All posts tagged: wedding

The Role of the Koumbara

In a few weeks time, I will be one of the 3 Koumbaras at my sister-in-law’s wedding.  In Greece, being asked to be the Koumbara is held in similar high regard to being the Maid of Honour or Bridesmaid in an English wedding.  Traditionally, the Koumbara is often also the same person who will be Godmother to the couple’s future children. The role has great significance in the Greek Orthodox Church, as the Koumbara plays an active part in the ceremony and is chosen as someone who the newly married couple will look to for religious guidance throughout their lives together.  The duties she has to perform include exchanging the wedding rings and the wedding crowns for the couple during the ceremony, as well as holding the ribbon tying the crowns as they take their first steps around the altar as married people. Traditionally, the Koumbara also covers all of the costs for the religious aspects of the wedding, such as the marriage crowns, the fee for the priest and the silver cup and tray used in the ceremony. However, this wedding will be a …

Our Wedding

Three years ago today, the Greek God(zilla) and I were married in the Blue room at Marylebone Registry office, exactly 4-years to the day after we first met, and in front of only 30 of our closest family and friends. It was lovely. We did not put in months of planning, audition any bands, or attend a single cake tasting.  We simply booked a room, invited our guests by email, and held the reception at The Landmark Hotel opposite. We did not think to organise a gift list, I ordered my dress online, and the music played via my iPod. All this makes it sound like it was a bit rubbish, but it was genuinely one of the most wonderful days of my life. The Greek God(zilla) proposed to me in Barbados when I was  5-months pregnant.  He gave me the most beautiful pear shaped diamond ring that I could just about squeeze onto my fat swollen finger. Then we put the plans to one side for a few months while we focused on bringing …