All about Greek weddings..
If you are planning to travel to Greece to tie the knot, you may be interested in knowing more about the traditional Greek weddings. There are many traditions and customs related to the ceremony as well as other things that take place before the wedding. Here after we present you the most important traditions and customs of Greek weddingH
How things happen in Greek weddings: before the wedding
When a Greek couple gets engaged, they exchange rings with one another in front of family and friends, after which a celebration is held.
This “wedding flag” is a branch that ends in five twigs. An apple is tied to one twig while the other four twigs are covered with tufts of red wool. While the couple is getting dressed for the wedding, the guests may be outside dancing to traditional songs and waiting for the wedding procession
.How things happen in Greek weddings: during the wedding procession
One person is selected to be the flag bearer and the procession moves towards the bride’s home. Once the procession arrives at the bride’s house, the bride’s mother comes out to meet the groom with a glass of wine, a boutonniere of herbs which she places on his lapel and a ring shaped biscuit. The groom is then to kiss the hand of bride’s mother and ask her for her blessing. The bride’s mother gives her blessing and shows approval by kissing the groom on each cheek. At this point, the bride’s mother may give him embatikion or touch his neck with incense. The embatikion is a gift to symbolize that his is now a part of the family.
When the bride emerges from the house, the groom presents her with her wedding bouquet, or he may give it to her at the site of the ceremony. At the site where the ceremony is to take place, two loaves of bread are baked, decorated with flowers and then tied with a white ribbon. A bottle of wine separates the bread loaves from one another. When the couple arrives at the ceremony, they cut the ribbon, take three sips of the wine and walk around the altar three times. Guests throw rice at the couple or sugared almond.
The traditional Greek wedding is an Orthodox wedding
The traditional Greek wedding always takes place on a Sunday. Orthodox weddings do not take place after Easter, after Christmas, on the day preceding a holy day or during fasting periods. Unlike traditional, modern day weddings that most of us are accustomed to, vows are not exchanged between the couple, because the ceremony is symbolic of a union of two people in love, and not a contract. The traditional Greek wedding ceremony itself is divided into two parts, the Betrothal and the Crowning.
Planning a Catholic wedding in Greece
Catholic Wedding in Greece seems to be the perfect choice for those seeking a unique experience in a unique place.
Greece is one of the top wedding destinations worldwide. Numerous couples choose Greece for their destination wedding ceremony. Beyond any religious or racial discrimination, Greece can offer you the wedding experience you have always imagined.
Having a Catholic ceremony in Greece is commonly performed and widely approved. Taking into consideration that over 200,000 Catholics live in Greece and many Catholic wedding ceremonies have already been done by couples coming from other countries of the world, you have absolutely no reason to worry about.
Please have in your mind that a Maronite wedding is also possible. we can arrange a Maronite ceremony in Greece with an Arab priest.
Let’s see why your Religious wedding in Greece is such a great idea.
Greece for your Catholic Wedding Ceremony.
It is a fact that Greece is one of the most beautiful Mediterranean countries. Its extraordinary landscape and the perfect, mild climate are your best “allies” for the ceremony. Beautiful coastal venues, over 2,000 islands, and amazing cities right next to dreamy forests. Greece has so many and different locations to choose the right one for your own Catholic Wedding Ceremony. Some of the most popular Catholic wedding destinations in Greece are Athens, Santorini, Rhodes, Zante, Crete, and Syros.
Catholic Churches in Greece.
Catholic ceremony is a verified ceremony performed by any Greek Catholic Bishop. Greek Catholic Church is part of the global Church under the spiritual leading of Pope. The Bishops’ Conference of Greece has defined 9 Catholic Bishops all over Greece.
Archdiocese of Athens – The Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the AreopagiteArchdiocese of Rhodes – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi.
- Archdiocese of Naxos, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos – The Cathedral of Our Lady of Rosary.
Diocese of Chios – The Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
Diocese of Crete – The Cathedral of the Assumption.
Diocese of Santorini – The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. *
Diocese of Syros and Milos – The Cathedral of St. George.Archdiocese of Corfu, Zante, and Cefalonia – The Cathedral of St. James and St. Christopher.
Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki – The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
All these Catholic Bishops are open for ceremonies. * A Catholic is not an option, as the local priest in the island, is not performing religious ceremonies. Please contact us for alternatives options
Catholic Wedding Ceremony in Greece follows the procedure of a typical one. The ceremony requires one or more than one best man and bridesmaids. The groom, accompanied by his best men and the priest, awaits for the bride. The bridesmaids walk down the wedding aisle right before the bride. Then, the beautiful bride, escorted by her father or one loved relative or friend, reaches the altar. The ceremony begins. The priest reads Holy Bible passages with references about an eternal union and a new start. After this, the couple exchanges vows of true love and devotion. Then the priest asks if the couple accepts each other’s vows and the answer, of course, is “I do”. Thereafter the priest blesses the rings and the couple exchanges them. The priest also blesses the couple with “The sign of peace” and the “Holy Communion” as a statement of divine acceptance. All the holy passages read throughout the wedding and the parts of the ceremony are performed according to the typical Catholic Wedding Ceremony. However, in cooperation with the priest of each bishop, you may add or remove the details you want. You will not have complete freedom to change the ceremony of course, as most of the prayers are specific.
In order to perform your Catholic Wedding Ceremony in Greece, and generally in a foreign country, you should mind all the legal obligations. Here are all the documents you will need:
Passport copies of both, bride and groom.
Full birth certificates (with parents’ names) of bride and groom.
- From your local bishop:
Certificate of non-impediment. This certificate confirms that you have not been married before and allows you to perform your wedding ceremony. If one or both you have been previously married, you will need a Divorce Certificate.
- Certificate verifying that you have the permission to get married abroad.
- Certificate affirming that you have completed the “Pre-Cana”.
- Baptism Certificate.
Authorization by the couple stating that they authorize our wedding planning company “Wedding in Greece” to act on their behalf for any legal paperwork and necessity. This document has to be written in Greek in a text that we will provide you.
- Read here for all legal requitments in GREECE!
“ Keep in mind!”
Most of the legal documents needed should be validated by local authorities in your country, so you have to contact our wedding planning team for further information concerning your country.
- The couple should also hand in a written assent confirming that they are proceeding to wed irrevocably.
- You should follow all the legal requirements that your wedding planner will point out in order to have a legal ceremony.
- All the legal or planning details vary to each bishop. First, you have to decide your wedding destination in Greece and then your wedding planner will indicate all your obligations.
- After the wedding ceremony, our representative along with the couple will head to the local Registry office in Greece in order to sign the wedding certificate.
- Your wedding will be legally recognized in your country in a period of two months approximately.
- Check twice all your documents. It is important that all the names and dates are correct. If not, the legal verification procedure will start over.Catholic church in Athens for your wedding in Greecet
- That is all you need to know about your Catholic Wedding in Greece.
Our wedding planning team promises you the perfect wedding in the perfect place. Make your dream wedding come true in Greece! It’s up to you!