Congratulations for your wedding! If your dream has always been to have a fairy-tale wedding in a gorgeous setup then Greece is the location of your destination wedding! Yeah, you read it right… It’s GREECE!!
Known for its stunning landscapes, welcoming culture, amazing hospitality and incredible peacefulness. The country is home to some of the most beautiful places on earth. Because of its charm and amazing options it presents, Greece is becoming a popular destination for your fairy-tale wedding in some far away land.
Getting hitched in Greece is a blessing. Greece is the motherland of sun, sea and fun, an idyllic location for a mesmerizing experience. Wedding in Greece would be much more romantic and utterly magical. Believe you me, it has everything you need to make your wedding a perfect ceremony. You will love everything about the country. Whether you want to get hitched in less theatrical and chaotic way. Or looking for a big fat wedding celebration, trust that Greece has it all.
Your wedding in Greece will be a once-in-a-lifetime affair!! The views, memories, and experiences that you will carry will be worth living for. And your wedding guests will have the best time of their lives here in Greece. Well, your worries and concerns about the place are natural and we understand them! Here in this post I am sharing with you the top reasons why you should plan your wedding in Greece. Here we go:
GREECE – The Land of Light!!
Greece, very well-known as the land of light! With thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas, Greece is a country in southeastern Europe. Often the country is called the cradle of Western civilization. It is one of the historical countries in the world. The capital city is Athens, which retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. Also, the place has become one of the most popular locations for destination wedding. Here are the reasons:
Reason No. 1. It’s magnificently beautiful for an idyllic wedding!
Greece is an amazingly beautiful place on earth. Perfect for an idyllic wedding. Wedding in Greece will be a dream come true. People would love to travel this part of the earth, be it for excursion or wedding. Greece is home to mountains, pristine beaches, sparkling sand, crystal water, and much more. It has an exceptional blend of the loveliness of nature. The country is known for its breathtaking views, which works perfect backdrop!! Greece offers you a myriad of wedding venues, which includes; grand castle, stone lodges, luxurious villa, charming farm, beautiful gardens, high-end hotels, etc. Greece offers you the most incredible backdrops for your wedding and pre-wedding photo shoot.
Reason No. 2. You will a have variety of settings and surroundings for your wedding
Greece has it all for making your wedding a grand celebration. Besides being famous for its islands and beaches, it is known for its thick forests, impressive mountains, live-giving rivers, and a vibrant capital. The country offers you with unlimited options and choice to satisfy all styles, preferences and budget wedding.
It has diversified wedding venues in various locations across the country, you can choose anything from a calm sugary beach in Crete to an urban wedding in Athens, wedding in mountains along the rivers of the Peloponnese to island-ISH wedding in Santorini. Greece is a destination for all tastes and preferences– and you will surely find a wedding venue that matches perfectly with your personality and preferences.
Reason No. 3. Country with the friendliest people and great hospitality
The Greeks are amongst the warmest and most welcoming people on the planet. Greek hospitality and traditions is famous world-wide. People here are warm, welcoming and always eager to help. They will always have stories to tell. Greeks are the most generous people with their local wisdom, whether related to food, places of interest or historical events. They are known to nurture their traditions and share them with visitors. You and your wedding guests will surely enjoy your Greek wedding to the fullest!
Reason No. 4. Beautiful weather all year
Greece experiences a typical Mediterranean climate, which means you will have mild and often wet winters and dry summers. Mostly, the country is sunny throughout the year. However, the northern part of the country can comparatively be very cold during the winters, even some areas receives snows. South has milder winters. July and August are the perfect months as the weather for outdoor adventures and day trips is best during these months. April to October is wonderful time for traveling to Athens. From November through March Greek tourism tumbles, so, it’s a great opportunity to get low prices, but many island and coastal resorts will be closed during these months.
Reason No. 5. Opportunity to slurp into great Greek cuisine!
Believe it or not, but Mediterranean food is healthy. Greek food is healthy and delicious, thereby making Greece a popular gastronomic destination. Greece offers both local as well as international recipes that will appeal to you and your wedding guests. There are endless food options, from the most traditional to contemporary and creative Greek cuisine. Fresh vegetables and fruits are found in abundance across the country. Also, meat and fish are very delicious and always local. Some of the famous Greek dishes includes; traditional Greek salad – moussaka, Taramasalata, Dolmades, Grilled Meat, Fresh Fish, Courgette balls (kolokythokeftedes), Feta & Cheeses, Honey & Baklava, and to complete the culinary excursion, make sure you try the creamy ‘galaktompoureko’ and the moist ‘samali’, or the crispy ‘amygdalota’ and the local ice cream, ‘kaimaki’.
