Posted by Antigone on November 06, 2001 at 16:50:16:
In Reply to: Re: Greek/American Weddings posted by Antigone on November 06, 2001 at 16:41:52:
Na Zisete! I'll answer your questions to the best of my knowledge:
1. You can wear what ever makeup you wish - not being 'allowed' to wear blusher is total nonsense. The same rules that apply to everyday tasteful makeup for a formal event apply to the bride.
2. You may wear a veil but not covering your face - you'll be required to take communal wine and to kiss the Bible. Also, your veil must not interfere with the placing of Stefania (the ribboned wreath) on your head, nor the exchange of Stefania that occurs between you and the groom by the Koumbaro.
3. You are not required to say anything during the ceremony. 'Extra vows' or your personal additions to the wedding service are not allowed as this changes the nature of the religious service - which the wedding is.
4. You're not clear on what you mean by 'allowing the wedding party on both sides' of the altar. Do you mean to the left and right of the altar, or front and behind the altar.
Finally, the best place to get advice is from the Orthodox Church that you'll be married in. You'll find the priest that will carry out your wedding ceremony most helpful in familiarising you with the whole tradition and meaning of the service. You've chosen well - the service is rich with meaning and tradition and you'll have a wonderful and moving event to remember for forever - Good Luck and All the Best for a Wonderful Future!!
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