Russian & Eastern European Weddings


Welcome to Trade Sensation… We specialize in Russian, Ukranian and Eastern European Weddings.

Meet our Team that specializes in Russian and Eastern European weddings. Elina joined our team in November 2011 as a Bridal Coordinator and our In-house Graphic Designer and has completed the Wedding Planning Mentorship Program. Similarly, Nadya is a recent addition to the Trade Sensation Bridal Coordinator Team.  She just recently graduated from the Wedding Planning Mentorship Program in November 2013 and she is a true testament that perseverance and passion pay off.

Elina Shikhverdieva was born in Caucasus, but lived in Moscow, Russia for the latter part of her life, hence specializing in Eastern European weddings focusing on Russian weddings but with a taste of Dagestani and Azerbaijani flare. Elina is extremely enthusiastic, approachable and friendly – a kind individual that is committed to everything she does. She believes in going the extra mile and has shown to be fiercely loyal even at this early stage.She is culturally driven, and simply put – a firework of emotions. She has a keen eye for detail and a striking talent for colour, decor styling and design. Elina is of the Muslim religion therefore she will also be working on any Muslim weddings. She graduated from Business Marketing at Seneca College in 2012.


Nadya - photoNadya Nedashkovskya was born and raised in Russia and moved to Canada in 2007. She revealed her organizational skills and interest in management after participating in several small city events while lived in Nanaimo, BC. She discovered her love for event planning while planning her own wedding. After assisting at several weddings with the Trade Sensation team, she discovered her true passion in wedding planning after experiencing an incredible energy boost from the whole coordination process. She strongly believes that her educational background in business, her natural organizational abilities and passion for events will be an asset to your special day!

Russian weddings are rich in culture and traditions and fascinating in their every detail. The wedding is known as ‘svaadba’. Here are some Russian wedding traditions that can add a unique flare to your wedding celebration. The main difference between what are called Western Weddings and Russian or Eastern European weddings, is that they are less formal affairs that are designed to be fun for all guests in attendance. There is a lot of time and effort required to put in to create that kind of ambiance, but so worth it for everyone involved in the end.

Here are just a few of the customs you may want to incorporate into your wedding day:








  • Since no ring is given and no announcement is made to signify an engagement, notification to family and friends of the impending nuptials is done in a casual manner. Once notified, however, the Russian groom will visit his bride’s home in search of her a few days prior to the wedding. While she hides, he will bribe family members in the hope they will help him find her. This game of hide-and-seek is great fun and gets the family involved as the date of the nuptials draws closer.
  • When food and drink are served no silverware or glasses are made available and guests are expected to “buy” them and in this way further helping the couple financially. Later in the evening, guests are treated to a feast after which the bride has to “clean the floor”. This may sound odd, but in reality the floor is littered with money by the guests who keep dropping money on the floor in order to make the task more difficult for the bride. This is much like the “money dance”.
  • Much like kissing to the sound of ringing bells or clinging glasses in Canada, Russian couples must kiss to the chanting of the Russian equivalent of “bitter taste”, or gorko. They must hold the kiss until the chanting stops.
  • At the reception, “sharing the loaf” of bread is common. As the newlyweds attempt to take a bite from a loaf of bread without the use of their hands, guests cheer them on. The “boss” of the new family, it is said, is the one who can take the biggest bite from the loaf.
  • Liquor (such as vodka) is a must at wedding receptions as well as an abundance of food. It is not uncommon for guests to eat and drink themselves into a state of unconsciousness (we are not making this up!)
  • To bless a couple’s marriage with prosperity, the guests at a Russian wedding customarily will drop coins into a champagne glass. The more money the couple accumulates, the more abundance they will receive during their lives together.
  • Just as in Greek weddings, in Russia the couple also breaks a plate. The different is that just like “jumping the broom” at African American weddings, when the couple jumps over the shards of the plate, it signifies their movement in the future.
  • The presentation of salt and bread to the couple during the reception is used to ensure their continued good health and prosperity in their marriage.
  • Inject lots of games and traditions; the key is to keep your guests laughing…








Getting blessed with Kaaravai
When the bride and groom are about to enter the Reception Hall, the in-laws of the bride welcome them amidst applause by their friends and relatives. Kaaravai is a decorative round shaped bread, and it is accompanied by salt. The mother in-law holds Kaaravai with a special cloth material in her hands, and blesses the newly-wed couple with it.


The one who wins, rules forever
After getting blessed by the in-laws, both the bride and groom have to eat their portions of the bread. The one who manages to bite off the biggest chunk of bread is believed to rule over his better half for their whole lives together.

Locking up your love
This is one of our favourites. The groom & bride walk together along with the friends and relatives and put a lock on the bridge. The key is taken home but some prefer throwing in the river. Every year the couple goes to this bridge to check their lock. It’s a symbol of their love.

Expression of love in words
Next the couple is asked to describe each other one by one in the most accurate descriptive words.
For example ‘my love’, ‘my life’ etc. You may use whatever fits your partner precisely.

Kaasha time
The couple is given a pot of Kaasha;  Kaasha is porridge, in Russian. They need to eat it one by one. It is not mandatory to consume the whole pot. It is believed that the more spoons of Kaasha you eat the more children you’ll have. The guests keep counting the number of spoons or children, once the couple begins. (e.g. 3 spoons mean 3 children)