Weddings the Greek Orthodox Way

Written by Emmanuel Mendonca

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The Common Cup

The crowning is followed by a reading ofrepparttar Gospel, which tells ofrepparttar 145362 marriage of Cana at Galilee. It was at this wedding that Jesus performed his first miracle, changing water into wine, which was then given torepparttar 145363 married couple. Wine is given torepparttar 145364 couple and they each drink from it three times.

The Ceremonial Walk

The priestrepparttar 145365 leadsrepparttar 145366 couple, who are still wearing their stefana, three times aroundrepparttar 145367 altar on their first steps as a married couple. The Koumbaro follows close behindrepparttar 145368 couple holdingrepparttar 145369 stefana place. At this pointrepparttar 145370 couple (and anyone standing nearby) is usually showered with rice, which was earlier handed out torepparttar 145371 wedding guests. The priest will often make use ofrepparttar 145372 bible he is holding to give himself some protection!

The Removal ofrepparttar 145373 Crowns

Whenrepparttar 145374 Ceremonial Walk has ended,repparttar 145375 priest blessesrepparttar 145376 couple,repparttar 145377 crowns are removed and he then separates their previously joined hands withrepparttar 145378 bible, reminding them that only God can breakrepparttar 145379 union which they have just entered into.

Wedding traditions

Unfortunately, a lot ofrepparttar 145380 information available on Greek Orthodox wedding traditions is a little outdated and contains generalisations that giverepparttar 145381 impression that certain traditions are followed by everyone who gets married. Some of these traditions are set out below.

- The baking of bread and cakes containing coins.

- Rolling a baby onrepparttar 145382 marital bed to encourage fertility.

- The throwing of money ontorepparttar 145383 marital bed.

- The pinning of money ontorepparttar 145384 bride (and sometimes alsorepparttar 145385 groom) atrepparttar 145386 wedding reception.

Although these rituals are seen as traditional, fewer and fewer young people marrying today are following them, because they are seen as old-fashioned. Many people do not wish to put their guests throughrepparttar 145387 ordeal of other people being able to see how much money they pin onrepparttar 145388 bride, for example. Although money is still a very common, as well as practical, wedding present it is often given torepparttar 145389 couple beforerepparttar 145390 wedding day or to a third person atrepparttar 145391 wedding reception, for safe-keeping. Greeks living inrepparttar 145392 more remote parts of Greece and abroad, who will naturally feel more strongly about doing thingsrepparttar 145393 traditional way, are more likely to follow these traditions than those living in Athens, for example. Like weddings in many places, Greek weddings are changing. Atrepparttar 145394 time of writing, there is a growing fashion to go and get married on an island and I recently heard someone say that he was looking into getting married in a ski resort. He was wisely advised by a friend: “You had better first askrepparttar 145395 priest if he wants to perform a marriage up a mountain”!

Emmanuel Mendonca is the webmaster and publisher of Athens Room at - a free service for finding and advertising property for rent in Athens, with a wealth of information about visiting, living and working in Greece.

Wedding Dresses - How to Select the Best One for You

Written by Tanya Turner

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  • Can you just come torepparttar shop or is an appointment required?
  • What dresses styles do they have and what isrepparttar 145361 price range?
  • Are alterations free and, if not, how much do they cost?
  • If they don't have dresses in your size, can one be ordered?
  • Do they also carry bridal accessories, like hair decorations, veils and shoes?
  • Can they hold a dress you like for a couple of days?

When you get torepparttar 145362 shop, try as many dresses as necessary, until you findrepparttar 145363 perfect one. Don't listen torepparttar 145364 sales person, when they say thatrepparttar 145365 first dress you try on is great and you should take it. Remember they want to sellrepparttar 145366 dress and it is their job to say it looks great, even if in fact it is hideous.

When you finally findrepparttar 145367 dress that you always dreamed of, ask them to put it on hold; don't let them convince you that you should buy it straightaway. Return torepparttar 145368 shoprepparttar 145369 next day and look at your dress again - you would be amazed how often something that seemed perfect, after trying on 10 different dresses, won't impress you when you see it with a fresh eye. However, if you look at your dress again and feel "yes this isrepparttar 145370 one", than it is time to buy it.

Tanya Turner is a fashion expert and a founder of where you can find unbiased information about wedding dress styles, what is in fashion and how to get your wedding dress at a reasonable price

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