Getting Married in Greece
After the engagement, what follows, naturally, are the wedding plans. You have always known that you wanted a destination wedding, and you have managed to convince your boo that that is what they want as well (trust me, convincing my fiancé of that was tougher than meeting his great aunt). Now that you have settled the wedding is going to be abroad, look no further for a destination: get married in Greece.
Personally, I am in love with Greece simply because of my love for Greek mythology. Reading those stories has given me such a profound sense of feeling for the area, the culture, the food, the people…but this is not about that, ahem. So, you should get married in Greece.
Why Should You Get Married in Greece?
Most importantly, because the land, the people, the culture, the climate, are beautiful.
You can get married in the Mandraki Village Hotel (you know, Mamma Mia!), or one of several of Greece’s lovely isles.
You can have a beach wedding and/or a beach reception at the Anemos Beach Hotel.
If you are on a smart budget, a wedding on Poros Island is the perfect fit for you, with boat rides and accommodation at reasonable prices.
Want a loud, noisy wedding? Crete is your place, were there is traditional music, dancing, and merriment all day long.
Greece provides the ultimate setting for a romantic wedding, with lovely landscapes, wonderful ocean/sea views, beautiful chapels, great food, perfect weather, and awesome hotels (really, you can’t over-use adjectives when talking about Greece). If your honeymoon isn’t already set for Greece, I really don’t know where else you want to have it that would be better. Seriously.
Actually Getting Married in Greece
Now, as for the formalities of getting married in Greece, there are two ways to go about it: the Proper Way and the Easy Way.
The Proper Way to Get Married in Greece
This is the strictly legal, by-the-book method of getting married in Greece, and if you thought you have seen red tape at work before, you have seen nothing yet. It’s not that the Greek authorities deliberately want to delay people’s marital plans, it’s just that they care, and want everything to be legal and proper and right, for your sake. I think. So, to begin, you need to produce certain essential documents, which must include:Birth certificate (if you were not cloned) An Adoption certificate (if you were adopted) Certificate of No Impediment A Divorce certificate (if you are divorced) A Death certificate (if you are widowed) A copy of Deed Poll (if you have changed your name, and it isn’t because of marriage)
All these (and possibly more) have to be legalized by Greek authorities in your country (stamped). After that, they have to be translated, and by a recognized translator authorized by the Greek embassy. This means that the documents will be FLOWN TO GREECE, translated and flown back to where they originated. These translated versions will also be scrutinized and certified (stamped), and then you are good to go to the next step.
The Easy Way to Get Married in Greece
Not illegal, mind, just easy. You can get court-married in your country, and then plan a simple ceremony in Greece, where you say your vows with the lovely Aegean Sea on your left, a majestic volcano on your right, and God smiling down from above. Or, you could have a friend who is an ordained minister to join the two of you. The only costs are the travelling expenses and wedding expenses, no red tape. Just an event that is full of meaning and promise to the two of you (and a cause for emotional tears from the witnesses).