Ukrainian marriage traditions encompass many different ceremonies that seal the union within the groom and bride. A few families comply with Western customs, whilst some prefer to follow classic traditions that are more directly associated with the traditions of their region.

As well as the many spiritual elements of a conventional Ukraine wedding, there are traditions that enjoy the couple’s relationship with all their parents and the ancestors. Some examples are a crowning formal procedure where the bridegroom is crowned with a hat and the bride-to-be is crowned with an ochipok (an ornamental head covering).

A rushnyk Before They Take Their Vows

One of the most significant aspects of a Ukrainian wedding party is the rushnyk, a conventional embroidered towel that symbolizes purity, hope for the long term future, and link with the ancestors. Traditionally, the couple steps about this rushnyk prior to taking all their vows.

Another unique tradition is the krukovai, a sizable bread that is traditionally baked in the days leading up to the marriage ceremony and shared with guests in the reception. The loaf of bread can be made in a number of different designs and will range from 1 to 5 tiers.

Dommage – Multi-layered Cakes

Desserts, such as your favorite ice cream and atteinte, are an significant part of most Ukrainian marriages. They are a major hit with guests, and modern Ukrainian brides often have a torte table at the reception.