GREEK WEDDING

Shoes with Money Inside

“The groom buys the bride’s shoes and sends the gift with money inside the shoes to the bride’s house on their wedding day.”

 

Bridal Shoes with Money


Did your husband send the gift over to you
or did he give you the bridal shoes in person?

How Many Koufeta Should Be In Your Boubouniere


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Bomboniere or Bomboniera or Boubounieres are favors for Weddings, Bridal Showers, Engagements or Christenings/Baptisms.

Bomboniere is an Italian and Greek tradition, which is spreading across the world. Bomboniere are the traditional keepsakes given as gifts to guests in appreciation of their attendance. They can be incorporated on the table settings or distributed from a decorated basket during the celebration. While their most popular use is at weddings and christenings, they can also be given at First Communions, Birthdays, Silver/Gold Anniversaries, Dinner Parties, Christmas and many other social gatherings.

Each bomboniere consists of at least 5 sugared almonds/koufeta which represent: Health, Wealth, Happiness, Prosperity and Long Life.

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The Number of Koufeta in Bomboniere

Koufeta are the Jordan almonds that are traditionally used as wedding favors. The Italians refer to these sweet sugar almonds as bomboniere and the Greeks refer to these wedding favors as boubounieres. These are given to the guests at a Greek wedding. The Koumbaroi typically purchase the koufeta as part of their gift to the Bride and Groom on their wedding day. A common question that is asked is about the number of koufeta that should be used inside the boubounieres and why is the answer that it should only be an odd number. Here are some great points about the number of koufeta in boubounieres
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Why is an odd number of Jordan almonds used for the koufeta?

The Greeks use an odd number of koufeta in the boubounieres and on the wedding tray because an odd number is not divisible by 2. This represents the concept that the number cannot be divided as so, the new couple will never be divided or break up.

Why should the number of koufeta be a prime number?

The koufeta within the boubounieres should be a prime number, namely: 1,2,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17 because prime numbers are divisible only by unit -1 – by themselves and no other number. The unit -1 – symbolizes that only one thing, death, can separate the couple and the division of the numbers by themselves symbolizes the fact that the wife and husband themselves and their egos can bring their union into separation.
How many koufeta should be used?

The wedding bomboniere is traditionally composed of an odd number of koufeta 3-5-7-9-11. The most common number is 7, since these are the Divine Mysteries of the Church.
Others say that the number of koufeta should just be 5, symbolizing health, joy, fertility, prosperity and longevity.
Is Koufeta used for anything else apart from the wedding boubounieres?

Koufeta is also placed on the wedding tray along with the stefana (and red ribbon/rose petals for those who come from Cyprus or a few of the smaller Greek Islands). The number of koufeta placed on the wedding tray should also be an odd/prime number.
Koufeta is served to the guests at the house on the morning of the wedding as everyone is getting ready. It is also a tradition that single women should sleep with koufeta under their pillow at night so they can have a sweet life.
Koufeta is also given for other Greek celebrations and parties such as Christenings.

In the early days of the Church, honey dipped almonds were offered to the newlyweds by the priest. Today the koufeta has evolved in to a product of different shapes, flavors and colors but it still has a strong symbolic meaning at a wedding. The egg shape represents fertility and the new life which begins with marriage. The hardness of the almond represents the endurance of the marriage and the sweetness of the sugar symbolizes the sweetness of their future life.
What color Koufeta should be used?

Traditionally for a wedding, white koufeta is used. The white symbolizes purity.
However many couples these days are matching their boubounieres and koufeta with their wedding themes and use colors such as gold and silver. Gold and silver koufeta colors as well as other colors such as pink, blue, green and orange.
Is it ok to use flavored Koufeta?

Flavored koufeta is becoming more and more popular. It tastes sweeter and they are nicer to eat. You can find a range of different koufeta flavors including: strawberry, lemon, pistachio, hazelnut and caramel.

The tradition of giving favors to wedding guests has become popular around the world. Today this tradition is practiced by people of all cultures and not just the Greeks. As the tradition has spread across the western world, there have been changes to the traditional koufeta Jordan almonds used as boubounieres. Chocolate hearts are commonly used as well as pearl shaped hazel nuts and some use the couples’ favorite candies instead of the Jordan almonds.

How many koufeta did you give in your boubounieres?

Koufeta Significance, Origins and Symbolism

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Decorated Confetti

The concept behind why we give out Koufeta or Jordan sugar almonds, originated in France, around 300 years ago, when a small box of sweets, bonbons was given away to guests on happy occasions. Over time the idea spread to other parts of Europe, and in particular to Italy and Greece. Confetti, as they are called in Italian or Koufeta, as they are referred to in Greece, consists of an uneven number typically 5, of sugar-coated almonds, representing the bittersweet life of a married couple.

The five almonds have significant meaning – each Koufeta symbolizes wishing the new husband & wife: happiness, health, wealth, children & a long life. The gifting of the Koufeta or confetti is also traditional for christenings, baptisms, communions, confirmations, and graduations.

