My fiance is a Greek man. He’s the first in his family to be born in the US and his family are Greek Orthodox. On the other hand, I’m multiracial and I’ve never really followed religion. When it came time for us to start talking marriage, we decided from the outset that we’d be married in the Greek Orthodox Church. I love the churches themselves because they’re so gorgeous and filled with iconic imagery. However, I was a little confused about all the different rules and traditions. Unfortunately Mr. Pearl wasn’t a big help because he hasn’t been to many Greek Orthodox weddings, nor does he pay attention to the details of wedding planning (MEN!). 🙂
A couple of things that surprised me:
1. Couples do not speak vows: the GO Church believes that the presence of the bride and groom before the priest signifies their intent to be married, so they do not believe the speaking of vows is necessary. You might find a very liberal priest who will bend the rules on this, but most will not. It is a tradition dating back thousands of years, so the church tends to frown on changing it up for your “special day”.