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Wedding is a solemn moment not only in the lives of two young loving hearts, but also for two kin,whose members will become a new family. The door of the house where the wedding takes place is open to everyone – close and distant relatives, guests and passersby - everyone who wants to raise a glass in honor of the newlyweds and wish them happy life's journey.
In the morning on the wedding day at the bride's house should be heard weeping and crying of the bride and her girlfriends. According to ancient Russian tradition while the bride with a help of her bridesmaids is dressing up, she should mourn her girlhood.
Russian wedding feast
After wedding ceremony the wedding procession goes to the groom's home, where the young will be showered with grain, candies and flower petals. This ritual symbolizes wealth, fertility, love and understanding in a new family.Bread and salt
Usually parents meet newlyweds with bread and salt. Traditionally, parents should bake wedding bread by themselves, but nowadays it is easier to order it. Newlyweds treat each other salted slices of the bread generously - this ceremony means that during their life they will have to eat a peck of salt together.
The feast begins after the wedding. The newlyweds are seated at the head of the wedding table. As silverware they use tied wooden spoons, which symbolize that now they will share all the food.
The wedding night
According to the ancient tradition, the first night the young couple spent in Russian baths, in the hay loft or even in a stable. It was believed that there they will be protected from the evil eye and spoiling. Modern newlyweds also adhere to tradition to spend their first night somewhere else but not at home. Nowadays they choose more romantic places – they book a bridal suite at the hotel or immediately after the feast leave their place for honeymoon.