Wedding loaf – a tribute to tradition
A wedding loaf is as old as the concept of a wedding itself. Actually, special wedding bread has always existed in different cultures of the world, in some, like in the British, for example, it has gone from a pile of sweet buns to figures of the bride and groom in waves of cream.
Previously, there were a number of signs and rules according to which this symbol of the sun and fertility was baked.The kneading of the test was entrusted only to a married woman, who herself was happily married, and no one had ever entrusted the kneading of the test for a loaf to a widow or unmarried woman. Worse, childless. The wedding loaf was sometimes baked by men, sometimes the so-called “bowl”, of which there were an odd number — 3, 5. 7. The main “loaf” was an exceptionally married, happy woman in marriage and motherhood, she was in charge of all the processes: doughing, kneading, baking . The process of baking loaf was accompanied by special loaf songs.
Wedding loaf symbolized the status of the future family. Therefore, it was supposed to be not only tasty, but also as high and large as possible. Often the size of the loaf matched the size of the wedding table. We met lovers on the threshold of the parental home after the wedding.
At the ceremony of presenting a loaf at the Slavic wedding, the main role was allotted: gifts were put on it, in exchange they offered to taste a loaf. Pieces of loaf were delivered to guests by children, most often godparents cut it. Each guest took home a piece of the wedding loaf with him, where he shared it among the rest of the family, which was considered a good sign: whoever tastes the wedding loaf will be lucky.
By tradition, jewelery with a loaf – flowers, ears of dough – were handed out to unmarried bridesmaids. There was a belief that if you put a piece of a wedding loaf under your pillow, you would see your husband in a dream.
In our time, the wedding loaf is a tribute to tradition; parents meet a young couple who come after registration or wedding. And when baking a loaf in our time, it is unlikely that ancient traditions and signs are observed.
Bakery and confectionery companies bake wedding loaf exclusively to order. Also, you can order a loaf from a private pastry chef. Coordinates of bakery, confectionery companies of Zaporozhye, you will find in our directory. It is advisable to order a wedding loaf not less than a week before the wedding, but it is useful to make inquiries beforehand.