It was my worst fear. I thought I was going to stuff up the Stefana…
I went to a Greek wedding a couple of weeks before my sister’s wedding and the Koumbara Stuffed up the Stefana. It was the Koumbara’s most important role in the whole wedding and she didn’t know what to do.
The Koumbara just couldn’t get her hands the right way. The Priest tried to help but for the thirty seconds of confusion, the entire room of guests broke into laughter.
It funny for the people who were standing inside the Church to watch but it was completely embarrassing for the Koumbara. She had stuffed up the Stefana.
For weeks, I kept playing this over in my mind. I didn’t want to stuff it up. I didn’t want everyone to laugh at me. So i watched a few Greek Wedding videos and I practiced the crossing of the Stefana.
How to properly cross of the Stefana:
- First, cross your arms. Use your right hand to hold the Stefana of the Bride and your left hand to hold the Stefana of the Groom.
- Then, here comes the tricky part… cross your hands over. Before you start, check which arm is on top. If you are right handed then you will probably have your right hand on top. If you are starting with your right hand on top, then simply cross your hands over so that the left hand is on top. Then cross it back and put your right hand on top.
- Do this 3 times.
The trick is to put the Bride’s Stefana back on the Bride’s head. It does not touch the Grooms head. This is the same for the Groom. The Grooms Stefana goes back to the Groom and never touches the Brides head.
This is the same practice for crossing the rings.
Here is a pic from my sister’s wedding. Have a look at how my hands cross over.
Did you Stuffed up the Stefana? What happened and what did you do?
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