The “koumbaro” or “koumbara” – the sponsor who will participate sacramentally in the service by exchanging the rings and the crowns that form an integral part of the marriage rite – must be an Orthodox Christian and a steward/member of his/her parish.  The “koumbaro” or koumbara”, if from another Orthodox parish, must provide proof from his or her parish priest certifying his or her active stewardship/membership in the Church.  Other members of the wedding party DO NOT need to be Orthodox.

THE BRIDAL DRESS AND ATTENDANTS’ GOWNS 
Care should be taken in selecting the bride’s dress.  The bridal gown and attendant’s dresses should also exercise a decorum befitting a Church ceremony.