Exciting weddings in Greece

Increasingly, young people choose to celebrate such an unforgettable event as a wedding abroad. Sunny Greece is one of the most popular countries for newlyweds, and they are easy to understand. This country will delight with mountain slopes, olive groves, cozy coves, excellent cuisine, monuments of ancient architecture, and friendly locals.

Exciting weddings in Greece

A wedding on the territory of exotic Greece will be remembered forever, especially since the newlyweds can choose a celebration to their liking: on an island or in a hotel, on a yacht or in an ancient temple, alone or with parents and friends.

Traditions and customs of the Greek wedding

Before arranging a wedding in Greece, he will invite guests, the newlyweds need to learn about local wedding traditions. Greek culture is a model of refinement and high taste, such harmony can not be found anywhere else in the world. But a local wedding can hardly be called restrained or elegant: the traditional Greek wedding ceremony impresses with its splendor. Some settlements celebrate the wedding for a whole week. And no matter how modern the life of the Greeks looks, the celebration in honor of the newlyweds is full of superstitions, pagan rituals, songs, and dances.


Many wedding ceremonies were borrowed from Greek culture. For example, the custom of wearing a wedding ring on the ring finger, through which the heart artery passes. The tradition of giving the bride a wedding bouquet also came from Greece – the cradle of European civilization. A modern Greek wedding resembles a European one because it is celebrated with a large number of relatives and guests. Sometimes up to 500 people attend a Greek wedding! The expenses for such lavish events are traditionally borne by the mother-in-law and "kumbaros" - the groom's friends.

Greek Wedding traditions


How to organize a wedding in Greece

Every year many couples in love want to get married on the Greek islands because every celebration is colorful, unique, and inimitable. It is easier to organize the ceremony if you contact specialists (an agency) who will solve the problems that arise, starting from the preparation of documents, and ending with an excellent organization of a honeymoon in Greece. The travel agency will offer the newlyweds a large variety of wedding programs, and young people will have to solve only one problem: which project in Greece to choose?

It is also possible to hold a wedding in Greece on your own. To do this, the newlyweds will need:


Decide on the place where the wedding will be held.

Arrange in advance with the local Municipality about the time/date of the event.

Come up with a program.

Book a hotel in Greece.

Find a good hairdresser, translator, photographer, decorator, and professional musical accompaniment at the chosen resort.

Official wedding

Greece is a party to the agreement on the recognition of the legality of marriages performed by Russian citizens, so it is quite legal to conclude a marriage on its territory. The mayor of any Greek city will be happy to register a marriage by prior arrangement. After registration, an official document with an apostille is issued, which has legal force not only in Greece but also in all countries of the world. The newlyweds will only have to make only a notarized translation of the document

The Greek side may refuse registration if:

newlyweds under 18 years old;

one of the spouses divorced less than a year ago;

ex-husband went missing less than 4 years ago;

marriage between adopted children, adoptive parents, or their descendants.

Symbolic wedding

A symbolic wedding in Greece is even easier to hold. To do this, the newlyweds will need to register their marriage by visiting the registry office, buying a tourist ticket, arrange a symbolic wedding ceremony on any Greek island. Such a wedding can become a dress rehearsal for two people before making an official marriage at home. There are many advantages of holding a wedding celebration on one of the many Greek islands:

short flight;

visa processing will not take much time, especially if the newlyweds already have a Schengen visa;

it will not be difficult to hold a wedding ceremony, because there are a huge number of Orthodox churches on the territory of Greece;

wedding on the most beautiful islands on the planet.

Wedding venues in Greece

Greece is the perfect place for a wedding. This country will be able to fulfill any dream because it is located on thousands of islands that are washed by different seas, so they have different natural resources and unique architecture. The sun shines brightly here all year round, so the newlyweds visit Greece, regardless of the season. In summer, they choose the sea for their wedding, and in winter – mountains and thermal springs. Popular places in Greece among newlyweds are the islands of Crete, Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, and the charming town of Napfio, located on the Peloponnese peninsula.

Wedding in Santorini

Santorini Island is an ancient, exotic, and mysterious place in Greece with sandy beaches, small villages, and domed monasteries. Here the newlyweds will have a magnificent view of the volcano, the largest crater in the world, and the couple will also be able to enjoy magnificent sunsets. The traditional colors of Santorini are pleasing to the eye and match the wedding mood.

