Ten top tips on how a celebrant can enhance your destination wedding in Greece.

1) What is a celebrant?

A professional celebrant is a person who will write and create a unique ceremony just for you, and
then officiate it on the day. I often describe myself as a ‘story-teller’ just waiting to tell your story!

2) Is a celebrant in Greece able to officiate a civil marriage ceremony?

The only people allowed by law, to officiate a civil ceremony in Greece, are the Official Registrar, or
their local representative. With a celebrant-led ceremony there is no legal paperwork done on the
day. Most couples choosing a celebrant led symbolic ceremony in Greece will sign the marriage
documentation before or after travelling to Greece, freeing them up to have the ceremony of their
dreams in Greece. A celebrant-led ceremony in Greece is the perfect choice for any couple looking
for something very special, ideal for any couples who are unable or unwilling to provide the lists of
official translations required for a legal, civil marriage in Greece and of course for any LGBTQ+
couples too.

3) Why choose a celebrant led ceremony in Greece?
A celebrant will write a ceremony tailored just for you, no generic scripts, no time constraints. A
standard civil ceremony in Greece is short and sweet, around 15 minutes long, and is the ceremony
used for both locals and foreigners alike. It will be read out in Greek by the Registrar and translated
into English (often by the wedding planner). Couples who feel that the ceremony is the most
important part of their day, will often choose a celebrant led ceremony, so that their ceremony is
more personal and filled with emotion.

4) Can we have religious content in our ceremony?
If you are a couple of mixed faith, then you can include elements of both. Of course, when we are
creating a ceremony just for you, there is no limit on what can be included!

5) How can a celebrant enhance our non-religious wedding ceremony in Greece?
A celebrant will get to know you as a couple, they will learn your story, and then write a ceremony in
the style that you always dreamed of. Your non-religious wedding ceremony will be a ceremony of

6) Can a family member or friend take part in the ceremony?
Your family and friends can participate in your ceremony, in any way you choose.

7) Can we include ideas from our own culture or traditions?
Of course, that is the great thing about working with a celebrant. I love researching traditions and
pride myself on thinking outside the box and being very imaginative.

8) Can we include symbolic elements in the ceremony?
You can include symbolic rituals, such as unity candle, unity sand, ringwarming, handfasting, rose
ceremony, wine box, wish box, really anything you like!

9) Will our family and friends know the ceremony is symbolic?
This is totally up to you! Many couples choose to have a symbolic certificate signing at the end of
their ceremony with their witnesses. Nobody needs to know the ceremony is symbolic unless you
tell them!

10) Will the symbolic ceremony feel symbolic?
A symbolic ceremony led by a professional celebrant will not feel symbolic in any way! It is the
ceremony to celebrate your marriage, there is nothing symbolic about that!

Real Ceremonies Photos

Photographer George Pagonakis


Photographer Savvas Argirou

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