Why Choose Corfu for Your Wedding ?
An estimated one in ten couples in the UK
get married overseas, with the British heading for the Caribbean, Las
Vegas and the Indian Ocean; so says an American Express travel survey.
But one of the problems of marrying overseas is that the further you
travel to tie the knot, the less likely it will be that your friends and
family will be there to share your celebration. Getting married in
Greece combines the advantages of a wonderful climate and a wedding
organised at a greatly reduced cost - all just a few hours' flight away.
Couples combining their wedding and honeymoon in Greece can not only
reduce the cost of the wedding but the more relaxed atmosphere may help
in reducing the stress that is so often associated with getting married!
And of course we at Agni Travel can help with your accommodation and
Arranging Your Wedding
Due to the logistics and language barrier,
it is essential that you enlist a local agency to help organize your
wedding. These are professional people who will be able to advise on the
paperwork and guide you on how to best arrange your actual wedding day.
Using coordinators based in Greece provides you with a contact based here
all year and the flexibility to have a more tailor-made wedding.
We will be adding a list of localy based
coordinators very soon.
What is Required?
Greece has no residency requirements or waiting periods to get a marriage
license although for a wedding on Corfu, the couple should be on the island
7 days before the ceremony. For a civil ceremony you apply to the local
community mayor and for a religious ceremony, the license is issued by the
parish priest. The process of getting a marriage license in Greece is a
little complicated as personal documents have to be translated, notices in
Greek must be placed in the local newspaper and there is a short processing
time. Religious ceremonies are more complicated than civil ones but in spite
of the red tape, Greece is actually easier than other European countries.
Greek Orthodox Church Wedding
following is a list of documents and other requirements for a legal wedding
Bride's and Groom's passports. Both bride and groom should hold a full
British passport; passport holders of other nationalities should check with
Full Birth Certificate
Both parties must obtain a 'full' birth certificate with parents' names as
the shorter version of the Birth Certificate will not be accepted.
Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
This document certifies that both parties are free to get married and can be
obtained from your local Registrar Office. It may take up to one month to
obtain as the local Registrar Office will place the document on public
display for three weeks. The certificate has a 'shelf life' and must not be
issued more than three months before the wedding day.
An Apostille is a special seal applied by an authority to certify that a
document is a true copy of an original. Apostilles are available in
countries which signed the Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of
legalizing foreign public documents, and making document certification
much easier. This certification is supplied by a solicitor.
If either party is divorced, a Certified Copy of the Decree Absolute must be
If either of the parties is a widower, a Death Certificate is needed.
Deed Poll Certificate
This will be required if either bride or groom has changed name by Deed
If either of the parties was adopted then this will be required.
Although not required for a civil ceremony, Baptism Certificates will be
required for a Catholic or Greek Orthodox church wedding.
All the above documents must be translated into Greek at the Greek Embassy
or Consulate and this should be completed at least one month before the
wedding. See the Greek Embassy's website www.greekembassy.co.uk for a list
of professional translators. As there is no official translation department
within the consulate general of Greece, they provide a list of translators
from which to choose. As you will require authentication of a translated
document for official use, the consular fee for the legalisation varies from
3 to 14 gbp per document.
Catholic Church Weddings in Greece
Catholic church weddings can only be arranged if the bride and groom have
not been previously married. Either the bride or groom must be a Catholic
and both parties must be baptised. The first step is to inform the Catholic
priest of your local parish of your intent to marry abroad. He will then
need to view both parties' Birth Certificates and Baptism Certificates and
can then give information on what further documentation is needed. These are
in turn passed on to the Catholic priest of the church in Greece where the
ceremony is to be performed.
Greek Orthodox Church
Weddings in Greece
Both parties must be baptised and either the bride or groom must be of the
Orthodox religion. Firstly the couple must tell their parish priest at their
local Orthodox church of their intention to get married abroad. He will then
view both parties' Birth Certificates and Baptism Certificates and advise on
further documentation requirements. These in turn are passed on to the
Orthodox priest of the church in Greece where the ceremony will be
Two witnesses are required for all types of wedding ceremonies.
