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Etiquette Tips for Visiting Your Bride in Her Home

16. October 2012 by Lorena 0 Comments

Hospitality is very important to Ukrainians. While Ukrainians are fairly casual, there are some cultural customs to observe when you visit them in their homes. If you go to your Ukrainian honey’s home, you will surely feel like an honored guest. Repay her family’s hospitality by presenting your best manners. Here are a few particulars of Ukrainian etiquette that are sure to impress:

 

When You Arrive

Shake hands firmly while maintaining eye contact when you are introduced to male members of her family. Ladies and gentlemen who have close relationships may kiss on the cheek when meeting. If you do not know a lady well, a smile and nod are more appropriate. Early in your relationship, you will most likely not be invited to her house if you would be alone together. Friends or family members will most likely be present for propriety's sake.

 

Show Your Gratitude with a Gift

Gracious guests in Ukraine present a small gift when they visit someone’s home. The gift does not have to be extravagant, just thoughtful. Candy or flowers are frequent gifts. When giving your host flowers, choose odd-numbered bouquets since even numbers are used for funerals. And, never give your lady yellow flowers. These signify that you are not interested in the relationship.

 

Imported liquors are considered a good gift when you are invited to dinner. Cake or pastries are also good choices. A souvenir from where you live would be appreciated, as well. Gifts should be nicely wrapped; generally, a gift will not be opened right away.

 

Remove Your Shoes When You Go Inside

It is considered rude to wear shoes inside a Ukrainian home. There will usually be a place near the door where you can remove and store your shoes. During the winter months, you will usually be offered a pair of slippers to keep your feet warm.

 

Food and Drink

Almost all social occasions in Ukraine involve food. You will be offered tea, a snack, or even a meal. Always accept your Ukrainian host’s hospitality. At meals, it is considered polite to leave a small amount of food behind on your plate, since this lets your host know that her hospitality has been sufficiently generous. It’s okay to turn down seconds, which will often be offered.