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Greece : Weddings in Crete
Weddings at Hotels, Registry Office, beach weddings & other venues in Crete
Ranking as the largest of the Greek islands, Crete boasts two airports. Splendid scenery, a diversity of landscapes, popular beaches and hidden coves, plus historical interest make Crete stand out as a major destination on the tourist map.
If you are thinking about getting married in Crete, the range of wedding venues includes a variety of luxurious hotels, registry offices, a very picturesque setting by the lake in Aghios Nikolaos plus local tavernas.
 

HERSONISSOS
Creta Maris Beach Resort (5-Star)
Aldemar Knossos Royal (5-Star)

SISSI
Kalimera Kriti Hotel (5-Star)

HERAKLION
The Venetian Loggia (Town Hall)

 

GOUVES
Isla by the Sea

AGHIOS NIKOLAOS
Weddings by the Lake
St Nicolas Bay Resort (5-Star)

Minos Beach ArtHotel (5-Star)

ELOUNDA
Elounda Beach Hotel (5-Star)

 

RETHYMNON & SURROUNDING AREAS
Grecotel White Palace (5-Star)

Rethymno Mare Royal Hotel (5-Star)
Iberostar Creta Panorama Mare (4-Star)
AgrecoFarms
River Taverna
St Lazarus Chapel/Town Hall

THRONOS
Aravanes Taverna & Rooms

 
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Creta Maris Beach Resort • 5-star • Hersonissos
• Civil Wedding • Renewal of Vows • Same-Sex Symbolic Ceremony
 

Close to Hersonissos and sitting by a long sweeping sandy bay, Creta Maris Beach Resort is a 5-Star option for your wedding day and honeymoon. As you would expect at a holiday resort that is made up of two hotels, the choice of wedding venues is plentiful.

• The Byzantine Chapel: A favourite nuptial venue where a beautiful rose arch and outside seating are included.

• Beachside Area: This paved terrace by the waterfront is available from 6pm and comes complete with a small gazebo and chairs.

• Cochlias Terrace: Boasting wonderful sea views, this terrace is offered in conjunction with your reception taking place at Cochlias Restaurant.

Please note: The official civil wedding ceremony takes place at the local Town Hall.

No more than one wedding per day

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
And once you have finally chosen where to hold your ceremony, you’ll need to also decide where your wedding reception is to take place. Yes, you’ve guessed it, lots of options too: following a cocktail reception included in the wedding package, your reception can take place at a choice of special venues including Cochlias* Restaurant, Pithos* Restaurant or Estia Restaurant. Menus available will be discussed with you and many ‘special touches’ can be added as you require.
(*) = Exclusive basis (extra charge) or part of the All-Inclusive programme.

The wedding package includes
• Local wine, fruit basket, local delicacies & welcome gift on arrival
• Upgrade to Suite for wedding couple (decorated on wedding day)
• Use of wedding ceremony venue with rose petals, white covers for chairs, wedding arch with roses, 2-tier wedding cake for up to 20 guests
• Flower arrangement & local delicacies on 2 reception tables
• Cocktail reception after ceremony including sparkling wine, red & white wine, juices & traditional canapes
• Breakfast, including sparkling wine, in room after wedding night
• Meal for two in one of the thematic restaurants during stay at hotel
• Spa treatment (60-minute massage) for wedding couple during stay at hotel

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Aldemar Knossos Royal • 5-star • Hersonissos/Anissaras
• Symbolic Wedding • Renewal of Vows
 

Member of the Great Hotels of the World and located by a sandy beach some 2km from Hersonissos, the Aldemar Knossos Royal is a 5-Star resort that truly boasts 5-Star amenities and service perfect for the most fabulous wedding day and honeymoon! No matter which venue you opt for, sea views and attention to detail are guaranteed.

• St George’s Chapel: Say ‘I Do’ by the picturesque chapel where seating for your guests faces the blue sea and the ceremony table where you stand to exchange your vows.

• Platform by the Sea: This gorgeous area stands right by the waterfront and provides an exclusive setting for you and your party.

• Beach Ceremony: A chance for you to experience a true ‘sand-between-your-toes’ ceremony on the seafront - simply perfect!

Please note: The official civil wedding ceremony takes place at the local Town Hall.

