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  • I can only answer for the Greek Orthodox marriage ceremony. One of the differences is that there are no vows. The priest conducts a wedding ritual that is pretty much the same in all Orthodox weddings... Greek, Russian, Serbian, Antiochan, etc. The first part is the betrothal where rings are exchanged. The Kumbaro or best man has a very important part in the ceremony and participates in the exchange of the betrothal rings. In the wedding part of the service the kumbaro places crowns on the heads of the couple. The crowns are attached by a ribbon and they are switched three times on the heads. These crowns symbolize that the marriage is noble, and that the couple will begin a new dynasty together. For the rest of the service, they are viewed as a king and queen, and from this point on, neither the bride nor groom can speak. Then the priest holding the Gospel leads the couple, followed by the kumbaro and maid of honor three times around a table set on the solea three times, symbolizing their first walk together as man and wife, following God. A special wedding hymn is sung as they walk around the table. There are prayers then that ask God for a fruitful marriage with children. The couple drink from a common cup and the crowns are carried into the altar. There is always a reception that is a true celebration and I've never been to one that doesn't have a lot of great food. I can tell you that if your fiance isn't married in the Orthodox Church, the Church won't recognize the marriage and most probably his family won't either. Often what mixed couples do is have two ceremonies, one in each church. There is a more detailed (and better) description at http://www.articlealley.com/article_6984_41.html
  • probably not much
  • God is God..... In Marriages between two hearts the feeling ceremony of two becoming one is deep within the Soul...... ...Just Saying... ...Physical ceremonies add separation to two becoming one, due to differences in their separating thoughts. .....But they are nice and festive huh?.... Bet it be a theatre where everyone has specific things to do in a certain ritualistic timeline....

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