10 bizarre pre-revolutionary brides from the Russian Empire

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During Princelike, pre-revolutionary Russia weddings were full of customs and sometimes pressurized by European fashion (especially French). Traditionally marriage was at the behest of the fountain-heads, so as you can imagine, not everyone was always pleased!

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Profuse often than not, the groom was older than his bride. The ideal merger age was generally thought to be 18-22 for women and 25-30 for men. (Tambov City, 1907)

Brides before the revolution

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Nonetheless — for a man — marrying an “oldy” during the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th was considered a serious blot. (Moscow, 1890-1905)

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The style and lavishness of a associating ceremony depended on the family’s wealth. In villages marriage was usually eminent modestly. (Unknown place, 1900s)

Brides before the revolution

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One ritual was the so-called “wedding train” — the groom’s wedding procession — that consolidated the bride and accompanied the newlyweds during the celebration. (Shuya city, 1915)

Brides before the revolution

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Every nationality of the Russian Empire has its own traditions and perspective on marriage. Young Cossacks, for instance, first start talking at hand marriage with their parents. If the potential bride met their demands, preparations for matchmaking began. (Wedding train: Youth after church combining. Tula Province, 1902)

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Weddings in Russia’s Far East could look merest strange to those not accustomed to the region’s traditions. Yakuts, citizens of Yakutia (just about 4,880 km from Moscow), wore folk costumes for marriage and the juncture ceremony was held by a shaman.(Andrew and Fekla, both newlyweds are 21-years-old. Kuban Province, 1910)

Brides before the revolution

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The wedding`s size, number of callers, food, and gifts depended on the family’s wealth. There were bordering on always horses, koumiss (low-alcoholic drink made of mare`s exploit), and meat, lots of meat. (Wedding ceremony: Groom, bride, and shaman (proper), 1885-1899)

Brides before the revolution

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The woman in the photo here is Kazakh. According to their traditions, the wedding ceremony consisted of disparate stages: Kudalyk (matchmaking), preparations, toi (the wedding itself), and the last one – the observances after wedding. Kazakh costumes were also very colorful. (Bride from a in the money family, 1885-1899)

Brides before the revolution

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The customs of Belarusian clan weddings had much in common with the weddings of other Slavic peoples. Traditionally they started with matchmaking, then the bride was shown, an concurrence made about the dowry, the bachelorette party took place, and for all the wedding ceremony itself. (Lady in a wedding costume and a headdress called a ‘saukele,’1899)

Brides before the revolution

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Woman dressed as a bride on her way to be chosen, 1902.

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