Santorini Wedding Guide
Posted in Destination Weddings on December 7, 2015
Santorini, a beautiful island off the coast of Greece in the spectacular Aegean Sea, is the perfect romantic destination wedding. Full of history and gorgeous, panoramic views, Santorini boasts smooth beaches, blue skies, peerless sunsets and a small but thriving wine industry. Savor the romance of the Greek isles at one of these wedding venues and start planning your Santorini wedding today with our Santorini wedding guide.
Le Ciel Santorini
Le Ciel Santorini offers the best of both worlds. Elegant indoor and outdoor spaces overlook the Aegean Sea and the volcano, offering an unforgettable backdrop for your ceremony and reception. Ceremonies are held on the Caldera view terrace between 10 am and 6 pm, giving you the option of capturing one of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece. The restaurant happily caters wedding banquets or a romantic dinner for two.
Danas Villas is the perfect destination for more intimate weddings. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Caldera while you take your vows, then sit down for your reception in the hotel's fabulous restaurant. The venue accommodates 36 guests for your ceremony and hosts 24 for the reception, offering a complete wedding package for your destination wedding event.
Santorini Princess Hotel
The Santorini Princess Hotel offers a unique wedding experience for the princess in all of us. Located in the beautiful village of Imerovigli on the Caldera, the hotel hosts ceremonies and receptions at their open air lounge. Relax before your big day in the pool or at the bar, all the while taking in the magnificent views. Invite up to 50 of your friends and family to celebrate your commitment and take in the magnificent Grecian sunsets.
Theros Wave Beach Bar
Have the beach wedding of your dreams at Theros Wave Beach Bar. Secluded and exclusive Eros beach puts a twist on the traditional beach wedding. The restaurant and bar open onto the beach for a casual yet elegant setting, complete with the sound of the Aegean Sea lapping on the sand. The venue holds up to 200 seated guests, making it ideal for small and large weddings alike.
For true Santorini elegance, the Santo Winery is unparalleled. Panoramic views of the island and the sea will take your breath away as you say your vows on the terrace, and the winery boasts lavish decorating capabilities to fulfill your most elegant dreams. Toast your guests with some of Santorini's finest wines while you savor the taste of the rich culture of this volcanic island.
Santa Irini Chapel
This traditional whitewashed chapel will steal your heart. High on the cliffs looking out over the Caldera and the Aegean Sea, the chapel terrace is the perfect romantic setting for weddings with under 50 guests. Many couples say their vows at sunset, the magic of the moment forever captured by this truly picturesque wedding destination.
The Rocabella Hotel has everything you could hope for in a destination wedding venue. The sunsets over the Caldera are to die for, whether witnessed from one of the hotel's four pools, cocktail bar, or during your wedding ceremony itself. The hotel is happy to accommodate whatever entertainment you desire, from live music and Greek dancers to fireworks.
Only three minutes from the airport, the Oceanids Estate is a seaside venue was designed in 2013 with for events just like yours. The unique setting looks out over the water and boasts a swimming pool, bar and lounge area with two private indoor rooms. Enjoy complete privacy with the convenience of the popular seaside resort town Kamari only two minutes away.
La Maltese Estate
The exquisite La Maltese Estate is ranked among the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World,” and with good reason. Overlooking the Caldera, the hotel offers extraordinary wedding planning services to give your wedding the style and elegance you deserve. Enjoy the views from the veranda or cool off in the pool to unwind. You will never forget the idyllic beauty of a wedding held at La Maltese Estate.
Serve your guests traditional Greek cuisine with panoramic views of the island, sunset, and vineyards from Pyrgos Restaurant. Choose from four unique wedding sites to design the wedding of your dreams, whether it is inside the restaurant or in the fabulous garden. Pyrgos Restaurant offers packages for small weddings or weddings up to 500 guests, making it one of Santorini's premiere wedding destinations.
