On the Sunday of the last announcement it was customary for two men, friends of the bridal pair, to go through the village with invitations known as Noetigen or Einladen, asking relatives and friends to the wedding.
The men carried canes and as they went from house to house someone in each home tied a ribbon to the cane as a mark of acceptance.
Dann kommt ouch gleich the Kathrin Woes, Und kocht auch gleich the dicken Kloess, Sie kocht sie nach Belieben Und kocht auch gleich die roten Rueben.
Poetz Blitz - Was faellt mir ein - Ich hab' ja vergessen den Branntwein.
Wenn Ihr Uns unser Stoecklein ziert, So sagen wir auch wo Ihr hingehoert.
Sister Mary Eloise Johannes describes some German Russian marriage customs, including parental consent and the mode of inviting guests to the wedding, as well as the ceremony itself.
Some of the most interesting customs, both social and religious in character, center around courtship and marriage.
When a Russian-German youth wished to marry, he asked two of his friends to act as Freiersmaenner, matrimonial agents, for him.With them the young man went to the home of his prospective bride where they visited with the girl's parents for a short time and then the Freiersmaenner presented the parents with the request of their client.This was a mere formality as the matter was usually settled before this time by the couple themselves.On the other hand, however, marriages were not planned without asking the parents' advice; and it frequently happened that the parents of the young couple had already discussed the marriage possibilities of their children. Formerly the most popular season for marriages was during the autumn months after harvest; and it is still a favorite time despite the fact that many marriages take place in June and the summer months.In former days when both of the young people were from the same village the marriage was always performed in the parish church of the groom.On the second Sunday of the publication of the banns the young couple separately would visit the homes of their friends in the village to invite the unmarried members of the families to the wedding festivities.