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Our team in Santorini is planning civil wedding ceremonies with official Marriage Certificate issuance. It is legally recognised in USA, UK and all European Counties.

Before you come to Santorini for celebration of the wedding you were dreaming of, you need to make sure that your marriage will meet the legal requirements for both Greece and your original country. As part of that process you have to present the correct legal documentation which can vary slightly depending on the country you are from. All the required papers have to be prepared by your side in advance and transferred to us that we could be able to confirm at the Registrar office that your paperwork is in order and you become eligible to get married in Santorini.

Just advise us your country and receive the individual detailed guide with several simple steps to deal with all the appropriate documents correctly. So all your necessary actions will be done easy and with no stress for you, under support of your personal Vanilla Sky planner. Make sure that you produced the right documents, before you come to the island for your wedding celebration.  

 

How to get your documents ready before you head to Santorini

 

1. get the list of required papers for your country from your Vanilla Sky Wedding planner

2. collect all the papers according to this list

3. obtain Apostille stamps on the papers which require legalisation before being presented in Greece

4. send the photocopies of all the prepared papers to us (the latest 3 weeks before the wedding). All other necessary actions with your documents will be carried by us without your participation incl. translation into Greek service. After that, you just need to bring the originals with you and give them to your personal coordinator on the pre wedding meeting at your hotel.

 

What is Apostille Stamp?

 

This stamp is sufficient to certify the validity of your documents to be legally recognised by Greek authorities before your wedding ceremony begins (Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents). The procedure of obtaining Apostille stamp removes the need for double-certification, by your originating country and then by Greece. 
 
The Apostille Stamp is necessary for Birth certificates, Certificates of no Impediment to marry, Official documents stating changing your name and Adoption certificates, and will certify these documents confirming that they are genuine.
 
The same for the Marriage Certificate with an Apostille Stamp issued in Greece: according to the Hague Convention the document will be legal in your country. 

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Documents for UK Citizens

List of common documents that are required by Santorini Town Hall from the couples from the United Kingdom:

  • Passport copies of both parties
  • Full Birth Certificates of both parties
  • Certificate of Non-impediment to marry for both parties (it confirms that you are free to marry, can be issued by your local Registrar’s office) 
  • Divorce certificate if any
  • Document confirming the changing the name if any
  • Adoption Certificate if any

 

Documents for US Citizens

List of common documents that are required by Santorini Town Hall from the couples from the United States of America:

  • Passport copies of both parties
  • Full Birth Certificates of both parties
  • Certificate of Non-impediment to marry for both parties (it confirms that you are free to marry, can be issued by your local Registrar’s office) 
  • Affidavit stating both parties are free to marry (this is a paper where you declare you are free to marry and that there is no impediment preventing you entering into a valid marriage in Santorini, Greece. The document should be certified in the Notary's Office.)
  • Divorce certificate if any
  • Document confirming the changing the name if any
  • Adoption Certificate if any

 

Important

 

You have to stay in Santorini at least 1 working day after your wedding in order to go to the Town Hall in Fira town to officially sign your Marriage Cerificate (usually in the morning on the next working day). After your Marriage Certificate will be issued with an Apostille stamp and translated into your language (usually in 3-4 weeks after the ceremony) upon your request, and will be sent to you.

 

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Katerina

Katerina

Vanilla Sky Weddings planner
Vanilla Sky Team will up the odds for a wedding of your dream by being meticulous about all the details!

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