The young couple must then take turns to eat the bread.The person who eats the largest piece of bread will be the head of the household.Nowadays, this tradition has become practically extinct and only from time to time will the groom ask the bride's parents for their daughter's hand in marriage or request an approval of their union.

Sometimes, they will dress a cousin of the bride (occasionally male for more comedy) up in white and cover his/her face with a veil and present him/her to the groom after he has made the first “payment.” After he has realized that the cousin is not his bride, he has to make a second payment in order for his real bride to be returned to him.

Another version that I found said that the groom is presented with a napkin with the lipstick prints of all of the bride’s family, including the bride herself.

It is now also common for the groom to arrange a stag party; a tradition that has been imported from the West.

The groom will say goodbye to his bachelor lifestyle whilst in the company of his friends.

True Russian weddings are unique in the fact that they are always lavishly played out!

We say played out, as a Russian wedding ceremony is usually conducted as though it were a theatre spectacle where there is a script and everyone knows their role.All the guests stand round them and count 1, 2, 3 15. The longer the young couple can kiss for, the stronger their union will be.The guests always demand that they kiss for as long as possible.As with much of Russian culture, the wedding celebration is full of traditions.The traditional Russian wedding lasts for at least two days, but sometimes lasts as long as a week.At this point, the groom must take the bride in his arms and carry her across the threshold; a ritual that symbolises the strength of their union.