Weddings from Around the World
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Who can forget that scene from Mamma Mia where the bride and groom are being serenaded by all the locals as they make their way to the church? Now imagine that for your own outdoor wedding! That’s one of many ancient Greek wedding traditions to choose from. Another fun custom just for the groom is the groom’s best friend helping him shave on the morning of the wedding – one less thing for him to worry about.
Almonds and honey are used throughout Greek weddings, with the mother of the bride feeding honey dipped almonds to the groom to welcome him into the family. Almonds also make for stress free wedding favors in the Greek tradition, with coated almonds, called koufeta, placed in white satchels or bowls for guests to enjoy. Interestingly, the favors are always filled with an odd number of koufeta because an odd number cannot be divided by two and so the thinking is that the couple cannot be divided.
The bride’s dress is usually the traditional white gown but as a Greek bride (or wannabe!) you get to wear a beautiful floral or bejewelled circular headpiece, called the stefana. The veil hangs down from the stefana for a unique bohemian-meets-bridal look.
Whether it’s your own culture or just one you love, you can choose any element of these traditions to incorporate into your big day. Happy planning!