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nm1999

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I am going to be attending a wedding in Greece and am trying to gather information.

Someone in another thread I started about Greek wedding traditions said that Greeks typically give money at a wedding.

Do you know how I would figure out how much to give? What's customary?

Thanks in advance!
 
50 euros is probably standard, but it really depends on how well you know the couple and what you and afford to give.. I've heard of people giving 20 euros because they don't know the couple or have much money, but others may give 100 euros.

Our wedding in Greece (1 year ago) had only people from Greece invited and a handful of people from the USA. Most people gave us 100 euros, but there were a few who gave less and a few who gave more...
 
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50 euros is probably standard, but it really depends on how well you know the couple and what you and afford to give.. I've heard of people giving 20 euros because they don't know the couple or have much money, but others may give 100 euros.

Our wedding in Greece (1 year ago) had only people from Greece invited and a handful of people from the USA. Most people gave us 100 euros, but there were a few who gave less and a few who gave more...
I would do the same - weddings in Greece are very different than what we are used to in the United States!
 

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