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The wedding ceremony of the Greek Orthodox Church is an ancient and evocative service by which a man and a woman are united together "In Faith, and in Oneness of Mind, in Truth, and in Love", acknowledging that their love is rooted in God, who is Love itself.The marriage ceremony is abundant with symbols that reflect the basic and important elements of marriage: Love, Mutual respect, Equality and Sacrifice.
The groom would toss his wife over his shoulder and carry her off. Then, like all the Greeks, wedding guests feasted and toasted the new couple. Although he had to return her dowry, it did not need to be in the same form. Women could and usually did remarry after a divorce.
The exchange signifies that in married life, the weakness of one partner will be compensated by the strength of the other.
Apart, the newly betrothed are incomplete, but together they are made perfect.
She had to stand in a slow moving chariot or cart or some wheeled vehicle all the way. When they were married, people feasted and drank wine and looked at the gifts.
Gifts were like wedding gifts today, household goods and perfumes and vases and baskets. In Sparta, after a short friendly physical fight between the bride and the groom.