Traditionally, Greek brides opted for veils in hues of red or yellow, which symbolised fire and shielded the bride from harmful spirits. The bride carries a lump of sugar to represent a sweet life; she may also carry ivy, as a representation of everlasting love.
It is customary for a Greek Orthodox marriage to commemorate the engagement of the couple. On the day of the ceremony, the groom formally asks the father of the bride for his daughter's hand. The bride and groom are wear wreaths created with flowers called a "stefana" that are held together by a silk ribbon. The wreaths represent their union as a couple. The stefana looks similar to a royal crown, which symbolises the commitment of their wedding.
A traditional Greek celebration includes food, wine and circle dancing. Dishes are dropped on the floor as a sign of good luck.