Greek Wedding Traditions
Marriage Traditions in Ancient Greece
Greek brides wore traditional wedding veils of yellow or red, which represented fire. These brightly colored veils were supposed to protect the bride from evil spirits and demons.
In ancient Greece, diamonds were considered teardrops of the Gods, and it was believed that a diamond reflected the flames of love.
A Greek bride may carry a lump of sugar on her wedding day to ensure she has a sweet life,or she might carry ivy, as a symbol of endless love.
Greek Orthodox Wedding Traditions
A traditional Greek Orthodox marriage includes the celebration of the formal engagement.
On the day of the Greek wedding ceremony, the groom asks the bride's father for his daughter's hand in marriage. The groom's best man then accompanies the couple to the church, to be married. The best man, along with the priest, is in charge of the ceremony. He places gold crowns or wreathes made of orange blossoms on the heads of the bride and groom. These crowns or wreathes are linked by a silk ribbon. For the rest of their wedding day the newlyweds are honored as king and queen.
The traditional Greek wedding reception is usually a huge party and can last through the night. There is feasting, drinking and dancing, which includes the famous Greek circle dance.
Dishes are smashed on the floor for good luck and money is thrown at the musicians.
Candy coated almonds, called koufeta are served to the guests as reception party favors.