Reason No. 6. The country is full of wedding planners and vendors
Since destination weddings are becoming popular all around the world, and Greece is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world that gave rise to many wedding planners, wedding vendors, and wedding sources here. There are many agencies and professional planners in the country who can help you plan your wedding in any location in the country. All the suppliers are equally as good, you can find amazing caterers, florists, and stylists for any taste level and pocketbook. Also, you can get customized wedding packages for hosting a wonderful destination wedding in Greece. These professional planners or agencies can help you find the perfect wedding location in your budget, book your reception venue, arrange hotel accommodation for your guests etc.
Reason No. 7. Easy accessibility for you and your wedding guests
There are two main and busiest airports in Greece: Athens city and Thessaloniki city respectively. There are several direct flights to the airport of Athens, El. Venizelos International airport, from the majority of central European airports. That make the trip to Greece easier than ever before. Greece is easily accessible. The easy connectivity in the country not only make life far easier for your guests to attend, but also the availability and affordability of transport makes scheduling meetings and visiting venue prior to the wedding far easier. Also, for your island wedding in Santorini, Crete, Chios, etc. you can ferry.
Reason No. 8. Greece offers something for every budget
We know that planning a wedding can be stressful and expensive. But, Greece offers wedding options for every budget. And that’s the reason destination weddings in Greece are gaining popularity. Whether you are looking for a low-key celebration or for a big fat wedding, Greece has it all. If you have a budget constraint or you want to keep it low-key, an intimate wedding in Chios or Crete with your closest friends and family can still be unforgettable, that too without costing a fortune. But if you have the budget to spend lavishly, you go wild in Greece! For that you can work with your wedding planner and create your fairy-tale wedding in Greece. Also, Greece will help you have the showstopper venue for an unforgettable event.
Reason No. 9. Your guests will love hoping island hopping and having sailing fun
Your wedding guests in Greece can enjoy all the sun and fun of island hopping or sailing, either before or after your wedding day. The best part is most of the Greek Islands are in clusters close to each other, so your guests will not get bored here, they will have enough to enjoy different beaches and locations along with your destination wedding in a single trip. Also, Greece is a perfect destination for your guests who love adventure or enjoy sailing. To make your wedding a great event, don’t forget to add a touch of adventure to your wedding trip. Greece is a great opportunity for you and your wedding guests to explore hidden and secluded coves and beaches. Let your wedding guests unleash in Greece and explore the real gems of the Greek Islands, which are often accessible by boat.
Reason No. 10. Opportunity to explore world-famous sights!
Greece is a cultural paradise! It is the home to world-famous ancient historical heritage. You choose any location in Greece to get hitched, you will never be far from amazing places of interest that offer you so much to see and learn. Greece is known for its archaeological sites, temples and monuments. The most famous ones are the Acropolis in Athens, Mycenae, the Minoan Palace in Crete, and Olympia in the Peloponnese. You and your wedding guests will have enough to create wonderful memories of your wedding in Greece.
Reason No. 11. Language is no barrier
Greece being a popular wedding destination, most of the suppliers you’ll come across here speak and understand English well. However, the main language spoken here is Greek, but people here can speak in English, French, Italian, and German. So, don’t worry even if your Greek is a little rusty!
Reason No. 12. Great venue choices.
You will have endless venue options in Greece, you name it and you have it. The country can accommodate any type of wedding and any style of wedding in your budget. Most importantly, the place has it all to make your wedding a unique experience for one and all. Greece houses many outstanding, historical sites filled with mesmerizing views. A wedding ceremony and a wedding reception can be held in wedding venues with magnificent views including; terrace in hotels, in traditional wineries, on a sailboat, in the picturesque churches, castles, farmhouses, beaches, islands, and private resorts. You can even consider a distinct medieval setting for your intimate and memorable wedding ceremony.
Some of the famous wedding venues in Greece are: Agreco Farm – Crete, Argithea Winery Estate – Paiania, Amaltheia – Varkiza, Deda Estate – Thessaloniki, Cameo Island – Zakynthos, Orloff Resort – Spetses, Kinsterna Hotel – Monemvasia, Theros Wave Bar – Santorini, Church of Agios Ioannis – Skopelos, Casa Playa Beach – Zakynthos, etc.
Reason No. 13. Place with magnificent backdrops for your wedding photos
Your wedding pictures are once in a lifetime memories of the biggest day of your life. And you would definitely want to have the best memories of the big day. And Greece has it all to make your wedding album a perfect memoir of the day. The country is full of idyllic scenes, offering a truly breathtaking, and extraordinary panorama. It has everything from mountains to beaches, forests to islands, and not to forget the picturesque and magnificent towns and villages. All waiting for you to celebrate the biggest day of your life in style that reflects the true you.
