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For a modest fee, the couple received their choice of traditional or modern wedding costumes, the services of a photographer, the use of a reception hall, a civil ceremony and wedding certificate, and a limousine to carry them to their new home.Fellow workers and colleagues played a relatively large role in urban weddings, as guests and donors of gifts to set up the new household.[Source: *|*] There is no tradition of dating yet premarital sex is common among herders.Newly married couples have typically gone to live with the groom’s family.Levirate marriages in which a widow marries her husband's brother is an old tradition among Mongolians.It was developed to make sure the widow was looked after.* Most marriages were between schoolmates or coworkers.Such a mechanism of mate selection reinforced the tendency, common in many countries, for people to marry within their own social stratum.
Some version of this custom survived in the countryside in the 1980s, as did the practice of the bride's moving to reside in the camp of her husband's family, which traditionally provided a new ger for the bridal couple.
Urban weddings sometimes were celebrated in special wedding palaces.