Aldemar Knossos Royal Hotel offers a wonderful range of accommodation, including Suites with private pool. And for pampering treats before and/or after your wedding day, ask us for details of the on-site Thalasso Spa Centre, a perfect way to calm those pre-wedding nerves or the chance to enjoy relaxing moments with your new spouse after your big day.

No more than one wedding per day

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
Plenty of tempting and stylish choices to celebrate with your guests: enjoy your reception on the ‘Platform by the Sea’, so romantic in the evening, or go a little more ‘formal’ at Fontana Amorosa Gourmet Restaurant or the Villas Restaurant by the beachfront. We’ll go through menus, decorations and everything you wish to add. (Music restriction is midnight at all venues).

The wedding package includes
• Local chanpagne, flowers & fruit in room on arrival
• Room upgrade (subject to availability)
• Chosen ceremony venue with wedding arch, covered chairs, floral display on ceremony table & lanterns
• Local champagne for wedding couple & guests for a toast after the ceremony
• Wedding cake & sugared almonds
• Decorations in bridal bedroom on wedding night
• Breakfast in room after wedding night
• Candlelit dinner for 2 (including beverages) during stay at the hotel

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kalimera Kriti Hotel & Village Resort • 5-star • Sissi
• Civil Wedding • Renewal of Vows • Same-Sex Symbolic Ceremony
     
 

The stunning seafront location of the 5-Star Kalimera Kriti offers prime choices for the setting of your ceremony that would take place between 5pm-7pm.

• Beach Wedding: Enjoy the most romantic experience of marrying on the sandy shore of the resort and any extra special touches can be added to meet your wishes. (Garden venues facing the waterfront are also available)

• The Cave: A natural stone formation has created a cave where ceremonies can be conducted outside on the paved terrace. The adjoining ‘kafenion’ adds to the charm of this lovely setting.

• Tree Arch: Another pretty venue is next to the on-site chapel where an elaborate tree arch provides a splendid canopy for couples to marry under.

No more than one wedding per day

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
Under the pergola by the beach, at the kafenion, on one of the restaurant’s verandahs or indeed at any indoor venue, there’s a huge variety of possibilities. (Music curfew dependent on the location).

The wedding package includes
The following benefits apply to couples staying at the hotel for a minimum of 3 nights. Extra charge will apply for the set-up of the venue if more than 25 persons
• Greek sparkling wine & flowers in room on arrival
• Complimentary room for groom for the night before the wedding
• Ceremony venue including chairs with white covers for up to 25 persons
• Traditional sugared almond wedding sweets
• One bottle of champagne and 2-person wedding cake to toast the couple
• Special bridal room turn-down service on wedding day
• Continental breakfast in room after the wedding night
• Candlelit dinner for two the evening after the wedding
• Relaxing massage at the spa for couple prior to the wedding

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 
 

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The Venetian Loggia • Heraklion
• Civil Wedding
 

Registry Office weddings in Heraklion take place at the City Hall, housed in the Venetian Loggia, a historical building still adorned by its original 14th Century architectural features. Considered to be one of the finest Venetian buildings in Crete, the Loggia stands in the heart of Heraklion and offers a grand setting for your civil ceremony.

Conducted in Greek with the assistance of our Wedding Co-ordinator translating every step of the event for you, the ceremony is fairly short and the hall where it takes place can accommodate everyone invited to hear you and your spouse exchange your vows.

As shown here in all the stunning photographs very kindly supplied by Mr & Mrs Black who married at the Venetian Loggia, there are lots of wonderful opportunities at the venue as well as in town for picturesque wedding photographs.

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
Following your ceremony and depending on your preferences, choose to continue your celebrations back at your hotel or indeed at a local taverna in Heraklion or any other resort on the island.
We will supply you with details according to your wishes to make your day as perfect as can be and as tailor-made as you want it to be. Of course we’ll also be able to organise transportation for you and your wedding party.

The wedding package includes
• Wedding ceremony at the venue

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Isla by the Sea • Gouves
• Symbolic Wedding • Renewal of Vows
 

Located right by the waterfront in Gouves and giving access to a small beach, Isla by the Sea is a pretty restaurant and bar with a stunning paved terrace that perfectly lends itself to a picturesque and informal ceremony setting with wonderful sea views.

