Russian marriage procedure
Getting married in Russia is a straightforward process. Foreigners who wish to marry in Russia have to go through a formal procedure. They need to collect some mandatory documents for the same. If you’re in some other country then it is advisable to get all the information collected beforehand. Your would-be bride or groom in Russia can initiate the process by collecting a list of documents required on your behalf.
ZAAGS (or Zaaks as pronounced) is the department which is responsible for registering, holding official marriages in Russia. Before you set off for Russia make it sure that you have the following:
A translated copy of your passport (notarized) preferably stamped by Russian embassy. You can get your translated notarized copy from Russian embassy/consulate in your country. If you’re unable to do it then you can get it done in Russia too but it is advisable to do it in advance as it’ll save your time.
Another obligatory document which is required to be submitted to ZAAGS must state that you’re not married, free of illegal court cases and charges by the law. It is to ensure that at the time you get married, you must not be legally or officially in relationship with someone else. This document must be translated from your language to Russian, notarized and stamped by Russian embassy.
Once you get there, you need to collect the forms for registering your marriage. The forms must be duly filled and signed by both the parties. Deposit the stated fee to ZAAGS for the registration. The ZAAGS personnel will show you a list of prospective dates of marriage and you have to choose one of them. Broadly, ZAAGS issues a marriage date which falls within 15 days or 1 month following your registration .Name of the bride, groom & the date will be registered in the marriage booklet.
You are required to pay for the additional service to ZAAGS if you want to avail of their service of professional photographers who do excellent job.
The day you get married, you’ll exchange your rings, sign official papers .ZAAGS will issue you a marriage certificate in Russian stating names of the bride and groom along with other details.
After the official ceremony is over at ZAAGS, as the bride and groom walk out they are praised by the invited friends and relatives. They announce joyously- GORKAA. It’s a lip lock between the couple before they head on to the privately held marriage celebration.
Russian marriage is really very interesting.
Interesting fact- Russians believe that a good wedding can't be without fights.I have managed to find a wedding video where invitees are exchanging blows with each other. It's funny.
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