A bride and groom’s wedding day is supposed to be unique and beautiful, and no place in the world is more beautiful than Santorini. The background views from anywhere around town are breathtaking, and it only adds to the significance of this amazing once in a lifetime occasion.
The best time to get married in Santorini is between May and October, and every couple should hire a wedding planner to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
One of the things a wedding planner will do is to ensure that the couples do not go for their marriage license too soon before the wedding. This document is only valid for three months, so there is no need to even think about this until it is closer to the wedding day.
When couples do go for their marriage license, they need documents stating that they are single and can legally wed. All the documents must be translated into the Greek language, or they will be considered invalid.
The cost of weddings in Santorini are comparable to weddings at home or other destinations. According to Brides.com, the average price for a wedding is between twenty-five and twenty-seven thousand dollars. These costs can add up quickly, and couples will need to take their airfare, accommodations, meals, transportation, and entertainment into account, as well as the regular wedding items.
While there is no lengthy timeline for couples as for how soon before the wedding they need to arrive in Santorini and how long they need to stay afterward, most wedding planners prefer that the couples come two days before the ceremony and depart at least one or two days later. This ensures that details are finalized, and signatures are obtained for legality reasons.
Where to stay in Santorini
The Kavalari Hotel is one of the best hotels for couples and their guests. It used to be an old captain’s house, but it has been transformed into a beautiful hotel that overlooks the old port and the volcano. The sunsets from this hotel are phenomenal, and guests usually find themselves rushing outside to catch the sunset.
The Santorini Princess and the Anassa Deluxe Suites are two other hotels that are perfect wedding guest destinations. The Santorini Princess can be found right on the caldera, and this luxurious hotel offers modern amenities with extraordinary service.
The Anassa Deluxe Suites is perfect for those guests who want to be in proximity to the beach and a quiet place to relax from the wedding party.
Where to eat in Santorini
The couple and their guests will need to eat while they are in Santorini, and there are plenty of places to choose. During the morning hours, everyone will love the light menu at either Irini Café Imerovigli or Lolita Oia.
At lunchtime, everyone will want to consider Lotza or Ambrosia Restaurant. For dinners at the Ammoundi Fish Taverna, Petra Restaurant, or Canaves Oia are lovely places to go.
Things to do in Santorini
The guests that arrive early to visit Santorini need to be entertained. Dining at the Athenian House or the Panorama Balcony is excellent options. But, no one will be able to resist the Tango Bar and end the night at Tropical.
Couples can plan day excursions for their guests so that no one feels stressed figuring out what they will be doing before the wedding day.
The best places for the pre-wedding luncheon include Argo, Remvi, or La Maison Restaurant. Appreciation parties are also necessary, and couples can show their guests how much they are loved. A sunset cruise is a beautiful option, as it includes a deluxe boat ride, a meal, and guests can watch the fabulous Santorini sunset, of course.
After the wedding is over, the couple can say goodbye to their guests and begin their lives together with a fabulous honeymoon. There are so many things that couples can do while in Santorini, but here are the five that are the most popular:
1. Hike from Fira to Oia
This hike can take between two and five hours, and since couples are newlyweds at this point, they should plan on the full five hours. After all, they will be stopping for those long kisses every few minutes. This hike goes along the caldera cliff, and couples will see the villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia, and all the stunning views along the way.
2. Winery Tours
There are numerous wine tours in Santorini and every couple will be able to find out that suits their needs. They might want to consider choosing a private tour, as this is their honeymoon, or they may feel like a wine tour that includes the local cuisine is the better option.
3. Visit Red Beach
Newlyweds will love spending time on the magnificent Red Beach, but they may not stay too long with a large number of people that crowd the sand every day. However, it is still a great place to go to see the breathtaking landscape that includes black and red volcanic rocks.
4. Amoudi Bay
Couples that are a little more adventurous will want to venture over to Amoudi Bay to dive off the cliffs. There isn’t much else to do in this area, other than swim, and admire the views.
5. Kamari Beach
Most beaches have beautiful white or tan sand, but Kamari Beach is covered in black sand. Newlyweds will want to sit in the southern section of the beach so that they can appreciate the view of Mesa Vouno Hill where Ancient Thira is located.
Santorini is the perfect wedding destination, and that is why it has gained in popularity over the last few years. Brides and grooms from all over the world are arriving in Santorini every week to say I do, kiss their significant other, and honeymoon in the most beautiful part of the world.