The exchange of the rings symbolizes the fact that in marriage the spouses will constantly be complementing each other and each will be enriched by the union.

The exchange of rings represents a pledge to share and exchange both their physical and spiritual goods,
a pledge of eternal love and devotion.



The crowns are signs of the glory and honor with which God crowns them during the sacrament. The wedding crowns (stefana) are joined by a ribbon which again symbolizes the unity of the couple and the presence of Christ who blesses and joins the couple and establishes them as the King and Queen of their home, which they will rule with wisdom, justice and integrity. The priest takes the two crowns and blesses The Bride and The Groom, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and then places the crowns on them. The crowns are then interchanged three times to the sealing of the union.

A common cup of sweet wine is blessed and shared by the couple as a sign of their common life together, a sharing of joys and sorrows, successes and failures, hopes and fears.
The drinking of wine from the common cup serves to impress upon the couple that from that moment on they are to “bear one another’s burdens.”
This is the “common cup” of life denoting the mutual sharing of joy and sorrow, the token of a life of harmony. Their joys will be doubled and their sorrows halved because they will be shared.

The sugar coated almonds (koufeta), which are placed on the tray with the crowns and which will later be offered to the guests are also symbolic. The white color of koufeta symbolizes purity. The egg shape represents fertility and the new life which begins with marriage. The hardness of the almond represents the endurance of marriage and the sweetness of the sugar symbolizes the sweetness of future life.The odd number of almond is indivisible, just as The Bride and The Groom shall remain undivided.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the priest removes the crowns from The Bride and The Groom and beseeches God to grant to the newlyweds a long, happy and fruitful life together. He then lifts up the Gospel and separates their joined hands reminding them that only God can separate the couple form one another.