Fall Greek Orthodox Wedding in Cleveland, Ohio

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Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony-Program

Fall is a beautiful time to get married in Cleveland, Ohio. The cool, crisp air and vibrant fall foliage created a picturesque backdrop for Michelle and Drew’s memorable Greek Orthodox wedding.


Their purple and grey wedding invitation gave guests’ a first glimpse of their wedding theme and style. Adding touches of natural elements with tree branches illustration gave their stationery an organic feel. These subtle elements paved the way for their guests to be excited for the big day.

fall Cleveland, Ohio wedding invitation

Wedding invitation for a fall Cleveland, Ohio wedding.

Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony Program Invitation Place cards

Wedding invitation suite with illustrations of branches for a fall Cleveland, Ohio wedding,

Cleveland Wedding Suite

Wedding day-of stationery pieces for a fall Cleveland, Ohio wedding.


A large percentage of their guests were coming from out of town. Therefore, creating an itinerary for them was crucial to ensuring that everything ran smoothly and they knew what to expect. It was filled with essential times for the weekend, from the Friday evening welcome party to the Sunday farewell brunch. Since the ceremony was roughly 30 minutes away, they offered transportation for their guests. The agenda also updated guests with information on the transportation to the ceremony.

Knowing that many guests were traveling from out of town and may not be familiar with the area, Michelle and Drew added a list of fun things to do in the Cleveland area for those planning to make a whole weekend out of it.

As guests checked into their hotel room, an out-of-town bag welcomed them. Along with the itinerary, Michelle and Drew included some fun and personalized touches: barbeque sauce from Alabama (Drew’s home state), chocolate (their favorite snack), and a customed-designed frisbee (a sport that they both enjoyed). A small but thoughtful gesture that can make your guests feel appreciated and welcome. The itinerary and welcome bag greatly impacted their guests’ experience. By doing so, they created a memorable and enjoyable wedding weekend for everyone involved.

Welcome to Cleveland Wedding Itinerary
Welcome to Greek Orthodox wedding in Cleveland, Ohio

Welcome to Cleveland wedding itinerary for out-of-town guests.


Even the ceremony program provided guests with detailed information. Michelle & Drew realized that many of their guests had not attended a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding before. A beautiful and traditional ceremony that has been celebrated for centuries. The ceremony program was an essential element that helped their guests understand and appreciate the rich symbolism and significance of the ceremony.

A brief introduction welcomed their guests and explained the two parts of a Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony. The Service of Betrothal is the first part of the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. This service includes the exchange of rings. The program briefly explains the symbolism and how they represent the couple’s commitment to each other and their faith. The exchange of rings symbolizes the unbreakable bond of marriage.

Greek Orthodox Wedding trifold Ceremony Program

Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony program.

The Service of the Crowning’s symbolism, the second part of the service, is also described. This service includes the blessing of the crowns, or Stefana, to symbolize Michelle and Drew’s unity and eternity, acknowledging their oath to preserve their marriage bond forever.

The ceremony program also describes Michelle’s brother’s role, who served as the Koumbaro, as he stood witness on behalf of the Orthodox Church during the exchange of rings and crowns.

Wedding Chocolate Favors for a fall wedding

Cohesively-designed labels for wedding chocolate favors.

The decor for Michelle and Drew’s indoor wedding used natural elements such as tree branches and twigs to create an organic ambiance. Their centerpieces incorporated bare tree branches. Purple and grey linens made a cohesive look and tied in their color palette with fall outdoor imagery of tree branches.

Bride and groom!

Michelle & Drew!


Stationery & Paper Goods: Sugar Pear Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel | Rehearsal Venue: Cibreo Italian Kitchen | Photography & Cinematography: Kortnee Kate Photography | Event Design/Planning/Coordination: Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design | Floral: Plantscaping & Blooms | Reception Music: Your Generation In Concert | DJ: Johnny Live Music & Entertainment | Confections: Luna Bakery Cafe | Favors: Malley’s Chocolates | Hair Styling: Barb Banko | Make-up Artist: Ashleigh Albertson | Gentlemen’s Attire: American Commodore Tuxedo | Rings: Jared The Galleria Of JewelryChalmers Jewelers and TQ Diamonds | Transportation: A-1 Mr. Limo and Lakefront Lines Columbus | Rental: Event Source and Borrow Curated Furniture + Design | Stationery Photography: Rankin Images

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