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kcixcy

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I've never really been to a Greek baptism or a Greek wedding reception. I've heard a lot about the baptism itself and I'm aware of what happens at the ceremony (my friend is the godmother of the child), but I don't know much about the reception... what should I expect? And how should I dress? Do they tend to be formal or casual? The baptism reception that I am attending is being held in a banquet hall.
 

francescool

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I've never really been to a Greek baptism or a Greek wedding reception. I've heard a lot about the baptism itself and I'm aware of what happens at the ceremony (my friend is the godmother of the child), but I don't know much about the reception... what should I expect? And how should I dress? Do they tend to be formal or casual? The baptism reception that I am attending is being held in a banquet hall.
It pretty much consists of dinner and dancing...thats about it ahaha
 

Dionasia

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I've never really been to a Greek baptism or a Greek wedding reception. I've heard a lot about the baptism itself and I'm aware of what happens at the ceremony (my friend is the godmother of the child), but I don't know much about the reception... what should I expect? And how should I dress? Do they tend to be formal or casual? The baptism reception that I am attending is being held in a banquet hall.
We do dress up for church and the reception follows the ceremony so you will be dressed up. The celebration is like a shower. You naturally eat a meal, bring gifts, and ooh and ahh at the baby. Enjoy....
 

francescool

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We do dress up for church and the reception follows the ceremony so you will be dressed up. The celebration is like a shower. You naturally eat a meal, bring gifts, and ooh and ahh at the baby. Enjoy....
Oohing and ahing at the baby is my favorite part!
 
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Hash

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I've never really been to a Greek baptism or a Greek wedding reception. I've heard a lot about the baptism itself and I'm aware of what happens at the ceremony (my friend is the godmother of the child), but I don't know much about the reception... what should I expect? And how should I dress? Do they tend to be formal or casual? The baptism reception that I am attending is being held in a banquet hall.
You will enjoy it for sure.... lovely ceremony, prayers for all,the little one being bathed in holy water and olive oil I think?....
And of course the oohing and ahhing from the baby!...lots of presents and goodies all around.... Celebrations,fun and Greek dancing.. Kalley Mera!
 
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acamp7

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A baptism reception is similar to a wedding reception, it is a celebration after the ceremony which happens in a church :)
 

k_tsoukalas

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I would say dress in similar clothes as you would going to church in your "Sunday best" but a little more elevated to that ... Greeks dress "To the Nines". The reception is often at a function hall, local restaurant, or someone's home or in the church hall. No matter where the reception is, you should dress as you would for a day wedding.
 

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