Eff, skip, jump to love

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

EFFIE Stephanides has found her man and is fi­nally get­ting hitched in stage spec­tac­u­lar, Effie – The Vir­gin Bride.

“Ev­ery­one is ex­cited on my be­half and re­lieved no doubt, as am I,” Stephanides said.

“I was des­per­ately look­ing for love for quite a while and that was pretty ugly, I have to say.

“Then at my low­est point a very spunky per­son from my past, who was the first boy I ever kissed at school, came and found me.

“He’d gone off and be­come a leg­end, and ob­vi­ously I had too, and it was just the best thing that could have hap­pened to me.”

Stephanides, of Wogs Out Of Work and Acrop­o­lis Now fame, said the union be­tween her and “skip Shane” re­lieved her of the fam­ily pres­sure to tie the knot.

“Of course my par­ents wanted me to marry a Greek but the longer I took, the less they cared about the na­tion­al­ity,” Mel­bourne-based Stephanides said.

“My mother loves him, al­though I don’t know about my mother-in-law. “I think she’s quite per­plexed by the at­trac­tion, but she’s been go­ing through a hard time be­cause Shane’s fa­ther left her for his sec­re­tary and she’s taken the bit­ter pill, hit­ting the white wines like it’s no­body’s busi­ness.

“Hope­fully she’ll grow out of that and re­alise her son has never been hap­pier and there’s no bet­ter woman for him than me.”

Stephanides said her wed­ding guests would be in­volved in her nup­tials with the stage ex­trav­a­ganza fea­tur­ing sto­ries, speeches, mu­sic and au­dio­vi­sual en­ter­tain­ment.

Dress code in­cludes “boofy hair, be­cause when youse go to a wed­ding youse want to look your best, es­pe­cially if youse are sin­gle”.

And she did ad­mit to al­ready be­com­ing quite the “wogzilla”.

“I’ve al­ready cracked it over a few things and so I should, be­cause I want it to be per­fect,” she said.

“No doubt I’ll be very ex­cited on the day but I’ll be ner­vous be­cause I’ll have a big night ahead of me. ”

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