The ultimate elopement guide in Greece

Your dream Greece elopement – the ultimate planning guide

UPDATED FOR 2024-2025

From white sand beaches, to cliffside villas, to incredible local cuisine, Greece is the perfect elopement getaway for any adventurous couple. Whether you want to hike volcanoes and kitesurf through choppy waters, or to curl up on the beach with a Santorini Sunrise (both the cocktail and the actual sunrise), Greece has what you’re looking for!

This guide will tell you everything you need to know to plan your Greece elopement, with information about marriage laws, the best locations, and more. Keep reading, and you’ll be an expert in no time!

Let’s dive in…

Welcome to the Adventure of a Lifetime

Amber, elopement photographer

Hey there, I’m Amber! I’m your elopement photographer and planner – your one-stop-shop for absolutely everything you need for a magical, incredible elopement day. 

I offer all-inclusive elopement packages for couples who want to relax and let me handle absolutely everything, as well as options for couples who like a little bit of DIY! I’ll find the perfect place for you to exchange vows, recommend vendors, help you figure out travel and lodging, make a timeline, and more – personalizing each part of your elopement day to perfectly suit the two of you. And of course, I’ll be there to take the photos and document this once in a lifetime adventure.
You aren’t like every other couple, and your wedding day shouldn’t be either! I’ll help you craft a day that’s true to you, authentic, and real, allowing you to immerse yourselves in the experience as you say your “I dos.”

First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:

What is an elopement?

There’s a lot of contention when it comes to the word “elopement.” Your grandma might clutch her pearls and imagine you running off to tie the knot in a quick ceremony, but that’s not what eloping means anymore!

Eloping is all about doing what feels right to you and what reflects the two of you and your relationship. This is supposed to be the best day of your life – and if a big wedding isn’t for you, there’s no reason to do all that planning and go through all that stress for a party that ends up being for everyone else. Elope instead, and start your marriage off with an adventure!

Why Elope in Greece?

Gorgeous Landscapes

As you island hop around Greece, you’ll find everything from relaxing days on the beach to thrilling adventures for the adrenaline junkie. The white sand beaches are covered in palm trees, and from the gorgeous coastline you’ll often be able to spot dolphins and sea turtles. You can also hike up ancient volcanoes, go rock climbing, zip lining, or sailing!

Local Cuisine

Each region of Greece has its own unique culinary style, so as you explore the country, you’ll get to try all kinds of flavors! Feta and olive oil are a staple, but you’ll also taste herbs you’ve never heard of, incredible seafood, Italian-inspired pastas, and so much more. For any foodie, this is one big reason to elope in Greece.

Cultural Treasures

Greek history goes back centuries, and reminders of the country’s extraordinary past can be found all over. You can stand in the ring where the first olympians competed, marvel at ancient monasteries, and be stunned by the massive sculptures carved by Greek artists. If you want to combine history with adventure, Greece is the perfect country to explore.

How to legally elope in Greece

How to Legally Elope in Greece

Paperwork might not be as exciting as planning all the adventures you’re going to have and all the places you’re going to explore, but it’s important to make sure your marriage is legal and valid!

You do not have to be a local to elope in Greece, but obtaining the proper paperwork can take up to several weeks. Here is the paperwork you’ll need to obtain for your ceremony:

  • A valid passport
  • A birth certificate with the Apostille stamp certifying the copy
  • An official Apostille translated into Greek, which can be certified by a lawyer, a foreign ministry’s translation department, a certified translator or the Greek consulate from your home country
  • Proof of freedom to marry, or affidavit of marriage, notarised
  • A decree of absolution of your previous marriage, if applicable
  • A copy of the local newspaper where your intent to marry was published

That last one might be confusing – Greece has a unique custom where in order to get married, you’ll need to state your intent to get married in the local newspaper, or at the town hall! After you’ve done this and obtained all the paperwork, you can go to the town hall where you will apply for a marriage license, which you’ll get eight days later. This entire process costs an average of 307 euros, or 363 USD.

For couples from the US:

In certain states, you can ask your county clerk the authorization to sign your wedding license abroad. If they agree, as a registered minister, my team and I will be able to legally marry you without the hassle of a legal wedding ceremony in Greece.

