Did You Know?Apart from seeking permission from the bride's parents before the wedding, the groom has to re-seek the permission of marrying her on the morning of their wedding day.
In Greece, the couples are not supposed to get married on certain days like Lent and other Christian observances. Though the wedding customs may vary depending upon the region and/or beliefs, there are certain customs that are commonly followed.
One significant feature of Greek culture is that the bride and groom do not exchange wedding vows, rather, they have a popular belief that the bride and groom stand in the church only after they are serious about marriage. Let's take a look at some popular and interesting wedding traditions of Greece.
Popular Customs and Traditions
Then, the relatives and guests present money and wedding gifts to the bride and groom, which is believed to bring them luck and fortune.
As a part of the wedding ceremony, the weddings rings are again blessed by the priest and this time, the bride and groom wear it on their right hands.
Usually the crowns are white or orange in color, designed with blossoms and/or vines. These crowns are joined with a silver ribbon that symbolizes the union of the couple. The couple wear these crowns till the end of their marriage ceremony.
There are two types of traditional Greek wedding dance viz. the Isaiah and the Kalamatiano. The former dance is performed only by the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony, and the Kalamatiano, on the other hand, is performed at the reception. In this, the bride and groom along with the guests participate and dance by forming a circle.
Candy-coated almonds are also a favorite in Greek wedding receptions. Wedding receptions are always associated with music and dance, and the guests are treated with special dishes and drinks.
This is the final and important custom in Greek weddings. It is the joyful and energetic shouting of 'Opa!' at short and frequent intervals to express their joy and happiness. It is a perfect expression of merriment and celebration.
The bride also wears a yellow or red veil that signifies fire, so as to protect her from evil spirits. A Greek wedding is always a lively event and a memorable time to cherish.