Booking Santorini Weddings

Updated: March 10, 2017

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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12 Questions and Comments

  1. Fira Hotel for Large Group

    Hi Dave, we are getting married next year and need advice on best hotels/suites for large groups of guests. 20 or so. We want the accommodation to be in Fira, close to bars & restaurants. We were hoping for a few different options to decide between. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      In the luxury category I’d book 3 or 4 of the villas at Aria Villas. Cheaper, but still a nice caldera view, is Kavalari (which should be able to fit 20 guests).

  2. Buying Liquor For Santorini Wedding

    Hi Dave,

    We’re getting married at Santo Wines next year and choosing an option where we bring our own alcohol to keep costs down. Do you have an idea of any wholesale liquor stores and any links to websites? Or is it best to import from another island?

    Thanks in advance!

    Nessa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I don’t know of any wholesalers but Carrefour (grocery store) has the cheapest alcohol on Santorini. There are a couple different outlets on the island, including Fira.

  3. License for Santorini Wedding

    Hi Dave, your website has been super informative for us! We are planning a symbolic wedding in September on the beach in Santorini and we have had different feedback from wedding planners in regards to whether or not you officially need a licence to get married on the beach. One service we asked told us we can do the renewal of vows anywhere on the beach that we choose and somebody else said we need to have a licence that is usually attached to a restaurant that would hold the reception. We have been really confused about this and don’t want to get it wrong (or getting busted without a licence). Can you shed some light on this for us? Cheers, Marielle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I do not have any personal insight on this but my educated guess is that if you were doing the ceremony in one of the beach towns (e.g. Kamari or Perissa) you’d want to have a license. But if you were out on a deserted stretch of beach (e.g. Monolithos) then I’d be shocked if you had any troubles.

  4. Symbolic Vows in Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the informative site on everything about Santorini! My husband and I would like to have symbolic wedding ceremony at Santorini in early May 2017. Do you have the contacts of celebrant that could hold the simple ceremony? It is just two of us without any guests, may I know if we could do it without a wedding planner? XianYin

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      This site has good info on wedding venues and packages in Santorini.

  5. La Maltese for Santorini Wedding

    Any thoughts on La Maltese for wedding venue and accommodations?
    Dima

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Great location and views. Not many steps so good if you’re having older/less mobile guests. Small pool.

  6. 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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