How to Get to Greece for Your Elopement

If you’re planning a Greece elopement, you’re in for a romantic and memorable journey. To reach this stunning Mediterranean destination, consider the following travel tips:

Get to Greece by Plane

Greece is well-connected to the world, with multiple international airports. Athens International Airport (ATH) is the primary gateway and the largest in the country. Other major airports include Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) in the north and Heraklion Airport (HER) in Crete. Your choice of airport may depend on your elopement location. Many airlines operate flights to Greece from various international hubs. Direct flights are available from major European cities, the United States, and other parts of the world. Consider booking well in advance for the best deals, especially if you plan to travel during peak tourist seasons.

Get to Greece by Ferry

If you’re eloping on one of Greece’s islands, ferry travel is a scenic and viable option. Greece boasts an extensive ferry network that connects the mainland to its islands. Depending on your location, you can catch a ferry from Athens’ ports (Piraeus or Rafina) or other coastal cities. Ferries vary in speed and comfort, so plan accordingly.

Getting Around Greece During Your Elopement

Once in Greece, you’ll find an efficient and well-connected transportation system. Renting a car is a popular choice for exploring the country, especially if you plan to visit multiple locations during your Greece elopement. Greece also has an extensive bus and train network for travel within the country.

If your Greece elopement takes you to multiple islands, consider island-hopping by ferry or domestic flights. Greece’s islands offer diverse landscapes and experiences, making island-hopping a fantastic way to explore the country’s beauty.

By following these travel tips and considering your Greece elopement location, you’ll embark on a seamless and enchanting journey to this Mediterranean paradise.

Did you know?

As a guide and photographer specialized in Greece elopements, I extend a comforting service to all my couples by providing complimentary transportation on their elopement adventure. This ensures that they can fully immerse themselves in the joy of their elopement experience while I handle all the logistics with care and expertise.

Lodging for Your Elopement in Greece

When it comes to lodging options for your Greece elopement, you’ll find a wide array of boutique hotels, resorts, and traditional accommodations that will enhance your romantic experience.

Boutique Hotels

Greece boasts a plethora of charming boutique hotels that cater to couples seeking an intimate and personalized experience. These boutique gems often feature unique architecture, elegant décor, and warm hospitality, making them perfect for a Greece elopement. Enjoy the attention to detail and personalized service that boutique hotels in Greece are renowned for, creating a romantic ambiance for your special day.

Luxury Resorts

For those desiring a luxurious Greece elopement, the country offers a range of upscale resorts that provide all-inclusive packages and stunning settings. Picture exchanging vows on a pristine beach in front of a lavish resort on a Greek island like Santorini or Mykonos. These resorts offer world-class amenities, gourmet dining, and spa services, ensuring your Greece elopement is nothing short of exceptional.

Traditional Guesthouses

Immerse yourselves in Greek culture by choosing traditional guesthouses for your Greece elopement. These charming accommodations often feature stone-built architecture, rustic interiors, and a cozy atmosphere. Whether nestled in the charming villages of the Greek islands or the historical towns of the mainland, traditional guesthouses offer a unique and authentic experience for your elopement.

Coastal Retreats

Explore Greece’s stunning coastline and discover coastal retreats that offer romantic seclusion and panoramic views. From seaside villas with private pools to boutique resorts perched on cliffs, these accommodations provide a serene backdrop for your Greece elopement, ensuring your special day is both intimate and breathtaking.

By choosing one of these lodging options for your Greece elopement, you’ll create unforgettable memories in a picturesque and romantic setting that perfectly complements your love story. Whether you opt for a boutique hotel, luxury resort, traditional guesthouse, coastal retreat, or historic accommodation, Greece’s diverse offerings will make your elopement truly memorable.

Did you know?

When you book your elopement experience with me, I’ll give you access to my concierge service and recommend incredible hotels and talented local vendors.

Where to Elope in Greece

Greece scenery will take your breath away, but choosing just one place to say your vows might just be the hardest part of elopement planning! Here are a few of my favorites to help you get started.

Where to elope in Greece - Santorini

Santorini

One of Greece’s most iconic destinations, the island of Santorini has endless beaches, cliffs, and unique whitewashed buildings that would make an incredible backdrop for your elopement. The luxurious villas and cliffside houses that the island is known for make the perfect home base to return to after a day of elopement adventures.

Volcanic Rocks of Falakro

The island of Lemnos is the perfect destination for those who want to see the unique dormant volcanoes, but the most unique landscape of this island is the Volcanic Rocks of Falarko. This field of uniquely shaped rocks was formed by solidified lava, and is a once in a lifetime sight during the sunset, when the orange rocks glow with the setting sun.

