Planning a Maronite Wedding in Greece
Do you wish to plan your Maronite wedding in Greece at a renowned destination? You are at the right place! Our team will make your wish reality, by assisting in the organization of your dream wedding!
We claim the pride to be one of the only few wedding planners in Greece capable of organizing and performing memorable Maronite ceremonies by contracting an Arab Priest. Your wedding will be equally recognized by the local authorities of your country, and we will be in charge of all the legal procedures in order to ensure that.
Plan your Religious Wedding Ceremony
Greece is the land of democracy and a country with constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion. Thus, it is a destination that welcomes any kind of religious believers to get married on its ground.
From romantic landscapes till fairy-tale chapels, Greece gives you thousands of reasons to choose it for an exceptional wedding ceremony. Hundreds of couples from all over the world pick one of the numerous Greek destinations in order to enjoy a special and unique luxury wedding experience.
Continue reading to discover why Greece is the best option for a Maronite Wedding, and which are the requirements in order to organize it.
Why choose Greece for my Maronite Wedding?
The breathtaking landscapes of Greece promise to provoke a highly spiritual connection between you and your partner and an outstanding escape from the common and trite procedures of another traditional wedding in your country.
Furthermore, it will fill your visual memories and photo album with pictures from astonishing places and your heart with the exceptional Greek hospitality.
Catholic Churches in Greece for weddings
Even though there is no Maronite Church in Greece, the Syriac Maronite Church of Antioch is in full communion with the Catholic Church, but it is self- governed under the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
As a result, a Christian Maronite wedding ceremony in the Greek territory can take part in any Catholic Church, provided that it is performed by an Arab Priest.
If you are a Maronite couple, you can fulfill your dream of getting married in Greece by choosing one of the numerous Catholic Churches that exist in enchanting destinations all over the country:
- Archdiocese of Athens – The Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite.
- Archdiocese of Rhodes – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi.
- Archdiocese of Naxos, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos – The Cathedral of Our Lady of Rosary.
- Diocese of Chios – The Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
- Diocese of Crete – The Cathedral of the Assumption.
- Diocese of Santorini – The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Note that the Local Priest of Santorini does not perform weddings for foreign couples, but if you still want to get married on this specific island, you can always perform a symbolic ceremony after a legal wedding in your country or in another Cathedral of Greece.
- Diocese of Syros and Milos – The Cathedral of St. George.
- Archdiocese of Corfu, Zante, and Cefalonia – The Cathedral of St. James and St. Christopher.
- Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki – The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Maronite weddings in Greece are not performed in chapels or wedding venues, but only in the Cathedrals that are officially recognized by the Catholic Church, as mentioned above. Of course, after the official ceremony, a wedding reception can be organized at a seaside venue.
When should I plan my Maronite Wedding in Greece?
There is no prohibition when it comes to the date of your wedding at a Catholic Church. You can plan your wedding ceremony at any time, in the winter or in the summertime. Nonetheless, from our experience, we suggest that the perfect period for planning a wedding should be from spring till June or end August till the first week of October when the weather is just perfect and the summer destinations are not full of tourist crowds.
You can choose the most comfortable time for you and the preferable location, and we will be in charge of bringing all the rest small details to perfection! We advise you to start planning your wedding at least one year in advance.
The Catholic Maronite Wedding Ceremony
The Christian ceremony includes some time to praise and worship of God. In continuance, the couple is blessed by the pastor, and then exchanges their wedding vows and rings, as a symbol of their spiritual union. At the closing of the ritual, the new family is presented by the pastor to the guests, and petals are thrown at them as a symbolic start of a blissful life together.
- Passport copies of both, bride and groom.
- Full birth certificates (with parents’ names) of the bride and groom.
- From your local bishop:
- Certificate of non-impediment. This certificate confirms that you have not been married before and allows you to perform your wedding ceremony. If one or both of you have been previously married, you will need a Divorce Certificate.
- Certificate verifying that you have the permission to get married abroad.
- Certificate affirming that you have completed the “Pre-Cana”.
- Baptism Certificate.
If you wish to get informed in detail about the necessary legal documents for your Maronite Wedding in Greece, see here all legal requirements for your Catholic wedding in Greece.
“Keep in mind!”
- Most of the legal documents needed should be validated by local authorities in your country, so you have to contact our wedding planning team for further information concerning your country.
- The couple should also hand in a written assent confirming that they are proceeding to wed irrevocably.
- You should follow in detail all the legal requirements that our wedding planner will point out in order to have a legal ceremony.
- All the legal or planning details vary to each bishop. First, you have to decide on your wedding destination in Greece and then your wedding planner will indicate all your obligations.
- After the wedding ceremony, our representative along with the couple will head to the local Registry Office in Greece in order to sign the wedding certificate.
- Your wedding will be legally recognized in your country in a period of two months approximately.
- Check twice all your documents. It is important that all the names and dates are correct. If not, the legal verification procedure will start over.
The Caribbean of the Mediterranean promises to make your wedding day unique and absolutely memorable. Contact our experienced team for assistance in your Maronite wedding planning in Greece and let us take your dream beyond your expectations!
Would you like to see a few Maronite weddings in Greece we have planned?
Check the Elegant winter Maronite wedding of Siba & Lucien and also the the Christmas Maronite wedding of Jen & Joe in Athens Greece