In the ancient Rus', a fifteen year-old girl was considered to be mature enough for adult life and giving birth to children.
Marriages were arranged and were a matter of practicality with the emphasis not being on romance.
The members of the Russian family closely communicate with each other and frequently get together, especially on such family occasions as birthdays and anniversaries.
By the time of marriage and the birth of children, the young families have their lives arranged and are able to support themselves financially.
Civil unions have been gaining popularity in Russia lately.
In wealthy families, an apartment may become a wedding gift from relatives.
Some couples apply for a home loan to buy their first home.
In the majority of Russian families, the husband is 4-6 years older than his wife but the age difference of more than 10 years is still acceptable by most Russians (for example, the lead singer of the popular Russian band Mumiy Troll is sixteen years older than his young wife).
The Russian tradition, according to which a young woman had to get married as early as possible traces its roots to the distant past.When a child is born, the young family receives support in the amount of 343,387 rubles (approximately ,000 in 2010).Many Russian families bring up three or more children.The tradition that everyone should love their own home and protect their family is instilled into Russians since the early childhood.Just a few decades ago, it was very common among Russians to play the wedding at an early age.A marriage becomes official when the couple receives a wedding certificate in the Civil Registry Office (ZAGS) and gets married in a civil ceremony.