OCN: About Those Big Fat Greek Weddings

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Everybody loves Nia Vardalos’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding and with the release of the sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 people everywhere are certain to be talking about Greek weddings in the days ahead.  Count me among the many husbands who will be seeing this movie alongside his wife and enjoying many good laughs.

The truth is that the characters and themes in these movies have made a lasting impression on Greek Orthodox life in America.  Today, no Greek Orthodox wedding is complete without some type of reference to these films.  Some even consider My Big Fat Greek Wedding part of marriage preparation for engaged couples. Popular culture has given us a world where Toula Portokalos’ on-screen experience has become the bar by which many Greek Orthodox weddings in America are measured. No doubt, the pressure to conform to the images present in these movies can be stressful for couples planning to marry in the Church.

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Andrew Estocin

Andrew Estocin is a lifelong Orthodox Christian. He received his B.A. with a double major in Philosophy and Theology from Fordham University. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including The Albuquerque Journal, Touchstone, Beliefnet.com and The Orthodox Observer. Andrew’s work is featured on the The Orthodox Christian Network where he writes on a variety of contemporary issues.

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