Bride preparations Aliki Vallianos with her wedding dress, 1957. Montreal. Aristea's Vallianos Archive. Source: Immigrec
“You were always trying to marry a Greek”
A woman describes how she met her husband in Montreal and reports that at the
it was important to marry a Greek.
Res.: And your
husband, how had you met him?
P.Α.: (Laughs) My husband I met at… our best man’s
My husband and my best man, they became acquainted on the ship on which… they
were coming aah… to Canada.
So, and they said that whoever marries first, they’ll become… best men.
So… and my husband I met at my best man’s house. It happened that… my best
man’s sister and my sister.
My sister was a hairdresser… and we used to go to my best man’s house… to…
comb his... his sister.
Res.: I understand.
P.Α.: And there I met my husband.
Res.: Aah! I understand.
Res.: And you met in Greece, right?
Res.: Ah, you met here.
P.Α.: Here, here.
P.Α.: I was seventeen years old.
Res.: (Laughs) And your husband had come from Greece…
P.Α.: Yes, yes.
Res.: He an immigrant as well?
P.Α.: Yes, yes. My husband came in ’63. And I came in
Res.: And, that is, did it bring you happiness that…
married someone… who was a Greek from Greece?
P.Α.: Sure. Sure. And back then it wasn’t… that much…
the foreigner… mania,
you know, to marry a foreigner. Always… you’d try to marry a Greek. It wasn’t
like nowadays, let’s say,
that things are different. The children have grown up, they’ve been born here.
They’ve grown up here.
They’re not the same as us, I think. We didn’t speak the language… to get
someone… from here.
You know. And you’d always prefer to… get a Greek. But I think that it’s also
you fall in love with a person. You understand?
Res.: Yes, yes.
P.Α.: You don’t… you don’t look whether he’s a foreigner
or a Greek. Yes.
Res.: And you, where did you get married? At which
P.Α.: At… at Holy Mary’s.