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Marriage Symbolism

The rich symbolism of some marriage ceremonies bespeak to the personalities of the couples themselves. While some couples remain very unorthodox in their views, there are others still who find themselves looking to the traditions of their church and the rich symbolism that exists there.

For those who are of Egyptian descent, the rites and rituals of a Traditional Coptic Orthodox Ceremony are the perfect example.

A regular part of this very traditional and religious ceremony, involves the wearing of crowns and vestments by the bride and the groom. Before placing the crowns on the couple’s heads, the priest will hold the crown in the form of a cross and pray over them, symbolizing that they are the king and queen of their own kingdom within the Orthodox Church. The crowns also are intended to show that the couple, through the blessing of the wedding ceremony, have become crowns to one another.

Other elements of a Coptic Wedding Ceremony include Traditional Coptic Hymns which are performed with cymbals and triangles, which infuse the ceremony with a richness and otherworldly spiritual quality.

But don’t believe that a Coptic ceremony is all pomp and circumstance, without the frivolity and joy of a less traditional ceremony. Just like any other formal ritual, a lot of it depends on the individuals that perform such ceremonies.

If you have a very traditional view of marriage, and believe that by following the traditions of your culture and/or your religion that you will start your marriage out on the best foot possible, look to those symbols as the beginnings of your life together.

Our traditions and symbols are a part of who we are. While religious restrictions may prevent you from incorporating them fully into your own wedding ceremony, you can always find a way to acknowledge your past as you look to your future.


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