Where to elope in Greece - Falakro
Where to elope in Greece - Meteora

Meteora

Meteora is located in central Greece, nestled in the Pindos Mountains. The lush green landscape and huge rock formations make it look like something out of Jurassic Park, and as you explore this vast region, you’ll find several medieval monasteries. At the foot of the rocks, there is a small village called Kalambaka that would make the perfect home base for your Greek elopement.

Blue Caves of Zakynthos

The striking blue glow of the water off the coast of Zakynthos is dazzling, but the caves and underground waterways are even more so. Near Shipwreck Beach, where as the name suggests you can see remnants of an old shipwreck, are the Blue Caves. You can admire them from afar, or hop on a boat to sail through the tunnels.

Where to elope in Greece - The blue caves of Zakynthos
Where to elope in Greece - Polylimnio waterfalls

Polylimnio Waterfalls

One of the best-kept secrets of Greece is the region of Polylimnio. After you hike through the wilderness and the lush, green forests, you’ll reach the incredible collection of lakes and waterfalls that make the trek more than worth it. There’s no better place to say your vows than a secret waterfall!

Did you know?

Greece offers an abundance of hidden gems beyond Santorini. When you decide to entrust your elopement plans to me, I will curate a tailored selection of 4 to 5 extraordinary off-the-beaten-path destinations that align seamlessly with your unique preferences. Allow me to guide you to Greece’s well-kept secrets, far from the typical tourist attractions, ensuring an exclusive and unforgettable elopement experience.

When to elope in Greece

When to plan your Greece elopement

While the coast of Greece sees moderate temperatures year round, weather becomes more extreme as you travel inland. Athens gets uncomfortably hot in the summer, while mountainous regions often see snowfall in the winter. When you’re planning your elopement in Greece, make sure to research the weather for where you want to go!

WINTER

Most people don’t think of Greece as a winter destination, but if you want to ski or snowboard, you’ll find lots of snow in the mountains! The coastal regions of Greece usually see moderate temperatures, so if you’re willing to face a little bit of rain, eloping in the winter can be a great way to avoid crowds.

SPRING AND FALL

Spring and fall is the perfect time to plan your Greece elopement if you hope to hike. Temperatures are warm but not too hot, and mountain trails are usually snow free. Spring brings incredible blooms of wildflowers, while in the fall, leaves turn bright shades of red and orange.

SUMMER

For those who want to swim in Greece’s blue waters, summer is the best time to visit. Though some may be able to handle the colder water in the spring and fall, the warmest months are June through September.

Did you know?

I understand that navigating unfamiliar roads in a foreign country can be daunting, especially on your special day. That’s why I go the extra mile to ensure your peace of mind and convenience. When you choose me for your elopement, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of complimentary transportation. Leave the driving and the logistics to me!

Example budget of a Greece elopement

When it comes to elopement budgets, I understand the challenges of providing a precise estimate for vendors outside of my own expertise. The cost can greatly vary depending on your chosen destination and the quality of vendors you desire.

Elopement expenses are significantly influenced by factors like your chosen location. Rather than providing generic budget estimates for vendors I don’t work with, I recommend exploring my elopement packages. They include all-inclusive options, giving you a clearer view of your budget and costs.

Unique Things to Do When You Elope in Greece

Greece offers a wealth of unique and eco-friendly experiences for adventurous travelers. These off-the-beaten-path activities in Greece not only offer unique experiences but also align with eco-friendly and responsible travel principles. They allow you to connect with Greece’s natural beauty, culture, and traditions in an authentic and sustainable way. Here are five off-the-beaten-path activities that will make your visit to Greece truly exceptional.:

What to do on your Greece elopement - Santorini volcano

Volcano Hike in Santorini

Explore the volcanic landscapes of Santorini by embarking on a guided hike to the active volcano Nea Kameni. You’ll trek across rugged terrain, walk on lava fields, and witness steam rising from the volcanic vents. This eco-friendly adventure provides breathtaking views of the caldera and the surrounding islands, offering a deep connection to the natural wonders of Santorini.

Offshore Caves and Sea Kayaking in Milos

Discover the hidden treasures of Milos by embarking on a sea kayaking expedition to its secluded caves and remote beaches. Paddle through crystal-clear waters, explore sea caves, and snorkel in pristine underwater ecosystems. This adventure not only showcases the island’s natural beauty but also promotes responsible tourism and marine conservation.

