Getting married in Greece? Where to start?

So, you have chosen the beautiful country of Greece for your destination wedding and now you are feeling just a little overwhelmed. Perhaps you are wondering what the next steps should be? When you are getting married in Greece, you just need to answer some of the following questions. Once you have done that, everything else will start to fall in to place and you will have made a start!

What type of wedding are you planning?

Elopement style-just you as a couple

Micro wedding- you and less than 20 guests

Classic wedding-20+ guests

Are you still hunting down the perfect venue?

Photo-credit-Nektarios-Maniatis

Having trouble choosing the best Greek Island for you?

Do you prefer the Greek mainland?

TOP TIP Both Athens https://www.aia.gr/traveler/ and Thessaloniki have international airports.

Are you looking for a popular Island with loads of organised activities for friend…

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Prequel Weddings

How to have your wedding before your marriage

What is a prequel wedding? And is it OK to have your wedding ceremony before you actually get married at the register office? Read on to find out how to make the absolute best of both your marriage and your wedding - how to have your wedding cake and eat it!

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Can your wedding be before your marriage?

A marriage is the legal contract between two people made in front of two witnesses and a person authorised to make an entry into the marriage register which is then signed.

A wedding is the ceremonial celebration, religious or otherwise. It is as simple as that.

You can have your wedding before, during or after you legally contract your marriage.

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Is a wedding ceremony legal?

Your wedding is the ceremonial celebration of your marriage – it is not the legal part.

But here’s the thing, it IS your …

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Your destination wedding in Greece on a budget

by Sarah Hatjipavlis-Grecian Ceremonies-Celebrant in Greece

Have you always dreamt of saying your vows on a sandy beach, the crystal-clear blue waters lapping at your feet?

Are you planning a fairy tale wedding in Greece, but you are worried about your budget?

As a wedding celebrant in Greece I travel all around the country writing and officiating unique destination wedding ceremonies, so I have seen a lot. Here I would like to share some wedding ideas and inspiration for any couple planning a wedding in Greece.

Just the two of us- Intimate elopement wedding

You know the old song right, vocals by the late Bill Withers. Well you can get married in Greece, just the two of you! Described as an intimate elopement wedding, these days there is nothing last minute about this type of wedding. Some couples choose not to tell their family and friends about their plans, some do. An intimate wedding like this can be so romantic, so emotion…

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10 top tips for planning a destination wedding in Greece

by Sarah Hatjipavlis, Grecian Ceremonies Photography by Katerina Tsavari Giallouraki

Chosen Greece for your special day? Here are just ten top tips to help you before you start wedding planning!

Venue choice – Greece has great weather, fantastic views, so much history and of course there is an almost endless choice of places to choose from. Mainland venues or Island venues, this is where you need to start, bearing in mind, the more popular the Island, the more pricey the wedding will be. If you are planning a destination wedding on a budget, choose an Island a little less well known, not one where the A listers hang out, there are in fact about 200 inhabited Islands in Greece, so there are plenty of options

Type of venue – Are you thinking of a beach wedding? It sounds so romantic, and what great photos, but you must consider a couple of things. Firstly, most beaches in Greece are not privately owned, meaning that there will be other people aro…

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Top 3 reasons why you should renew your vows

There is a growing trend for couples who are already married to make a new commitment to each other and renew their vows, often spending much more on their vow renewal ceremony than their original wedding! One award winning celebrant looks at the main reasons for the increase in vow renewal ceremonies.

⦁ Your first wedding was out of your hands Whilst the term “arranged marriage” usually applies to two partners being chosen for each other by their families, an “arranged wedding” describes families taking over the organisation of the ceremony from the couple – both can be very good reasons for a vow renewal further down the line. Arranged weddings How many couples have had the organisation of their wedding taken out of their hands by well-meaning parents who are often footing the bill? Perhaps the guest list included distant family members and friends of the couple’s parents with a “traditional” ceremony at a “traditional” venue. Sound familiar?!?

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