DOCUMENTS

CIVIL WEDDING LEGAL REQUIREMENTS BY COUNTRY

UK

AUSTRALIA

USA

CANADA

HONG KONG-CHINA

BRAZIL

SOUTH AFRICA
SWEDEN

NETHERLANDS

ITALY

FRANCE

UK

AUSTRALIA

USA

CANADA

HONG KONG-CHINA

BRAZIL

SOUTH AFRICA
SWEDEN

NETHERLANDS

ITALY

FRANCE

UK

AUSTRALIA

USA

CANADA

HONG KONG-CHINA

 GENERAL  INFORMATION for legal wedding documents for clients from other countries

We can give you information to get and organize all your wedding documents from your registry office so you can have a legal wedding ceremony in Santorini with no hassle. Below you will find all the information about legal document from different countries that is necessary to have for Santorini Town hall registry office.

The cost for the translations of your wedding documents are not included in the our wedding packages.

AFTER THE WEDDING

After the ceremony has be performed the couple have a legal obligation to register their  wedding the next working day at our Santorini Tow hall, failure to do so will result in the marriage having no validity.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CIVIL AND SYMBOLIC WEDDING CEREMONY

Please note that the paperwork that you provide to the Greek authorities is NOT returned to you after the wedding, they are kept on record.

Here are a few thinks you need to know before you decide if you want to have a legal or symbolic WEDDING in Santorini. No matter which country you come from, you have to gather a bunch of papers which they will need special stamps called Apostille and then translate your papers in Greek by an authorized source before you send them to me so I can start on my end the Greek part of the paperwork.

But that first part, before the papers get in to my hands, will cost you around 500 euro to 1000 euro (depending where you come from) which you are called to pay.

After you will get legally married here, it takes 1 month before your wedding planner will be able to send you the Greek marriage certificate in Greek, which needs to be translated back in English and you will pay for that as well. So, although you will be married, it will take you another month before you will be able to register it to your country because our Town Hall registry is really busy and there is no way to get it sooner than this.

So, if you wish to avoid all these expenses, headache and bureaucracy, the solution is to get legally married in your country and come to Santorini for a symbolic wedding which will be exactly the same in terms of ceremony. You miss nothing and you gain the money you would spend to prepare your paperwork.

Your guests will never know the difference and of course exists Confidentiality between you and our agency.

*All translators should be approved by the Greek Consulate or Embassy.

Wedding documents require to be translated only by Greek authorities, such as a Greek Consulate or Embassy (in your city or country) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens.

An independent translator with notary stamp is not accepted by the Greek authorities or church.

To keep you out of stress we can Official translate your wedding documents for you on low cost.

Santorini legal Wedding documents
We inform you that the best months to get married are between May and November.

We organize civil weddings symbolic ceremonies, Greek Weddings, Catholics weddings

Before you read the below legal requirements, it is important to understand that the these requirements are from the Greek government and not by us, therefore they might change so you have to contact your wedding planner 3 months before your wedding to get any updates and visit often our website.

If you think that gathering all this paperwork is too complicated for you, know that many couples that happens to find difficulty with their paperwork as well, they are getting married back home with by just signing the papers at their town hall without taking the ceremony part and then they come here in Santorini and they have the actual ceremony with the views of the ocean and the breathtaking sunset and all these times, their guests don't even know about it! For symbolic wedding ceremony packages see this link

It is NOT acceptable to authenticate all your papers with only one Apostille!!! Each paper need a separate Apostille stamp!

It is NOT acceptable to authenticate all your papers with only one Apostille!!! Each paper need a separate Apostille stamp!

Question:-  Nikos! i have received the pictures and licenses. thank you they are beautiful! i have called the Greek consulate in Chicago and they told me they don't do interpretations and that i would have to send it to Athens. is this the way i am to do it? any help would be appreciated.

Answer:-   You can have it translated by any accredited translator of your area. You don't need to go via the Greek Embassy OR via Athens. Then, please call your registry office to see if it is needed to be presented at this time OR if only when you need to change your name, insurance docs etc.

Please kindly note, that the legal requirements published on this website, are the Greek registry's requirements based on the Greek laws of a legal marriage. The client is responsible on contacting their own country's authorities in order to be informed on how to obtain them per their county's local laws.

Please note: All the paper work that has to be here in Santorini for your wedding is included in our wedding packages

The cost to collect  all the necessary documents from your Town hall, registry office in your area and the translations of your wedding documents are not included in the our packages.

UNITED KINGDOM

LEGAL PAPERS REQUIREMENTS FOR UNITED KINGDOM CITIZENS HOLDING A UK PASSPORT.
 

We require the wedding documents 1 month before the wedding day in our office. Please email us copies of them when ready to make sure nothing is missing.

Please Note: For clients that are Uk citizens, but they are leaving in a different countries as Dubai act, they need to take their Non impediment form from the British embassy in Athens.

For more information how to get your non impediment form from British embassy in Athens, please visit this link : https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad

    •Copy of passport for both the bride and the groom. If you have your own witnesses, a copy of their passport is           also required.