What to do on your Greece elopement - Milos caves
What to do on your Greece elopement - Vikos gorge

Hiking the Vikos Gorge in Epirus

Escape the crowds and hike through Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world, located in the Zagori region of Epirus. Traverse scenic trails, cross stone bridges, and soak in the tranquility of this pristine wilderness. This eco-friendly activity allows you to connect with nature while minimizing your environmental footprint.

Traditional Pottery Workshops in Crete

Immerse yourself in Greek culture by participating in traditional pottery workshops on the island of Crete. Local artisans will teach you the ancient art of pottery making using sustainable, locally sourced materials. Create your own unique ceramics while supporting local craftsmanship and eco-friendly practices.

What to do on your Greece elopement - Crete pottery workshop
What to do on your Greece elopement - Arkadi monastery

Visit the Arkadi Monastery and Organic Farming in Crete

Explore the historic Arkadi Monastery in Crete, known for its role in the Cretan resistance against the Ottoman Empire. Afterward, engage in an eco-friendly experience by visiting a nearby organic farm. Learn about sustainable farming practices, taste fresh local produce, and participate in traditional Cretan cooking classes. This educational and immersive activity promotes eco-conscious living and supports local agriculture.

What to wear when eloping to Greece

What To Wear for your Greece elopement

The Dress

Most of the time, Greece is pretty warm. Nights by the coast can get a little chilly though, so layers are your best bet! Opt for dress styles that will let you move around – that means no mermaid or ball gowns. Light, airy fabrics like chiffon and tulle are amazing for running around on the beach, and they’ll look great flowing in the breeze.

The Shoes

There’s nothing worse than having to wear uncomfortable shoes all day – and you definitely don’t want to have blisters on your elopement day! Choose some comfy shoes like hiking boots, or maybe even sandals if you’re eloping on the beach. Make sure to break them in before the big day, and make sure they’re comfy enough to walk around in!

The Suit

Layers are best for a Greece elopement – many places, especially by the coast, will be warm and sunny during the day, but might get chillier in the evening. Dress pants with a button down shirt will be perfect during the day, but adding a suit jacket in the evening will keep you warm – and classy!

Typical food and dishes from Greece

You might want to integrate into your elopement day

What to eat on your Greece elopement - moussaka

Moussaka

A beloved Greek classic, moussaka is a comforting layered dish made with eggplant, minced meat (usually beef or lamb), tomatoes, and a creamy béchamel sauce. It’s seasoned with aromatic spices like cinnamon and nutmeg before being baked to perfection. Each bite is a savory explosion of flavors, making moussaka a must-try dish for anyone visiting Greece.

Souvlaki

For a quick and delicious street food experience, indulge in souvlaki. These skewered and grilled pieces of marinated meat (often pork or chicken) are typically served in pita bread with fresh vegetables and creamy tzatziki sauce. It’s a flavorful and satisfying treat that captures the essence of Greek street cuisine.

What to eat on your souvlaki
What to eat on your Greece elopement - spanakopita

Spanakopita

Spanakopita is a savory pastry that combines layers of flaky phyllo dough with a filling of spinach, feta cheese, onions, and herbs. This Greek pie is baked until golden brown, creating a crispy exterior and a savory, cheesy interior. It’s a delightful snack or appetizer that showcases Greece’s mastery of pastry and cheese.

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Think about where you’d like to go

It can be hard to decide on just one spot to say your vows when Greece offers so many beautiful places. My advice is to start by thinking about what kind of scenery you’d like to see. Waterfalls? Beaches? Volcanos? Do you want to hike, or would you rather step outside your villa and into an incredible view?

As an elopement photographer, a big part of my job is to help couples find the perfect place to say their vows. As a travel planner, I’m ready to go with all the best secret spots! Once you’ve decided to elope in Greece, don’t hesitate to get in touch for planning assistance.

Pick a date

Research the weather in Greece, then pick a date! Eloping on a weekday is your best bet for avoiding crowds, so if you want some privacy when you say your vows, avoid weekends!

Find more informations about travel visas and wedding documentation

You will not need a visa to travel to Greece (unless you plan to stay longer than 90 days), but make sure your passports are up to date!

Book your accommodation

I recommend booking your flights and accommodation early to get the best price, and to ensure that you can stay somewhere close to where you want to elope! Whether you stay in a luxury villa or a quaint Airbnb (or maybe a little bit of both), start looking as soon as you settle on a date.

Book your vendors

It’s never too early to inquire with your favorite vendors. Many of them fill their calendars a year or two out, so they’ll appreciate you getting in touch as soon as possible.

Live your dream elopement

Relax, and spend the day adventuring and exploring around Greece with your love!

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