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Why Many Greek American Women Want to Get Married in Greece

Maria Menounos married in Greece
Maria Menounos got married in Greece. Credit: Instagram/Maria Menounos

When Greek-American women dream of their wedding day, they often include fantasies of getting married in Greece.

Is it the beautiful backdrop of the country, the dancing and food, or the lavish Greek Orthodox churches that inspire Greek-American women to want to marry in Greece? It is all of the above and more.

There is definitely an dramatic element to getting married in Greece. In fact, even young women who are not Greek have their dream destination weddings in Greece. The beauty of the county is a huge factor in choosing Greece as your dream destination for your wedding.

Of course, Greek-American women are already aware of the beauty of Greece, as many have been visiting the county during the summer months or for other family celebrations their entire life.

All of the trips to Greece and stories of their homeland only make the dream of one day having their very own magical Greek wedding in Greece even stronger.

Culture and religion make getting married in Greece important to Greek-American women

Another reason why Greek girls dream of having a wedding in Greece has to do with culture, religion, and the church.

You see, many Greeks, especially those who are older or who live in villages, often believe that the only way that a marriage can be truly blessed by God is to have the wedding performed in a Greek Orthodox church.

If your marriage is not blessed by God, some believe that you are living in sin — a topic that all Greek-American women want to avoid dealing with at family gatherings, so they always assume that they will have a traditional religious wedding in Greece when they grow up.

Speaking of villages and culture brings about another reason why it is important for them to get married in Greece — pride.

There is nothing that makes your family more proud then when you can return to your homeland to celebrate life-altering events, such as your wedding, or a baptism of a child — it just seems more ‘real’ or authentic.

Also, getting married in your family’s village church, or a church named after a saint that is important to your family in the region your family comes from, is a very important part of the equation when planning a wedding in Greece for many women.

As an example of a Greek-American woman having her fantasy wedding in Greece come true,  Greek-American celebrity Maria Menounos had her wedding in Greece in the village of where her father was born in the Arcadia region of the Peloponnese in 2018.

This was actually her second wedding to Keven Undergaro, since the famous TV presenter already married her long-time partner on live TV in New York’s Times Square on the 1st of January that year.

Her wedding in Greece, however, was a traditional religious, Orthodox wedding. Menounos took to Instagram to explain why having a wedding in Greece was so important to her:

“I always wanted to return to Greece and do our wedding here, Greece means so much to us, and our village and our roots,” she explained in the selfie video she posted. “My friends said we don’t need wedding planners, we have friends and we all love you and we want to help you.”

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