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I'm interested in the process of marriage in Ukraine and the traditions. Is there always a ring? If so, what kind? What is the marriage ceremony like? The honeymoon?

I'm interested in how marriage in Ukraine contrasts with marriage in my area. I'd say the average wedding in my area (Washington D.C. suburbs) is about $50,000. Wedding rings are usually in the $20,000 range. Outrageous, if you ask me. [happy.gif]


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Cannot help with the Ukraine, but, as far as Yuzhno-Sakhalin goes

For a wedding with 100 guests 500,000 roubles (somewhere around about US$10,000 depending upon the exchange rate) would be considered an extravagant affair.
That would also include the Brides dress and the Grooms suit.

US$ 20,000, for rings, in my opinion obscene.

Anyway young man, fess up, why the sudden interest in weddings?

Is there something that you need to tell us?

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The impression I have is that wedding rings don't carry the signifigance in the FSU that they do have here and an "impressive" one is not neccessary. I think $ 1,000 - $ 2000 for a ring would be fine. They also wear them on the opposite hand than we do here. My engagement ring and wedding ring for her combined barely hit a grand. She picked them both and I was planning to spend far more.

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It depends who you are and who you’re marrying.

I got engaged to a ‘normal’ girl from Kherson. I bought her an engagement ring here in England for around $400 which IMO is more than enough as I 'don't' do jewellery if I can help it*. She seemed over the moon with it.

We planned to marry in Kherson and without being ‘greedy’ then we reckoned the total cost would have been around $2,000 for around 50 guests and included a dress (for her not me), a nice reception, horse and cart and all that stuff.

On the other hand ……

I dated some girl in Kiev who was divorced from some mega rich local guy. She had never done a days work in her life and several times during the meeting she asked me what day of the week it was. After the most expensive meal I have ever paid for she put on her mink and got into her brand new Porsche Cayenne. I suspect if you married her then you might have to dig deep … to Queensland might do it. [crying.gif]

* n.b. Whilst I am definitely no expert on goldie things, rings seemed far more expensive over there than they do back home. When she took the one I bought her to a local jeweller to have it made a bit smaller he commented what a good one it was. I got the impression everyone thought I paid a lot more than I did. [biggrin.gif]

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* n.b. Whilst I am definitely no expert on goldie things, rings seemed far more expensive over there than they do back home. When she took the one I bought her to a local jeweller to have it made a bit smaller he commented what a good one it was. I got the impression everyone thought I paid a lot more than I did. [biggrin.gif]


When buying jewellery you can most definitely get "more bang for your buck" in W. Europe than you do in Russia (and I am guessing all of the FSU).

If your travels take you to Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam or India jewellery is even cheaper. [dollars.gif]

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Rasboinik wrote:
Cannot help with the Ukraine, but, as far as Yuzhno-Sakhalin goes

For a wedding with 100 guests 500,000 roubles (somewhere around about US$10,000 depending upon the exchange rate) would be considered an extravagant affair.
That would also include the Brides dress and the Grooms suit.

US$ 20,000, for rings, in my opinion obscene.

Anyway young man, fess up, why the sudden interest in weddings?

Is there something that you need to tell us?



Nothing for me to tell, it was my sister I was curious about. I wondered how U.S. and Ukranian wedding traditions differ. The price for the ring and wedding in the U.S. really can be obscene in some groups.


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4 more Ukranian wedding traditions spring to mind:

The groom usually wears a beige suit and cream shoes.

Many of the male guests dont seem to make much of an effort to look all that smart and they don't tend to wear a 'shirt and tie'.

All the ladies make a big effort.

The bride usually looks delicious. [kiss.gif] ..... I want one. [crying.gif]

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