Can you legally get married in Santorini
The answer is yes you can legally get married in Santorini if you get all the Necessary paperwork and documentation You’ll need the following documents to complete your marriage application:
Civil Wedding Legal Requirements
Required Wedding documents for Greek orthodox weddings at any church in Santorini
After the wedding:
You will need to register your wedding in any country you like 2 months after you get your marriage certificate with Apostile stamp from our Town Hall in Santorini
What should I know about wedding ceremonies in Santorini?
Many couples opt for an outdoor wedding in Santorini, because of weather and beautiful Sunset views frommany private wedding venues. Whether it’s in a church, outside, in a villa or within the town hall, if you complete your paperwork you’re free to marry where you please. As a wedding planning company we can assist you with required paperwork and other planning.
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Here are a few thinks you need to know before you decide if you want to have a legal or symbolic WEDDING in Santorini. No matter which country you come from, you have to gather a bunch of papers which they will need special stamps called Apostille and then translate your papers in Greek by the Greek Embassy of your area OR via our agency in our Town Hall legal department. After you get all your wedding documents, you have to send them to me via fax or e mail so I can start on my end the Greek part of the paperwork
Please keep in mind the below rules for a perfect and hassle free wedding:
After you will get legally married here, it takes 1 month before your wedding planner will be able to send you the Greek marriage certificate in Greek, which needs to be translated back in English. So, although you will be married, it will take you another month before you will be able to register it to your country because our Town Hall registry is really busy and there is no way to get it sooner than this
According to the Greek law, all the wedding documentation stays in our registry otherwise the wedding will not be legal
You can obtain new documents by applying to the registry of births, deaths and marriages of your area.
So, if you wish to avoid all these expenses, headache and bureaucracy, the solution is to get legally married in your country and come to Santorini for a symbolic wedding which will be exactly the same in terms of ceremony. You miss nothing and you gain the money you would spend to prepare your paperwork
♦ All translators should be approved by the Greek Consulate or Embassy
An independent translator with notary stamp is not accepted by the Greek authorities or church
We inform you that the best months to get married are between May and November.
We organize civil weddings symbolic ceremonies, Greek Weddings, Catholics weddings
Before you read the below legal requirements, it is important to understand that the these requirements are from the Greek government and not by us, therefore they might change so you have to contact your wedding planner 3 months before your wedding to get any updates and visit often our website.
If you think that gathering all this paperwork is too complicated for you, know that many couples that happens to find difficulty with their paperwork as well, they are getting married back home with by just signing the papers at their town hall without taking the ceremony part and then they come here and they have the actual ceremony with the views of the ocean and the breathtaking sunset and all these times, their guests don’t even know about it!
It is NOT acceptable to authenticate all your papers with only one Apostille!!! Each paper need a separate Apostille stamp!
Question: Nikos! i have received the pictures and licenses. thank you they are beautiful! i have called the Greek consulate in Chicago and they told me they don’t do interpretations and that i would have to send it to Athens. is this the way i am to do it? any help would be appreciated.