Lots of Santorini weddings happen each and every year. I found that, while being involved in one many years ago. In fact 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 weddings concept and how you can do that.
Things are not very difficult. Since weddings in Santorini from people that don’t have the Greek citizenship are really popular in the island, the local authorities have made all processes as smooth as possible.
If you prefer a Civil Marriage in Santorini, then majority of the pre-wedding things relate to paperwork, while the wedding can happen at any place like a hotel, suite, winery or even at the beach.
How do you book & plan a Santorini Wedding?
It is all about good planning. If you don’t assign your wedding to a Santorini weddings 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 personal documents need to be translated to Greek in order to be accepted from Municipality officials.
This stands either for a wedding in a church or a civil marriage wedding.
If you don’t choose a weddings planner then we suggest that your first task to be a call to the Santorini Mayor’s office, asking for the details. They will guide you through with the paperwork.
Documents for your Santorini Civil Wedding
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: “paravolo” 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 an official service and certify them for being genuine translations. This can happen in your home country or in Greece.
This means that all documents need an apostile stamp (1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents).
There 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. Better take them long before that.
The person that will conduct the marriage will be one of the vice-mayors of Santorini (for a civil marriage).
Documents for your Santorini Catholic Wedding
If you plan to get married in a Catholic ochurch in Santorini (yes, you have that option too) then you need to contact the church offices and ask them for proper 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:
- Written permission from your bishop, mentioning that you have his permission to have your Catholic wedding outside of your Parish and where. This 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
Well there are quite a few. They can:
- Book your wedding date and time
- Do the reservation of the wedding location
- Help you with legal paperwork
- Provide registrar and 2 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 just have fun, they are your solution.
From our experience, just Google for Santorini wedding planners 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.
Need venues ideas for your wedding in Santorini?
Many weddings or/and receptions happen at the Santorini winery (Santo winery). Popular locations are Imerovigli, Oia, Firostefani, Fira. Actually most of these villages have a Caldera view, which by the way is a magical view.
This additional post has many more ideas on where to stay in Santorini.
What to do in Santorini for your honeymoon?
Do make sure you plan ahead for your accommodation, flight tickets and travel insurance. In summer time all bookings need to be made at least 5 months ahead, while for wedding venues you need to plan 1 year ahead. Some venues are already booked for the next 2 years.
Santorini gets really crowded in summer time and summer is a weddings 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 links below are really informative. This is the most reliable ferry tickets booking service.
- How to get from Athens to Santorini
- How to get from Mykonos to Santorini
- How to get from Crete to Santorini
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.
Hope this post helps you to plan your perfect Santorini wedding & honeymoon, this year.