Day and Time of Ceremony
Town Hall - Mondays to Fridays from 08.00 to 14.00 hrs
Catholic Church - Monday to Saturday, any time
Orthodox Church - Monday to Sunday, any time
Documentation after the wedding
For a valid marriage, the couple must visit the Registry Office at the town
hall to declare that the wedding has taken place. The official wedding
certificate is issued within three working days after the wedding and can be
sent on to the married couple's home address. On return from your wedding,
don't forget to have your wedding certificates translated back into English.
To be sure you have all the current information, send a self-addressed
envelope and a stamp to the Consulate General of Greece requesting the
pamphlet entitled Working and Living in Greece.
Address in UK:
Consulate General of Greece
1A Holland Park
London W11 3TP
Tel 020 7221 6467
Fax 020 7243 3202
Once you start making your initial
wedding plans, most certainly you will focus on where to
have the wedding reception. Taverna Agni (the creators
of site) have great experience of wedding receptions, to
ensure that your wedding day is perfect.
A Typical Wedding Reception at taverna Agni
The Morning Of The Wedding
Tables Are Set and Dusted with Rose Petals.
Arches Over The Jetty
Wedding Party Guests Arriving by Speed Boat
Guests Awaiting the Wedding Couple
Alex Serves Champagne Cocktails on the Beach
Bride and Groom Arrive By Yacht
Large Reception At Taverna Agni with over 100 People
Into the Evening
And Party Into The Night
Menu Reception Suggestions at taverna Agni
Greece is all about food, so your wedding
reception is unlikely to be any different! The food,
presentation and service are vitally important to ensure
the reception is a success. Our excellent reputaion will
give confidence to your wedding plans. Taverna Agni, we
offer a flexible tailor made menu to your exact
requirements. The menu cost is per person and inclusive
of drinks. In this way, it is easy for you to budget for
your wedding day in advance.
Typical wedding menu
We offer the above menu
with: any amount of ‘Rodes Cair’ Champagne,
(served from Magnum bottles), alcoholic beverages from
our bar, (from Gin and Tonics to fine malts and Greek
brandies), draught beers and bottled wine. From our
cellar, we recommend unlimited bottles of "Tandalis
Merlot" and "Sauvignon Blanc".
The inclusive price per adult head is 95 Euros, with a minimum number of 100 guests.
Bride and Groom Departure
FAQ - Taverna Agni Wedding Receptions
During our reception, will you close
the taverna to other people?
Yes. We need all day to prepare the taverna and hence it needs to be closed all day. We can seat 120 people at the taverna, with extra 'beach tables' for another 50 guests. The minimum charge is for a 100 people.
We will not be sure of the exact
number until a few days before the wedding. Is this a
No, not at all. An estimate during the
initial stages of planning is sufficient.
What arrangements can you make for any
children in our party?
Depending on the number of children, we
reserve a table just for them. Eleni will prepare a
special meze from our children's menu and
ice-cream for dessert. The charge per child attending
the reception is 15 Euros.
We would like to choose a different
menu to that in your suggestion. How do we do this?
Suggestions for menu ideas are very
welcome and will make you a price accordingly.
When should we arrange to meet you to
discuss final arrangements
Meeting up so that your requirements can
be discussed and implemented is of course essential. At
least a week before your wedding, you will need to visit
the Taverna and meet Nathan. The best time is late
afternoon, before our evening guests arrive.
How will the seating be arranged?
Several options are available and we are
experienced at placing parties depending on their
number. The seating plan can be choosen when you are in
Corfu, a few days before your wedding, when meeting
Nathan to discuss the final arrangements and details.
Naturally, we make sure the 'head table' is positioned,
so that all guests can view, and it has a photographic
Can we make Speeches and Toasts?
Yes of course. Usually In-between
courses, Nathan will prompt.
What Music and Dancing Arrangements
Music is usualy background from our sound
system. You would be welcome to bring you own CDs/MP3s
to play. Live music can be arranged and it certainly
adds atmosphere, but please note that you would be
expected to choose and pay for this yourself. We do not
usually make a dance area. There is of course no reason
why the tables cannot be moved to one side once the meal
is over, to provide a dancing area.
How and When Do We Pay?
During the planning, we will need to know
who is expected to pay. Payment in full is due after the
wedding and can be in cash or by credit card.
To discuss your wedding reception at Taverna Agni,