What is ransom of the bride and what is the meaning of this rite


The tradition of bride redemption at a wedding developed in ancient times and was perhaps the main element of the wedding celebration. The bride’s ransom, or, as they used to say in old times, the wedding ceremony began symbolizing the girl’s transition from the father’s clan to her husband’s clan, or, more simply, farewell to her home and her girlhood.

Little has changed since then..

The modern bride ransom at city weddings is a continuation of the tradition established in antiquity and, as before, is a necessary element of any wedding celebration.

The essence of the action is that the groom and his friends and a witness ("merchants"), gathered together, go to redeem a bride who is in their parents' house, taking with them the obligatory "pay-off" role which can be played by money, sweets, champagne and any other "currency".

Types of scenarios

The choice of bride redemption scenarios is quite large. The main one is the classic one, where the groom and the witness and friends climb the stairs to the apartment of the bride. At the same time, to climb one of the steps you need to complete one of the tasks. All this is accompanied by funny ditties and folk songs. The tasks for buying out the bride are thought out very carefully, while it is important to consider the time that will be spent in order to know when to call and make wedding invitations to guests.

As a rule, questions check the bridegroom’s knowledge of the bride’s birthday, the date they met, the mother’s mother’s birthday, the size of the bride’s shoe and other little things that the groom cannot know.

In the framework of the bride ransom ceremony, it is preferable to be resourceful.

Various options are possible..

For example, the bridegroom is invited to guess which shoe of the bride in one row belongs to the bride, or if you need to find from the set of bras hanging on a rope the one that belongs to your beloved. You can also guess the print of a kiss on a sheet of paper or the scent of perfume.

An interesting and popular option with a staircase. The groom, before entering a new step, must tell the bride a variety of compliments. Also on each step you can lay out a heart with an inscription explaining the reason why he decided to marry. The last step is the option of "love", so the groom will have to work hard to reach it, bypassing all the others. Or, climbing all the same stairs, the groom must speak the words characterizing his chosen one (of course, only flattering). The task can be complicated by asking each step a specific letter.

No less complicated and interesting tests await in the groom's apartment. For example, he will need to determine which room his bride is in. This option is interesting when in the apartment in which the bride’s ransom takes place, many rooms.

No less popular is the competition in which the groom will have to determine what their life together will be. On the table put a few glasses of water. In the first of them it is salty, in the second sour, in the third sweet. Without touching the glasses, without tasting or smelling them, he must select a glass and drink its contents in one fell swoop.

There are many options and there is plenty to choose from, besides, if you dream up, you can come up with your own, original version of the bride’s wedding ransom scenario.

One of the important conditions for a successful ransom of the bride is a good preparation of all participants, then the ransom turns into a fun and memorable game.