(Closed) Greece destination wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

We had our wedding in my hometown Antalya. It is very close to Greece and very similar to it. We had 200 guests (about 60 of them came from Europe and USA) and it cost 13K. Antalya is on the southern Turkey and is an amazing big city! If you are interested in it I can share the venue and all the vendors that I worked with. Our photographer was Kare Kadraj and they travel to Greece for weddings. I am a mediterranean and I know how hot it gets in the summer. Our wedding was July 1st and it was 112F. I say avoid July. I am sharing a picture of our ceremony area for you. The venue is called Akra Hotel. Our American guests loved the hotel!IMG_27361Good luck with planing.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

 

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crnnc :  ohhhh I went to a wedding in Antalya I loved it, it was so beautiful!!

Ive been checking out travel advisories for Greece because I want to go there for our honeymoon. From what I understand, the islands are pretty safe.  Santorini is not crazy cheap but some other islands are less expensive. It may also be quite expensive for your guests to get there if you’re not already based on Europe. Good luck!! Hahahaha maybe I’ll see you on our honeymoon 😉

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Worker bee

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lvivi :  I love Greece, and was just in Santorini last in late 2016, and I can tell you it is by no means cheap. Santorini is the most touristy of the islands, and the prices reflect that. This is coming from someone who lives in Hawai’i- Santorini is not cheap! It is beautiful, but unless you have significant ties to the area (heritage, family, etc), I wouldn’t do it there if you’re coming from the states. Unless it’s just the two of you, it really doesn’t make sense for your budget.

Also, it is HOT in the summer. If you are set on this destination and can make it work, save yourself and your guests some planning time (10 months goes by quckly!) and go in the Fall.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Santorini will be very expensive for your guests, it’s not cheap for accommodation particularly in the summer months.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Santorini is really expensive compare to others Greece regions because it is super touristic.

You should look at others regions like Rhodes, Crete or Halkidiki and prefer June or September 

 

Post # 7
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Newbee

The financial problems in Greece are not going to impact you as a tourist in Santorini.  Where are you from and how many guests are you looking to have?  My wedding was in Boston and my guests spent almost as much on their hotels as we spent on our honeymoon hotel in Santorini.  So price is a little relative, although your money will go further in other parts of Greece.  I find food and transportation to be cheap in Greece, even in Santorini.  I’ve vacationed in much more expensive places.

Weather is also a consideration as others have stated.  We went early June and it was hot during the day but cooled down at night.  We had two nights of extreme wind.  As you get into July/August it heats up a LOT.  September is the best time to go to Greece in my opinion, weather-wise.

 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

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lvivi :  are you paying for your guests’ flights and hotel stays?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

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lvivi :  ^ guess not… 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We just booked our honeymoon to Athens for April 2018. all research we’ve done says it’s safe. You have your normal crap that goes on, then the stuff you will never prepare for. But if you wait for life to be perfect you will never do anything. 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

Santorini is going to be insanely expensive at that time of year. I don’t see how a budget of $15k would be possible there, and you’re also asking a lot of your guests because hotels and Airbnb prices will be crazy high since that’s their high season. 

If you’re set on Greece, I would look into getting married on a less touristy island. We honeymooned in Milos in July/Aug (just a few weeks ago), which was still way more expensive than Athens but didn’t touch the prices we saw in Santorini. There are also beautiful parts of Greece in the mainland, like the town of Nafplio in the Peloponnese (not too far from Athens). I was there about 10 yrs ago, and it was one of my favorite places in all of Greece. It’s a beautiful seaport town that goes up into the mountains.

Post # 13
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Newbee

I am having my wedding next May in Santorini. I will say that you will have a difficult time planning a wedding there, it is a very expensive island and most wedding venues and hotels/accomodations book out really far in advance. I know that in late May when I was trying to book my venue for next year, they only had availability for 1 day in all of 2018.

I’d take a look at the islands around Santorini, they will be cheaper. Also check out Croatia or Spain for beautiful but cheaper weddings. I heard Portugal is amazing for weddings as well!

I also suggest reaching out to a lot of different wedding planners/companies in the are you want to go to, and get a feel for their prices. They can range quite a bit.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

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Livvy87 :  I’m having my wedding in Santorini next June! How is your wedding planning coming along?

 

Post # 15
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Newbee

kristin36890 :  nothing so far! We booked the venue and the photographer as per my planner, she said those get booked up the fastest. But in terms of everything else she said we will start the planning in November. I’m with Poema Weddings.

How’s yours?? I don’t even have a dress yet do you? 

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