Whilst this venue is not exclusive to wedding parties, a special area will be set out for you and your guests to enjoy a very convivial time on your important day. (With a large number of guests, ‘exclusivity’ of the restaurant could be granted for weddings taking place Monday to Thursday, but this would entail a  considerable supplement for smaller wedding parties). Flower arrangements, decorations, wedding guests favours, etc, can be organised on your behalf.

Please note: The official civil wedding ceremony takes place at the local Town Hall.

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
Once the ceremony has taken place you will not have far to go to share a few cocktails with relatives and friends before you enjoy a great wedding reception on-site.
No matter whether you choose 'waiter service' or a buffet, we'll discuss with you the menus that can be arranged on your behalf.

The wedding package includes:
• Ceremony set up on the waterfront terrace of the restaurant
• White covers for chairs
• Rose floral decoration on ceremony table

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Weddings by the Lake • Aghios Nikolaos
• Civil Wedding • Renewal of Vows
 

This delightful setting embraces wonderful mythical legends. Claimed to be ‘bottomless’, the seawater lake in Aghios Nikolaos is said to have been favoured as a bathing spot by the Goddess Athina and it is also alleged that an under-water tunnel links it all the way to the island of Santorini. The fact of the matter is that it is a very enchanting wedding venue when you are looking for something different to the norm.

To keep the suspense a little longer and ensure your husband-to-be and your guests do not see you (the bride) until the very last minute, we'll arrange for you to reach the actual ceremony location by the water's edge via a stairway located above the venue.

As this part of Aghios Nikolaos is always popular, your party will undoubtedly attract many on-lookers as you all gather on the picturesque waterfront to take your important vows.

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
As detailed below, one of the fabulous options you may be interested in is to take a picturesque local boat from the lake across Mirabello Bay to Elounda where we offer the lovely Marilena Taverna as a reception venue. And while you’re cruising with your guests, this is the perfect opportunity to have a toast to the newlyweds! However, your wedding reception can also be organised anywhere else you wish, including at your hotel.

The wedding package includes
• Ceremony set up by the lakeside

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 
 
The picturesque lake at Aghios Nikolaos
 
NEW! NEW! NEW!
CelebratoryCruise
from Aghios Nikolaos to Elounda
 
 

Responding to future brides and grooms' requests to further enhance their forthcoming wedding
at the Lake in Aghios Nikolaos, we are thrilled to now be able to offer
a very special Celebratory Cruise.

This fab 'add-on' has been created in conjunction with wedding receptions taking place at
the Marilena Taverna in Elounda (scroll down for details of this gorgeous venue).

So, following your wedding ceremony by the Lake, we'll sail along the beautiful Mirabello Bay
from Aghios Nikolaos to the Marilena Taverna in Elounda with en-route photo opportunities
by the picturesque island of Spinalonga, the site of a leper colony from 1903 to 1957.
Pending a special licence to be granted by the Ministry of Tourism, we may be able to organise
a photo session for the bride and groom on the island where remains of
the 16th century fortifications would be an amazing backdrop to your photos.

 

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St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel • 5-star • Aghios Nikolaos
• Civil Wedding • Renewal of Vows • Same-Sex Symbolic Ceremony
 

If you’re seeking an enchanting location to experience your dream wedding, the luxurious St Nicolas Bay offers everything you may wish for, plus all the ‘know how’ to wow you and your guests.A comprehensive package has been put together for couples arranging their wedding and stay (minimum 5 nights), which we highly recommend.  Another package option, with less inclusions, is available for non-residents.

With the ceremony taking place late afternoon on a panoramic terrace located next to the picturesque chapel, a splendid sea view setting is guaranteed for the start of your married life.

No more than one wedding per day

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
As expected, the possibilities for a cocktail party and wedding reception are plentiful and we’ll discuss everything with you to suit your requirements and preferences.

The wedding package includes
• Room upgrade (subject to availability) on arrival & complimentary room service breakfast
• Complimentary separate room for groom, the night before the wedding
• Use of wedding ceremony venue including flower decorations, chairs, rose petals and rice for your guests plus ceremonial/traditional ‘honey tasting’ for wedding couple
• Decorated Club-Car to take bride from her room to the ceremony venue
• Guaranteed upgrade to Honeymoon Suite with private pool for wedding night, including floral decorations, champagne and delicacies
• Champagne breakfast in room after wedding night plus relaxing massage
& aromatherapy for 2 at the Poseidon Spa
• Free use of sauna, steam bath & access to gym during your stay & one session massage or Wellness treatment for wedding couple
• Dinner for 2 on eve of departure including wine, coffee & liqueurs

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Minos Beach Art Hotel • 5-star • Aghios Nikolaos
• Civil Wedding
 

Minos Beach Art Hotel is a 5-Star choice for anyone thinking about getting married in Crete. It offers couples the chance to enjoy a civil ceremony at a variety of locations within the hotel’s grounds, such as the paved terrace by the waterfront (shown here),  conveniently close to the Pure Lounge Bar and an ideal setting for a cocktail party. Of course, we’ll give you full details of culinary delights on offer to ‘wow’ your guests at your reception.