    •You must be 18 years or older to get married

   Birth certificate for both the bride and the groom. The document must be the long form that also mentions the         parents names. Also, it must be typed, not handwritten. In the case that a typed version of this document is not         an option, you must type the information that is handwritten on your birth certificate, on simple paper and send         italong with the original birth certificate so the registrant can use it as a guide if he/she has trouble reading         it. See Sample of Birth certificate

   Non Impediment form for both the bride and groom, not older than 3 months of the date of your wedding. See         Sample of Non impediment form

   Divorce or Death certificates, if any. See Sample of Divorce

   Adoption certificates if any.

  All the above documents, need to be translate via the Greek Embassy of your area OR via our agency. No other       source is acceptable.

  All the above documents, need to have apostle stamps on each of them. The apostle stamp serve the purpose        of authenticating your document for use abroad. Each English documents needs its own stamp. You can obtain        these stamps from: See Sample of Apostle stamp

   By telephone: 01908 295 111
09:30 - 15:30 Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

   By fax: 01908 295 122

   By post or in person: The Legalisation Office ,Norfolk House (West)
437 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes ,MK9 2AH

   You must be in Santorini 1 (one) business day after your wedding to register your wedding. If this is not           possible, you must obtain a document that will give my agency the authority to register your wedding on your         behalf and you have to contact us to send you a sample of that document via email.

 

FOR SAMPLES OF THE DOCUMENTS YOU MUST OBTAIN, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK:

-Birth certificate

-Non impediment form

-Divorce

-Apostle stamp

 

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USA

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR USA CITIZENS HOLDING A USA PASSPORT.


We need the wedding documents 1 month before the wedding day in my hands. Please email me copies of them when ready, to make sure nothing is missing

There are two (2) completely different ways to obtain your legal documentation in order to get married in Greece. Below you will find both of them and the documents required. Also, at the bottom of this page you can find samples of these documents that you can print and use them as guide.

This is the first and easy way

   Copy of passport for both the bride and the groom. If you have your own witnesses, a copy of their passport is also required.

   You have to be 18 years and older to get married.

   Birth certificates for both the bride and the groom with apostile stamp foreach certificate from your Department of State and Greek translation for each certificate by the Greek Emabssy of your area OR via our agency. No other source is acceptable.

   Divorce or Death certificates if any.

   Affidavit of marital status from the US Embassy in Athens, Greece for both the bride and the groom that you have to obtain in person and it takes no more than 30 minutes. To find information on how to obtain this affidavits, You can contact the embassy here 91 Vasilissis Sophias Avenue, Athens 10160, Greece,Telephone: 011-30-210-721-2951 and email them hereAthensAmEmb@state.gov

The second way

   Copy of passport for both the bride and the groom. If you have your own witnesses, a copy of their passport is also required

   You have to be 18 years and older to get married.

   Birth certificates for both the bride and the groom with apostile stamp foreach certificate from your Department of State that the birth certificates were issued and Greek translation for each certificate by the Greek Emabssy of your area OR via our agency. No other source is acceptable.

  Marriage license from your State. I know this is not valid for use in Greece but the Greek authorities still require this. And an advise....when you will got to obtain this document from your local source, do not tell them what do you need it for, as this will complicate everything terribly for you. By getting one, it doesn't mean you have to use it too.

   Divorce or Death certificates if any, for both the bride and the groom with apostile stamp for each certificate from your Department of State and Greek translation for each certificate by the Greek Emabssy of your area OR via our agency. No other source is acceptable.

   Single Status letter or Affidavit of Marriage for both the bride and the groom, from your country clerk or vital statistics office of the State your are resident. Please note that each of the 50 States has a different name for this document but you will find below a sample to print so you can use it with your local authorities. They also need with apostile stamp for each certificate from your Department of State and Greek translation for each certificate by the Greek Emabssy of your area OR via our agency. No other source is acceptable.

   Notary public statements that states you are free to marry for both the bride and the groom with apostile stamp for each certificate from your Department of State and Greek translation for each certificate by the Greek Emabssy of your area OR via our agency. No other source is acceptable.

All the above documents, need to have apostle stamps on each of them. The apostle stamp serve the purpose of authenticating your document for use abroad. Each document needs its own stamp. You can obtain these stamps from your Department of State.

All the above documents, need to be translate via the Greek Embassy of your area OR via our agency. No other source is acceptable.

You have to be in Santorini 1 (one) business day after your wedding to register your wedding. If that is not possible, you must obtain a document that will give my agency the authority to register your wedding on your behalf and you have to contact me to send you via email a sample of that document.

Please note that in each of the 50 States, your documents looks different but you will find below a sample to print so you can use it with your local authorities and help them get the idea of what you wish to obtain. You will not find a sample of the Affidavit that the US Embassy in Athens issues though as that goes directly to the registrant here and we do not have a sample.

FOR SAMPLES OF THE DOCUMENTS YOU MUST OBTAIN, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK:

-Birth certificate

-Single Status    

-Marriage license

-Notary public

-Apostile stamp

 

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