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Weddings and honeymoons in Santorini

In Santorini, wedding planning woes are a thing of the past. Gone are the days of worrying about the weather, or whether or not your venue will be as beautiful as you envisaged.

In Santorini, it's practically impossible to book a place anything short of jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Plus, this little Greek island is also an amazing spot to spend a honeymoon.

Black sand beaches, romantic activities for two and more wine than you'll know what to do with help take care of that. It's actually leaving the island after everything is said and done that'll be the hard part.

Why you should have your wedding or honeymoon in Santorini

Santorini is an incredibly popular place for destination weddings, so there are a huge number of online resources to help you cut through the paperwork and give you a hand with booking venues, food and vendors.

Just imagine what your wedding photos will look like with the sea sparkling in the distance and a network of whitewashed architecture and blue-domed villas below. The landscape here was practically designed as a photo backdrop.

And to top it all off, Santorini has a Mediterranean climate, which means the weather here is consistently gorgeous. The island experiences very little rain, with almost none in the summer months. That means you won't have to worry about a rainy wedding – sunshine is just about guaranteed.

Best wedding venues in Santorini

The caldera

Santorini's famous caldera isn't just one of the best holiday spots on the island – it's also a top wedding venue, mostly because the views out to sea are unrivalled. The caldera is speckled with everything from wineries to hotels and restaurants, all of which are available for a wedding.

Black sand beaches

Santorini's iconic black sand beaches make for an incredible wedding venue, not least because they're a little off-the-beaten path. Among the most popular are the beaches in Perissa and Kamari, though Cape Columbo is more isolated and quiet.

At your hotel

Many of the hotels in Santorini are of the traditional whitewashed variety, so if you want your photos to have that classic Greek look, this could be a simple yet elegant option.

On a boat

Yes, you can get married on a boat in Santorini. Even an 18th-century sailing yacht. Out here, the sea views will be completely unmatched.

Honeymoon activities

Santorini makes an incredible spot for a honeymoon, mostly because what makes it so wedding-friendly is that it's especially romantic. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Sip for hours on a private wine tour through some of Santorini's top wineries

  • Take a sunset catamaran cruise

  • Embark on a helicopter tour over Santorini's caldera

  • Join a photography tour and learn how to take pictures of the island's famous sites and whitewashed walkways

  • Hire a car and explore the countryside

  • Expert tips

    A few expert tips to got your Santorini wedding off without a hitch

  • Early autumn is generally a good time to get married in Santorini, as the summer heat will have worn off and the mild winter hasn't yet hit.

  • One of the best parts about getting married in Santorini is that you can do it literally anywhere – in a cave, on a boat, in the caldera, in a restaurant. Keep an open mind when looking for a wedding venue.

  • You should start planning your Santorini wedding at least six months in advance to ensure you've got plenty of time for the legalities.

  • Not only are wedding venues up for grabs in Santorini, but so are the types of wedding – you can have a same-sex wedding, a Christian celebration, a Greek Orthodox wedding. Whatever suits you and your partner!

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