Our Team will be happy to help and advise you with all the necessary paper work you need in order to get married in Greece.
You have to start collecting your paperwork 3 months prior to your wedding and documents must be in our hands 6 weeks prior to the wedding day. Please email us copies of them when ready to make sure nothing is missing.
Civil Wedding Documents
- Valid passports of the couple A simple photocopy of each passport is required. It is not necessary to obtain an apostille or a translation.
- Birth Certificates of both of them. Documents should be authenticated and validated with an Apostille* seal and translated into the Greek language.
- Certificates of the bride and groom from their consulate or other qualified authority, stating that there is no impediment to performing the wedding. These certificates may be have a variety of titles, such as "Marriage License" or "Registration of Marriage" from the town hall of your residence, or "Single Status" Letter (also known as "Letter of No Impediment" or "Certificate of No Impediment"). The "Single Status" letter is issued by the government/town hall/registrar’s office in your place of residence and confirms that there is no obstacle for you to get married***. Please note these documents may have a limited period of validity, depending on the country. Translation into Greek language.Divorce Certificate" or "Absolute Decree", if applicable. A simple photocopy of the "Divorce Certificate" and its translation** is required. The original divorce certificate must be presented at Crete or Corfu Town Hall, but it will be returned to its owner immediately. By Greek Law, you need to be divorced at least 6 months prior to remarrying.
- Deed Poll Certificate If any of the parties has changed his/her name by Deed Poll, written proof must be obtained. A Greek translation** of the document must also be submitted.
- Death Certificate If any of the parties is a widower/widow, the death certificate of the previous spouse must be obtained. A Greek translation** of the document must also be submitted.
- Adoption Certificate If any of the parties are adopted, this document is required. A Greek translation** of the document must also be submitted.
- Copies of Passports of the 2 Witnesses (if needed)
- Copies of these passports should be submitted at the Town Hall in your destination wedding.
The above documents have to be proofed for authenticity by the ‘Apostille’ stamp. The “Haager Apostille” certifies the copy as a legal document, which has to be presented in person.
Except from the documentation mentioned above, it is necessary that the following be obtained in the event that you desire a religious wedding ceremony.
Note that both parties must be Christians. Either or both the bride or/and groom must be an Orthodox Christian. If one of the parties is not an Orthodox Christian, a "Christening" or "Baptism" Certificate is required.
- Christening/Baptism Certificates of the bride and groom This document must be obtained from the parish of each party, signed and stamped by the parish priest. Each party must obtain this document. A Greek translation** of the document must also be submitted. Validation of the priest’s signature on this document must be obtained from the Bishop of your local church.
- Letter of Celibacy of the bride and groom This document is acquired from the Greek Orthodox Church and gives consent and freedom for a person to marry. Each party must obtain this document and have it signed and stamped by the priest of their parish. A Greek translation** of the document must also be submitted. Validation of the priest’s signature on this document MUST be obtained from the Bishop of your local church
- Divorce Certificate or Absolute Decree, if applicable. The Divorce Certificate is obtained from a judge and the Church, if any of the parties has had a previous Orthodox wedding. A Greek translation** of the document must also be submitted.
- Certificate of Faith Both parties are required to sign a paper in a notary office, in which it is stated that the couple’s children will become Greek Orthodox. A Greek translation** of the document must also be submitted.
What is the Apostile stamp
An apostille stamp is the seal of the relevant State / Country/ Commonwealth office in accordance with the Hague Convention; it allows the stamped document to be used officially in a foreign country. The stamp refers the relevant legislation and indicates the validity of the documents for international use. In the section below you will find the legal papers required for your civil or religious wedding in Greece and the Greek islands.
Some documents may have a different name in your country or state.
All documents must have apostille stamp along with their translations. Everything must be validated by the Greek embassy.Greek authorities require all documents to be issued within 3 months prior to the wedding date.(there is an exception for the divorce certificate).
You have to sent us an email with your wedding documents to check that everything is correct 6 weeks prior to wedding and start the procedure of issuing your marriage license in Greece. You must have the originals with you, when you come to Greece, to submit them to church or the local town hall.
After your wedding ceremony date, we will register your wedding, we mean the following business day – you will receive your marriage certificate in Greek. The translation of your marriage certificate is valid internationally.
**Greek Translation: must be obtained at your local Greek Embassy or Consulate of your area. As well we offer a legal translation service in Crete and Corfu for most languages. If you would like to book our translation service, we need the original copies 6 weeks in advance by courier service. If your documents are to be translated in your home country, please send them to us by fax or e-mail for review 6 weeks before your wedding in Crete. After all this, you just need to bring the original copies with you. All documents will be kept by the town hall. Independent translator with a notary stamp will NOT be accepted.
Important Note: Paperwork does vary from nationality to nationality. Please contact us to clarify your legal requirements.
Two witnesses are required for all types of weddings. If you are travel on their own, our Wedding Coordinators will be glad to act as witnesses.
Civil ceremony is conducted in Greek or English, Catholic Church Ceremony is conducted in Greek and Orthodox Church Ceremony is conducted in Greek. We are happy to provide interpretation services if required at an extra cost.
- After the Wedding Day
Depending on the wedding venue, 1-2 weekdays after your wedding our assistant will accompany you to the registrar’s office in order to sign final documents. If the marriage certificate is not ready by the time of your departure, the original or the translated version together with original (depending on booking) will be sent to your home address.