- 8 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
As a greek bride marrying a non-greek in an orthodox ceremony, I’ve been explaining alot of the ceremony to FI’s family and thought it was really beautiful. For example, the high point of the marriage comes when the priest crowns the couple. He takes to crowns and blesses them, placing them on the couples heads. These crowns are connected by a ribbon. The godfather then switches the crowns three times. The crowns are symbolic of various things. First and most obvious, the couple is king and queen of the household. But also, in the orthodox faith, crowns are a sign of martyrdom and self sacrifice. Consequently, the crowns also symbolize that couple is willingingly entering the marriage and ready to make sacrifices so that it will succeed.
What are some of your cultural traditions during the ceremony or reception?