Greek Wedding Traditions - Greek Wedding Ceremony

In a Greek Orthodox Wedding, the main wedding tradition of the country, the ceremony takes two parts - the service of betrothal and the ceremony of the sacrament of marriage. The betrothal service involves the final blessing of the wedding rings before the sacrament ceremony begins to cement the union.

The Greek wedding dress is usually the standard white style used in European countries today, but in keeping with ancient Greek wedding traditions, the bride might wear a veil of red or yellow - representing fire in the hope it might protect her from any evil presences. Ancient Greek brides also carried a lump of sugar to ensure the marriage would stay sweet, a practice followed by many modern Greek brides.

In Greek wedding tradition, Greek wedding crowns are also commonly passed over - the priest will crown the couple and lead them round three times in a circle. Once you have completed the three circuits, symbolising the Holy Trinity, so long as they haven’t fallen in dizziness they are considered married. The greek wedding crowns and rings are also swapped three times to further the link to the Holy Trinity. The crowns are generally connected by a single strand of ribbon to represent the couple’s union and the rule over their new household.

Greek Wedding Traditions - The Reception and Beyond

In proof that many stereotypes have their roots in the truth, the Greek wedding reception will see an uneconomical, but no doubt fun plate smashing celebration. This isn’t just a destructive delight  and hotelier’s nightmare - in an ironic but appealing belief the broken plates symbolise good luck and the permanence of marriage.

So long as you tread carefully amidst the wreckage, Greek wedding receptions are joyous and entertaining get-togethers, with plenty of singing, dancing, eating and drinking to keep guests occupied. In terms of food Koufetta is vital for any Greek wedding. Koufetta are bittersweet almonds that symbolise the good and bad of marriages - the wedding pieces are fortunately coated in sugar to promise positivity in the union. The wedding bed is also sprinkled with the Koufetta, and the guests are also given some to take away. Potential brides might like to place them under their pillow at night to dream of their husband-to-be, much like the UK wedding tradition.

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