Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Which is the best season to have our destination wedding;
The best season is spring, especially after May, summertime June till July 15th and after August 15th to the end of September . Mid July and August are very crowded months full of tourists and it is not the best time for a wedding, unless you can not do otherwise.
Is it possible to have our civil ceremony at the beach?
Civil and Symbolic Ceremonies are allowed on the most of beaches everywhere in Greece.
Does Civil weddings allowed in chapels?
No, only Orthodox Christian weddings are allowed in chapels or churches. If your religion is different please contact me.
What are the best places for our wedding reception ?
Depends on your needs. There are plenty traditional greek restaurants (taverna), formal elegant restaurants, Hotels, Beach bars and Private villas for a romantic reception.
Is it possible to have our renewal of vows in Greece?
Absolutely. Your renewal of vows will be a memorable experience.
Are gay weddings legal in Greece?
You are free to do a symbolic – blessing ceremony in any location you want, except outside churches, the same with civil wedding . Greece since December 2015 recognises same – sex unions, please read more here
What kind of legal papers do we need ?
The process for getting married can vary slightly between regions and islands so it is suggested to verify requirements with the local City Hall, and/or with the presiding religious leader in the case of a religious ceremony.
The following are required of foreigners applying for a marriage licence in Greece (the bride and groom must each submit these documents):
- A passport
- A valid residence permit (if applicable)
- An original or certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, along with an official translation into Greek. The birth certificate should have an Apostille stamp (see below)
- If either has been married before, a death certificate or final divorce decree, along with an official translation into Greek
- A Certificate of No Impediment, which must be completed in English and Greek and notarised at the applicable Embassy
- A copy of the newspaper in which the wedding notices were published (if applicable)
- The court decision approving the marriage for those under 18 years of age
- Application fee
Two sets of the above documents are required if both civil and religious ceremonies are to be performed. One set is for the town hall and the other for the priest.
Certificate of Non Impediment
For foreign nationals already in Greece, it may be possible to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment from their consular authority in Greece. This will usually require the applicant to attest to the fact that they are legally able to marry. A minimum residence period in Greece may apply, and the waiting period for the Certificate can be several weeks.
In some cases, consular authorities may require proof of civil status from the person’s home country, which can be obtained from the registry office or town hall of the person’s previous place of residence. This must be officially legalised with an Apostille stamp.
Note: If a Certificate of No Impediment cannot be obtained from a consular authority in Greece, then it must be obtained from the local registry office or town hall where the foreign national resides, therefore it is strongly suggested to contact the consulate in Greece well in advance.
Any foreign legal documents which are to be used in Greece must be officially legalised with the Hague Convention Apostille. The Apostille is a stamp or seal that signifies the document is legal and authentic; it is meant to simplify the process of document legalisation across international borders. If submitting more than one document requiring a Hague Convention Apostille, each document must have an Apostille.
A Hague Convention Apostille for a legal document, such as a birth certificate or divorce decree, can be obtained by an approved government office in the country, state or county where the document originates (this could be a State Secretary’s office or Foreign and Commonwealth Office).
If the country is not a member of this Hague Convention, then a certified letter from the town hall where the document originates, stating that the document is valid and true, may be sufficient. Otherwise, the Greek Embassy in the applicant’s home country may validate the documents.
All legal documents submitted for the marriage which are not in Greek must be officially translated into Greek. The term official translation means a translation that has been made and certified by a lawyer, a certified translator or by the Greek Foreign Ministry’s Department of Translation( Metafrastiki Ipirresia). A fee is payable for translation services. Willowweddings can also assist you with your documents translation, please contact us for more information.
Registration of Marriage
All marriages in Greece, whether civil or religious, must be registered at the local Registrar’s Office/Office of Vital Statistics (Lixiarhio) within 40 days following the ceremony. Registration can be done by the bride or groom, or by any individual who is in possession of a power of attorney signed before a Notary Public giving them the authority to register the marriage. Once registered, a Marriage Certificate (lixiarchiki praxi gamou) will be issued within three days and can be picked up or sent via the mail.
Note: Marriages not registered have no legal validity. After 90 days, marriages can only be registered with the District Attorney’s authorisation and the payment of fines.
Blessing or Symbolic Ceremonies in Greece
No paper work is required. A symbolic or blessing ceremony is a ceremony without legal or religious status. Is for those couples that have already taken a registry office legal wedding prior to the Symbolic ceremony. The blessing – symbolic wedding is a perfect way to exchange vows or an opportunity for every married couple who wish to celebrate their marriage anniversary and renew vows in a unique and personal way.
We will provide a celebrant who will work with you to create a beautiful ceremony. You have the freedom to personalise the ceremony according to your preferences including personal vows, favourite songs, flowers arrangement and romantic decor for your special day.
For any further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .