It has been some years that more and more couples are choosing to perform their weddings in Greece. The long beaches, the tiny chapels with breathtaking view and the luxurious villas make the perfect wedding venues in the country. Here is a list with the most popular islands to get married in Greece.
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With its dramatic landscape and beautiful sunset, Santorini is considered one of the most romantic places in the world, perfect for a wedding. There are many wedding planners available on the island, and there is also a wide variety of venues to choose from. Hotels often hold civil ceremonies by their open pools or on terraces, from where couples can enjoy the view to the volcano of Santorini. Some famous wineries, such as Santo Wines, also have beautiful wedding venues. You can even choose to have a more traditional Greek wedding, arriving for the ceremony accompanied by local musicians or riding a donkey. A wedding in Santorini can easily be combined with honeymoon, as couples will find the most amazing honeymoon suites in Santorini.
Over the last years, the island of Skopelos has developed as a wedding destination, even more so since the Hollywood movie Mamma Mia (2008) was shot there. The wedding setting of the film, the chapel of Agios Ioannis Kastri, is extremely popular because of its beautiful view and quaint beauty. Other couples can choose to have more laid back weddings on the beach or by the poolside of a villa. For receptions, both traditional taverns and nice restaurants are available.
Rhodes has a multitude of charming churches and chapels that make the ideal wedding location. The most famous wedding chapel is the small church above Lindos Bay, with great view to the sea and the Acropolis. The magnificent Springs of Kallithea also provide a romantic venue for weddings in Rhodes.
The Venetian charm of Corfu Town is undeniable. The most popular venue to get married in Corfu is the Town Hall, a beautiful 19th century building that originally constituted an elegant opera theatre. Many couples arrive at their wedding ceremony on horse carriage, while others walk through the cobbled streets, serenaded by local musicians. Beach weddings or weddings by the hotel pools can also be arranged. After the ceremony, you can arrange a private photo tour around the island to take wedding photos in famous places of Corfu, such as the Old Fortress, Paleokastritsa, Angelokastro Fortress, Liston Avenue and the streets of Corfu Town.
Kefalonia is a large and beautiful island, offering a wide variety of options for a memorable wedding. Traditional chapels are always a popular choice, but beach or garden weddings can also be arranged. Skala, Lourdas, Assos and Fiscardo are great places to get married. A very popular open wedding place in Kefalonia is also the Lighthouse of Argostoli. After the ceremony, you can arrange a photo tour around the island to get marvelous wedding photos.
Mykonos is the most cosmopolitan Greek island. Most weddings in Mykonos take place on the beach or in a traditional Cycladic chapel. Some couples even choose privately chartered boat weddings, which are even more impressive. In general, the islands of Cyclades with their famous architecture and beautiful beaches are perfect backdrops for nice weddings in Greece. Other popular islands to get married in the Cyclades are Paros, Naxos and Ios.