Santorini is considered to be on the list of the most romantic travel destinations. Getting married on such an island will give you the chance to live one of the most exciting and romantic experiences of your lifetime. The idyllic sunsets and the little white houses in Chora will make your wedding day special for you and your guests. You will have the chance to choose among a plethora of wedding venues, where you can gaze at the emerald-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Despite of the romantic aspect og your wedding, there is also the legal one that needs to be taken care of, including quite a few civil wedding documents, that are necessary to tie the knot in this majestic destination!
Planning to get married in a different country is a wonderful experience. However, some legal technicalities may arise if you are not well-informed. At that point, a wedding planner will be extremely helpful. They will assist you planning and organizing the wedding procedure. That way, you will be free to worry only for your wedding dress rather than being stressed out due to the foreign legal procedures. Try to enjoy the moments until your special day and choose your wedding planning team wisely. Our team is ready and always happy to assist you, guiding you through the procedure and informing you about all the legal technicalities that may arise. We have prepared a detailed list of procedures and all civil wedding documents that may be needed for your marriage. According to your citizenship, the documents may differ
The bride and the groom will have to issue a certified copy of a FULL birth certificate from the Registry in their place of residence. Moreover, the bride and the groom will have to issue a certificate of no impediment to marriage from the Registry in their place of residence.
These 4 certificates (2 certificates from the bride and 2 certificates from the groom) are enough in case the BRIDE or the GROOM have not been previously married, adopted or have changed their name for any other reason.
In such cases, the bride and the groom have to issue the below mentioned documents:
All your certificates issued in the country of your residence should have an Apostille stamp. The Apostille stamp authenticates that the documents are genuine. This means getting an Apostille stamp on each document from the appropriate governmental Office (for the UK: FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE.) In case your certificates are issued by the embassy they don’t need to be apostilled stamped.
The bride and the groom will have to issue a full birth certificate, a certificate of no impediment to marriage and an affidavit of single status (one for the bride and one for the groom) from the Registry in their place of residence. Furthermore, one more certificate is needed; a certificate of search of vital records (one for the bride and one for the groom). Depending on the State and the County of the couple’s residence, this certificate may be issued by a different authority, for example, in some cases by the circuit courts, in others by the Department of Health etc. A vital record is a government document containing information about a person’s important life events.
The couple need to legalize for use abroad all certificates mentioned above. The legalisation of a document can be made after getting an Apostille stamp on each document from the appropriate governmental Office.
The couple will need to visit together with our wedding planner the Town Hall (Registrar’s Office) the day after their wedding. The visit should take place Monday-Friday only before 12:00 in order to register the wedding. In case, the couple is not able to be present at the Town Hall due to their early departure, or due to other reasons, they will need to find a representative who will register their wedding and collect their certificate. In order this to be done, a power of attorney is to be signed authorizing our wedding planner to register and collect your marriage certificate on your behalf. After the registration and collection, we will send the documents to you at your address.
The Apostille stamp authenticates simply that a document is genuine. The couple has to authenticate their copies in order to be used by the Greek authorities. That means getting the seal of the State/Country/Commonwealth Office in accordance with the Hague Convention.
In case you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact DW Events. We will guide you through the procedure. Let us make your wedding day, your special day!