In pre-revolutionary Kiev’s wedding in a few months it was preceded by a “love rigmarole”, consisting of brides, matchmaking and engagements. As he wrote Ivan Nechuy-Levitsky, in Fraternal monastery in Podil allegedly agreed on an evening stroll girls of marriageable age to show themselves to potential suitors.
On the Trinity here was a “general review of brides” when between young people actively fussed matchmaker, negotiating the future of the Union. And when the young man handed a bouquet and a favorite of the girl received an invitation from her parents in the house, it is already considered a suitor.
1920: FIRST REGISTRY OFFICE
In the villages held traditions
Pre-Revolutionary traditions have been violated: the wedding was canceled, instead of their relationship began to register in the registry office (since 1917), which often come in daily or dressy attire. The dress, which then could be called the wedding, looked like this: the most simple, straight cut with a small collar, knee-length. From the wedding he was just a color – white. Equally simple was the ceremony and registration: just had to pay a stamp fee of 20 rubles, the state of the voluntary marriage and sign the registration book. But with regard to urban weddings in the big cities. In the villages and the village tried to continue to adhere to traditions: the festivities would last for a week, and the bride was in a wedding dress with mandatory national attributes. On the found photographs of those years we have seen a couple of Brusilov in Zhytomyr. For the bride – a wreath, while the groom wore a military tunic embroidered.
1930: antiglamur BOOTS AND A GIFT
About the wedding reminds only a white handkerchief instead of a veil. From the family archive A. Panchenko
Not until the wedding celebrations were in those years – Famine reshapes all human plans. They celebrated modestly, without delicacies – if at all noticed. Gifts young bear most practical. For example, you could give the boots, a piece of fabric, skin of a sheep. “Mom and Dad got married in 1935, noting it in his village, and a few days later went to Kiev to be photographed – says from Kiev Irina Panchenko – along time special was not:. The photograph shows that the mother in the ordinary dress top coat, and my father in a railway uniform, similar to the military. ” While in Europe and America bride and groom sported incredible costumes: in evening dress, in a free cut dresses, hats and long gloves. In Ukraine, while a similar and even did not hear.
1940: main dish – salad
Form – the usual attire of the groom. From the family archive A. Korchinskiy
If we describe the then wedding in one word, “minimalism” is best suited. Wedding dresses were not put food on the table a very simple, gave gifts, too rare. From Kiev Hope Veldyaskina recalls its front wedding, 1944 as follows: “Instead of a white dress with a veil on I was blue in the yard was an early spring, but the soldiers managed to give me a whole bunch of wild flowers specially for my husband arranged a dinner in the officers’ mess,… but a simple soldier’s meal – soup yes porridge “. After the war, too, it was not up to the feasts. “My parents celebrated the wedding with another pair of newlyweds in 1948 and one of the grooms even socks were not, and he came in wearing sandals, -. Natalia Voznyuk -.. Celebrated parents Mom Although some there celebrating, if the main festive dish was a salad ? And then my father came into the new family with a dowry – a pillow. ”
On a modest wedding, his parents said, and from Kiev Alexander Korchinskiy: “Parents in 1949 married gathered in a communal Of the guests were three neighbors and the mother’s parents, as his father was orphaned on the table put the potatoes, herring, sausage One neighbor brought in…. as a gift a bottle of house wine, the other started the gramophone needle benefit was for him, too, brought from the front, which cost crazy money. So noted by the German lyrical songs. ”
1950: Start GIVE MONEY
Ukrainian brides outfit rescued. From the family archive A. Panchenko
At this time still had difficulties with festive attire. “My future husband suit borrowed familiar ring bought only to me, – says Irina from Kiev Panchenko – The table was simple:.. Pickled vegetables, soup, herring, and of pig slaughtered in the village.” “The time was still heavy – recalls the wedding of his grandmother Svetlana Eresova -. I was lucky that my grandfather gave a good ration of the work, who put on the table.”
Notes in a circle of close friends and comrades. From the family archive S. Eresovoy
But, in contrast to the 40’s, the guests have already started to come with gifts. “We have money mainly donated, much as they could: at least a handful of little things – says Irina Panchenko – As a result of the wedding have presented us 300 rubles on them my husband and I were able to take off for a couple of months in advance a small apartment in Kiev, buy bed linen and.. little dishes. ”
In the villages walked more festive, managing to collect all his “corner”, as in the old days. A person who has played the accordion post-war songs, dances staged on the first day and the second could sit with close relatives.
1960: open a salon Suite
Fashionable dress – knee-length. From the family archive A. Panchenko
Weddings have become more diverse: a tradition to walk back a few days (usually the first day of a big company, with friends and colleagues or classmates, and the second – with close relatives).