Redemption of the bride in the Ukrainian style


Ukrainian style - an original thematic solution for a wedding celebration. Folk costumes, traditional ceremonies, songs, dances will not leave indifferent any guest of the wedding. A great start to the wedding is the ransom of the bride in the Ukrainian style, emphasizing devotion to folk traditions, giving a festive, cheerful mood to all those present. How to organize a Ukrainian bride ransom?


Preparation of the Ukrainian bride ransom is an important organizational part of the wedding celebration, on which the success of the whole event depends. Carefully consider the scenario: think over the outline of the plot, identify the heroes, distributing the roles among the participants, write down contests for the groom. It is important to take into account the peculiarities of the venue for the Ukrainian ransom of the bride, to choose the props suitable for the wedding celebration. All these actions will help you to hold the event in a playful mood, easily and fun..

Redemption requisite

For the Ukrainian ransom of the bride you will need:

  • Table covered with embroidered tablecloth.
  • Traditional dishes - dumplings, dumplings.
  • Wooden board, nails, hammer.
  • Goats, log, saw, stopwatch.
  • Paper traces.
  • Balloons, paper, scissors.

The table is necessary for the fair, where the groom is treated to various folk dishes, they test the strength of the body and spirit of the newlywed. Use a tablecloth embroidered with traditional Ukrainian patterns (as in the photo), clay dishes, wicker baskets. Make dumplings (dumplings) in advance by putting a coin in one of them.


A wooden board, a hammer, nails are used to test the physical strength of the bride and groom. Typically male classes will show how clever and able the groom was, how he will cope with household chores in the future. The presence of humor will make this activity a real sight for everyone who will take part in the ransom of the bride.

Cut paper traces of different sizes will help organize one of the interesting tests for the future husband, and balloons, paper, scissors will serve for the manufacture of important parts for another contest. The requisite in this ransom is not complicated, affordable, therefore, the very idea of ​​the Ukrainian ransom is close to many.


Traditional roles of ransom: the witch of Solokh, Vakula the blacksmith, Ukrainian women.

The role of Solokha is entrusted to the future mother-in-law or professional toastmaster; according to the wedding tradition, she meets the groom, the witness and his guests when they come to the fair. He asks about the reason for his arrival, tests the groom for quick wits, ingenuity, offers at the end of each competition to put a cup in a circle for the bride’s health.

The role of the blacksmith Vakula is entrusted to the leader or the man on the part of the bride - a relative, close friend. The applicant for the role must have good physical characteristics, be tall, muscular, strong in order to accurately reflect the image of the famous Ukrainian hero. The task of the blacksmith Vakula is to check the physical strength, the courage of the newlywed. Distribute the remaining roles among the bridesmaids.

Traditional Ukrainian costumes will emphasize the style of the event, give the ransom of the bride a real folk flavor. Women's Ukrainian outfit consists of a multi-tiered skirt, embroidered shirt, vest, shawl or wreath. A mandatory attribute of a women's costume is bright red beads. The male version of the Ukrainian outfit: a white, embroidered shirt, colored harem pants, a sash with an embroidered pattern, a sheep’s hat. Examples of Ukrainian costumes look at the photo.


Room decoration

The choice of premises for the Ukrainian ransom of the bride, and then its design is a crucial part of preparing for the wedding. It is advisable to hold the event in a private house, then you will have the opportunity to use the entire yard, no one will bother you. But if this is not possible, and the bride’s ransom is carried out near the entrance of the apartment building, then it is necessary to carefully consider their actions during the script, organize the site so as not to be distracted by strangers.

The ransom venue should be given a Ukrainian rural style. Here come in handy:

  • wicker fence;
  • cart or parts thereof (e.g. wheel), grip, broom;
  • multi-colored ribbons, artificial flowers (sunflowers, poppies), bells;
  • folk costume, hay, straw;
  • embroidered towels;
  • earthenware (pots, bowls), wicker baskets.

Decorate the wicker fence or its fragment with pottery, flowers, ribbons, see photo. Do not be afraid to arrange the venue with large elements, beating them, for example, a cart - a table with snacks. Using a Ukrainian costume, straw, make your own hands a fairytale woman who protects the bride from unclean spirits. Bells hung on satin ribbons look beautiful. Decorate the doorways of the room’s doors, the aisles to the bride with flower garlands with ribbons, Ukrainian wreaths.


Buyback scenario in Ukrainian style

Successful redemption depends on the scenario, clarity of the storyline, distribution of roles, replicas of the host, contests, games, ceremonies. The plot may be based on famous Ukrainian fairy tales or Gogol’s work «Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka», taking into account the lifestyle of the people of Ukraine. We bring to your attention a ready-made scenario of the Ukrainian ransom of the bride.

The groom at the head of the wedding procession arrives at the bride's house. In the courtyard of the house, Solokha sits at a table covered with a tablecloth embroidered with Ukrainian patterns. The table is decorated in Ukrainian style: vodka, lard, dumplings, dumplings, pickles, onions, a dish with pies. A forge is organized nearby: an anvil, a stone hearth, goats with a log, short boards, tools (saw, hammer, nails). Vakula-smith chopping wood with an ax. A flock of young Ukrainian girls stands aside.


Solokha begins the ransom:

“Vakula, look at the garish lads who came to us!” Welcomed with good news.?

The groom replies that he came for the bride.


- Our Galya (name of the bride) is a wonderful girl. With a bright face, a scythe to the waist, a skilled hostess, a dear character, an okay camp - only the most daring young man is worthy of her hand.

