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The Customs and Traditions of a Typical Greek Wedding, Explained

greek weddingA Greek Orthodox wedding on the island of Naxos. Credit: Zde/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Greek weddings are festive events with many traditions stemming from both the Greek Orthodox church and from ancient cultural superstitions.

Although traditions vary from village to village, as well as from region to region, there are a few aspects of a typical Greek wedding that are universal.

Many of these customs are steeped in ancient traditions that influence every last detail of the nuptials, from the engagement rings to the wedding ceremony and onwards.

Will you marry…my family?

If you have ever seen the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you have a pretty good idea about how a Greek engagement goes. Traditionally, when Greek couples become engaged, they do so in front of their entire family.

Afterwards, there is a huge party and the families celebrate. Now don’t be confused when you see Greek couples wearing their wedding rings on their left hands as engagement rings and then move those same rings to their right hands once married.

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