I ora i kali (η ώρα η καλή) – Greek for ‘the time is good’ – is said to newly weds in Greece to wish them a happy wedding. If you’re planning a destination wedding, opting for Greece will ensure that the time is indeed good (and the photos, too): gorgeous weather, stunning coastal scenery, buildings dating back to antiquity, delicious food, the friendliest of locals – the list goes on. So, whether you’re looking for a Mamma Mia! moment in a quaint old church atop a cliff, or something more modern with a sunny Greek glow, you’ve come to the right place. Here are C&TH’s top picks of gorgeous wedding venues in Greece.
5 Gorgeous Wedding Venues In Greece
Peligoni Club – Zakynthos
Best For: Cliffside Celebrations
Available for private hire a handful of times a year, the family-run Peligoni Club is ideal for a chic, intimate, white-washed cliffside wedding celebration. Peligoni work directly with couples to plan their dream day, working with an in-house wedding planner and trusted local suppliers to ensure everything goes according to plan.
Well-prepared for destination weddings, Peligoni create a bespoke itinerary for the extended wedding period, from arranging fun on the water to delicious dinners at local tavernas. The nuptials themselves can take place at the beautiful beach club overlooking the sea, while one of the club’s stunning villas can host the wedding party (and the after party). There are also a host of accommodation options at all budgets for your guests to choose from – including villas, cottages and B&Bs – should they wish to extend their stay and enjoy the club’s excellent facilities.
Capacity: Up to 200 people.
Danai Beach Resort – Halkidiki
Best For: Nuptials on the Beach
Originally a modest family home in the Halkidiki region of northern Greece, Danai Beach Resort has slowly expanded year on year to become the 64 suite, six villa paradise it is today. It’s like its own little village on the Aegean coast: a private beach, a cobbled lane with boutique shops, and jovial hospitality.
The dedicated team of event planners create multi-day itineraries to celebrate your marriage. The private beach is the star of the show: say ‘I do’ here, have your reception here, and dance long into the night here, watching the sun fall behind the glistening sea.
Erosantorini – Santorini
Best For: An Extended Guestlist
If you’re looking for the most beautiful Santorini wedding venue – and the most spacious – this is it. Set on a picturesque hill, Erosantorini is a two-acre private estate with beautifully landscaped grounds and a charming open-air chapel surrounded by vines – the perfect place to exchange vows. The space can accommodate plenty of guests, and the dedicated planning team are on-hand throughout the planning process (and on the day itself) to bring your dream destination wedding to life.
Capacity: Up to 350 guests for seated dining, and up to 800 guests for cocktails, live music and dancing.
Santa Marina – Mykonos
Best For: Spectacular Sea Views
Perched on a private peninsula at Ornos Bay on the highly sought-after island of Mykonos, Santa Marina is one of the most dreamy wedding venues in Greece for stunning sea views (making for gorgeous photo backdrops, too). The natural landscape merges nicely with contemporary, pared back décor in the recently renovated Santa Marina.
The private, white-washed stone chapel is ideal for an intimate ceremony. Or, al fresco lovers can say ‘I do’ on the nearby beach, or in the resort’s lush gardens. There’s also multiple options for the reception dotted across the resort, from the outdoor terrace to the beach bar. Plus, there’s a free shuttle bus into Mykonos for guests looking to do some touristing after the wedding.
Capacity: Up to 500 guests.
Marpunta Resort – Alonissos
Best For: White-Washed Boho Chic
If your dream wedding venue in Greece makes the most of the nation’s characteristic white-washed buildings and boho-chic surrounds, Marpunta Resort is for you. Built in the style of a traditional Greek fishing village and situated on the southwestern peninsula of the island of Alonissos, views from the resort peer over the national marine park and unspoiled beaches below.
A dedicated wedding coordinator is on-hand to help with planning the special day, from cuisine to flower arrangements to bespoke decorations. Inspired by the nation’s natural beauty and traditional style, Marpunta is pared back, letting the sun, sand and sky do the talking. While you’re there, guests can indulge in a weekend break, making the most of the tennis courts, wellness facilities, swimming pools, taverna and restaurants by the beach.
Featured Image: A wedding in Santorini, Greece (c) Getty.