No more than one wedding per day

The wedding package includes
• Room upgrade (STA)
• Small wedding cake for bride & groom
• Breakfast in room after wedding night

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 
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Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas / Elounda Bay Hotel • 5-star • Elounda
• Civil Wedding
 

These prestigious hotels offer two main buildings and numerous bungalow-style units dotted amidst vast grounds by the Bay of Mirabello. Amongst the various venues available for wedding ceremonies at the Elounda Beach Hotel or Elounda Bay Palace, the setting outside the on-site chapel is always a popular choice. The Wedding Package detailed below includes many highlights and extra finishing touches can be added as you wish. Both hotels stipulate that the wedding couple and some of the guests (depending on party size) must book to stay at the hotel. Additionally, as your reception must take place on-site, menus for cocktail parties, buffets or more formal dinners can be obtained on your behalf.

No more than one wedding per day

The wedding package includes
• Civil or symbolic ceremony outside the hotel's church Timia Zoni or any other setting within the resort
• Relaxing massage for bride & groom the day prior to the wedding
• Complimentary room for the preparation of the groom on wedding day (from 2pm until time of ceremony)
• Bride's bouquet, groom's boutonniere, decoration of the club car
• Taped music during the ceremony
• Bottle of sparkling wine & Greek wedding sweets for bride & groom after the ceremony
• Small wedding cake for bride & groom
• Room upgrade for bride & groom on wedding day and for the rest of the stay (subject to availability)
• Exclusive bridal turn-down service
• Romantic wedding gift
• Continental breakfast in room after wedding night

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Grecotel White Palace • 5-star • Rethymnon
• Civil Wedding • Renewal of Vows
 

Standing on Rethymnon’s beautiful beach, the 5-Star Grecotel White Palace offers all you could possibly wish for when seeking a stylish venue for your wedding day and honeymoon. Indeed the options for wedding ceremonies are varied and glorious, not least the beautiful sea view terrace where chairs are laid-out for your guests. Lovely touches are included and all venues can be dressed further with anything else you may want to add. Worth noting is that the package even includes a few photos taken by the hotel’s photograph in memory of your important day at the White Palace.

No more than one wedding per day

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
In such elegant and luxurious surroundings, a cocktail party after the ceremony will definitely ‘wow’ your guests. When marrying at White Palace, your reception must also take place on-site and there are some excellent options to choose from, no matter your preference for a formal dinner or a more relaxed gathering. We’ll go through all that is available and supply you with details and quotes as required.

The wedding package includes:
• Use of chosen ceremony venue including lanterns and floral display on ceremonial table
• Covered chairs
• Bouquet of white roses for the bride and buttonhole for groom
• Basket of flower petals & rice
• One bottle of sparkling wine and small 1-tier wedding cake to toast couple after the ceremony
• 10 Photographs (13cm x 18cm) taken by hotel’s photographer

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 

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Rethymno Mare Royal Hotel • 5-star • Rethymnon
• Civil Wedding
 

An excellent wedding package has been put together at the 5-Star Rethymno Mare Royal, with the civil wedding ceremony set to take place early evening on the panoramic sea view balcony or at the very pretty amphitheatre area. To enhance your day, various inclusions will be provided with the compliments of the hotel when you book to stay at the Rethymno Mare Royal for a minimum of 7 nights - a perfect chance to meet everyone involved in the preparations. We also suggest that you enquire about the 4-Star Rethymno Mare, next door, where your guests could stay.

