Celebrated by men and women in nearly two dozen Russian cities, the Festival of Brides is an annual event that celebrates the strong bond between husbands and wives, promotes formal marriage, and encourages family values in young couples. The festival is also known for its popular bridal beauty pageant.
Described as a celebration of love, beauty, and youth, Russian brides from a variety of backgrounds participate in the festival’s annual pageant. Judges evaluate contestants on the elegance and originality of their attire, the charisma and energy they exude, and most importantly, how well they project the image of a beautiful, loving bride. The ladies compete for one of four titles: Diamond Bride, Golden Bride, Silver Bride, and Audience Choice Bride.
Saratov recently hosted the 4th Annual Saratov Festival of Brides. Here are a few pictures.