Marriage to a Belarusian Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Belorussian citizen is a process with many steps. The Belorussian government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Belarusians as an indirect way of discouraging Belarusians citizens from moving to other countries.


Marriage contract

A lot of questions and problems can be prevented in advance by concluding a marriage contract. A marriage contract is an agreement that may be entered into by persons intending to marry (who has filed an appropriate application with the Registry Office), or already married. The marriage contract in Belarus is certified by a notary. Our lawyer in Minsk can advise citizens on the points of interest in the marriage contract in Belarus, help in developing the legal position of each of the parties under the contract.


Belarusian Marriage Basic Requirements

In order to marry a citizen of Belarus, you must demonstrate to the Belorussian government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:

  • Proof of country of birth;
  • Proof of single status;
  • Proof of age requirement.

If your Belarusian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Belarusian Marriage document application. If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Belorussian citizen.


Belarusian Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony can legally take place in Belarus as both parties have the necessary visas to enter this country legally. This marriage can then be recognized when applying for a permanent residence or a visitor visa for your Belorussian spouse.

As weddings are a tradition, all follow the same basic routine. In the morning, you’re invited to the bride’s house (if you’re invited from her side) or to the groom’s (if you know him better). It doesn’t really matter where you start drinking champagne. Soon after the festivities begin, the groom’s party soon joins the bride’s party at her home and the ‘Bride’s Redemption’ begins.

A Bride’s Redemption is a complicated and elaborate set of trials, made to show the groom’s passion and affection for his fiancée. A bridesmaid meets the groom outside the bride’s home and asks him some tricky questions, or tests his knowledge about the bride and their relationship, while everyone around giggles and laughs.

So, after these funny and unpredictable exchanges, the bride and groom finally unite and say some thank you words to everyone in the room. The next step – they go to the registry office to make their marriage official. And most often, the whole crowd is invited. There, the couple makes the most important decision of their lives under the watchful eyes of hundreds of their friends and family, and their lifetime together begins.

The day flies by and dinner time quickly approaches, everyone is a bit exhausted, so the best thing to do is to move to the restaurant and continue having fun along with beverages and hot snacks. Another tradition at a Belarusian wedding is the TAMADA (pronounced “tah-mah-dah”)! A Tamada is a loud, lively, and overly cheerful toast-master whose aim is to entertain and amuse guests. The Tamada has two major functions: first, he (or she) introduces guests to the entire group and gets the wedding party excited leading toasts to the newlyweds, and  Secondly, he arranges wedding contests and games.

The listed contests may vary from wedding to wedding, but the mandatory contest is always the same. Two pairs of children tights (one blue, one pink) are passed around from guest to guest. If you wish the newlyweds to have a baby boy first – place some money inside blue tights. If you wish for them to have a baby girl – put some money inside pink tights. When every guest has completed this task, the money is counted. The pair of tights with the most money wins!

The evening comes to an end at the stroke of midnight or slightly after. Guests leave and the newlyweds are finally alone to celebrate their wedding night (which is often spent counting money received as wedding gifts). A wedding is considered successful if wedding expenses are covered by gift money.