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Your in love
and it's time to plan your wedding but now you have one small problem.
Your baker doesn't make Ukrainian wedding cakes or you can't find your
wedding icons. Here at Kalyna we are happy to help. Our baker
makes the sweetest and most intricate breads while our clothing and icons
come directly from Ukraine. Below you will find just a small
bit of information on some of the traditions and rituals that will take
place at your Ukrainian ceremony.
Please allow 6-8 weeks for
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marriage ceremony is rich in tradition and rituals. The first part
of the Ukrainian wedding ceremony, the Betrothal, takes place in the rear
vestibule of the church. During the Betrothal, the bride and groom affirm
that they are both entering this union freely and as equals. It is at this
point that the priest blesses the wedding bands and places them on the
fingers of the bride and groom.
The starosty are two friends or family members (the maid of honour
and best man) who preside over the wedding as official witnesses. Back in
the days of arranged marriages, the starosty acted as matchmakers
and were solely responsible for negotiating the union. Today, the starosty's
responsibilities are far more limited. They lead the wedding procession
and carry the icons of Jesus and the Virgin Mary into the church. These
icons will eventually hold a prominent place in the home of the married
couple, and will serve as the spiritual center of the household.
The front of the church is the scene of the final, most sacred portion of
a Ukrainian wedding ceremony-the Crowning. It is during the Crowning
that the bride and groom place their right hands on the gospel, exchange
their vows and become married in the eyes of God.
A Crowning just isn't a Crowning without-crowns. These crowns
represent a symbol of love, purity and fertility. They are placed over the
heads of the bride and groom (by the maid of honour and best man) to
signify the dawn of a new kingdom to be ruled by the couple-side by
side. They also remind the newlyweds that their marriage is a partnership
in Christ, and that they owe it to God and to each other to live a life of
honor and love.
The hands of the bride and groom are joined with an embroidered
cloth , or rushnyk, by the Priest to signify their newly forged
union. Once bound to one another, the couple circles the tetrapod (small
altar) three times. This procession is called the "Dance of
Isaiah," which reminds us that marriage is a never-ending journey.
These are the first steps the young couple takes as husband and wife, so
it is only fitting that they walk around the tetrapod-a symbol of
The couple drinks wine three times to acknowledge the importance of the
Holy Trinity and to remind us of Christ's first miracle at the wedding
at Cana. The wine also symbolizes the sweetness of the love that flows
Following the church ceremony comes a grand reception of which there will
be lots of food and dancing. At some point during this evening's
festivities, the band will roll into a few bars of a new song, and a funny
thing will happen. Ukrainians will actually leave the bar. They'll
suddenly swarm the dance floor to form a large circle. All this activity
is a sure sign that the kolomeyka has begun. The kolomeyka
is a traditional Ukrainian dance that features a medley of leaps, kicks,
Here at Kalyna we
would like to help you to keep up with some of our Ukrainian wedding
traditions. We would like to help you add a touch of Ukraine to it.
Wedding Cake Shown Above
Groom Cake Shown Above
Pryvit (Welcome) Bread Above
The korovai is a traditional wedding bread that symbolizes
community, and it takes the place of wedding cake at a Ukrainian
reception. Baked in a 9" cake pan. The korovai is adorned with periwinkle, flowers and
Korovai (Wedding Cake): $130.00 each
The Groom Cake is a must to complete your Ukrainian Wedding
Groom Cake: $50.00 each
Don't forget to welcome your guests with the traditional bread
Pryvit (Welcome) Bread: $65.00 each
Wedding Rushnyk #3 Shown Above
The wedding rushnyk is an important part of your wedding.
During the wedding the couple must kneel on a wedding towel (rushnyk).
Kalyna can provide you with an authentic one from Ukraine.
Hand-embroidered to perfection with lots of embroidery and the
traditional wedding rings, this rushnyky took several hours
to embroider and will sure to become an heirloom for generations. You may also use
this rushnyk to drape your wedding icons in your new home. More
wedding rushnyky and more in route to Kalyna!
traditional red and black rushnyk enhanced with wedding swans and
roses. A stunning work of art. It measures
13 1/2" X 74" in size and is embroidered in Ukrainian
the words" for fortune, for success and true love".
Only 1 available.
Embroidered Cloth to Tie the
Another fabulous rushnyk for the tying of hands during your
wedding or a beautiful table cover. A lovely red embroidery
would fit into any decor. It measures 91/2" X 54" in
wedding rushnyky and more in route to Kalyna! Only 1 available.
the day of the wedding the matron of honor (druzhka) will adorn
the bestman and groomsmen with shawls (sherenkeh) to be worn over the right
shoulder. Corsages were pinned on the left. Kalyna can even make
your corsages for you. Here we have a very dashing shawl for the bestman.
Rushnyk 6: Measures 13" X 73"
Woven & Embroidered Rushnyk: This beautiful woven
rushnyk is also embroidered and like the rest of our rushnyky was
made in Western Ukraine. It measures 13" X 76".
Woven Rushnyk: SOLD
wedding rushnyky and more in route to Kalyna!
A breath-taking Icon of Mother of Kazan' in a wood and glass
frame. Metallic art on these Icons are absolutely is
exquisite. A beautiful wedding Icon or perfect for your
prayer corner or Church. These Icons will be treasured from
generation to generation. Measures a large 10.5" X 13" X
1.5" in size
An amazing Icon of
the Lord Jesus holding the Holy Scriptures, (Or
"Pantocrator/Teacher" Icon as it is known.) Measures a
large 10.5" X 13" X 1.5" in size.
**Please note these are specialty items that need to be
shipped from Ukraine, contact us for more information.
After Ceremony Bridal
a special ceremony, the bride's wedding headpiece is removed, and
a kerchief is placed on her head. This act symbolically
incorporates her into the community of married women. See
27' X 29" (Does not include fringe length)
Matching Going Away Blouse
the supper, the bride says farewell to her friends and parents. To
the accompaniment of songs and music, she departs with the groom's
party for his family's home. They take her dowry and belongings
with her. How beautiful would it be to have your husband's shirt
match your going away blouse. Both of these items are
hand-embroidered with satin threads and are truly a beautiful work
of art. Please see our ladies blouses and men's shirts for
Ladies Blouse Price: $135.00SOLD
Men's Large Shirt: $135.00SOLD
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