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Everything you need to know about your destination wedding in Santorini.
Are you dreaming of getting married overlooking the sea? Searching for a Santorini wedding photographer to capture your wedding?
Here you will find everything you need to know to plan your wedding – from legal requirements to wedding photography tips.
Let’s plan the wedding of your dreams!
Hi, I’m Manon – Santorini wedding photographer.
I create intimate wedding photographs filled with emotion for couples who follow their hearts. I’d love to share my knowledge with you so that you can plan the magical, romantic destination wedding you deserve.
Why have a destination wedding in Santorini?
Dramatic cliffs rise from a deep blue sea, dotted with whitewashed buildings offering breathtaking views over the sea. Imagine saying your vows as the late afternoon breeze gently sweeps your hair and taking a romantic stroll for photos as the sun sets over the sea. Getting married in Santorini will be nothing short of magical.
There’s a special energy in Santorini. From the moment I set foot on the island, I was captivated. I’m not lying when I say that it will forever hold a special place in my heart.
A volcanic eruption is what gave Santorini its dramatic landscape and breathtaking views, but Santorini is more than the postcard views of Fira and Oia. On the East coast of the island, you will find beautiful black sand beaches and more laid back vibe while the interior of the island is dotted with vineyards and traditional villages well worth visiting.
With reason, Santorini is one of the most popular Greek destinations so be sure to book your wedding suppliers in advance. It might also be a good idea to get married on slightly less popular months like September and October. For a more relaxed vibe and to avoid the crowds, Santorini is also a good option for a winter wedding.
Quick pros of getting married abroad
- You’ll be less tied to tradition, making it easier to stay true to yourselves. Read the mini-guide on how to avoid wedding stress by staying true to yourself and navigating family pressure
- Make it an immersive wedding experience by planning activities for you and your guests over a few days.
- Combine your love for each other with your love for travel!
- A lot of European countries have less restrictions on what time you have to end the party, yay!
Quick pros of a destination wedding in Santorini
- Gorgeous weather
- Variety of wedding venues
- Delicious food and drink
- Great party vibe to celebrate the night away, the Greek sure know how to party!
- Stunning backdrops for your wedding photos
- Breathtaking views
- Great music
THE LEGALITIES OF GETTING MARRIED IN SANTORINI
Most couples opting for a destination wedding get legally married in their home country and hold a symbolic ceremony on their wedding day instead because the legalities of getting married abroad can be a little complicated and time consuming.
• Both religious and civil weddings are legally recognised in Greece.
• Civil unions – called civil partnerships in England – are permitted for same sex couples but not civil marriages, let’s hope that changes soon! (At least at the time of writing this page in January 2021).
• Foreigners can get legally married in Greece as you don’t need to be a citizen or resident.
What paperwork will you need?
Here’s a quick list of the paperwork you will need, although you might also need additional documents depending on your circumstances:
• A valid passport
• Certificate of capacity to marry
• Notice of intention to marry by means of a local newspaper, community office or Town Hall.
• Valid birth certificate translated, authenticated and bearing an Apostille Stamp – the Apostille (from The Hague Convention) is an official government-issued certificate added to documents so they will be recognised and have legal validity in another country.
• Marriage license
• Two witnesses
What’s the process?
In Greece, you will need to “give notice” before getting married. There will be a waiting period between your application for marriage and your wedding day which can be anywhere from a week to a few months.
When you present the required paperwork you will be issued with a marriage license which will remain valid for six months. The next step is to submit an application to the mayor confirming your wedding ceremony date and venue.
You will need two witnesses present at your civil ceremony and they must bring their passport or valid Greek ID.
After your wedding ceremony, you have 40 days to file a registration form to obtain your marriage certificate. If you don’t do this your marriage won’t be legally valid.
Are you after a relaxed and creative wedding photographer in Santorini who will capture who you are and the moments that matter most in a natural, effortless way?
how to get there
SANTORINI DESTINATION WEDDING
As one of the most popular Greek destinations for weddings and holidays, Santorini is very easily accessible.
You can fly there from Athens and many international airports as well as from other Greek islands. There are frequent daily ferry connections from Athens, Santorini, Mykonos and Kos. Remember that some of these routes are only available during the summer so be sure to check in advance.
To explore the island I recommend renting a car. You can easily do this in a day or two and I highly recommend you do!
tips from a
SANTORINI WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
HOW TO GET THE BEST WEDDING PHOTOS
Time passes faster than you think and your wedding day goes by in a blur. I believe that you deserve photos that capture who you are, the emotions and your love story in a truthful, effortless way so that you never forget your wedding or the way you felt.
Weddings are a collection of moments that represent your life together and all the days that have led you here. They’re a celebration of love, friendship and all the values that are important to you. Your love is unique and I believe that you deserve meaningful wedding photos that honour your story and capture who you are.
The Answer Is Simple: to get beautiful, natural wedding photos you need a photographer who cares and who will take the time to get to know you BEFORE your wedding. It’s my job to create a space where you feel comfortable and you can be yourselves, unapologetically. This is why I exclusively photograph 20 weddings per year.
Here are my top wedding photography tips, and are valid all around the world! I hope you find these helpful, regardless of whether you’re getting married abroad or at home.
1. Choose a photographer you trust and whose work you love.
As a wedding photographer, I truly believe everyone can look great in photos as long as they’re comfortable and having a good time. Your wedding photographer will be with you all day and your wedding photos will forever be attached to the way you felt so it’s important you choose someone whose personality you like. Have a chat with your photographer before booking, whether it’s in person or via video call. This will give you a good idea of whether you’re a good fit or not.
2. Consider the light.
The light sets the mood. If you’ve booked a great wedding photographer, I’m sure they will have already thought of this and perhaps even mentioned it to you. When planning your wedding timeline take into account the sunrise and sunset time as well as when the sun will be at its highest as this will vary depending on the location and time of year. If you’re having an outdoor ceremony, consider having it a little later in the day, this will make for softer light on the photos which is always more flattering but it will also prevent your guests from getting heatstroke while they wait for the ceremony to start.
3. Golden hour.
I always ask my couples to set aside ten to fifteen minutes for couple portraits around one hour before sunset on their wedding day. I do this not only because this is the best light for photos but also because usually by this point you’ll be more relaxed. It’s also a great time to sneak away from everyone and spend some time together to reconnect. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
4. Explore the surrounding area.
It can be really nice on your wedding day to escape for a little while to spend some time just the two of you, this is also a great time for your photographer to tag along and do couple portraits. If there’s any unusual landmark or stunning view near the venue, it might be worth heading over there for the couple portraits as it will allow your photographer to capture beautiful wedding photos, unique to you.
5. Late afternoon ceremony.
When getting married in sunnier countries like Spain, Greece or Italy it’s also worth holding your wedding ceremony later in the day. This will not only mean the light will be softer and you’ll get better wedding photos but it’s also a good way of avoiding your guests getting heatstroke!
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