No more than one wedding per day

The wedding package includes:
• Room upgrade (STA)
• Wine, flowers & fruit in room on arrival
• Decorated venue
• Free use of music CD
• Bottle of champagne to toast the bride & groom after the ceremony
• Small wedding cake for bride & groom
• Decorated bridal bedroom on wedding night
• Breakfast in room after wedding night

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
Mr & Mrs Tickle on their wedding day at Rethymno Mare Royal Hotel
A wedding ceremony taking place at the hotel's amphitheatre
Congratulations to this lovely couple at the Rethymno Mare Royal
 
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Iberostar Creta Panorama Mare Hotel • 4-star • Panormos (Rethymnon area)
• Civil Wedding • Renewal of Vows
 

Iberostar Creta Panorama Mare is an elegant 4-star hotel located on the shores of the Aegean Sea. Offering a huge range of facilities and stylish rooms, it sits in a very privileged position on the outskirts of the seaside resort of Panormos, approximately 18km east of Rethymnon - a perfect spot for your wedding and honeymoon. Making the most of the uninterrupted sea view, the set up for wedding ceremonies is on a pretty terrace where chairs offer comfortable sitting for your guests to witness your special moment. Whilst the package has a range of inclusions (see below), other decorations could also be arranged for you.

No more than one wedding per day

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
Once you have exchanged your vows, take time to mingle with your guests on the terrace. There are several on-site restaurants where your reception can be arranged but, as illustrated here, the terrace offers a stunning and exclusive area for a smaller gathering. Depending on your party size and your preferences, we’ll make enquiries at the hotel to supply you with menus available for your reception.

The wedding package includes:
• Ceremony set-up including covered chairs, floral display on main table, lanterns & flower petals
• Bouquet of white roses for the bride and buttonhole for the groom
• Basket of flower petals and rice
• Bottle of sparkling wine & small one-tier wedding cake to toast bride and groom after ceremony
• 10 Photographs (13cm x 18cm) taken by hotel’s photographer
• Breakfast in room after wedding night

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 

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AgrecoFarms • Adele (near Rethymnon)
• Civil Wedding • Renewal of Vows • Same-Sex Symbolic Ceremony
     
 

Originally an olive grove and the summerhouse of the Grecotel owners, AgrecoFarms is part of the Grecotel group and is an innovative display and environmentally-friendly concept that features the traditional production methods of Greek product.

Perched on a hill within vast land 7km east of Rethymnon and with views of the sea in the distance, this stunning farming estate boasts a replica of a 17th Century lodge, a restaurant, a church, a village square, a store and even a mini-zoo! Couples may enjoy getting ready on-site where 2-hr access to the bridal preparation room is available.

Ceremonies take place anytime from 4pm on the paved terrace of the ‘village square’ outside the picturesque church where chairs are provided (exclusivity can be guaranteed at no extra charge for parties of over 70 persons - charge applies for smaller parties).

No more than one wedding per day

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
Toast the newlyweds with AgrecoFarms nibbles and wines after the ceremony and carry on your celebrations in the award-winning restaurant (outdoor sitting for up to 180 persons and indoor hall suitable for up to 60). The choice of menus includes many organic home-grown options. To enhance the Greek ambience, local dancers can be booked to entertain you and your guests (band & DJ can also be organised).

The wedding package includes:
• Ceremony set up, including chairs (guests are invited to arrive from 4pm)
• Access to bridal preparation room (2hrs) for couple to get ready before the ceremony (sparkling wine, water, soft drinks & fruit can be provided at a supplement)
• Set up of the wedding reception area including traditional long wooden tables & chairs, tablecloths if required and napkins

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 
 

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River Taverna • Platanias (near Rethymnon)
• Civil Wedding • Renewal of Vows • Same-Sex Symbolic Ceremony
 

Located about 8km east of Rethymnon in the seaside resort of Platanias, River Taverna is one of latest venues to be included in our wedding programme. Not only a very popular and authentic taverna that you could choose just for your wedding reception, it can now also be the location for your wedding ceremony!

Taking your vows (or renewing them) on the beach, River Taverna offers a stunning location for a casual ceremony right by the waterfront, perfect for those looking to celebrate their big day with family and friends within a stress-free and chilled-out environment rather than an elaborate setting.

Run in the best hospitable Cretan way and offering attentive and very friendly service, River Taverna knows how to ensure you enjoy the most perfect Greek wedding and, together with our local wedding coordinator, will do everything they can to meet any special requests you may have.

