Russian marriage procedure

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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.


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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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Ingenira 5 years ago

Very interesting. A wedding without a fight is unacceptable. Hope to read more about Russian culture. Voted up!


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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thanks Ingenira.It's really funny to see Russian people fighting here.It seems that they are really fighting sincerely.I hope to keep up to your expectations regarding Russian culture. Thanks.


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danmit 5 years ago from Moscow, Russia

cool blog! This will come in handy for me soon.


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

I loved reading this. I really enjoying reading about different cultures and practices. I don't plan on getting married again in Russia or anywhere else, but I this the procedures one must go through is very interesting. Thank you very much for sharing.


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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thanks Dan.I hope it helps you


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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thanks Dee aka Nonna.I'll keep writing about Russia & it's culture as per your expectations.


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gajanis786 5 years ago

Excellent cultural information....frankly I didn't know about russian marriage ceremonies earlier and surely it has given me interesting facts.Thanks.


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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thanks a lot gajanis786 for the comment.I hope to keep you updated about Russian culture.


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danmit 5 years ago from Moscow, Russia

Congrats on the accolades, +50 questions answered, that's amazing and over 1000 views. great work and quick progress.


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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thanks Dan,Hubpages appreciation keeps me going.


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

Very interesting wedding with fights! heh


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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thanks.The wedding and the wedding fights must go on in Russia.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Another great hub and a fascinating account of weddings in Russia. I loved the video - especially where the women get stuck in as well LOL!! It reminds me of Scottish Weddings but in Scotland they also have punch ups at funerals! Wonderful hub.


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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thank you Seeker7 for reading and enjoying my hub. I would like to read about Scottish weddings from you. This video does make me laugh whenever I watch it. Thanks.

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