Booking Santorini Weddings

How do I Plan and Book a Santorini Wedding?

Getting married in Santorini is not easy. It takes a lot of preparation, planning, and paperwork. I’m not trying to discourage anyone from doing a Santorini wedding. But you need to know from the start what’s involved. Much of the wedding can be prepared by wedding planners in Santorini (including getting your personal documents translated into Greek) but there is still much to be done so be prepared.

An alternative to an official wedding in Santorini is to have a symbolic ceremony that doesn’t require the legal documentation. The vows, ceremony, location, and wedding reception are all the same but without all the extra hassle. (You would, of course, have to take vows in your home country before or after your trip to make the marriage official.)

What documents are needed for a wedding in Santorini?

Passports, full birth certificates, certificate of non-impediment to marry from both bride and groom, affidavits stating the bride and groom are free to marry, as well as a few more depending on circumstances. (More info on required documents for a greek marriage for: American citizens, Canadian citizens, British citizens, Australian citizens, Chinese citizens.)

All documents related to the marriage must be translated into Greek, certified in the Greek embassy or consulate in your home country or certain documents must also have an apostille stamp.

Can you recommend any wedding planners in Santorini?

Nicholas at Santorini Weddings and Michael from Wedding’s Santorini come highly recommended from several people.

What venues are available for a wedding in Santorini?

Popular choices for a Santorini wedding are the Le Ciel (Imerovigli), Santorini Princess Hotel (Imerovigli), Katikies Hotel (Oia), Dana Villas (Firostefani), Suites of the Gods (Megalochori), Pyrgos restaurant (Pyrgos), Sphinx restaurant (Fira), Santo winery (Pyrgos), and Santa Irini Chapel (on the caldera).

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2 Questions and Comments

  1. Wedding at Le Ciel

    We have reserved space at Le Ciel for an early September wedding on Santorini. We’re just not sure on where to stay. We are considering West East Hotel (how far is it from Le Ciel) or Cosmopolitan in Fira.

    1. Which would you recommend West East or Cosmopolitan? A pool with a view is very important to us. Also, walking distance from Le Ciel.
    2. Are there any bars or nightlife close to Le Ciel?
    3. For guests, need a hotel with views, not crazy expensive, and close to nightlife. What would you recommend?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both West East and Cosmopolitan are great hotels but quite different. West East does feel more honeymoonish. It’s in a quieter location (only a few minutes walk from Le Ciel). The pool is larger at West East but while it has great views it’s not right on the cliffside (there’s a foot path between the pool and the edge). The pool at Cosmopolitan is smaller but you can swim right up to the edge and peer down the cliff. Cosmopolitan is far better for proximity to nightlife – a 2 minutes walk vs a 30 minute walk (or bus/taxi) that it would take from West East. Likewise, there is not any nightlife near Le Ciel. Imerovigli town is a 12 minute walk and there are some great restaurants there but not clubs or bars. For that you’ll need to go to Fira (30 minute walk or a bus or taxi ride). Kavalari Hotel in Fira is reasonably priced and has great views of the caldera. Many bars and clubs are within a 3 minute walk of the hotel’s front gate.

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