Rhodes – An iconic Greek Island
Perfect beaches, endless sunshine and charming Greek culture await couples choosing to say “I do” on the picturesque island of Rhodes
If you are looking for a gorgeous location for your wedding ceremony, which is close enough for your guests to travel with ease, then the stunning Greek island of Rhodes is an absolutely perfect choice. The island offers an idyllic choice of venues for both religious and civil wedding ceremonies, from pretty chapels and luxury hotel grounds to beautiful golden sandy beaches.
There’s something for everyone on Rhodes, the largest of the twelve Dodecanese islands in the eastern corner of the Aegean Sea. It’s an island of contrasts – offering everything from the well-preserved Medieval city of Rhodes to popular holiday resorts and picture-perfect fishing villages that dot the island’s shores. Rhodes boasts secluded coves and long sandy beaches, a great nightlife, ancient sites, buzzing towns and charming villages, plus an abundance of activities to suit all tastes. And if you are looking for authentic Greece, it can be found in the hilly interior of the 50-mile long island. Best of all for sun worshippers, Rhodes enjoys 300 days of glorious year-round sunshine, making it a perfect year-round wedding destination.
Marry in Rhodes
If you marry on the island of Rhodes, there are many beautiful venues to choose from for your ceremony and reception. In Lindos you can marry in a choice of two beautiful chapels, St Paul and St George, both with superb ocean views, whilst in Kallithea you can marry at Kallithea Spa, a historical monument set in beautiful gardens or Agia Sophia, a chapel perched on a rock with a view over the Aegean Sea. You can also marry under a cross with a view out to sea in Filerimos or in the charming streets of Rhodes Old Town. Of course, if you prefer you can say “I do” on the beach or in the manicured gardens of one of the many luxury hotels on the island – the choices are endless for both civil and religious wedding!
Although most couples opt for a civil wedding in Rhodes there is also a Roman Catholic Church on the island, where weddings can take place as well as a Protestant Church and a Synagogue. If you have an idea in mind of where you want to tie the knot, it is well worth speaking to a wedding planner, such as Margarita Kasfiki at Weddings in Rhodes (www.weddingsrhodes.com) who will advise you as to where weddings are permitted to take place.
The legal paperwork
You will need the following documents for your wedding ceremony in Rhodes:
- Full Birth Certificate
- Divorce decree or Death Certificate
- Certificate of No Impediment
- Apostille stamp (to certify that a document is a true copy of the original).
- Change of Name or Deed Poll Certificate (if relevant)
- Adoption Certificate (if relevant)
- Baptism Certificate (for Catholic or Greek Orthodox ceremonies)
- Document Translations
Religious Protestant Ceremony
- Both parties must show evidence of Christian faith and baptism
- Certificate from their Pastor for a series of pre-marital counseling sessions.
- One of the parties must be of Protestant faith.
- Two witnesses must be in attendance
Roman Catholic Ceremony
Catholic weddings can only be performed if the bride and groom were not previously married, either the bride or the groom must be Catholic and both must be baptized. Each couple must provide certificates of Baptism, confirmation and Freedom to marry.
After the wedding
After the ceremony the couple have a legal obligation to register the wedding at the local council within 40 days, failure to do so will result in the marriage having no validity. Your Marriage Certificate will be issued in Greek, so you will be required to have it translated into English. Your original documents will be kept as records in the mayor’s office.
Top 5 things to do
- Stroll through the narrow streets of historical Rhodes Old Town, protected by the castle walls built by the Knights of St John
- Step back in time at Filerimos Hill, the remains of a Medieval monastery and chapel.
- Party the night away at Faliraki, known for its lively nightlife – During the day you can enjoy it’s magnificent sandy beach and watersports on offer.
- See the pretty whitewashed houses scattered on the slopes up to the historical Acropolis overlooking the beautiful village of Lindos.
- Visit Seven Springs (Epta Piges) and walk around the maze of footpaths, through the tunnel and around the lake set deep in the gorge with turquoise waters and spot the peacocks wandering through the site.