There are many creative ways that these koufeta and confetti are gifted. Some are placed in tulle and then placed on top of another wrapped favor gift such as a picture frame, vase, serveware, decorative items such as candlesticks. Other koufeta and confetti presentations can include the almonds added to create a flower. I have seen these as a decorative accent on top of the wrapped gift or as a flower that is actually on a stem and displayed in a vase which doubles as a centerpiece and where each guest takes one at the end of the night. Another way that I have seen jordan almonds presented is in a small gift box. These gift boxes typically follow the wedding or event’s color scheme or theme. Tiffany blue with the 5 koufeta inside and wrapped with a white satin bow is a very popular way that these boubounieres are given out. These koufeta now come in different colors, different flavors, or my personal favorite ones that have a decorative design. For a wedding I have seen these designs in the form of initials of the bride and groom right on top of the almonds or an actual sugar design of a bride and groom affixed to the almond (white usually is the color of the almond with these) and are given out in a clear top box so that people can see the design. For baby themed celebrations, I have seen a baby sugar decoration (they are so cute)! I will try and find a picture or link to who sells these so that you can purchase them if this is what you are interested in.




decorated-koufeta

Sleep With a Sugar Almond Under Your Pillow

Koufeta On a Plate

 

Small bomboniere (wedding favor) with koufeta (sugar almonds or jordan almonds)

“Sleep with this (koufeta-sugar almond) under your pillow the night of the wedding you just attended and the person you will marry will be revealed to you in a dream” according to this Greek custom! I had slept many nights after attending friends weddings with a koufeta under my pillow and nothing was ever revealed to me but then again I never remembered any of the dreams I had – so who knows!




Have you ever tried this? Does it work?

Wedding Candles

Greek Wedding Candles

 

In this picture:

“The traditional lambades (or lambathes) adorn each side of the table with the crown tray. The wedding candles are symbolic of the couples’ belief that Jesus is ”the light of the world and whoever believes in him shall never walk in darkness but have eternal life”.

Notice the beautiful beautiful flowers on these lambades…




What have you seen put on lambades to personalize or decorate them?

Krevati Bed Making Ceremony

The Krevatia which is also known as the Bed Making Ceremony is a Greek wedding tradition which blesses the marital bed and the couples fertility.

The marital mattress or krevati in Greek, is decorated for the wedding and money is thrown on it by the relatives of the new couple as a gift for their new beginning and common life. The bed making ceremony is usually done a couple of days before the wedding and sometimes it includes a tradition known as the flipping of the baby. A baby is placed on the wedding bed as a symbol of fertility and blessing, a girl if the couple wants their first baby to be a girl, or a baby boy.

Would you have a baby girl or a boy at your krevati ceremony?

Waiting for the bride…

Greek Tradition of Groom Waiting for the Bride

In This Picture:

This Greek Groom is waiting to greet his bride at the front of the church…

In the US and Australia, Greek couples tend to follow the ‘American tradition’ or the ‘Australian tradition’ of waiting for the bride at the altar. The groom and the ushers all line up at the front of the Church and wait for the bridesmaids and then the bride to walk down the aisle with her father (or parents). This is different to the ‘Greek’ way but i don’t know why or when it changed.



 


Do all grooms in Greece wait for their bride at the front of the church?

Scarf Blessing of the Bride

Scarf Blessing

In this picture:

“The bride’s friend does the traditional scarf blessing where the scarf is crossed across her chest twice and then wrapped around her three times. This probably symbolizes fertility”




This contemporary Greek Cypriot wedding was held in the Limassol District of Cyprus on Saturday 29th October 2011.

The edit shown here is a 31minute cut down version of the six hour, 3 DVD box set.

Watch out for these Greek wedding traditions:

The groom’s shave:
Whilst a violin plays, a traditional song praises the groom whilst the ‘koumbaro’ (an orthodox version of the ‘best man’) gives the groom a ceremonial ‘last shave”. The ceremony includes dressing the groom with his shirt, waistcoat and cravat.

Kapnisma (Holy smoke):
Olive leaves are burned in a vessel called a ‘kapnistiri’. This is moved three times in a circular motion around the bride and groom’s head by family and friends to ward off evil spirits.

Red scarf:
Before they set off to church, a red scarf is wrapped around the bride and groom three times by their parents and close family and friends. For the woman this signifies her virginity and for the man his fertility.

The bride’s shoes:
Before the bride puts on her shoes she lists all her unmarried friend’s names on the sole of her shoe. At the end of the night she takes it off and the name which still appears on the shoe is the girl who will be married next!

Hairetisis (welcoming ceremony):
Welcoming the guests to the reception are the bride and groom, parents, koumbaros and koumeres. Standing for hours, they greet all the guests as they arrive to congratulate the family and discreetly accept a ‘fakelaki’ (envelope) containing a monetary gift.

Sugar Almonds and red ribbon:
The sugar coated almonds which are placed on the tray with the crowns and which will later be offered to the guests are also symbolic. The white symbolises purity, the egg shape represents fertility and the new life which begins with marriage. The hardness of the almond represents the endurance of marriage and the sweetness of the sugar symbolises the sweetness of future life. The odd number of almonds is indivisible, just as a couple the bride and groom shall remain undivided. After the ceremony the almonds and ribbon are shared amongst the single women who apparently if the ribbon is placed under their pillow that night they will see in their dreams the man they will marry.

What happened to the money dance?
This famous Greek tradition is becoming rarer in the contemporary wedding and has been replaced by the ‘fakelaki’ (envelope) during the ‘hairetisis’ (welcoming ceremony).

Did you have this scarf blessing custom performed on you at your wedding? Please share – we would love to hear from you!

The Bridal Shoe

Greek Bridal Shoe Tradition

This photo describes the Greek wedding tradition of writing the names of all the single girls on the soles of your bridal shoes.

In This Picture:
“Names of single friends are written on the bottom of the brides shoe. At the end of the night the names that are worn off are those of the girls destined to be married soon; names of those that remain aren’t as lucky.”

 

 


Do you know about any other shoe rituals?

Greek Australian Day

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Remembering the Greek Revolution, that liberated Greece from 400 years of Ottoman Rule in 1821.
Greek Australians March from Martin Place to the Domain.

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