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Traditional Greek Wedding Gifts

If you have ever had the opportunity to have to shop for traditional Greek wedding gifts, you will already know that the supply of such items is in abundance all over Greece and its islands.

The Greek wedding has not changed very much over the years and is now known by those who choose to marry by the traditional method as the Ancient Greek Wedding. The wedding ceremony lasts for 3 days and starts with the proaulia which means pre wedding ceremony. This takes up the first day of the start of the ceremony. The proaulia is followed by the gamos. This is the wedding day itself and celebrations will typically take place all day and into the evening. Day 3 is known as the epaulia (post wedding) and this consists of the closing of the ceremonies.

Until more recently it was not expected to present gifts at Greek weddings and a common sight would be guests pinning money on the bride. These days however it is traditional to take wedding gifts directly to the church on the day. Although Greece has preserved some of its ancient formalities at weddings, the presentation of traditional Greek wedding gifts is rarely experienced these days as much of Greece now follows the close to the footsteps of the modern world. Don’t be surprised if the bride or groom hand you a wedding list containing such items as a kettle or coffee machine to a vacuum cleaner, washing machine and so on. The giving of money as a gift is becoming more popular these days and if the new bride is not taking the pinning of money on her dress, a guest could add money to an envelope to allow the newlyweds to choose exactly what they want to buy.

The most traditional Greek weddings take place in the villages around the country where they have not noticeably changed over the years. The village bride will be handed gifts of flowers, pottery, lace and even fruit. The case can be quite the opposite in the towns and cities across Greece where the whole event can often be a very expensive one with the reception being held in a classy hotel and after the celebrations end, the couple may board a jet to head off to a far flung country to start their marriage.

Depending on what the bride and groom would like and obviously the financial position of the families the traditional Greek wedding gifts can literally consist of anything from a bunch of flowers to a state of the art 3D television.