The Red Scarf & Kapnistiri...

This is an image of a Bride with her mother who is wrapping the red scarf around her daughter at a Stolisma Ceremony

A red scarf (the Zoni) is tied around the Bride and Grooms' waist three times during the Stolisma ceremony to symbolise fertility. Traditionally it is wrapped around by the parents, close family and friends.

This is Christos playing at a Grooms Stolisma ceremony

Traditionally, the Groom is dressed and shaved by his 'Proto Koumbaro' (Best man) which is known, very ominously, as the "last shave". Whilst the Groom is being dressed, a violinist plays and sings a traditional song to praise him before his departure from the house to the church. The Greekviolinist wears a traditional Cypriot outfit that includes a vest, called the Yeleko (or Meindani)

This is a picture of a Kapnistiri set used to bless the Bride or Groom at a Stolisma ceremony.

The Kapnistiri...

A traditional silver plated 'Kapnistiri' merecha set is used at the Greek Orthodox wedding proceedings and Stolisma.

The Kapnistiri (shaped like a teardrop) is used to bless the Bride and Groom after the Red Scarf Zomata.

The Kapnistiri is filled with a few olive leaves that have been dried out (and usually blessed by a priest) and more often, burning charcoal and incense to give a unique aroma. It is passed around the Bride and Grooms head three times by the parents and family members in a counter-clockwise motion to bless them during the ceremony.

The Stolisma Tradition...

On the morning of a Greek Cypriot wedding, traditionally a Bride and Groom prepare for their special day at their houses with close family and friends at hand to bless them in the form of a ceremony called a Stolisma.

Brides Stolisma

At the Stolisma, the Bride-to-be sits in front of her family with her bridesmaids and maid of honor beside her in preparation of the blessing from her parents and close family and friends. The Bride has the traditional Red Scarf (Zoni) and Kapnistiri blessing whilst a violinist sings the traditional verses of a song. Occasionally the older family members like to join in with the singing by improvising a few verses of the song.

Grooms Stolisma

Similarly, the Groom is prepared by getting dressed into his wedding attire with help from his best man, and as with the Bride, the Groom's family also bless him. Traditionally, a Stolisma atmosphere is wonderful, with violin music, and all the family together it makes the day very special indeed.

The Grand Entrance...

At last, you are now married! to celebrate this and make a grand entrance at your venue, a traditional song (of your choice) can be played whist you and your partner walk into the venue to be seated at your head table. In addition, a selection of songs throughout dinner can be played at your request.

The Traditional Folk Dances

The Money Dance: The moment you have been waiting for...your opportunity to savor this tradition whilst your beloved family and guests pin money as a gift onto your wedding clothes whilst you are played a live Traditional Greek Cypriot wedding dance.

Main traditional dances: Koumeres and Koumbarous (best women and best men) usually dance with their Bride or Groom.
A Kalamatianos for the ladies, and a selection of songs for the gents' - this is the Grooms opportunity to dance with his Proto Koumbaro (his best man) and all his Koumbari (best men)—in turn whilst a selection of traditional Cypriot songs are played.

Not forgetting the parents and close relatives...
Generally, there is also the opportunity for parents / close relatives to join in the fun and dance the traditional songs of Cyprus and show off their Greek dancing!

Detailed above are services of events at a Cypriot Wedding, any combination of services can be selected and tailored to suit your requirements to form a bespoke package.