The 21 GREEK ISLANDS – WEDDINGS DESTINATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM
Greek island weddings are characterized by their magical views and beautiful landscapes. The islands are a common, and not unjust, choice of many couples who want to get married. Specifically, the beauty of the Greek islands is the perfect location for enchanting photos and an unforgettable wedding.
However, what is it that makes Greek islands weddings famous?
Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Skiathos, Rhodes, Kefalonia, Zakynthos: from one end of the sea to the other, the Greek islands are the ideal wedding and vacation spot. It is not only the crystal clear waters and the idyllic beaches that have made the Greek islands weddings, a coveted dream; Nor the light that bathes the sea, or islands special architecture and genuine nature. It is the unique experience that everyone personally experiences in these small oases that you will find in Greece. This is why every year; thousands of couples choose to have their wedding on the Greek islands.
Weddings on the Greek islands are completed with the smiles of the locals, the hospitality, and the gastronomic local wonders of the Mediterranean cuisine, but also with activities in the Greek nature, on the seabed, in the waves, and in the mountains.
Please find below our list of 21 Greek islands weddings ideas:
SARONIC GULF ISLANDS
Hydra is one of the most picturesque and atmospheric islands of the Saronic Gulf. This island is ideal for romantic and art weekends, just 1,5 hours away from Athens city. The port is the heart of the island and essentially the only settlement. Around it and in the back alleys there are various nice cafes and restaurants as well as arty boutiques. Furthermore, the long history, the architecture of its buildings, the absence of motorized transport, and the quiet rhythms of life promise an unforgettable stay and wedding, away from the lights and the fast pace of everyday life. This is one of the reasons, which gathers the tastes of many couples from all over the world.
Spetses is one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan islands of the Saronic Gulf. The island is also one of the most popular destinations for weddings and baptisms. The easy access to the island facilitates the organization of the ceremony and gives the opportunity to relatives and friends to attend and enjoy this unique moment of the couple. In Spetses there are many small churches and quiet beaches that offer an ideal setting for the ceremony and the wedding reception. Note that in Spetses, cars are prohibited and transportation is done by motorcycles, bicycles, taxis, and horse-drawn carriages.
Kea is the closest to Athens, Cyclades island, and one of the most popular destinations for Athenian residents. It is also a beautiful destination, ideal for a relaxing holiday and a memorable wedding, just a stone’s throw from Athens. It is famous for its wonderful natural landscapes, picturesque settlements, and enchanting beaches. Moreover, holidays in Tzia mean rest, walks in the alleys of Chora, lots of activities, and dives in the sea. In addition, tourists can experience the island’s traditional cuisine, at a variety of restaurants overlooking the Aegean.
Santorini is one of the most popular destinations in the Cyclades and throughout Greece. The island is worldwide famous for its incomparable natural beauty, the magnificent sunset, the volcano with its impressive caldera, and the unique view of the Aegean. Santorini is considered the pre-eminently romantic destination in Greece. After all, one often does not encounter white majestic states built on the edge of the cliff, with picturesque villages, cobbled alleys, and impressive churches bathed in light. In fact, in recent years the island has become established as the top Greek island wedding destination for couples.
Mykonos is perhaps the most famous island of the Cyclades. This island is one of the most popular and cosmopolitan destinations in Greece. Additionally, it is chosen by many couples both for their holidays, their honeymoon, or the organization of an unforgettable wedding. Its natural beauty, great beaches, dreamy venues, countless activities, and the endless fun it offers, make it an ideal choice for a light, full-of-life wedding. Mykonos is also very picturesque, with cobbled alleys, whitewashed houses, chapels, and windmills, which exude peace and tranquillity.
Sifnos is a beautiful island in the western Cyclades famous for its picturesque architecture, relaxed rhythms, local delicacies, traditional ceramics, and, of course, nightlife! The island is a favorite destination for Greek and foreign tourists around the world. Additionally, its close distance from Piraeus, its proximity to the rest of the Cyclades, but also its tourist infrastructure make it a top wedding destination in the Aegean. Furthermore, it offers many different options to couples, while maintaining a low profile and a relaxed atmosphere. All in all, Sifnos is one of the best choices for Greek islands weddings!
Paros is the fourth largest island in the Cyclades and one of the most popular holidays and wedding destinations in the Aegean. The island is famous for its wonderful beaches, beautiful villages with picturesque alleys, and vibrant nightlife. Moreover, the two most secular destinations are Parikia (the main port) and Naoussa, the second largest settlement. Both have beautiful corners, interesting restaurants, and colorful shops if you walk them. Needless to say that it is an island where you will definitely want to continue your honeymoon, saving a remarkable vacation package.
