Before you book
The island of Santorini is now one of the most popular Greek Islands for weddings abroad in Europe, it’s easy to see why, the traditional white washed villages, the magical sunsets, the amazing vistas of this unique island. But before your drawn into the romance of this island make sure it is right for you.
Greece is known for it’s beaches and although we’ve planned beach weddings in Santorini, I wouldn’t say this is the first island I’d recommend in Greece for a ‘relaxed’ beach style wedding.
First, the beaches are a beautiful black shingle due to this being a volcanic island, not the soft white sand some expect and desire for their beach wedding in Greece.
Two The beach side of the island (Kamari/Perissa) have the sunrise and NOT the sunset. The Sunset being one of the most popular attractions for a Santorini wedding.
Finally, the main beaches in Santorini are very open, not the private hidden away coves that you’ll find on some other Greek islands.
So first consider your wedding setting, what is it about Santorini that draws you to this island?
You can still certainly have a wedding with a ‘beachy’ vibe on Santorini. What I normally recommend is pairing a sunset ceremony venue with a beach reception. You should however consider the potential of a 30 to 40 minute transfer time from the volcano side of the island to the beach, once you consider guests getting on/off the bus and the actual distance.
For most couples, it’s the prospect of the dramatic volcano views that draws them to Santorini. If this is you, then carry on reading and lets talk seasonality.