No more than one wedding per day

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
Anyone for a chilled glass of bubbly or wine and a few nibbles on the beach after the ceremony? And once everyone has toasted the newlyweds, it will soon be time to look forward to a fab wedding reception. Forget fussy-fancy menus: we’re talking proper Greek fare cooked from fresh and locally sourced ingredients with choices of fish and meat mostly grilled over charcoal and yummy sweet treats too. Of course it won’t take much to also organise Greek dancing to take you well into the evening and carry on the celebrations in the best possible Greek way!

The wedding package includes:
• Ceremony set-up on the beach, including ceremonial table

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 
 

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St Lazarus Chapel / Rethymnon Town Hall • Rethymnon
• Civil Wedding
 

With its attractive harbour, Venetian fortress, traditional houses, mosques plus a scenic coastline, Rethymnon offers plenty for romantic couples. To reach Rethymnon's Old Town Hall, St Lazarus Chapel, we will guide you from the harbour on a short walk through the narrow streets of the old town. After the ceremony, there will be lots of opportunities for photographs.

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
There are excellent venues for your reception in town, including the superb restaurant at the Avli Lounge Apartments.

The wedding package includes
• Civil wedding ceremony

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
The interior of Rethymnon Registry Office
 
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Aravanes Taverna & Rooms • Thronos (Amari Valley)
• Civil Wedding • Renewal of Vows • Same-Sex Symbolic Ceremony
 

Sitting at the foothills of Mount Ida (Psiloritis), 32km south-east of Rethymnon and overlooking the panoramic Amari Valley, Aravanes Taverna & Rooms is situated in the small village of Thronos that counts less than 40 inhabitants. And it is within this area of breathtaking natural beauty and genuine hospitality that you may choose to start married life.

For your ceremony to take place at Aravanes Taverna you will need to book the 5 rooms on-site for at least one night. Recenty renovated and offering a range of modern facilities, the rooms accommodate from 2 to 4 persons and there’s also an outdoor swimming pool. Your ceremony can take place on the paved terrace with amazing views of the valley - such a serene spot also perfect for your reception.

No more than one wedding per day

Cocktail Parties & Wedding Receptions
Take in the views, pose for photographs on the terrace and share a drink with your guests after the ceremony - there’s no rush, simply plenty of time to enjoy your special day! As expected, the food served at the taverna is traditional and made from local ingredients. Homemade bread, dishes cooked in the wood oven, delicious desserts and ice creams all feature on the menu and we’ll give you details of what can be available to you and your party.

The wedding package includes
• Exclusive use of the taverna and its 5 bedrooms for at least one night
• Ceremony venue including table and chairs
• Terrace set-up for your wedding reception

To be pre-paid in the UK
• Wedding planning & administration fee (including assistance of overseas wedding co-ordinator in resort, pre-wedding & on wedding day)
• Legalisation by FCO of all documents you need to obtain plus translation fee
• Wedding venue hire & set up fee for wedding reception (when applicable)
• Registrar’s fee & ‘call-out’ fee for ceremony at the venue
• Wedding certificate

 
 
 

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Wedding Reception Venues

In addition to the choice of reception venues that may be available where you choose to have your ceremony,
we can also recommend and organise your reception at a selection of excellent restaurants/tavernas in Crete.

ELOUNDA :

Marilena Restaurant

 

Located in the village of Elounda, Marilena is a traditional and family-owned Greek restaurant. Its long-standing reputation as one of Elounda’s finest restaurants is complemented by a welcoming atmosphere where guests are invited to experience great food in great surroundings.

With a front terrace, indoor seating plus a spacious, private and charming vine-covered garden at the back of the property, Marilena Restaurant is large and versatile to cater for your party.

No matter whether you fancy a barbecue or would prefer one of the various set menus available, your reception at Marilena will delight you and your guests. And to add even more local flavour, Greek music and dancing can also be organised!

 
 

GOUVES :

Mylos Taverna

 

One of the various local tavernas we can recommend
for your wedding reception is Mylos Taverna in Gouves.

Friendly and informal, this is a charming setting to enjoy good food in good company. We'll give you full details of what can be organised on your behalf and add all the Finishing Touches you may require to tailor-make your wedding reception to suit your requirements.

 
 

The Finishing Touches

No matter your chosen 'wedding theme', we’ll have lots of excellent suggestions for your Finishing Touches,
including table decorations to match or complement your wedding colour scheme.

Don’t hesitate
to discuss with us
what you have in mind. (All prices on request).
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