A Grand Wedding
The marriage ceremony between Zeus and Hera was a grand affair. Different myths give different locations for the divine wedding:
The Iliad places the ceremony on the peak of Mount Ida in Phrygia.
Other sources say the wedding took place in Euboea, the place where the deities came to rest after returning from the island of Crete.
Still other sources say that Zeus and Hera were married in the Garden of the Hesperides, located in the westernmost part of the world.
Wherever it took place, the wedding was a magnificent party attended by all of the gods and goddesses. Even Hades left his dark realm to witness the marriage of his brother and sister. The myths say that the tradition of bringing gifts to a newly married couple began with Zeus and Hera. Gaia gave Hera a splendid tree that bore golden apples. This tree was planted in the Garden of the Hesperides and protected by the nymphs.
This divine ceremony became the standard for sacred marriage throughout Greece. Festivals were held to honor the sanctity of marriage and to commemorate the union of Zeus and Hera. In Athens, it became a tradition for brides to receive apples and pomegranates, the favorite fruits of Hera. Throughout Greece, wedding ceremonies were preceded by a procession in which a statue of Hera dressed as a bride was wheeled through the town. Sometimes the statue was wheeled right to the marriage bed. Also, the month attributed to Hera became the traditional time for weddings. (What month was that? Here's a hint: Hera's Roman name is Juno.) Hera became the goddess of marriage, protecting wives and punishing adulterers.