Planning 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 preparation and planning can be done by wedding planners in Santorini (including getting your personal documents translated into Greek), but there is still much you’ll need to do yourselves, 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.) This is a good idea especially for same-sex couples as currently, same-sex marriage is not legal in Greece.
And don’t forget: Santorini Hotels should be booked many months in advance. (For a large group, I’d aim to book hotels 9 to 11 months in advance.)
What documents are needed for a wedding in Santorini?
- Passports for both individuals
- Full birth certificates for both individuals
- Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marry for both individuals
- Death Certificate or Final Divorce Decree for individuals who have been married before
- Additional documents, depending on circumstance
All documents related to the marriage must be translated into Greek in advance and certified in the Greek embassy or consulate in your home country. Certain documents (like birth certificates) must also have an Apostille stamp.
Santorini Wedding Planners
Nicholas at Santorini Weddings and Michael from Weddings Santorini come highly recommended from several people. Their websites have info on costs, packages, wedding spots, dress rental, and Santorini photographers.
Santorini Wedding Venues
What venues are available for a wedding in Santorini?