Wedding details and reception

20 July, 2012

It’s finally time to share with you some of the wedding details, and photos from the reception!

  But let’s start from the beginning. After we got dressed (and took photos for the outfit of the day post), we headed to my cousin’s family house, to follow the traditions. All of her female friends were gathered there to start dressing the bride, and prepare her for her wedding day!

The wedding dress – front and back

And the wedding dress tail

Bride’s hairstyle

You know that I never show faces of my friends and family on this blog to respect their privacy, but I did take my cousin’s permission to show you these photos. So I want to thank her for letting me do it!

Per tradition, the father (or brother) of the bride puts her shoes on, saying that they are too big, and usually puts money in, to make them fit. However, the brother of the bride was too shy to do it, so I and one of her friends put her shoes on (unfortunately I don’t have pics of this as I was taking all these photos myself…But hopefully the photographers “captured” this moment, so I’ll eventually see it).

Everything else was ready for the church.

The silver tray with the wedding carafe/decanter and glass set, the wedding crowns (stefana), and some sugar-coated almonds (koufeta).

Wedding crowns (stefana) and sugar coated almonds up close.

 Little bags filled with rice, which will later be handed to the guests at the entrance of the church, to throw the rice to the bride and groom after the ceremony (when they will be doing the “Dance of Isaiah” – choros tou Isaia in Greek).

When the bride was ready, photos with the family members were taken around the house and the car was there to pick her up and take her to the church.

The church was decorated with beautiful flower arrangements, and lanterns in white and pink hues.

I didn’t take any photos inside the church, but I did take one to show you the result of the rice throwing.

A part of the rice that was thrown to the bride and groom during the “dance of Isaiah”, together with some rose petals and some sugar-coated almonds. Let’s say it was a lot of rice! Maybe more than 3kg! It was worth a photo.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds, and their families wait outside the church while all the guests line up to give them their wishes. (Something that I always find unnecessary and unpleasant – try standing in the heat in heels for so long, not pleasant at all)

After leaving the church we proceeded to the place where the wedding reception was being held. And when we arrived, all I could say was wow! The mansion (the reception was being held in) was built around 1900 and it’s located in the area of Kampos towards the airport (the only disadvantage I found) and it’s called “Sourediko” meaning the “Mansion of the Souris family” as it was known to the locals back then.


 The mansion is used as a hotel nowadays and it has 16 rooms and a big garden. You can find more here. It’s obviously also used for wedding receptions.

We were few of the first guests to arrive for the wedding reception which gave me plenty of time to take many pictures of the place, and the surroundings.

Fruit punch and macarons were served to the guests at the entrance and the wedding book was there for the guests to write their wishes in.

 The first dishes were served when all the guests arrived (salads, and deli cheese and meats platter), which were followed by this delicious plate.

Meatball, cheese pie, crepe, schnitzel bite, tortilla roll, cheese ball, stuffed mushroom, and mousaka bite.

After the first dish, the newlyweds arrived, cut their wedding cake and took their first dance as a married couple.

 After their first dance, the bride danced with friends and family, as the tradition requires.

Guests were dancing all night long to the sounds of traditional music (myself excluded – I don’t know these kinds of dances, and I’m very shy).

The wedding cake was served, and the dancing continued.

It was a delicious and very fresh lemon flavored wedding cake.

At about 3-3.30 the unmarried ladies gathered around while the bride tossed her wedding bouquet to them. It is said that whoever catches the bouquet will get married really soon, although these are just rumors.

A bit later, when most of the guests had left, we finally said our goodbyes to the happy couple and their close friends, who continue their party after the wedding reception, to one of the city’s most famous bars.

I know that my cousin was waiting for this post after I asked for her permission, so I want to take this opportunity, to wish them again a long and happy life together. May all your dreams come true.

I really hope that all of you liked this post (including my cousin 😉 ), and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Have a fantastic weekend!


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18 comments on “Wedding details and reception

  1. I loved this post! I really love weddings and your cousin looks amazing! Loved her hairstyle and everything that was chosen: the decorated entrance of the church, the mansion (oh wow! The stairs in front of it!), and the food for sure – I take a piece of the cake, pleeeeaase!
    The flowers were also lovely (my favorite flowers, by the way), and absolutely everything was perfect!
    By the way, don;t laugh, but I do dance the traditional dances… I have a video in a Greek bar showing it… but too shy to post it 🙂 I love Greek music and I love the traditional dances! (At the restaurant, the singer said in the end “just one dancing, but worth for 12” – all the others left the dancefloor because they didn’t like the song!)
    I wish you cousin and her husband a beautiful life with lots of happiness, peace, love and smiles! May they always love and understand each other and be glad for the happiness they have!
    Filakia polla!!!!!
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    • Of course I’m not going to laugh! I would love to know how to dance on weddings, because they always make me stand up and at least try, and I feel so embarrassed not knowing what to do. So I sit again on my chair and rarely move. I’ve only danced on a few weddings, such as the one of a school friend last summer (you remember the outfit I’m sure), but they played modern music in which you move freely.
      The mansion was amazing! I loved the stairs and I wanted to take a picture there, but we left while there were still guests at the reception, and I was too shy to pose in front of all of them. Even though my mom asked me if I still wanted her to take a picture of me. I was also in pain from my “monthly trouble” and wanted to return to our hotel, so I said no.
      Thank you so much for everything.
      Filakia polla! 🙂

  2. Ola deixnoun panemorfa! Poly wraio to nyfiko alla kai to xtenisma tis nyfis! Diakosmisi fantastiki! Ola moiazoun na itan sxediasmena wste na perasete oloi mia aksexasti vradia! Elpizw na itan ola opws ta oneireytike to zeygari kai tous euxomai olopsyxa na zisoun eytyxismenoi! Kai sta dika sou koukla!

    Filakia polla polla
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    • S’euxaristoume poli Elsa!
      Ola itan pragmatika iperoxa kai oloi diaskedasan poli!
      S’euxaristw kai ek merous tou zeugariou! 🙂
      Filakia polla! Kai na pw kai egw kai sta dika sou!

  3. Wow that looked like an absolutely gorgeous reception and beautiful day! Your cousin’s dress was stunning – I loved the lace detail in the back! That mansion looked like the perfect location, too. Wishing your cousin and her husband all the best! 🙂

    Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂

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  4. what a gorgeous wedding m! i’ve always wondered what a greek wedding is like 🙂 i really love the lantern with the flower arrangements, everything is so pretty and the food!!! 🙂
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  6. Πραγματικά πρέπει να ήταν τέλειος αυτός ο γάμος! Έχω βρεθεί και εγώ σε γάμο στη Χίο και σε δεξίωση στον ίδιο χώρο και πράγματι ήταν όλα υπέροχα! Να ζήσουν τα παιδιά!

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