So you’re thinking of having a Greece destination wedding? First of all, congratulations! Greece is absolutely one of the most incredible and diverse places I’ve had the privilege of visiting, and you’ve made such an incredible choice for the best day of your life! It’s definitely one of the best wedding locations of Europe, and has so many beautiful locations. There’s so much that goes into planning an international elopement, so let me be the first to try to lighten that load for you. I’m McKenna, a full time destination wedding photographer passionate about not only capturing my couple’s loves stories but also helping them make all of their destination wedding dreams a reality. So let’s buckle up and get into everything you might need to know before tying the knot in this spectacular corner of the world.
Your photographer is the person that will be there for you every step of the way in your destination wedding! I like to be so much more than a photographer for my couples, usually it's just the three of us planning the whole day together! I'll be there for you every step of the way in your planning process, choosing other vendors and just a call away if you need any help with anything! I want to be a friend celebrating with you on your big day, not just a "vendor". So if you're looking for someone who will laugh with you, cry with you and capture every special moment, I'm your girl!
We have to chat about it at some point… so what better time than now? I know things can get pricey, trust me - I’ve been there. When you put things into perspective, however, these photos are the only way to make your elopement day last forever. They’ll provide you with years worth of memories to enjoy together. Maybe one day, your favorite elopement shot will grace the wall of your future child’s home - or even grandchild! Now that’s something worth investing in, if you ask me.
1. Choose which island fits your dreams!
2. Decide what time of year you want to plan your greek destination wedding for
3. Book your destination photographer & videographer
4. Together, we plan your perfect day!
5. Apply for a marriage license
6. Book your travel
7. Get a permit for your specific elopement location
8. Have the best day of your lives!
Santorini is one of the most popular locations, and for good reason. From the crystal blue waters to the iconic white buildings, there are so many locations here for an incredible wedding day! Santorini has the sweetest island culture and is the perfect mixture of calm island life and fun tourist-y areas. Santorini is also an incredible place to plan an excursion surrounding your wedding day! There's so many fun things to do on this island and the possibilities for your wedding weekend are endless!
Looking for something a bit more secluded? Skopelos is on the Northern tip of Greece and is home to so many gorgeous landscapes. It has fields of wildflowers and tall grass, cliffs, beaches and just so much more open land than you’ll able to find in the busier islands. If you want to get a better idea of what this island has to offer, watch Mamma Mia. That’s right this is the island with the iconic cliff top church, and you’ll get to live out all of your Mamma Mia dreams with the love of your life!
Athens is rich culture and history. It’s the largest city in Greece and is very accommodating of travelers and tourists. Which can make your wedding day a lot easier if you’re bringing your friends and family. It also is gorgeous (I think we’ve covered that all of Greece is beautiful by now, right?) and has so many locations for a perfect wedding day
Zakynthos has some of the greatest beaches in the world, surrounded by grass topped cliffs. It’s a great place to explore and go on excursions, you can take boat tours to private islands and secluded beaches. It also has orchards and open fields, with a small but substantial city that would have everything you would need for your week of wedding things
Thessaly has some of the most unique scenery in Greece, and is perfect for outdoors-y couples who are looking for some adventure. It has great hiking and incredible backdrops for a remote or adventurous elopement. It honestly looks otherworldly, almost like a scene out of avatar, so if you’re looking for the perfect unique and adventurous spot for your wedding, Thessaly could just be it
Mykonos is perfect for a beach wedding, or a couple who wants to bring more people along and have more of a destination wedding vs. an elopement. There’s gorgeous spots for an elopement or a wedding, but with the restaurants and gorgeous landscapes along with large houses to rent it’s the perfect place for a destination wedding with your closest friends and family
This is huge!! On destination wedding days, your vendor team can become your witnesses for your marriage, your bridal party, and the people that you spend the biggest day of your life with!
As an destination wedding photographer I love being able to connect with my couples before any official booking even happens, which is why I offer a free consultation call with all of my couple’s before sending anything official over. I love being more than just a “vendor”, I want to be a friend celebrating with you on your day! Your photographer is usually the person that you’re planning your entire day with as well, most of the time elopements don’t have coordinators or planners, so it’s just you and your photographer planning your dream day! So whether that’s me or someone else, make sure that you’re hiring photographer’s and videographers that you love and are excited to spend the day with!
I also cannot stress enough hiring someone who's work you love! Photos and videos are the only thing that you’ll have left of your big day after the day is over, so make sure it’s coming from someone that you trust and who’s work and style you’ll love even 50 years from now!
Some other wedding vendors to consider are florals, hair and makeup, and your officiant! These things are also ones that we can work on and find together during your planning process!
There’s definitely pros and cons to every season, as with any location. So let’s get into it and break down which season might be best for you and your unique day!
If you’re looking for fewer crowds, winter is definitely the way to go. Weather in Greece is for the most part pretty calm and they don’t get many storms or too cold of weather. The temperature cools a bit with occasional rain, but for the most part you still have those sunny golden Greek sunsets!
Spring is definitely one of the most popular times to visit Greece, and for good reason. With the flowers blooming and the best weather of the year it’s a beautiful time to have your special day! With that being said it’s a busier time and depending on your location you might be dealing with some crowds.
Summer is a great time if you’re looking for a classic time in Greece, spending time at the beaches and watching the golden sun go down each night. The weather is warm , but not too hot and the crowds don’t get too crazy until later in the summer!
Fall is definitely my most favorite time to visit Greece. With the perfect weather and gorgeous changing leaves it’s the perfect time for the perfect day. The crowds can be a bit crazy during certain parts of the fall, but October is usually a great time to visit and get married in Greece. My husband proposed to me in Santorini in October and it was PERFECT.
I don't know about you bit I'm ready to hop on a plane! I hope you found this guide helpful in the beginning stages of your destination wedding plans! I would be so excited to be along for the ride with you guys to get your your dream wedding photos in your dream destination wedding location!
So let's get to chatting and create the day of your dreams!