February 11, 2021 Eugenia Papadopoulou

Why do people get married on Santorini?

Santorini is a romantic destination. Is the island of lava, fire and eternal love! The fact that Santorini has been destroyed and shaked It’s the island preferred every year by some thousand couples of all ages and from all over the world choose to come and tie the knot. We are beyond honoured!

Who hasn’t seen the dreamy, fairytale – like wedding pictures of the couple exchanging vows on the Caldera, overlooking the endless blue of the Aegean Sea, watching the colors as the sun sets! Mind blowing, the epitome of love ?! And on the other hand who hasn’t watched “My big, fat Greek wedding”. Weddings is not a small manner here in Greece.

In ancient Athens TODAY would have been the ideal day for a successful and long living wedding. Our January equates to the ancient month Γαμηλιών -Gamelion. In every Greek city- state they were using their own local, lunar calendar and Gamelion was the month of marriage in the attic calendar – γάμος in modern Greek means wedding. This month was consecrated to goddess Hera, the eternal wife of the king of the Gods Zeus. Hera was the goddess of women, marriage, childbirth, family. It was Gamelion after all when one of the most successful, hmmm, weddings of all times happened: the sacred Marriage, or Hieros gamos or Hierogamy of Zeus and Hera.

Nowadays, and when pandemics aren’t on, people get married in Santorini, not just in January but all year round! May,June, September and October are on top of the list. The idyllic backdrop of the volcano, the celebrations related to weddings promise treasured memories for years to come to those who are ready for the big YES. There are may experienced wedding planners who will help you with the logistics. And there is a legend that says that if you get married on Santorini you will never get divorced!

There is no chance that you go for a walk and you don’t stumble on a happy bride you poses proudly. Don’t get scammed. Not all weddings are real wedding though. There are many couples that have been already married and want to celebrate their love in Greece with a symbolic ceremony. 

Not to mention the “Fake weddings” visitors come who here mainly for the show: to take photographs and shoot a video (which may include as many as three cameras and drones, depending on budget) that they can show guests at the proper wedding back home. Having already traveled halfway around the world, they usually continue on their “wedding” cruise trip to London, Paris or Milan.

Real or not we wish the “Βίον ανθόσπαρτον” ( vion anthosparton) A LIFE FULL OF FLOWERS.

Would you consider getting married here?!

Lots of love,

Eugenia, santoriniguide.gr

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