This island is considered to be a popular destination for romantic weddings. Milos has an impressive landscape and extraordinary crystal clear waters. Milos is famous for its lacy beaches. With over 75 small and large beaches, with crystal clear blue waters, colorful sculpted rocks, and white gold beaches, fascinates every visitor. Moreover, due to the volcanic origin of its soil, Milos has an impressive morphology and variety of beaches. As a result of the volcanic activity in ancient times, Milos is endowed with many natural beauties and unique attractions, and great potential for all kinds of activities are offered to the most demanding visitor.
If peace is what is required, then Serifos is the destination! An island simple, accessible, hospitable. Ideal for rest and carefree moments! Serifos is an idyllic island of the Cyclades with wild beauty, an ideal destination for those who want to have their wedding away from mass tourism. The island is famous for its imposing rocky landscapes and beautiful beaches. The capital of the island is the picturesque town of Serifos, which charms its visitors with its traditional Cycladic architecture. In Chora, there are also various options for entertainment, food, and accommodation. Furthermore, the seabed of Serifos is as enchanting as its beaches, which is why it is ranked among the best diving destinations in Greece.
Ios is a very popular tourist destination. The island has two very different sides: on the one hand, it is a beautiful, picturesque Cycladic island, and on the other a cosmopolitan center with intense nightlife. In the bars and clubs of Ios, the fun remains undiminished until the early morning hours! Ios island is famous for its picturesque settlements, wonderful natural landscapes, routes, and attractions. The island also has enchanting beaches, which are an attraction for lovers of water sports and diving. The sunset in Chora of Ios or in Paleokastro is very popular with its beauty to be truly breathtaking! For some people, in fact, the sunset of Ios competes with the famous sunset of Santorini.
This island is close to Athens and it is the second-largest island of the Cyclades. Andros is a Cycladic island that differs from the rest. Famous for its many springs and rich vegetation, the island of Andros is located next to Attica and is ideal for holidays all year round. With unique Cycladic features, such as watermills and stone bridges, Andros is an ideal choice for holidays in the Aegean. Andros has a wonderful landscape, and lot’s of beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters! Moreover, the architecture of Andros Town harmoniously combines the simple Cycladic style with the Aegean neoclassical and Venetian tower houses.
Skiathos is the closest to mainland Greece Sporades island. An ideal destination for cosmopolitan holidays, famous for its beautiful natural landscapes, beautiful beaches, good food, and nightlife. Moreover, Skiathos is an ideal island for nature and entertainment lovers. From swimming in deserted beaches with lush vegetation to dancing at endless parties, the island offers dozens of different ways for visitors to spend the most magical vacation. Many beaches of Skiathos have infrastructures for water sports, such as surfing, kitesurfing, and jet skiing! A wedding in Skiathos means good traditional food and, above all, unforgettable fun! All in all, Skiathos is the ideal place for Greek islands weddings.
Skopelos is an island of the Sporades with impressive vegetation and heavenly beaches. A popular destination for a quiet holiday, it is also famous for the shooting of the musical Mamma Mia. Skopelos, however, is not only ideal for relaxation and activities but also offers a variety of options for entertainment. In the alleys of Skopelos Town visitors can find many bars and taverns to enjoy their drink and the excellent local cuisine of the island.
IONIAN SEA ISLANDS
Zakynthos or Zante is another Ionian island offering unique experiences, crystal clear waters, amazing beaches, and a magical landscape. Its privileged geographical position gives the traveler the opportunity to easily visit other Ionian islands or the opposite Peloponnesian coast. Furthermore, it is a mountainous island characterized by pine-covered mountains and fertile plains, which give Zakynthos endless green landscapes. Its idyllic beaches, its rocky shores, and its impressive sea caves win the admiration of every visitor. Additionally, the island is one of the last refuges of the sea turtle Caretta – Caretta and the Mediterranean seal monks. That is why the National Marine Park was established on the island for their protection, in the bay of Laganas.
Corfu is perhaps the most famous island of the Ionian Islands and one of the most popular in the Mediterranean. A pole of attraction, with huge cultural heritage, for a great number of visitors every year. Corfu is also a source of inspiration for every visitor who loves fine arts. It has a special glamor, which, combined with the natural beauty, wonderful climate, beaches, and interesting sights, makes Corfu one of the most attractive destinations for Greeks and foreign travelers. Additionally, it is an island with a long and great history inextricably linked to Greek culture and tradition for more than 3000 years. If you dream of a wedding in nature combined with an amazing sea view, you have to take Corfu into consideration. Thus, Corfu belongs to our blog’s list for Greek islands weddings ideas.
