Hey there, We have some friends here in Holland getting married in September - he's Dutch and she's Russian. They've asked my husband to be the best man and I'll be unable to understand what everyone's talking about and probably get horribly drunk. Anyhoo, my question is this. The bride-to-be told us last weekend that the best man has to "buy" her off her parents with cash. I've googled and can't find any reference to this in an traditional Russian wedding. She has also said that the guests throw money into their wedding car and that the wedding cake is auctioned off for cash (ie. no cash, no cake). To be honest I feel like we might be being taken advantage of. Has anyone had any experience with a traditional Russian wedding and does it seem odd that my husband has to pay money to the brides parents (which we've never met and will never see again)? Also, when asked about what kind of gift they'd like they just shrugged and said they expect their friends to know what to get them. I actually don't know either of them very well (he's a work colleague of my PHH) but was thinking of some nice bed linen - any other suggestions?