What Are Some Traditions Involved in a Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony?

What Are Some Traditions Involved in a Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony?

Some traditions involved in a Greek Orthodox wedding include dividing the ceremony into two parts: the Service of Betrothal and the Ceremony of the Sacrament of Marriage. Other traditions are crowning the couple with flowers and sharing a cup of wine.

During the Service of Betrothal, the priest blesses the wedding rings and makes the sign of the cross over the couple's heads. Next, he slips the rings onto the couple's hands. Next, for the Ceremony of the Sacrament of Marriage, the priest prays over the couple and joins their hands. The priest places blessed crowns of flowers on the couple's heads. After the couple is crowned, they drink wine from the same cup, remove the crowns and take their first steps as a married couple.