For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls...
- By Miriam Elder
- Jun. 08 2011 00:00
Some girls grow up dreaming of their wedding day — they see the dress, the flowers, the happy tears floating in the eyes of their guests. And then there are New Yorkers.
The big city literally towers with possibilities, the promise of adventure beckoning from every street corner. Why dream of Mr (or Mrs) Right when you can spend a lifetime exploring?
Muscovites have a lot of the same characteristics as New Yorkers — the energy, the stress, the focused glare as they navigate the bustle of a city street — but not when it comes to their personal lives. Though more progressive than the rest of the country, Moscow still sees marriage as a requirement, something you do if you want to be a fully rounded human being, something expected, rather than something chosen. And if you choose to get married, and to get married in Moscow, there are even more expectations: the photo session in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (romantic!), kissing to shouts of "Gorko!" (a shout that means "bitter" but is meant to be sweet?), drinking liters of Sovetskoye Shampanskoye (ouch).
I'm sounding too negative. Better to turn to the Summer Guide you're holding (are you holding it gently? Like a newlywed? Good). We've got it all — from which hotels to choose for your wedding, to which dress shops to avoid, to which spas will leave you looking best. So read, relax, rejoice and forget the fact that Russia has the highest rate of divorce in the world, according to the UN. There I go being a New Yorker again. Gorko!