Wedding in Santorini Greece.
Santorini really took off in popularity around 10 years ago, before then this was a very quiet island hosting just a few weddings each year, mainly small intimate weddings. Its undeniable unique beauty has made Santorini ‘THE’ place to get married….for those that can afford it. It is now one of the more expensive places to get married in Greece, but for those extra pennies you get a whole lot uniqueness that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Santorini is one of the most photographed islands in the world, it’s domed roofs, windmills and sunsets being recognised around the world.
Santorini isn’t the most family friendly place to holiday in Greece, the caldera side with charming cobbled streets and rickety paths are charming and yearn to be discovered but aren’t the best for little unstable legs or prams. Families tend to stay on the beach side of the island where it is flatter and more inline with what you’d expect to find on a Greek island with numerous bars, restaurants and pretty boutique shops.
The one difference here is that the beaches are black and pebbly and the dramatic red cliffs make for a wonderful backdrop, they’re like something out of a scene of Star Wars.
Weddings on the volcano side are still the most popular option in Santorini, with so many beautiful hotels, restaurants and wineries available to provide you with all you need on your wedding day.
The best time of day is when the sunsets, you absolutely MUST find a spot on the volcano side, pour yourself a glass of local wine(or your favourite tipple) and enjoy some olives whilst the sun performs its dance of colours as it disappears into the horizon before your eyes.
I visited Santorini over 17 years ago when it was a small lesser known island and back then it had fewer venues available for weddings, but you could feel the magic even back then and I knew one day this would be one of the most in demand destinations for weddings in Greece, if not the world. Santorini is suited to those couples that enjoy experiencing the ‘finer things’ in life. So yes is it a more expensive destination for weddings, but you really do get what you pay for. The views of course are the obvious draw, after all they’re unlike anywhere else in the world. Alongside this the venues are usually 5 star or MORE and with this comes the highest quality experience with amazing food/wine yet none of the stuffiness you may expect with such a ‘high end’ experience. Santorini still offers the warm Greek hospitality we’ve come to love and expect.
This island is less suited to families and very large weddings than some other Greek islands, but with the beach resorts of Kamari and Perissa offering a more beach style holiday experience and huge range of hotels you can be sure guests are taken care of. AND don’t be fooled, Santorini may be small but for those adventurous types there’s still plenty to do with wineries, ancient villages, historic ruins, and a wonderful coastline to explore by ship, not to mention the incredible food ready to be experienced, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
One of my favourite venues is Dana Villas, I was lucky enough to stay here on my first visit to Santorini and experience Firastefani before I really got to know the rest of the island so it has a special place in my heart. I love the peaceful ambience of Firastefani and it’s well located to explore the amazing range of restaurants and shops on your doorstep, but being so central means you can get around easily too with a bus stop never too far away.