Everything You Should Know Before Planning Your Santorini Elopement

Melina Thalassinou
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Key Takeaways

  • A Santorini elopement allows you to immerse yourself in a picturesque volcanic setting, perfect for stunning wedding photos and memories.
  • To serve the elopement's intimate character, you can choose to exchange vows overlooking the caldera, on a secluded beach, or in a charming village.
  • You can explore the island's beaches, take a romantic sunset cruise, sample local wines, indulge in delicious Greek food and Santorini restaurants, or even go hiking along the island's volcanic trails.
  • From traditional Greek music to local cuisine, you can infuse your elopement with the essence of Santorini's culture.

couple honeymoon santoriniCouple in love in Santorini - credits: Volodymyr Herasymchuk/Shutterstock.com

If you’re looking for a dreamy, one-of-a-kind, and unique way to start your married life with your partner, then a Santorini elopement is perfect for you. 

Santorini is one of the most beautiful and well-known Greek islands, with beaches, volcanoes, and many other picturesque Santorini views.  

No matter your vision for your wedding, an elopement in Santorini, Greece, is a breathtaking place that offers something special for everyone.

Continue reading to explore everything you should know before embarking on the greatest adventure of your and your partners’ lives. 

What Defines an Elopement?

colorful street in oia santoriniColorful streets in Santorini - credits: Anilah/Shutterstock.com

Nowadays, eloping isn’t running off to marry your partner in secret. Instead, eloping is a choice made by couples everywhere to have a wedding ceremony and day that ditches the traditional wedding day, swapping it for something that best reflects your relationship. 

Santorini Private Cooking Class and Wine Tasting

A Santorini wedding elopement is the perfect way to have an enjoyable and unforgettable wedding experience that takes away pressure from the couple, enabling you and your partner to bask in the beauty of Greece and the Aegean Sea on your big day.

Things You Need for Travel and Santorini Elopement

couple elopement santoriniCouple eloping in Santorini - credits: ahmad sweeney/Shutterstock.com

As a rule of thumb, there are some important documents you need to elope and travel to Santorini, Greece. Here is a comprehensive list:

  • Birth certificates from both partners, with Apostille Notarization (Apostille certifies that the documents are legitimate in foreign countries, most secretary of state offices can help process an apostille)
  • Valid passports
  • Notarized marriage license (valid for 60 days)
  • Affidavit of Marriage in Greek and English (authenticated by the U.S. Embassy in Athens)
  • Proof of absolution if divorced
  • An official newspaper announcement in the paper (only if one party is a Greek citizen)
  • An International Driving Permit to rent a car

Steps to Make the Marriage Legal

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Couple hugging on the Red Beach in Santorini - credits: Shutterstock.com

Now that you have a checklist of things to remember for your Santorini elopement, you need to note one last key step to make ensure a legal wedding ceremony: register your marriage. 

After your ceremony, you have to register your marriage within 40 days. Typically, this is done at the Vital Statistics Office in the city you married.

Booking Flights to Santorini

couple in oia santoriniCouple in Oia, Santorini - credits: fokke baarssen/Shutterstock.com

There are no flights that lead directly to Santorini. Instead, you’ll have a layover in another European country or fly directly from Athens to Santorini

Since you must visit the U.S. Embassy office for an authenticated Affidavit of Marriage in Greek and English, a non-stop flight to Athens is the ideal choice for couples. 

From Athens, you can either take another hour of plane ride to Santorini or choose to ride a ferry boat ride to the island, which runs about six hours.

Perks to Eloping in Santorini

sunset in santoriniSunset in Santorini - credits: Georgios-Tsichlis/Shutterstock.com

If you’re still on the fence about saying your “I-dos” in Santorini, you should consider the amazing perks each couple gets when eloping on this beautiful island. 

Beautiful Beaches

black beach santoriniPerissa Beach, Santorini - credits: elen_studio/Shutterstock.com

Some of the best beaches in Santorini you can use as Santorini wedding venues for elopements include Perrisa, Kamari, and Perivolos Beach.

These beaches feature breathtaking sunsets perfect for a romantic night out together post or pre-wedding.

Santorini Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Amoudi Bay offers clear blue waters ideal for swimming, and Red Beach is known for its breathtaking red hues and sand, ideal for a lovely elopement spot your wedding photographer will thank you for.

No matter which beach you decide to visit, they’d all make a gorgeous backdrop to your ceremony or a memorable choice for your post-elopement Santorini honeymoon.

Incredible Views and Adventures

couple infinity poolCouple in an infinity pool in Santorini - credits: Shutterstock.com

Where else can you experience red sand beaches, volcanoes, bright blue waters, and catch the best sunset in Greece

In Santorini, you can also partake in distinctive adventures like cliff jumping, snorkeling, boat tours, and historical sights like blue dome bell towers and angelic white churches with blue domes.

A final hidden gem is Skaros Rock, perfect for couples who want an eye-catching panoramic view of the sea that engulfs the island.

Santorini offers incredible destinations that suit every style, so your elopement features every sight you could dream of. Not to mention that Santorini's romantic hotels,and specifically the hotels in Oia, some of which are the best Santorini hotels with caldera views, are a lifetime experience worth having. 

Unique Cuisine

Kamari beachKamari Beach, Santorini - credits: Zocchi Roberto/Shutterstock.com

Santorini offers you and your wedding guests a world of Greek delicacies, some of which you can only find in the Cyclades Islands.

This elopement location offers newlyweds fine Mediterranean foods, locally grown produce, high-end seafood, classic Greek sweets, street food, and wine ]unique to the Santorini region.

This mixture of cuisines is one of the biggest perks to traveling in Santorini, and it's perfect for a romantic dinner during your elopement. 

Best Time for Visiting Santorini

pyrgos santoriniPyrgos village, Santorini - credits: cge2010/Shutterstock.com

Before booking your elopement trip, you should note that June through August is busy with tourists because it features incredible summer temperatures, while winter is ideal for travelers that want cool temperatures and fewer tourists. Our Greece trip planner says all about it!

Coming to Santorini for an elopement in April, May, September, or October is perfect for those who want off-season dates with warm temperatures. 

Tour with Experts for a Unique Elopement Experience

sunset at imerovigli santoriniSunset in Santorini - credits: Georgios Tsichlis/Shutterstock.com

Let the rest of your married life start out like the fantasy you deserve.

Start planning your Santorini elopement packages with our travel agents at Greeking.me for the most beautiful and unique elopement that exceeds every expectation.

Contact our travel specialists at Greeking.me to design your own wedding package and elope in Santorini today! Elopement wedding packages never looked more tempting!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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