Ever been to a Greek wedding? If you have, you may have noticed the beautiful crowns the priest placed atop the bride and groom’s heads. The crowns are called Stefana and are usually joined by a white ribbon.
The significance of the crowns is this: The wedding crowns, or Stefana, symbolize the glory and honor that is being bestowed on the bride and groom by God during the sacrament of marriage. The Stefana are joined by a ribbon which symbolizes the unity of the couple and the presence of Christ who blesses and joins the couple. Through the crowns, Christ establishes the couple as the King and Queen of their home, which they rule with wisdom, justice, and integrity. (source)
Pretty impressive? I think so!
When I first began blogging on WordPress, I found a website with the name Greek Weddings and Traditions. Sia Aristidou and I became blogging friends and I realized what a great source of impressive Stefana and other wedding articles her little Greek website/shop is!
Here are a couple of questions I asked Sia about her business:
1. What are your most popular items?
Definitely the Stefana. However Stefanothiki boxes are also popular and christening sets.
2. What is the average shipping costs to the USA for wedding crowns and the average length of time to receive them?
This depends on the item. I work with amazing designers from around the world. My products are shipped directly from the designer to the client. Some of my designers are located in the USA so postage time is very fast. However, other items are handmade in Greece or Cyprus or Australia and they might take a little longer.
3. How did you get started in your business? What motivated you to begin?
Great Question! I love Greek Weddings! I have always been fascinated by Greek traditions and Greek culture. So I started to write a blog about wedding traditions. The blog was just a hobby to begin with it but it gained a lot of engagement from Greek people around the world. Many others started to join in the conversation. Soon, I started to receive emails from couples asking about products like stefana and lambathas for their wedding. So I tried my best to help them by connecting the designer with the bride. The Greek Wedding Shop was a natural progression from that. Now I feature beautiful handmade wedding and christening products made by some of the best Greek designers in the world.
Please take a few moments and check out Sia’s great Greek wedding shop! Click HERE to be connected.
My thanks to Sia for being my first SPOTLIGHT vendor!