Having culture present in your wedding reception is one of the key elements that makes the day truly special. If you or your significant other are of Greek heritage, you understand the importance of family and tradition, and want these essentials present on the day of your wedding. At Celebrations, we have a team of experts ready to help you plan the perfect Greek reception!
Greek weddings have become synonymous with big receptions! They typically take place between the months of May and September. The weather during this time of year is reminiscent of a perfect day in Greece. Because weddings are a huge family affair, they typically host anywhere from 100-300 guests. Extended family come in from across the world to be part of the special day.
Greek receptions feature delicious food, plenty of wine, music, singing and dancing! Popular Greek wedding traditions include:
- Dancing the Kalamatiano: This is a joyous folk dance performed in a large circle, where as many guests as possible dance around to celebrate the newlyweds.
- The Pinning Ceremony: In the past, it was customary for the bride to dance around as guests pinned wedding gifts of cash to her dress. In modern times, this tradition has developed into the bride and groom forming a receiving line at the beginning of the reception.
- Greek Party Favors: An odd number of sugared almonds are served on a tray at the end of the evening. The sugared almonds symbolize the sweetness of the union and the endurance of the marriage (which should be tough to crack!). Each guest is supposed to take an odd number of almonds for themselves to ensure good fortune.
All of these traditions and more can be honored at Celebrations wedding facility. We promise to prepare your reception in the most professional and personal way that speaks to Greek tradition.
Our exceptional presentations, gourmet menus, and award winning service are the signature of Celebrations. We have indoor and outdoor facilities perfect for your traditional Greek reception! Contact us today for more details.