Russian Weddings - What are they like in St.Petersburg

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All countries have their own traditions and customs, Russia, St.Petersburg is not the exception. Here I would like to speak about the way Russian Women Marry Men. Summer in Petersburg especially White Nights season is the best time to get married, make a big celebration or even to travel to Petersburg on a Wedding Tour.

The wedding days has come... The hair is done, the rings are in the pocket, the limousine is at the door and numerous relatives and friends are already at the entrance of the wedding palace. It is time to go and get in the limousine, drink Champaign on the way to the wedding palace, saying “yes” to each other after the official lady reads all the trivial words in front of all the quests and photographer, putting a signature in a book of marriages, wearing a ring to each other on the right hand.

Imagine the wedding palace under the rains of coins thrown by numerous guests and relatives, getting in the limousine and going for a ride to the monuments, drinking Champaign at every stop, being followed by the bus with numerous relatives and guests, putting flowers to the founder of Petersburg and hanging a lock to the bridge in front of the Cathedral of Spilt Blood, entering the restaurant, eating, dancing, laughing, kissing, getting drunk and tired and then….deep and long dream. Oh, I need to mention one more detail! Every time numerous guests and relatives want to make the couple kiss, they start shouting the word ”Gorko”. It means Bitter (English) and it sounds in imperative way. Why? They believe that with the kiss bitter becomes sweet. And that is true. Even doctors say that kisses are very good for health.

There are 2 ways of getting married - the civilian one and the religious one. In Russian marriage is considered legitimate if it is registered by the state, not by the church. Some people prefer to marry at the face of God, but their marriages would not count without official registration. So they need to marry twice, sometimes at the same day some years after. In Petersburg most couples prefer the so called Wedding Palaces, located in former palaces of Russian aristocrats, among amazing interiors with marble staircases and crystal chandeliers.

So the date is chosen, the time as well. Next the most difficult part in all the wedding process starts - preparations. There are a bride gown, the restaurant, the list of guests and the honey moon, if couple still has money and forces after the whole wedding adventure. Oh, I forgot to mention professional photographer called “tamada”. Who is this mysterious person? It is the one who is in charge of acquainting all the relatives and friends at the wedding party, to make toasts, to arrange dances, to make the jokes, in other words to conduct the party, to make the order out of the chaos who is probably the most welcome and the most contradictory person at the wedding, the person who can make the wedding party a disaster or the best and funny day.

After the official ceremony, couples do make a short journey around the city. There are hundreds of limousines parked at most attractive places of Petersburg summer. Bride and Groom are taken photos of with their close friends and relatives at the most popular monuments, squares, palaces, embankments of Petersburg.

The party starts. Certainly there are some unique couples who jump into the airplane right after the registration and escape it, but most couples  have a party which is mostly the party for the relatives, numerous friends and colleagues. It can be at home, at a restaurant or on a ship.

Nowadays it is popular to book a hotel for the wedding day and spend the first marriage night there. There are numerous hotels in Petersburg offering rooms with Champaign and rose petals spread around the bed where couples can spend the first night of the married life and make love.

All girls dream of getting married.Well dreams are only dreams….But there are certain people who can dream in such a strong way that all their dreams are certainly to come true. For those who are interested in tours to St.Petersburg