Get married in greece
I can’t imagine there are a lot of people who say that their wedding day was one of the most relaxed days in their life. Mine (which took place in
This, of course, is not the entire story. The in-laws-to-be spent days running around like mad, getting everything organised. They were definitely stressed on D-day when they had to take care of the usual last minute problems, and also some unusual ones, such as finding a way to straighten the big wedding candles, the lambadas , which had decided to melt on their way to church. The Greek husband-to-be wasn’t relaxing as much as I was either. He had to deal with the necessary paper work and also had to convince the priest that my Dutch non-orthodox religious friend would make a fine ‘best woman’, cumbara. (I don’t think he fully succeeded.)
I am quite sure that a warm-weather wedding in an unbeatable setting will appeal to most people who are about to tie the knot, but the logistics of planning a wedding in Greece from afar may seem totally overwhelming. However, having a future Greek family in-law lined up is not a prerequisite a) to get married in
A few things you should know about weddings in
You don’t need to be Greek to get married in
Suggested wedding planners
On the island of Santorini, American Shirley Chiarolanzio works full-time organizing weddings and wedding-related events. Shirley has a background in social work and has been living on Santorini for almost 15 years. Her long experience as a wedding planner and her passion for the island have resulted in a flourishing and rewarding business! Check out Shirley’s website.
And some great photographers
Architecture and interior photography is not the first specialty of Andre Bakker, who took all the pictures for the book "Around Greek in 80 Stays". People and portraits are his greatest passion in photography, and one of the (many) things he is really good at is wedding photography. He doesn't believe in making people pose and say cheese; instead he goes for the action, the emotions, the joy, the details: he catches the very special moments.
I also very much like the work of Magdalene Kourti, whose photojournalistic style stands out as well. Like Andre, she doesn't ask her subjects to pose, but she records the atmosphere and the happiness. The result is amazing...
A few ideas for places where you can have a very, very special wedding…
The Condé Nast Traveller called it “almost embarrassingly romantic”. The Imaret in Kavala is simply perfect for a dream wedding…
The setting is amazing, as are the views, the service, the luxury. If only the best is good enough for you. Melenos Lindos on
How about a truly intimate setting and views to die for, on the most romantic island in the world? 1864 The Captain’s House on Santorini…
For a wedding right by the sea, choose Hotel Kyrimai in the southern