Orthodox church marriage dating
Russian weddings have adopted some of western traditions, including bridesmaids and others.Once the groom arrives at the bride’s home, he must pay a ransom for the bride, a term in Russian known as vykup nevesty.
The priest leads the couple into the center of the church where they come to stand on a piece of new, rose colored fabric, symbolizing their entry into a new life.
The deacon leads an ektenia (litany) with special petitions for the couple.
The priest then says two brief prayers for the couple and the rings are blessed and placed on the couple's right hand.
It used to be the custom that the bride and groom would wear their wedding crowns for eight days, but now the removal of the crowns is customarily done at the end of the service.
The priest says benedictions for the bride and groom and then the dismissal takes place.