How to Prepare for Destination Weddings in Santorini

Updated: Sep 20, 2019

Having a wedding in Santorini sounds romantic, fun, and easy, however, there is a lot more planning and coordination that goes into it than we could imagine.Unless you want a symbolic ceremony, you’ll need your passport, full birth certificates, and an affidavit stating that you’re free to marry. All documents related to the marriage must be translated into Greek, certified in the Greek embassy or consulate in your home country. The best thing to do for a destination wedding is to complete your vows in your hometown, and have a symbolic celebration in Greece. This will eliminate the extra paperwork and hassle you’ll have to go through.

Timing is everything for destination weddings! Starting April and lasting until the end of August is known as the busy season for the island. You know what this means! Hotels will be booked, streets will be crowded, and prices will be double their normal prices. In our research and speaking with locals, April through May could be manageable for weddings, but between May and August it might be really difficult.

You must plan your stay at least 11 months in advance, especially if you are having more than 50 invited guests. Lodging will be an issue if you wait until the last minute. If you plan ahead, your wedding planner will be happy, and so will your guests. The best thing to do is to create a wedding website, and send it to your guests, outlining all the important details about the wedding and the event.

Santorini, a lovers island, is definitely breathtaking and has some romantic views. A few beautiful locations for your destination wedding are :

You’re probably thinking of a destination wedding to cut costs, but if you’re not careful, it could be very expensive. The cost of the weddings varies based on season and location, but you can expect at least about 3,200 Euros for a ceremony and reception for 20-160 guests. This does not include meals, flights, lodging for you and your guests.

Most hotels, since they are boutique hotels, will have a limited number of rooms for you and your guests. Keep this in mind when inviting a large number of people, as certain venues and hotels might not be best for you or your guests. We recommend checking out Rocabella Hotel , for a wedding venue as well as lodging! Not only does it have rooms for your guests and beautiful ocean views of the Caldera, it is in the beautiful area of Imerovigli, the small piece of paradise in between the hustle and bustle of Oia(pronounced Ia), and Fira.

Before you start packing your bags, make sure you are mentally and financially ready to plan a wedding on this beautiful island. Think about your guests as well since they’ll need travel and lodging to come be a part of your big day! For more information on destination weddings in Santorini, please visit