The Wedding Day
Sunday is the best for most traditional weddings but most couples choose Saturday. Today, most choose to marry on weekdays. Dowry or Prika is delivered the Thursday before the Sunday wedding.
The Koumbaro and Koumbara
The best man or maid of honor known as the sponsors of the wedding according to the custom are not picked. The groom’s godparent is first asked then the bride’s godparent. If either of them are not able do it, then close friends and family members.
The roles of Koumbaro and Koumbara are very serious. They take part in the wedding ceremony and baptizes the newlyweds first child later on in life. In Greek customs, this is a huge responsibility.
Preparing the marital bed
The Koumbaro and Koumbara are also responsible for preparing the marital bed. There is a party that invites both family and friends to make the bed at the soon to be couple’s home.
This is a symbol of good luck and fertility. After the marital bed is ready, money, rice, flowers and koufeta are spread on top.
The wedding shoes custom
It is the responsibility of the groom to buy the bride’s shoes. The Koumbaro delivers them before the wedding day. The bride pretends the shoes are not fitting well as a traditional trick. The best man puts in some coins in the shoes for good luck and to help them fit better.