Fifty years ago in some Greek regions, customs were quite different from contemporary weddings we see in the United States. These Greek brides would act as a servant to the wedding guests and serve them breakfast. But what was more interesting was the play-acting that the bride performed in the days before her wedding. The bride was expected to sulk around her parent's home and pretend she was distraught over her impending nuptials. Her friends would come to her and try to talk her out of her negative feelings toward the marriage and the bride would resist her friend's efforts. Eventually the bridegroom would show up with his relatives and take her away by force. The wedding was then held in a family home and for a few days afterward the bride participated in ceremonies where she gave gifts to her friends and relatives.
Suellen Ocean is the author of the novel The Lies of the Lion available at Amazon.