Reason No. 14. An opportunity to bond
Studies show spending time with your favorite people before your wedding, help you stay happy and cheerful. Your wedding in Greece will be a perfect opportunity for you and your loved ones to spend some quality time together. You can plan your travel a few days before your wedding so that you and your loved ones can spend a few days together. You can enjoy afternoon cocktails on the terrace, or plan a rehearsal dinner, or maybe a farewell brunch, and many other group activities like cooking classes, tours, wine tastings, etc. This will be the most wonderful time of your life, you and your loved ones will already be in a ‘holiday-mode’, feeling relaxed, un-rushed and ready to have a good time. Also, you will be able to create incredible memories of your celebration, which you can cherish all your life.
Reason No. 15. Perfect place to host your pre-wedding celebrations or rituals
Greece has it all to celebrate your pre-wedding celebration or rituals. You can start your wedding celebration anywhere in Greece. There are several places which you can book for your pre-wedding celebration. For instance, if you have planned an island-ISH wedding in Santorini then you can celebrate your bachelorette in urban style in Athens, there you can club with your gang and enjoy a night stay in the city and enjoy Athens to the fullest or vice versa.
Whether you want to celebrate your pre-wedding functions, or host a lavish wedding reception party with your friends, there is no reason for not conducting your pre-wedding rituals in Greece, it’s such a lovely destination in the world. You can hire a manor exclusively for extended periods, to celebrate all your functions. Just make your bachelor/bachelorette party or stag/hens or pre-wedding rituals as memorable as your wedding itself in Greece.
Reason No. 16. Cost of hosting a wedding in Greece is less than you expect
The cost of hosting a wedding in Greece is lower than you expect. The cost of hosting a wedding however, varies based on the style of wedding, kind of wedding, location, number of guests, the number of food items, wedding theme, facilities, the wedding venue, wedding decoration, etc. But, the average cost of hosting a wedding in Greece is approximately $15,000-$20,000. Also, you can have personalized wedding packages. Greece offers wedding packages for almost all kinds of wedding, and the country is very welcoming.
Reason No. 17. It’s even easier to get hitched in Greece – Legal formalities
In Greece one can get hitched in a civil wedding or a religious wedding, or a combination of both. Both types of weddings are legally recognized in Greece. In Greece, an officiant performs civil ceremonies while a priest or minister performs religious ceremonies. Greece is known to be a liberal European country, however, a religious one.
One doesn’t need to be a citizen or a resident of Greece to get married here. If you’re marrying a Greek citizen or resident, he or she will surely be holding a valid residence permit. However, some legal requirements may vary depending on the city or island where you are planning to get hitched, so make sure you check with local authorities.
The legal minimum age for marriage in Greece is 18 years. Each party to the marriage will need a copy of the following documents to get hitched in Greece. For a religious ceremony, have two copies each – one for the house of worship and one for the town hall:
- A valid passport
- A birth certificate with the Apostille stamp certifying the copy
- An official Apostille translated into Greek, which can be certified by a lawyer, a foreign ministry’s translation department, a certified translator or the Greek consulate from your home country
- Proof of freedom to marry, or affidavit of marriage, notarized, in both English and Greek
- A decree of absolution of your previous marriage, if applicable
- A copy of the local newspaper where your intent to marry was published
*US citizens may be able to avoid applying for a Greek marriage license if they have a US marriage license that can be amended to include Greece.
Reason No. 18. Two-in-one wedding in Greece.
Last but not least, when considering Greece for your destination wedding, remember that the place is amongst the most sought after honeymoon destination. Greece has many romantic locations to start your honeymoon here.
The country will melt your heart with its breathtaking beauty. So, picking Greece for your destination wedding will give you an opportunity to plan an impeccable honeymoon here. You don’t need to take another long flight or adapt to a different time zone for your honeymoon. You can enjoy each other’s company and your precious time together in Greece itself. There is a lot you can explore together in Greece from just soaking in the gorgeous atmosphere, immense greenery, pristine beaches, adventure activities, lakes and sunrises, relaxing to visiting the locale. Greece has it all to make your wedding plus honeymoon an amazing experience to cherish all your life.
All you need to do is bid adieu to your friends and family and start your honeymoon the day after your wedding. That way you will also save on your logistical stress. If you want, you can change your location or hotel. For instance, if you are getting hitched in Crete, you can plan your honeymoon in Santorini or Chios. Anywhere you plan it in Greece, it has everything to make your trip memorable and exciting!!
Greece is a perfect destination for all tastes and budgets, for the wedding couple and their guests. The perks of an all-in-one pre-wedding, wedding, and honeymoon destination are plenty. Besides being a wonderful tourist destination and a great wedding destination, Greek is known for its awesome summers and amazing culture and hospitality services, which are impeccable. All you have to do is plan your wedding ahead and book your venue, wedding planner, and flight & ferry tickets well in advance.
I am sure these reasons are enough, why you should consider the luscious and culture-filled country of Greece for your destination wedding. For a wedding celebration that will set your and your wedding guests’ hearts ablaze and fill you with unique experiences and unforgettable moments, the place is perfect to host the most romantic and luscious wedding of the season!!