  • Competition No. 1

The Ukrainian ransom of the bride continues with the words of Solokha:

- Come to the table, dear guests, help yourself with a Ukrainian gorilochka, have a snack with dumplings. And you, good lad, tell me why you liked our Galya so much? Do you know her well? How is she to you? What are the 5 virtues of the bride? Tell me how you will take care of her and take care of our beauty. If I like your story, I will reward it, and if you make me angry, you will have to pay a gold coin for the bride.

The groom calls 5 advantages of the bride, for example: the face is beautiful, the figure is fine, the mistress is skilled, flexible character, good education, sharp mind. Witness, wedding guests help come up with epithets: «eyes like bottomless lakes», «swan gait», «as flexible as a reed». Leading Ukrainian bride redemption encourages the bride and groom, for a fee prompt the correct answers. After the end of the competition, the vodka is poured into the cups, all those present celebrate the successful passing of the test by the groom.


  • Competition No. 2

Solokha continues the Ukrainian ransom of the bride:

- Savor the pies, dear guests. Only they are not simple! What a filling gets caught, such a married life will be among the young! For each pie - 1 gold smith Vakula pay! Who is first?

Banknotes are collected by the second leader of the ransom of the bride, folding them into a leather bag on his belt. Interpret the fillings: meat - a well-fed life, cabbage - many children, rice - prosperity in the house, an egg with greens - money, jam - a sweet relationship. Alternatively, bake the wishes written on paper, as well as coins, in pies. After the successful completion of the contest, everyone drinks for the happy life of the bride and groom..

  • Competition No. 3

Vakula the blacksmith takes the ransom initiative:

- Solokha, thanks! I heartily watered us, fed us. Are you ready, good fellow Stepan (name of the groom), to pass my tests - to show your strongest heroic, dexterity and daredevil?

The groom agrees, and the host continues:

- Then perhaps in my estate - the forge. Before I had time to chop firewood, but to maintain the fire of the workshop they needed oh-hooh! Can you help Vakule the blacksmith, lad? Show your skills well done?

The leader leads the groom to the goats with a log and says:

- First you need to saw a log. How fast do you manage? In 5 minutes, you say? And if you don’t meet how much you will pay?

There is a bargain, then the leader stops him and says:

- Let's check! Wear mittens, choose an assistant.


The groom chooses a witness or one of the guests of the wedding as his assistant, the host gives the participants gloves, a saw, and marks the time. Competitors begin trials, guests cheer. To create a special mood, turn on fast, fun music of Ukrainian style. If the participants in the contest did not complete the task, then they pay the presenter a set amount of money. After successfully passing the test, the leading Ukrainian ransom bride invites everyone to drink for the health of the bride and groom.

  • Competition No. 4

Vakula the blacksmith continues the ransom with the words:

- Well done Stepan (name of the groom), proved to us that not only in words he was skillful. And here is a new test for you - to hammer a nail with one hit! Do you think you can handle it? On the first try? And if not, what penalty will you pay?

Traded. The host gives the groom a hammer with nails. Place the competition board on the ground, anvil, or other flat surface. The groom must hammer a nail into a tree with one blow. The number of attempts is not limited, in case of failure, the witness or wedding guests help the bride and groom. It is also a great complement to the Ukrainian style bride ransom competition - fast, moving music.

  • Competition No. 5

Solokha seizes the ransom initiative:

- Vakula, what a wonderful bridegroom went to our gale! He successfully passed all the tests, showed himself in all its glory! Now you have Stepan (the name of the groom), there is only one path left - to the narrowed one! See the footprints on the grass? They lead to the room of the incomparable Galina! Proceed carefully and guess the riddle, then no impure force puts you to unite forever. And if you do not guess the riddle - pay for the hint! Ready?

Tracks laid in front of the bride’s house are laid out on the grass in advance. The presenter begins to make wedding riddles for ransom:

  • The meeting of two hearts in love is ...? (Date)
  • The family covenant on the finger is ...? (Wedding ring)
  • A celebration where a family is being created? (Wedding)
  • Sweet period after the wedding? (Honeymoon)
  • Connects man and woman forever? (Love)

Having guessed the first riddle, the groom gets on the first track, the second - steps on the second, etc. After successfully passing the contest, the groom finds himself in front of the door to the bride’s apartment.


Solokha completes the Ukrainian ransom of the bride with the words:

- Stepan (name of the groom), you proved that there is no stronger, more agile, quicker couple. You truly deserve the hands of Gali’s beautiful divine! Open the door, go into the room. The bride has long been waiting for you! And we, Vakula the blacksmith, wish you great family happiness.

All those present go to the room where the bride is located. The newlywed hands her lover a bouquet of flowers, kisses her future spouse to the sound of solemn music. For this moment, the song is perfect «Ah, this wedding sang and danced!» or other wedding musical compositions. Parents of the bride, wedding guests congratulate the newlyweds by raising glasses with champagne or cups with a wine bottle for the successful completion of the Ukrainian ransom of the bride, and then the wedding procession goes to the registry office.


Process video

Video filming of the Ukrainian ransom of the bride will please you for many years of your life, and will allow you to keep pleasant memories of a wedding celebration for a long time. Based on the selected storyline, a fantastic story is mounted with the participation of fairy-tale characters. Exciting adventures, complemented by the romantic story of a young couple in love - the bride and groom - a great reason to make a mini-film.

Filming a ransom will perfectly complement the video of a Ukrainian wedding. See in the video: