Santorini: Most beautiful wedding destination in Greece
Wild volcanic landscapes, a stunning caldera, private wedding venues, breathtaking sunsets, meandering alleys, pristine beaches, whitewashed resorts, blue-domed churches, azure hues… These are just some of the reasons why couples from all over the world choose this beautiful Greek island for their wedding in Santorini. Thought to be home to the lost city of Atlantis, Santorini is stunningly romantic and impressive. After all, before it was called Santorini, the island was known as Kallisti, meaning “the most beautiful one”.
The ideal location for an unforgettable wedding ceremony
This sun-drenched island of the Mediterranean Sea, which was forged by a massive volcanic eruption some 3,500 years ago, loves weddings and offers flexibility when it comes to ceremony types. The locals welcome all moments of nuptial bliss, from Civil, Religious Orthodox, Catholic, Symbolic and Hindu weddings to same-sex weddings and vow renewals.
Where to tie the knot
There are many chapels and churches of Cycladic architecture that can host a dreamy wedding. But when it comes to Santorini weddings… there are no limits! It is legal to have your wedding ceremony literally anywhere, from a picturesque chapel to a sun-kissed beach or an idyllic cave. There are tons of wedding venues of incredible natural beauty all over the island. In addition, most vineyards and wineries in Santorini are extremely convenient and can do double duty, offering spaces for both the ceremony and the reception. You can also celebrate your love on an utterly romantic and luxury wedding ceremony & reception on a yacht, as you watch the dazzling colors of the sunset painting the horizon. On top of that, the unique landscape of this island is the perfect wedding photography background. Just take a look at the photos of some dreamy ceremonies our expert wedding team has planned here and you will totally fall head over heels in love with each and every location. Wedding photographers in Greece just love the natural beauty of the amazing landscapes and venues here.
*extra tip: You can follow the Greek tradition, and have a unique and fun wedding entrance by arriving at the ceremony on a donkey!
Setting the date for your Santorini wedding
The perfect season to say “I do” in Santorini is late spring or early fall. The mild Mediterranean climate during these seasons makes Santorini a paradise with pleasantly high temperatures and light, welcome breeze. However, all the dates between May and October are great for a wedding in Santorini.
An island within reach…
Because it’s a mere 45-minute flight from Athens, the capital of Greece. Plus, as Santorini is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, it is fairly easy to travel by air to the island from the most famous European cities, and from other Greek islands too. There are also ferries to Santorini from Piraeus and Rafina, the two largest ports of Athens. Whether approaching the island by ferry or plane, you’ll immediately understand why the unique shape of the caldera, like a ring around the volcano that once wiped out the Minoan civilization, is one of the most incredible places in Europe. It’s a pinch-yourself moment the first time you catch sight of this surreal gem… Our expert wedding planning team in Greece is always ready to give you detailed information about your transportation plans.
Unique experiences for you and your guests
It’s really tempting to simply find an infinity pool or a terrace with a view of Santorini and never leave it! But you can also pamper yourself, your spouse-to-be and your guests… Wander through the little alleys, cover yourselves in mud from volcanic hot springs, taste the great local cuisine and ingredients – courtesy of the peculiar volcanic soil… The multicolored beaches are simply the icing on the cake; just spread your towel and soak up the rays! What makes Santorini really special is that it is able to live up to your expectations of a Greek paradise.
*extra tip: If you are an adrenalin junkie, cliff-diving and hiking along the caldera are absolutely thrilling!
Pre-wedding preparations at a glance
Generally speaking, you should start your wedding preparations at least 6 months before your special date in Santorini. Just discuss your nuptial vision with our expert wedding planning team in Greece and explain the details you have dreamt of; we are here to make your dream come true! Make sure that you have discussed all the details with your wedding planner; for example, you should now everything considering the weather and the recommended attire. Our services are customized to fit the wedding needs and desires of each couple; that’s why we can guarantee that your Santorini wedding is going to be unforgettable!
Credits go to Eleni Dona wedding photographer Santorini for her beautiful photos.
Just contact our expert team and let us plan the most special day of your life.