Greek wedding traditions can include formal traditions significant from the old country to modern touches. One thing is for sure, Greek weddings are generally large affairs requiring venues large enough to comfortably accommodate guests, mostly made up of large extended families. It’s where the saying “my big fat Greek wedding” comes from in reference to family. Yes, Greek weddings are about family and traditions.
Greek Wedding Traditions: Fashion
The Grecian-inspired style wedding dress in many variations is often a popular fashion choice for brides. The style of the pure white dresses usually features a floor-length flowing skirt with accents of gold or silver embroidery in homage to the attire made famous by ancient Greek goddesses.
Other Greek traditions include the bridesmaids incorporating the color blue to signify the symbol of the blue-eye meant to ward off “evil-eye” from the bride. The bride herself will slip a gold coin in her shoe to signify prosperity. The groom also usually places a piece of iron in his pocket to ward off evil.
A Greek wedding tradition is to place Stefana or pair of crowns on the bride and groom that can be adorned with ribbons, pearls or other material, to symbolize being joined together.
Let’s Dance: Greek Wedding Reception
Couples looking to stage a Greek wedding ceremony and reception will need space for the immediate family to join in for dancing including The Bride’s Dance also known as the kalamatiano; to the Greek circle line dance where everyone joins in called the Sirtaki.
A Macedonian tradition, “The Bread Dance”, is another popular addition to nuptial festivities. During this festive caper a special bread called a koluk is held over the happy couple’s heads as everyone dances in a circle around them.
Greek wedding receptions have the reputation of being great parties incorporating lots of up-tempo music and fun.
Greek Wedding Favors & Food
You’ll find lots, and we mean lots, of food at a Greek wedding reception! Wedding favors from the bride and groom are traditional Koufeta or sugar-coated almonds with wedding guests. The components of the almonds symbolize purity, fertility, along with endurance and sweetness of the marriage.
Dinner will likely include traditional Greek fare including roasted lamb, pork, and Spanakopita or spinach pie.
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