- Edward TLv 51 decade agoBest Answer
In the past recent years Russian families have become much more liberal, especially when it comes to having a family blessing on a wedding. While once it was obligatory for the young couple to ask the parents first, it is no longer done in the same way it used to be. Even though that tradition isn't the same, there are many traditions that should be followed in Russian marriage.
A Russian marriage is a very unique experience. No matter how you meet your Russian bride, whether it is on the street or through a marriage agency, there are some basic things that you need to learn about Russian cultures.
In the olden days of Russia it was quite usual for the bride and groom to be "promised" to each other at a very early age. They would actually spend their wedding getting to know each other. It was the family and the parents who made the decision that they would get married, not the young man or woman.
It wasn't until the 1960's when Americans became what is known as "hippies" that the Russian tradition of promised marriages started changing. Young people were then allowed to date, but any sexual contact was forbidden before the marriage, and they were punished severely if they were found to have had sex.
It was perfectly acceptable for the man to visit and get to know the bride's family before asking permission to marry the woman. When he did the father either approved it or did not approve it, and if he did, the woman was then expected to knead bread and take it to her future in-laws. This showed her modesty and ability to be a good wife.Source(s): me