This island is one of the most famous destinations in the Ionian Sea. Lefkada is famous worldwide, for its impressive natural landscape, and some of the most fabulous beaches in the Mediterranean. Activities and entertainment in Lefkada never end, as the island offers a variety of options for sports, excursions, food, drink, and dance! Furthermore, Lefkada is one of the most famous destinations for water sports in Greece. Because visitors can find experienced instructors and excellent equipment for surfing, kitesurfing, and paragliding. We recommend our clients to learn and experience kitesurfing or paragliding in Lefkada. Both activities, considered to be stunning, and once in a lifetime experience! In case you need a small excursion, you can visit, by boat, Scorpios island from the port of Nidri.
BIGGEST ISLANDS IN GREECE
Rhodes, an island of intense contrasts, is the largest island of the Dodecanese. It is a cosmopolitan destination with wonderful natural landscapes and many attractions. Rhodes harmoniously combines the medieval with the traditional element, the lacy beaches with the pine-covered mountains, mountain villages with coastal settlements, archaeological sites, medieval monuments, and cosmopolitan tourist resorts that can satisfy every expectation. What makes the beaches of Rhodes stand out is undoubtedly their variety! It is no coincidence that every year the island is “sunk” by tourists!! Who wants to live for a few days carefree moments facing landscapes of unique beauty.
Crete is the largest island in Greece, and one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. It combines wonderful, internationally recognized beaches, unique culture and history, unforgettable natural landscapes, and unique cuisine. Furthermore, Crete is a highly recommended option between the Greek islands weddings because of its cosmopolitanism, luxury, and high-level services that have nothing to envy from the most beautiful resorts of the Mediterranean. To get a good first taste of Crete, consider staying at least ten days and renting a car. Additionally, prepare your excursion’s plan, focusing on the most interesting places in each region – municipality.
WHY COUPLES LOVE GREEK ISLANDS WEDDINGS
Greek islands are many, big or small, busy and cosmopolitan or calm and alternative, beautiful in different styles for all tastes and budgets!
The clear blue waters of the sea in combination with the white color of the architecture of the small houses, the greenery of the island, and of course the wonderful sunsets are an attraction for many couples from abroad and not. Greek islands weddings usually have lighter styles and shades that follow the color palette of the island, such as white, green, blue, and so on.
All these elements compose a dreamy atmosphere for your wedding day with unforgettable moments from the beginning to the end.
The destination weddings are for a prolonged wedding experience, Greek islands weddings are the perfect example!
OUR PERCEPTION ABOUT GREEK ISLANDS WEDDINGS
For us, the reasons, for a couple to host their summer island wedding in Greece, are obvious. Some of those reasons are: 1) all these summertime happiness pictures found online. 2) Reviews and comments from previously married couples, referring to their beautiful and heartwarming experiences. 3) Greece’s reputation for hospitality, and ease to create happy affairs with lots of singing and dancing. In “White Stories” we value each couple’s style and personality. You may have been dreaming about your wedding in a beautiful location along with your favorite people, probably by the sea with the breeze in your hair. Whether you want an intimate and quiet elopement or a beautiful celebration with music and dancing, we will help you design the ideal wedding for you.
WE LOVE PLANNING GREEK ISLANDS WEDDINGS
We love Greek islands weddings because they remind us that summers are for celebrating life. Our team loves traveling and putting up stylish events for unique people with a sense of character. Moreover, we enjoy the island vibes, our beach weddings, how people laugh and share wonderful moments under the summer sky. Furthermore, we love how all the islands in Greece hide stories of the past, myths, and fairytales. We want couples who decide to have a destination wedding in Greece to have the time of their life. We feed on the smiles, happy faces, and the spark in people’s eyes when they are having a good time! Greece is an ideal location for beautiful wedding stories and lovely memories!
If you love weddings on Greek islands as much as we do!
And you consider hosting your own wedding, on any “magical” Greek island!!
Feel free to contact us! We love to assist couples who consider Greece as their wedding destination!
Kalimera!!!! My name is Theresa Du Toit, and I am an international destination wedding celebrant -based in Dubai- but currently based in Crete to conduct wedding ceremonies!
I would love to connect with you and see how we can collaborate.
Please visit my website:
theresadweddingcelebrant as well as my Instagram, as this will give u an understanding of my passion for what I do!
My WhatsApp contact number is +971503470167
I would love to connect with you whilst I am here, and should u or one of your couple require a celebrant, I would love to assist!
I look forward to connecting with you.
Thank you Theresa for your interest to connect and work with White Stories Events. Please feel free to share with us a presentation of your services and your fees. White Stories undertake mainly destination weddings in Greece and destination weddings in Italy. Our couples mainly require a native English-speaking celebrant, so if you match with that we would be waiting for your email.