Wedding Bells in Ukraine

  • Wedding Bells in Ukraine
Issue 54, February 2013.

Wedding Bells in Ukraine

Economic recess and instability in life make more young women in Ukraine seek marriage in other countries. Since the beginning of 2009, the number of individual men visiting Ukraine from North America, UK and EU, with the purpose of marriage has been growing and has actually doubled. In their turn, Ukrainian women, being internationally regarded as “perfect” wives and mothers, are more and more interested in marrying men from the West, as these marriages provide better guarantees of security, safety and a comfortable life for themselves and their children.
Many women lose jobs in Ukraine these days. Tough financial situations push these women in becoming more active in making decisions about their personal lives. Women in Ukraine prefer to create families under the formula: “Happy Relationship + Stability = Good Family”, expecting that their relationship with a foreign man from the Western world will ensure that the formula will work.

In this situation, dating and marriage agencies in Ukraine nowadays have had an increase of inflow of women's profiles into their catalogs. As the services are 100% free for women in most of the marriage companies, there is also very little risk in joining the catalogs for the charming Ukrainian brides.
There are more and more women in Ukraine today whose only goal is to live simple, comfortable and a well-established life. Many Ukrainian women confess that they would gladly give up spending 4 nights a week in restaurants dining with different men, to seeing the same (and the only) man by their side every night. A trustworthy relationship in itself can bring a relieving feeling of stability.
However funny as it sounds, many Ukrainian women today are starting to consider money as a secondary thing in life. Achieving a stable relationship is becoming task number one to them. According to press releases in local Ukrainian newspapers, some foreign visitors benefit from this situation. Some of them come to Ukraine with a real purpose of marriage; others visit Ukraine out of curiosity — to see with their own eyes, whether the Ukrainian women are really so attractive, and how good are their chances in finding a wife and a lifetime friend in a beautiful, charming and feminine lady, who may be 15-20 years younger but very well educated and smart. Sounds like a miracle? It probably does. You'll have to visit Ukraine yourself to make your personal opinion.
Since the beginning of 2008, thousands of Ukrainian women leave their country with fiancée visas and marry foreign men each year. The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine reports that 19 thousand marriages have been registered only in Ukraine during the latest four years. These are only one-fifth of all marriages, which are registered between foreign men and Ukrainian women, because the majority of Ukrainian brides prefer to travel to the country of their fiancée and have the marriage registered there.
The western world as a whole has become more and more international and intercultural. We are not only looking for jobs overseas, we also shop online for goods seeking a better deal. It was inevitable that people would realize they could also get a better deal seeking a marriage partner overseas, and Ukraine is one of the top destinations for western men seeking a wife. It has a welcoming visa regime (Northd Americans and Europeans do not need a visa to visit Ukraine), huge demographic disproportions with women outnumbering men (and therefore a huge demand for husbands) and a predominantly Caucasian population (even with a wide acceptance of interracial marriages most people still marry someone of their own race).
Former Ukrainian president (2005-2010) Viktor Yushchenko has an American wife born in Chicago. This marriage obviously helped Ukraine to open its borders, as well as make the idea of an international marriage more acceptable to Ukrainian people.
Ukrainian women may be more open to the idea of marrying a foreigner because there is less anti-foreign marriage propaganda than there is in Russia (Russia has a constant media campaign that highlights the problems in marriages of Russian women to foreign men, in order to stop the "genes drain" where the best women leave the country to marry foreigners, similar to the "brain drain" where highly skilled professionals leave the country for better jobs overseas).

Why are the women from Ukraine so popular?

Firstly, they are beautiful. Eastern European women have been known for their beauty since the Middle Ages, when European travelers saw them first. Ukrainian women are always neat and pretty, for them being attractive is natural, they cannot go out without make-up and decent clothing. Moreover, they have got an inborn sense of fashion. It is also important, that Ukrainian women keep house well and cook perfectly. They also adore kids. Children have often been the only consolation for Ukrainian women, that is why they like them so much and do their best for kids. Ukrainian women are quite smart - many young brides have got a post-secondary education, so that they can become quite successful too.
If you read information in forums, there will be a lot of sentiments from Ukrainian women how western men make better husbands. Still, if she could find a good man in Ukraine without too much trouble, she would - but it's hard. First women date locally, then nationally, then they start looking internationally. This is how it sometimes happens when some Ukrainian women start looking for foreign men to marry.
More and more men are choosing Ukrainian women for marriage. One can find these beautiful brides on Facebook and other social networks, but it is more convenient and faster to join a dating or marriage agency in Ukraine.

For foreign men, they browse the Internet and come across websites with pretty Ukrainian women wanting to meet men, and these women are much more accepting of age difference, children from a previous union and are not that concerned with a man's appearance. They just want "a good man". And this is how Ukrainian-Western marriages happen!