Andréa Sumé

Greek Wedding Practices

When most folks think of a greek wedding, they picture the handful adoringly in front of a priest and exchanging their vows. However, there is so much more that makes a greek bride special!

In the beginning of the ceremony, the bride’s koumpara ( best woman ) and her friends help her put on her dress. As the man prepares outside of the religion, his koumbaro or koumbara does even enable him in getting dressed. During this time, the vicar’s companions did clean him as a sign of respect.

After the priest blesses the bracelets, they are placed on the fourth fingers of the couples’ right fingers– the left hand is for God and embodies morality. The Koumbaro or koumbara finally exchanges the crowns between the bride and groom three times. The stefana, which are two appeared veneers connected by a pale string, signify glory and honor for the fresh pair.

At the end of the ritual services, the handful is given a cup to drink from along. They consume it three times as a way to represent the married couple’s commitment to one another. Any wine left in the glass is next consumed by the koumparos or koumbara at the conclusion of the meeting.

The bride invites all one women to come off onto the dance floors and throws her lehenga bouquet into the heat; the woman who catches it will be the one to married! One of the sweetest greek marriage customs is this: After the dancing begins, guests can throw wealth or button cash to the newlyweds. A box of koufeta ( sugar-coated almonds ), which is an odd number that symbolizes purity and fertility, is then given to them.

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