An Unforgettable Greek Island Celebration
People always ask why we got married in Santorini. Neither of us are Greek or have any ties to the island but I knew I wanted a destination wedding. One with guaranteed sun on my wedding day and when I was looking at options I couldn’t get over the magical sunset and views of Santorini.
As we had a destination wedding we wanted to have a week of festivities and activities leading up to the big day, which was on a Friday. We started with a Santorini wine tasting tour and ended with drinks at a cocktail bar in Fira with the most amazing of views, the day after the wedding.
The wine tasting tour took us to some of the most amazing wineries on the island some with the BEST views as well! And, as we got married at a winery, it made sense to start the week of celebrations off this way. Click on these winery names for some of the wineries we visited. Gavalas Winery Boutari WineryGaia Winery and we were married at Santo Winery
We also organised a catamaran tour of the caldera. We were picked up from all the various hotels and villas and taken to the port in Fira. Once we boarded the catamaran the lovely captain and his crew made us feel comfortable straight away. We had refreshments and snacks also included. We sailed along the Santorini coast and to the hot springs where we all went for a swim. For lunch they moored by a small island and we swam to the beach where there was a lunch waiting for us of BBQ, salad and all things lovely and Greek. After the long and leisurely lunch we got back on the boat and sailed more around the island taking in the breathtaking views and getting to capture the world famous Santorini sunset from the catamaran. I think the best memory I will take away from that day was looking around and just feeling ever so thankful for the friendships and family. Seeing everyone laughing and getting along (some just met that morning) made my heart very happy.
When searching for a venue for the ceremony and the wedding breakfast we came across an amazing wedding planner based in Santorini called Maria. Her company is Tie The Knot Santorini. I highly recommend getting a local wedding planner when getting married overseas. They will not only be able to guide you to the best places to get married but they also help with the legalities and translate when needed! Maria was my lifesaver and I know I emailed her WAY more than I should but she couldn’t have been more accommodating and answered all my emails (a feat in itself!)
Santo Winery is amazing! It has one of the best views of the caldera and, as our wedding party was on the large side in terms of numbers, we needed a space that could accommodate us all and their wedding terrace fitted perfectly! The first time I saw it on our first trip to the island months early, I almost burst into tears, it was so perfect! We were married by the only registrar on the island so, as you can imagine, he gets pretty busy in Santorini over the summer months!
We had our wedding breakfast/reception at Pyrgos Restaurant. Again, amazing views and Mr. Artemis was just so lovely. We met him the previous October when we went over the menu, wines, everything from start to finish. The food was so delicious, authentic Greek and the cake was just perfect for the day. When I look back at my wedding day I have no regrets. We were taken care of so well and made to feel very special. Pyrgos restaurant has various sizes of rooms for celebrations. We went with the Aggie Fotini Hall which has panoramic views and its own private balcony which we definitely wanted.
The dinner turned into dessert and then we had Greek entertainment which (of course) included plate smashing. The dancers got all the guests up on their feet for a good lesson in Greek dancing and plate smashing. Once we were all up the DJ came on! I had given him some tunes that I wanted played and he didn’t disappoint! We all boogied away until the end of the night! Our dream Santorini wedding was everything and more than we ever could have imagined. We cherish the memories to this day.