Post # 1
So I finally picked a location for my destination wedding. Now I’m very confused as to what to do. Has anyone been to greece lately? Is it a bad idea? If so does anyone have any really good suggestions? Thanks!
Post # 2
Given the debt crisis in Greece currently, there is no way I would consider it.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2015 - Aanuka Beach Resort
I second this! I would not consider it! Also crime rates are expected to rise.
Post # 4
Yep. I was thinking “of all the places in the world, WHY GREECE NOW?” I think things have the potential to get very nasty indeed.
Post # 5
Actually as horrible as it sounds now is a good time to visit Greece. Not only will your dollar go further but they actually need tourists to prop up their economy.
As for crime, I find the alarmist attitude on this board bewildering since most posters actually live in a country with higher levels of murder and crime than most countries they are usually trying to warn people off.
Edit:to say that I just checked my countries travel advisary for both Greece and the USA and they are at the same level of exercise normal safety procedures. Guess no one should travel to the USA right now either
Post # 6
I would say with the uncertainty at the moment, I would absolutely plan a holiday to Greece, but I wouldn’t plan a wedding. Think of the number of local vendors you would be relying on – and they don’t know how they will get through next week, let alone next year. I live in London but my boss is Greek and her sister over in Greece employs 7 people. The banks are shut and she can’t pay her employees this week. She is sick with worry and feels responsible for those employees and their families. So, I mean, if florists, caterers, cake bakers etc have supply issues then you’re going to be panicking about your wedding and I imagine it would be so stressful. I don’t think the situation in Greece will stabilise to the point I would be happy planning a wedding there from overseas for the forseeable future. But yes, it’s safe and a lovely place for a holiday or trip, if you pay in cash and absolutely don’t rely on credit or debit cards whilst you’re out there. Definitely not discouraging holiday makers. But I just wouldn’t want to worry about vendors staying in business.
Post # 8
I know an amazing photographer in Italy if you need someone (he’s willing to travel) or you could do it in Italy! We got married there last September…it was a dream. Greece is a little scary right now, but if that’s your dream location, go for it girl!
Post # 9
I would visit Greece right now, I’m still planning on doing so in Sept. But I dont’ think I’d be comfortable planning a wedding there.
Post # 10
Currently the banks have closed. They will remain closed through this week. ATM’s have a €60 daily withdrawl limit but most are empty anyway. The central financial agencies set these limits and rules to prevent people from all trying to get their money out of the bank at once, which would push the banks to collapse. A fundamental distrust of the banking system is growing and merchants are starting to refuse to take credit cards. Merchants are also being denied credit by their own lenders for a related reason: anyone with money to lend is afraid of default. So goods are becoming harder to buy, especially fuel.
this is not alarmist. This is fact. Do some research to what it is like to be in Greece today. Yes if you have cold, hard cash you can get some great deals but how many of us all around with thousands in euros? And if fuel remains scarce, money won’t help.
my advice: wait a few months before deciding, and keep your planning window short. the situation in Greece is tenuous and rapidly changing.
Personally. I’d go to Greece as a tourist on a short visit and I’d try to fly a non-Greek airline but I would let the financial crisis stabilize a bit before I asked my loved ones to fly over for a Destination Wedding. A dw is already a lot to ask of someone. To expect them to have a wad of cash or deal with unpredictable shortages and petrol rationing is not very kind.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t advise going. Also, most of your guests probably won’t come either. It’s not safe.
Post # 12
I would agree. I was just so sad that this happened now, but I’ll have to pick a new place!
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Given the likelihood of civil unrest following a financial collapse that seems almost imminent, I would not be planning anything in Greece right now.