A Greek Orthodox wedding in Santorini is a beautiful and culturally rich experience, set against the stunning backdrop of the island’s picturesque landscapes and iconic blue-domed churches. Greek Orthodox weddings are known for their deep religious significance, traditional customs, and celebrations that often last for hours. Here’s a general overview of what you can expect at a Greek Orthodox wedding in Santorini:
Venue Selection: Santorini offers breathtaking views, making it a popular destination for weddings. Many couples choose to have their ceremonies in iconic locations like the blue-domed churches, cliffside chapels, or even on open terraces overlooking the caldera. One of the best Blue dome church is Anastasis church in Imerovigli with Father Leonidas. He was born in Chicago and he will make the ceremony in Greek and Englich.
Pre-Wedding Rituals:Blessing of the Rings: The couple’s wedding rings are blessed by the priest before the ceremony.
Crowning Ceremony (Stefana): The crowning ceremony involves the priest placing crowns (stefana) on the couple’s heads, signifying their status as king and queen of their new family.
Ceremony: Sacrament of Matrimony: The ceremony is a deeply religious event conducted by an Orthodox priest. It includes readings from the Bible, prayers, and the exchange of vows and rings.
Circling the Altar: The couple traditionally walks around the altar three times, representing the Holy Trinity and their journey into married life.Dress Code: The bride typically wears a white or ivory wedding gown, and the groom wears a formal suit or a tuxedo. Guests are usually expected to dress in formal attire.
Photography and Videography: Given the picturesque landscapes of Santorini, wedding photography and videography are essential to capture the breathtaking moments.
Santorini has 360 Greek Orthodox churchers and is one of the most famous destinations where Orthodox Weddings take place. Most of the churches are simple, whitewashed, adorned with blue domes that perfectly match the blue sky with a backdrop of Santorini’s caldera in the Aegean Sea. It is no wonder that thousands of people from all over the world choose Santorini for their wedding.
According to the Greek Orthodox Church, first and foremost, the marriage must be conducted in an Orthodox Church. With interfaith marriages, the non-Orthodox partner must have been baptized in water in the name of the Holy Trinity. A marriage cannot take place in the Orthodox Church between an Orthodox Christian and a non-Christian. The non-Orthodox partner must be a person who belongs to a Christian denomination acceptable to the Orthodox Church.
This package offers more services to the couple and their guests (up to 30) who opt for an Orthodox traditional wedding on the unique island of Santorini. Feel free to contact us and give your preferred wedding dates or any special requirements (photographer or wedding video or extra decoration or else) and we will try to provide you with all appropriate information starting to create your dream wedding package in Santorini.
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