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Religious Orthodox Wedding

Religious Orthodox Wedding

The Orthodox wedding ceremony in Greece, has many religious symbolism’s. There are many different customs connected to the wedding, during, before or after the ceremony. 

The Greek Orthodox wedding consists of two parts, the engagement and the stefanoma ( where the wedding crowns are used). All weddings are performed by an Orthodox priest and only on the churches grounds.  However there are some dates during which religious weddings cannot be performed in Greece:

  • 18th – 25th of December
  • 40 days before Easter
  • The 50th day after Easter
  • 1st – 15th of August

In addition, weddings cannot be performed on the celebration of the saint after whom the temple is named.

If you are interested in having an Orthodox wedding in Greece, you should know that:

  • If you wish to get married in a church, the groom or the bride and the best man must be baptized as Christian Orthodox.  In many cases, the wedding can be performed even if they are Christians of another doctrine, as long as they’re baptized.
  • Wedding rings are necessary. They symbolize the eternity of marriage and crowns, which stand for the union of two people, the groom and the bride.
  • Right before the end of the wedding ceremony, the guests throw rice to the couple. It symbolizes the wealth in their lives.
  • After the ceremony, bombonieres (wedding sugared almonds) are offered to the guests to thank them for attending the wedding ceremony.

According to the above, the Orthodox wedding demands more documents than the civil and the ceremony runs longer.

For more information about the necessary documentation and all required legal part please contact us.

Contact us today, to plan your Orthodox wedding in Greece