Suites Of The Gods
The name says it all. Santorini's Suites of the Gods offers a view fit for the Green Pantheon. The venue's stylish open-air lounge looks out over the breathtaking Caldera, one of the most romantic views in the world. Celebrate your love and commitment while watching one of the island's famous sunsets, all from the exclusive terrace of the Suites of the Gods.
This timeless resort overlooks both the Aegean Sea to the east and the volcano and Caldera to the west while also offering a view of three beautiful chapels teetering on the Caldera cliffs. With so many choices for a beautiful backdrop, your wedding photographer will have plenty of material to work with, capturing memories to last a lifetime. The venue has a variety of packages for all budgets.
Housed in a historic mansion, the Sphinx Restaurant offers a romantic venue complete with the Caldera sunset view every Santorini wedding needs. The Mediterranean cuisine is exquisite, showcasing the island's fresh seafood and produce and is sure to please your guests. The hardest choices you will make during your wedding planning with Sphinx Restaurant is deciding which of the exceptional wines to serve with your reception.
Anemos Beach Lounge
Let the experienced staff at Anemos Beach Lounge make your wedding a dream come true. The in-house VIP hostess will take care of all of your needs, taking the stress out of the planning process. Just be sure to warn your guests that they won't be able to resist the siren call of Perivolos Beach.
Santorini is famous for many things, but one thing that Santorini has to offer is vineyards and wineries, in fact the whole island is covered in places growing grapes for their local wines, now we mentioned one wedding venue above but there are actually quite a few vineyard and winery venues available and most of them offer spectacular views! But be quick as there is high demand for wedding venues on Santorini, especially in high season where couples from all over the World fly or cruise to the island!
Finding A Wedding Planner On Santorini
Many of the venues offer wedding planning services and those that don't typically request that you work with one of the island's wedding planners to put together your event. As you start planning, consult the staff at your preferred destination to see what planning services they offer or what wedding planners they recommend.
Couples looking for a stylish Santorini wedding at an affordable benefit from the packages and special offers wedding planners provide. If the price is not an issue, planning services know the best local services and vendors to create the wedding of your dreams.
Getting To The Island
Santorini is conveniently home to a small but well connected airport for a Greek Island of this size, simplifying your destination wedding travel plans. Transportation from the airport is available by bus, taxi, hotel pick-ups and rental cars, making it easy to get all of your guests to their hotels, please allow plenty of time for taxi transfers as Greek taxis on the island may well carry more than just yourselves as passengers and may transport other people on the same journey who are not in your party!
The airport offers chartered flights from other airlines during the summer and regularly scheduled flights include Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines, and Athens Airways.
There are several daily ferries that you can take from other islands and Athens, we advise that you book a transfer from the ferry port in advance as it can get incredibly crowded and the taxi operators based in the port will wait until they have a full mini-bus and will then drive all over the island before you might get to your hotel depending on where you are staying.
5 Travel Tips To Make Your Wedding A Success
- Santorini is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer months. Cruise ships stop frequently, so if you wish to avoid the crowds consider planning your wedding in the spring or fall. The weather will still be beautiful, but the number of tourists (and the prices) will be lower.
- The Euro is Santorini's currency, so make sure you check out the exchange rate and update your credit card for travel. Most shops, restaurants, and hotels accept credit cards. Carrying a little extra cash is still a good idea, especially for tipping at some of Santorini's famous restaurants.
- Pick up a Greek language dictionary. Greek is the official language of the island and while some of the locals speak English, a few key phrases will go a long way towards making your trip a success.
- Embrace the Mediterranean cuisine and sample as much as you can while on the island. The coast boasts a variety of pricey restaurants aimed at tourists, so be sure to also wander inland for a taste of the local cuisine.
- The volcanic soils of the island create red, black and white sand beaches. While you wait for the wedding, be sure to check out a few of these beautiful beaches to get the complete Santorini experience.
Embrace the friendly culture of Santorini during your destination wedding. Take a few hours to explore the island, soaking up the rich history and delicious tastes that make Santorini the most popular wedding destination in all of Greece.