On the island of Crete

Sunny Crete with golden beaches, a blue-green sea, and tropical palm trees is the most popular place in all of Greece. This is an island of conquerors and pirates, it is believed that Zeus, the god of thunder and lightning, the main god of the Greek pantheon, was born here. Where, if not in Crete, do newlyweds swear eternal love to each other? It's very Greek!

Ceremony in Mykonos

A wedding on the island of Mykonos will not be cheap for the newlyweds, because this is a favorite place for world celebrities. This is the most fashionable bohemian resort in Greece with stunning nature. It's hard to find a place more beautiful and romantic, so newlyweds from all over the world choose Mykonos for their wedding and honeymoon.

Wedding in Rhodes

Rhodes got its name from the Sun god, who fell in love with a nymph and named this magnificent island after her. The pristine nature, the aura of the sanctity of the place where several churches of the Holy Apostles are located, and the modesty of the island in Greece make it the first number for wedding ceremonies. Romance and comfort await the newlyweds in this place.

Wedding in the city of Nafplio

Nafplio is the most charismatic city in Greece. There is a special aura and atmosphere that attracts the newlyweds with the legends of antiquity. This is a small but very suitable city for a romantic wedding with narrow streets that suddenly go up, with numerous balconies covered with thickets of charming bougainvilleas.

The scenario of the celebration

The velvety sand, the blue expanse of the sea, and the vast sky of Greece – what could be better for a wedding ceremony? If you have not yet decided on the scenario, then we offer a ready-made version of a wedding on a Greek beach. Participants: a beautiful married couple, relatives, friends, and toastmaster. The action begins with the arrival of the newlyweds to the place of celebration after the church wedding ceremony or official registration at the city hall of Greece. The road along which they will walk is covered with a red carpet.

When the young people walk along this path to the table, those present raise their hands so that a tunnel is formed, symbolizing the road to future happiness. Happiness begins with a bowl that parents hold at the end of the tunnel. This is a glass of wine, from which the groom takes a sip, and then the bride. As a sign of respect for his wife, the groom finishes the wine to the end and breaks the glass.

Leader:

– This ritual has the following meaning: the cup is broken for happiness, and through the fragments the couple goes forward into the future together, saying goodbye to their single past.

The young people walk through the fragments to the banquet table, but it is not easy to get to the table with the wedding cake and champagne, because witnesses or friends of the newlyweds appear in front of them, who hold the ribbon so low above the ground that it is easy to step over it.

To learn more

– Overcome the first obstacle of living together! If you easily step over it, then all other problems will be overcome just as quickly!

The groom carries his chosen one through the ribbon on his hands, and the young come to the table.

The host tells the guests:

– Help yourself, do not hesitate, but do not forget what we are all here for. The feast is open to everyone, let's raise our glasses and say a kind word in honor of the young!


All the guests say toasts and present gifts. At the end of the celebration, the newlyweds are escorted off amid general applause and a festive salute in their honor. A married couple leaves the beach holding hands.

How much does a wedding cost in Greece?

The average cost of a wedding for two in Greece is from 800 €. This price includes a budget symbolic ceremony on the selected Greek island. The package of services of the wedding agency includes:

ceremonial table;

car;

symbolic ceremony;

wedding certificate;

a bottle of champagne;

photo session 1 hour.

The couple pays for the flight to Greece and the hotel separately. A week's stay at the all-inclusive hotel will cost the newlyweds approximately 450 €. The total cost of a budget wedding with a week-long vacation on the islands of Greece is about 1800 €. The official wedding ceremony will cost the newlyweds 800 € more because this includes:

preparation and submission of documents for marriage in Greece;

payment of fees and duties;

translations of documents into Greek;

payment for the services of the mayor.

Great and unique Greece offers lovers many options for symbolic weddings. The streets of Athens will tell the couple about love, about ancient traditions and architectural monuments, the unique Santorini will enchant the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea, and Rhodes will give an unforgettable impression of the splendor of sunsets and sunrises.


It does not matter whether the newlyweds want to celebrate a wedding with friends and relatives or stay on a Greek island together, they will be offered a choice of a modern ceremony or an ancient Greek one, held surrounded by a snow-white beach or a winery, a wedding in a church or an official wedding at the city hall.