Post # 1
Hi bees, I’m attending a greek orthodox wedding this weekend and was wondering if they are allowed to serve alcohol at the reception? I have never been to a greek orthodox wedding before and don’t know anything about their culture and tradition with respect to weddings. Just wondering what to expect….thanks to anyone who can provide insight! 🙂
Post # 2
The ones I have been to there has been alcohol. I’d be prepared for a semi-long ceremony. Even though it is 1 religion, regional differences occur so its hard to say exactly what to expect. The ceremony was the biggest difference in weddings to me. Other than that at the reception they did some greek dancing (which is mostly walking in a circle and crossing one foot over the other, clapping hands/snapping fingers).
* also be prepared most of the ceremony will likely been in greek, if not all of it- and many guests may also speak in greek throughout the affair.
Post # 3
+1 to PP about regional differences. Every Greek Wedding is so different!
But a dry Greek Orthodox wedding would be a very rare thing. Part of the ceremony is basically chugging a glass of wine. More likely than not there will be lots of alcohol, including hard liquor such as ouzo (clear and tastes like black licorice) and metaxa.
If either the bride or groom is not Greek Orthodox, it’s possible that the ceremony could be mostly or even entirely in English. But I wouldn’t count on that, or on being able to follow it very well if that’s the case. There’s a lot of drawn out chanting, lol. And by the way, the bride and groom don’t say any vows.
I was raised Greek Orthodox and though I’m not marrying in the church (didn’t want to and my FI is Jewish so I had an easy out, he would have had to get baptised), I was koumbara (MOH) in my sister’s wedding.
Post # 4
Greek orthodox are not like muslims. They are Christian Orthodox which means they are from the Christian religion. So ofcourse alcohol is a part of religious celebrations similar to other christian celebrations like christenings, weddings etc 🙂 I mean they have wine in their holy communian. Would be contradictory for them not to be allowed outside of the church ahhahahahahhahah hope that fills any worries 🙂