The Koumbari of the Bride and Groom has a big responsibility in a Greek wedding… and that can be expensive!
My sister asked me to be Koumbara for her wedding over two years ago and i am lucky that i had enough time to start saving. I knew that I would have to pay for a few things but i am wasn’t exactly sure until now. Here is what i have paid for/or plan to pay for so far:
- Church – the wedding ceremony and a tip for the Priest &Psalter
- Bomboniere – a small gift for all of the guests attending
- Lambades (wedding candles) – the candles at the alter
- Stefana – crowns to bless the Bride & Groom
- Tray – to put the stephana and koufeta on for the Church
- Brides Veil – I’m not sure why i am suppose to buy the Brides Veil but apparently that is also the Koumbara’s responsibility
- Hen’s night & bridal shower & krevati (with the help of the other bridesmaids)
- Gifts – for the bridal shower and hens night
- Gift of Money – to through on the bed at the krevati and to give at the wedding
- Bridesmaids outfits – shoes, jewellery, spray tan, waxing, hair cut & colour, nails and everything else i need to look great on the day.
Being Koumbara is an wonderful gift. I am grateful to my sister and her fiance for asking me to be a part of their marriage. But being Koumbara is also expensive…
What else should do you think that the Koumbara should expect to pay for?
Related topics that you might like:
- The Role of the Koumbaros
- Is the Koumbara the same as the Maid of Honour?
- How to chose your Koumbari