Lots of Santorini weddings happen every year. I found that while being involved in one, many years ago.
Santorini is one of the most popular islands in the Aegean sea and Greece, and many choose to get married in Santorini (Greeks too).
I was the “best man” to a wedding where the husband was a Christian Orthodox from Greece, while the wife was a Catholic from Australia.
Back then, I explored the whole Santorini wedding concept and how you can do that.
Things are not very difficult. Weddings in Santorini Greece, from people that don’t have Greek citizenship, are popular on the island.
Many people are planning their Santorini wedding ceremony and their reception in Santorini.
The local authorities have made all processes as smooth as possible for performing your wedding in Greece.
For a Civil Santorini Wedding, the majority of the pre-wedding things relate to paperwork. The wedding can happen at any place like a hotel, suite, winery or even at the beach.
Planning your Santorini Civil Wedding?
It is all about proper wedding planning. If you don’t assign your wedding to a Santorini wedding planner, then you can visit the island and do things on your own.
That is not a problem. That is how we did it, but many want a professional to deal with it.
It will not be cheap, though.
Even your documents need to be in Greek, translated from an official Greek public service. The same stands either for a wedding in a church or a civil marriage wedding.
If you don’t choose a wedding planner, then we suggest that your first task be a call to the Santorini Mayor’s office, asking for the details.
They will guide you through the paperwork.
Of course, you don’t need all the fuzz with luxury hotels and such to perform the wedding. The typical part of a Santorini wedding (vows, witnesses, signatures) can be done in the presence of a Municipality official in just a few minutes.
However, people who decide to travel to Santorini for their wedding, do that for the whole package. Such are the pre-wedding activities, the location, the reception, and the great photos.
It is a fact that a Santorini wedding experience is more than just the wedding. Couples want something to remember forever and the island has all the bells and whistles to make such an event quite memorable.
Santorini Wedding Documents for Civil Marriage
You will need quite some. The must-have ones are:
- Full birth certificates
- Certificate of non-impediment to marry from both bride and groom
- Divorce certificate for either party (when applicable)
- Pay a Town-Hall fee (called: “parabola” in Greek)
- Passport copies of 2 witness
- Official document from the Court, if you changed your name
When you gather all of them, you will need to translate them to Greek through a formal service and certify them for being accredited translations (usually at the same service or through a notary or lawyer).
That means that all documents will need a Hague apostille stamp, as that certifies their authenticity. Here is the official service in Greece to do that. It is in the center of Athens.
Keep in mind that it may take a few days for the translation, and you will need to take the documents some days before the wedding to the Santorini authorities.
Don’t leave that for the last minute.
The person that will conduct the marriage will be one of the vice-mayors of Santorini (for civil union).
Can You Have a Catholic Wedding in Santorini?
If you plan to get married in a Catholic church in Santorini (yes, you have that option too), then you need to contact the church offices.
Ask them for all the required documentation on top of the ones mentioned above (if any).
Here is the process for a Catholic wedding in Santorini. You need all mentioned in the section above, plus:
- You need official permission from your bishop, indicating that you have his permission to have your wedding outside of your Parish and where. That is according to Canon 1115″ of the Codex Juris Canonici.
- A “Pre-Cana” certificate that states that you have completed that
- Baptism records of both parties
Wedding Planners for Santorini Greece
Well, there are quite a few. They can include the following in your wedding package:
- Book your wedding date and time
- Make the reservation of the wedding location
- Help you with legal paperwork
- Provide registrar and two witnesses (for civil marriage)
- Cover the Town Hall Fee
- Provide a professional photographer during the ceremony
- Organize hen/stag parties or/and the after wedding party
- Organize activities for guests
- Arrange for photographers, flowers, music, etc
As they know Santorini, in and out, they can provide a good range of services.
If you want to skip the whole workload for the wedding and have fun, they are your solution.
From our experience, Google for such planners in Santorini and do interviews. We asked other couples, and they did it like that.
Ask for recommendations and reviews.
Keypoints: Also, ask to see the works of the wedding photographer and the florist. You don’t want surprises there.
Santorini Wedding Venues
There are quite a few wedding venues but most are in the same area inside the popular villages of the island. Many weddings or/and receptions happen at the Santorini winery (Santo winery) or Venetsanos Winery.
Most of these villages have a Caldera view, which by the way, is magical.
For Imerovigli, you can look at the Santorini Princess Hotel and maybe Le Ciel.
This new post has many more ideas on where to stay in Santorini.
What to Do in Santorini for your Honeymoon?
Many combine their wedding with having their honeymoon in Santorini too or do some island hopping to the surrounding islands.
In the summertime, all bookings need to be made at least five months ahead, while for wedding venues, you need to plan one year.
Some sites are booked for the next two years.
Santorini gets crowded in summertime, and summer is a wedding period for the island. There are lots of tours and activities to choose from.
If you plan to get to Santorini by ferry (or airplane), then these guides below are what you need.
Since for many, Santorini is not a 2-day trip when it comes to getting married there; it will be great to organize events for you and your guests.
We did that and had lots of fun.
Read this post for what to know for traditional Greek wedding traditions.
I hope this post helps you to plan your perfect Santorini wedding & honeymoon this year.