Weddings in Moscow.
1. Purchasing the bride
The bridegroom with buddies is having to pay the bride cost. / Vladimir Vyatkin/RIA Novosti
The bride’s friends kidnap either her or her shoe and the groom and his friends must pay a real or symbolic price for the stolen maiden during the wedding.
Wedding master of ceremonies Sergei Sokolov recalls a particular event: “as soon as, the visitors made a decision to take the bride but would not state just exactly how she could possibly be purchased right straight right back. We stated: ‘Ok, therefore now the bride is taken, but exactly how are we likely to back buy her?’ The visitors said: ‘Have the groom beverage eight shots of vodka.’ But if he were to take in eight shots of vodka, he’d be just like gone too… In the end, we simply arranged a party battle.”