Post # 1
My fiancé is Greek, and I’m trying to figure out exactly what the koumbara will be doing in the wedding. I understand the stefana and everything, but my questions are more like:
1) Should the koumbara wear the same dress as my bridesmaids?
2) Does the koumbara walk down the aisle, or is she already at the front of the church when the ceremony begins?
3) If we get a limo, does the koumbara ride in it? (Is she part of the bridal party in that way?)
4) Is the koumbara in the bridal party pictures?
5) Do I have to invite her to the bachelorette party?
I would greatly appreciate it if anyone can answer these questions for me! The only thing online I found about the dress wasn’t very definitive, and I couldn’t find anything about the other questions. Thanks very much!
Post # 3
Hey! My FI is Greek too. Our Koumbara is my FSIL and our koumbaro is her husband. They are not wearing the same outfits as the rest of our wedding party. My BMs are wearing yellow and the GM are wearing charcoal suits. The koumbara is wearing a silver dress and her husband is wearing a grey suit. Basically, they’ll GO but they won’t be wearing the same outfits. Koumbaro will get a bout though and koumbara will get a corsage.
They’ll be at the front of the church with my FI and the GM during the processional, but the koumbara will be on the “girl’s side” of the altar.
Both the koumbara/o will be driving over with my FI and the GM. They won’t be traveling with me or the BMs.
We’ll be taking a formal picture with just them during the cocktail hour, but they won’t be included in the formal shots of the wedding party.
I’m also not inviting our koumbara to my bachelorette. We’re not close, and I’ll be having it out of state with my friends from my hometown. I probably would have invited her if I was having it closer to where she lives though.
I don’t know if this is what is NORMALLY done, but it’s what we’re doing. Hope it helps!
Post # 4
Thanks so much! There has been a lot of back-and-forth about what the koumbara is wearing, so I just wanted to see what everyone else is doing! Thanks again!
Post # 5
Geekily – if you are still around I am curious what you ended up doing!! I am the Greek one in the relationship, so our koumbari are going to be my two older cousins. Neither is married, and I can’t include one without including the other, so it is a bit non-traditional, but that is how we decided to do it. I already have 7 bridesmaids, though, and don’t know if the koumbara should be dressed as one (thus having essentially 8 bridesmaids – so many! eek! but on the other hand also an even number).
I would be very interested in hearing what you ended up doing!