Marry in Santorini
Couples wanting to impress their wedding guests with astounding views of the Mediterranean will discover that Santorini’s offering is iconic – and this magnificent location is just a short flight away in the Greek Islands.
The beautiful island of Santorini offers wild, unparalleled beauty as well as breathtaking views and a sunny climate with golden sunsets making it perfect for weddings that you will remember for the rest of your life.
The eternal rock of Santorini stands majestically, rising proudly from the Agean Sea and inspiring the words of great poets and guarding the secrets of Atlantis. No wonder couples from around the world travel to this iconic Greek Island.
The island of Santorini owes its distinctive crescent shape to the fact that it is the remains of an enormous volcanic explosion dated back 3,600 years. This created the current geological caldera; a giant, rectangular central lagoon surrounded by steep cliffs on three sides with two small volcanic islands within the caldera Palea and Nea Kameni, which are impressive tourist attractions.
Santorini’s beaches can be found mainly along the eastern and south-eastern side of the island. Each beach has its own characteristics – the black pebbles, the unique land formations and the black, white and red sand. Most beaches are well organized and offer sun loungers and umbrellas and a range of water sports.
If you are planning to marry in Santorini in the summer, then glorious warm sunshine is almost guaranteed, with clear skies, bright sunshine and generally no rainfall. Santorini enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with long periods of warm sunshine throughout the summer, lasting from April until October and mild, rainy winters from November until the end of March. Even during winter the sky does not remain cloudy for more than a few days in a row. Evenings can be cooler in April and October so take a sweater or jacket if you are visiting at that time of year.
Whether you are planning a grand affair or a romantic wedding with just the two of you, Santorini is a world-class location. Perhaps you are already married and thinking of renewing your vows? You can re-live your special day and renew your love vows in Santorini – it can be a very romantic way to strengthen your love and devotion for one another. Whatever your style of wedding ceremony you prefer Santorini can offer you a variety of choices to suit all tastes. And for those extra special touches, details and choices of wedding venues you can enlist the help and advise of wedding planners who specialize in weddings on the island.
For civil weddings, you can have your ceremony at almost any location of your choice, in restaurants, tavernas, wineries, museums, on boats or down on the beach. Religious weddings ceremonies in Santorini can be held at the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, located in the centre of Fira, the island’s capital, and overlooking the volcano and the sea, or one of the other pretty churches dotted around the island in traditional picturesque villages. Catholic wedding ceremonies are held at the Catholic Cathedral, a baroque church with an elegant bell tower in the Catholic Quarter in the centre of Fira.
For religious weddings you need to prepare the paperwork with your church. Here is the list of requirements for Civil weddings: Birth Certificates required for both parties; Change of Name or Adoption papers, if applicable; Divorce Decree or Death Certificate of spouse if previously married; Certificates of no impediment issued by your local register office. This is only valid for three months from the issue date in Santorini. The documents need to be stamped with an Apostille stamp which you apply for with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (www.fco.gov.uk ). The documents then need translating into Greek and presented to the town hall in Santorini no later than four weeks before the wedding.
5 Top things to do
Watch the Santorini sunset
The most famous vantage point to gaze in awe at the magnificent setting sun is from Oia Castle. Or view the sunset from Profitis Ilias (Pyrgos), one of the highest spots of the island.
Stroll around Akrotiri
A trip to the pre-historic city of Akrotiri is like travelling in time – walk around the streets and squares of the city which boasted 30,000 inhabitants in 17th century BC
Go scuba diving
Discover the unique experience of Santorini’s underwater world as you see the distinctiveness of the bottom of this sea: the volcanic stones and the bottomless depth of the caldera.
Take a Wine Tour
Wine production in Santorini dates back to Roman times. Visitors can sample plenty of dry whites, roses and reds at the island’s best wineries, including Sigalas and Gaia Wineries which offer an excellent selection.
Take a Donkey ride
Donkeys are an integral part of the local tourism scene, providing much-appreciated rides up and down the 588 steps leading down to the old harbor of Fira. There are hundreds of donkeys and mules lined up along the way. The cost is 5 Euros per person one-way.
Santorini can be reached from most international airports via Athens. The flying time from Athens to Santorini is approximately 40 minutes. Numerous charter flights fly directly to the island during the summer period.
By ferry boat
Another way to reach the island is by a regular ferryboat service from the port of Piraeus or Crete and almost all the Cycladic islands (during summer). The boat trip takes approximately 5 – 9 hours depending on the ports of call. Daily high speed boats are also available during the summer from the Piraeus, other Cycladic islands and Crete. The trip lasts about 4 – 5 hours.