of wedding had not been accepted by either the bride or by her family members, and also the pumpkin is one thing for him to hold, to ensure he does not keep empty-handed.