GREECE WEDDING // GREEK ISLANDS WEDDING // DESTINATION ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER // TRAVEL ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER // DESTINATION ELOPEMENT PLANNER
I think the better question is…why not? The remarkable history, mouth-water cuisine, breathtaking architecture, and the incredible Mediterranean climate. And the vibrant yet laid-back culture. AND its drop-dead-gorgeous scenery—I mean the list is never ending. It’s the perfect place for couples that want an experience-filled adventure, but also for lovers simply craving a quiet, luxurious escape. Greece’s ethereal energy makes it a truly romantic elopement destination.
Is Greece calling your name? Let’s break down the what, how, when, and where of your elopement!
What to know & prepare for your travels
Find a knowledgeable photographer who is familiar with the area or international travel! They will be an invaluable resource while planning and during your trip.
11 weeks prior to your trip check your passport’s validity. Depending where you’re coming from in the states you’re looking at a 9-15 hr flight! Be prepared with entertainment & whatever you need to catch some shut eye.
Renting a car and driving can be a little dicey if you’re not a confident driver. Utilize public transportation when you can: domestic flights, ferries, buses, trains, and taxis.
If you want to explore religious sites be sure to pack something to cover your shoulders and a maxi skirt/dress. Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.
Unlike some other European countries, tipping in Greece is appreciated! English is a commonly spoken language throughout the country.
Honestly… There is no bad time to visit Greece! Late Spring and early Fall (April-June or September-October) offer minimal crowds compared to the summer months and lower travel fairs. As for the weather, it’s unsurprisingly wonderful with balmy temps rarely rising above 80° or dip below 60°.
Spring is a fantastic time of year to visit as everything is in bloom and the days grow a little warmer. Just be sure to avoid traveling around Easter Sunday as it is a very busy time for internal travel. If you’re planning to visit in the Fall be sure to book a wine or olive tasting—their harvest will be in full swing!
Getting legally married in Greece is totally possible, but it does take a lot of (paper)work and time. And unfortunately, Greece doesn’t legally recognize gay marriage. By walking you through the process you’ll see why many couples choose to get legally married in the United States and have a symbolic ceremony in Greece!
– Prepare a lot of legal paperwork before your trip
– Add extra travel days (up to 10 prior to your wedding date) to go through the proper legal channels in Athens and the town you’re getting married in.
– Aave at least two witnesses for your ceremony.
– Pay fees along the way.
– It’s doable if it’s important to you, but if it’s not, opt for a symbolic ceremony.
**This is not legal advice and is based on two U.S. citizens getting married in Greece. Click here to learn more and to get links to the appropriate paperwork!**
And listen, if you want to have a religious ceremony in Greece this is only the tip of the iceberg. You will need to have two sets of the documents listed above and others depending on your denomination. And additional wait times/fees will apply as well. But if it’s important to you, it’s possible, and there are services out there that can help you get all of this in order.
With 227 islands to travel to, narrowing it down to the perfect one for your elopement can feel like a feat. Every island offers its own unique architecture, landscape, vibe, and accommodations. The most important things to weigh out are accessibility (how far you are willing to travel), privacy (how popular the island is with tourists), and priorities (how you want to spend your time). Some islands are known for their bohemian Greek-life while others are quiet beach paradises. Luckily, since there are so many to choose from, there is 100% a Mediterranean island out there will be PERFECT for you!
White villages dotted with blue, divine dining, world renowned sunsets, and a popping social scene—she’s an icon. (pictured)
Pristine pebble beaches, neon blue waters, ample hiking, and pastel colored storybook towns.
Mama Mia was filmed exclusively at these two islands, need I say more? Panoramic views and lush trails that lead to creamy beaches.
Its rocky, white, lunar landscape and rock formations contrasted against the turquoise ocean and the bright coastal homes are unreal! (pictured)
Have a quiet ceremony on a hidden cover or rent a boat to spend the day visiting one enchanting islet after another.
While other islands require a ferry, boat, or plane ride this island is connected to the mainland by a causeway making it a convenient trip if you’re looking to squeeze an island visit into your itinerary, but don’t want to dedicate an entire stay!
**If you want multiple experiences then consider adding some extra time to your itinerary and doing some island hopping!
Explore the longest coastline in Europe, 10 National Parks, vibrant metropolises, or rugged mountains. Marvel at ruins steeped mythology, cultural treasures, and ancient Greek architecture mixed with modern life. There is so much to see, do, and EAT. Here’s a list of places to visit as diverse as Greece itself:
If you’re looking for a private and surreal elopement along the Athenian Riviera then look no further! These crystal clear healing waters sit around 70° year round and are surrounded by towering walls of the now collapsed cavern. Sit on the shore with a drink, visit the mineral spa, or go snorkeling!
All it takes is a mellow hike to get a vantage point atop one of the ethereal and ancient rock formations of Meteora. The 1,300 ft rock spikes give you an incredible view of the Eastern Orthodox monasteries perched on surrounding formations and the forests below. (pictured)
Olympus National Park offers multiple hikes and no shortage of insane views surrounding this infamous mountain. Enjoy the quiet countryside, Olympys towers over and take in views of the Enipeas canyon before ascending over wooden bridges into the thick forest.
Brimming with history, ruins, incredible architecture, and places to explore. Athens is the perfect hub during your elopement if you’re looking to have a full itinerary experiencing the city, but want to escape to the beach in a pinch! (pictured)
This mountainous peninsula with quiet turquoise beaches, hidden springs, and waterfalls is the perfect oasis for couples looking to elope far away from tourists and immerse themselves in quiet Greek life.
I’ve got you covered and my passport ready! All you have to do is schedule a call, book your date, plan a trip of a lifetime together, and live out your dream elopement — it’s that easy! Together we’ll craft a meaningful experience centered around what matters most to you, create once-in-a-life-time memories, and capture the best days of your lives. So you can relive them again and again. So…what are you waiting for?!
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