There are many different combination of Koumbari that are acceptable in the Greek Orthodox Church. When you are choosing your Koumbari you can decide how many people you want to be a part of your wedding ceremony.
Here are some examples of acceptable Koumbari combinations:
- One Koumbaro (One Best Man)
- Two Koumbaros (Two Best Men)
- One Koumbaro and One Koumbara (One Best Man and One Maid/Matron of Honour)
- One Koumbara (Just one Maid/Matron of Honour)
- One Koumbaro and One Maid of Honour (Where only the Koumbaro does the rings and crowning)
- Koumbari (A Koumbaro and Koumbara who are already married)
I have also heard that in Greece, the Bride and Groom can have as many Koumbari as they want. Apparently they do not have a full bridal party with bridesmaids and groomsmen like we do in Australia and in America. The people who stand next to you at your wedding are often called your ‘Koumbari’. (Im not sure how true this actually is)
Do you know of any other acceptable Koumbari combination?
Related topics that you might like:
- Is the Koumbara the same as the maid of honour?
- What should the Koumbari Pay for?
- How to Choose your Koumbari
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