The service is also rather unique as the bride and groom don't make promises to one another their presence together in the church is brought to mean that they are serious about marrying. There's no separation of the guests into guests of the bride and guests of the groom everybody sits together and in the case of little churches, many of us wish to stand in a spot where they can get a good view of the events. The marriage rite itself is in 2 parts : the Service of Betrothal and the event of the Sacrament of Marriage. The clergyman blesses the rings by holding them in his right hand and making the sign of the cross over the heads of the bride and groom. Gone are the times of the plain 'meringue' style wedding dresses with a tiny lovable well-placed bow ; now we're venturing to be different. Wedding centerpieces.
Really, one of the most recent trends is to supply marriage dresses that may be used again. Maybe, this fashion is thanks to the constantly rising age of first time brides as well as the huge number of second marriages. Whenever we think about marriage dresses, we automatically think about a warm, summer's day, with a crisp, wafting white dress to match. However, there's a growing trend towards winter marriages. Winter wedding dresses might not be pure white and are commonly the preferred choice for 2nd time brides.
Trends in winter marriage dresses include deep red coloured dresses or dresses that include a big quantity of black. Another smart idea is to incorporate a fur collar, or long fake fur coat. Many marriage dresses now use large quantities of colored fabric to add a classic touch to an otherwise conventional white or cream dress. The clergyman the leads the couple, who are still wearing their "stefana", 3 times round the altar on their first steps as a married couple. A lot of the information available on Greek Orthodox marriage customs is a little outmoded and contains generalisations that imply that certain conventions are followed by everybody who gets married. Greeks living in the more remote parts of Greece and abroad, who will naturally feel more strongly about doing things the conventional way, are far more certain to follow these practices than those living in Athens, for instance.