They say that your Koumbaros is like your best man but in the Greek Orthodox Church the Koumbaro does a lot more than just organise the bucks night and give a speech…
The Role of the Koumbaros
During the wedding ceremony, the Koumbaros puts the rings on the Bride and Groom and then crosses the Stefana over their heads. The Koumbaros also takes the first steps with the newlyweds as they walk around the church during the Dance of Isaiah.
It can be said that they the Koumbaro has strong spiritual connection to the Bride and Groom and will be a part of their life forever. When the newlyweds have their first child the Koumbaros goes on to Christen the child and then becomes the Nouno (Godfather).
The Koumbaro has a significant spiritual role in the couples life and so the decision is not always easy. Here are a few points to consider before choosing your Koumbari:
- How many Koumbari do you want in your bridal party? Just one Koumbaro or a combination of Koumbari?
- Is your Koumbaro Greek Orthodox?
- Do you want your Koumbaro to Christen your children in the Greek Orthodox Church?
- If you have more than one Koumbaro, where will each person stand?
- Is your Koumbaro prepared/aware of the financial obligations associated with the role?
- Do you think that your Koumbaro will accept the role when you ask him?
- Does your family know your Koumbaro?
- Is your Koumbaro a friend to both the Bride and the Groom?
- Is your Koumbaro married? Will his wife stand up at the alter also?
What else should the Bride and Groom consider before choosing their Koumbaros?
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