AND GROOM'S PASSPORTS
FULL BIRTH CERTIFICATE
Both parties must obtain a "full" Birth Certificate as
version of the Birth Certificate will not be acceptable
NO IMPEDIMENT TO MARRIAGE
This document certifies that both parties are free to get married and can be
obtained from your local Superintendent Registrar Office. It may take up to
1 month to obtain and the certificate must not be issued more than 3 months
before the wedding day.
(APOSTILLE) - Click
for explanation of an Apostille
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 Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, popularly
known as The Hague Convention. This convention, created in 1961,
replaces the time consuming chain certification process used so
far, where you had to go to four different authorities to get a
If any of the parties is divorced, a Certified Copy of the Decree Absolute
must be obtained.
If any of the parties is a widower, a Death Certificate must be obtained.
DEED POLL CERTIFICATE
If any of the parties has changed his/her name by Deed Poll, written proof
must be obtained.
This certificate is necessary if any of the parties was adopted.
This certificate is necessary for Catholic Church & Orthodox Church weddings.
All the above documents have to be translated in Greek at the Greek Embassy
or Consulate and sent to our office four weeks before the wedding. If the documents
are not translated then have to be sent eight weeks before the ceremony and
there will be an extra cost for the official translation.
CIVIL WEDDINGS IN
The documents listed above must be obtained by the bride and groom then be
translated and forwarded to our office at least four weeks before the wedding.
CATHOLIC CHURCH WEDDINGS IN
Catholic Church wedding can only be arranged if the bride and groom have not
been previously married, if either the bride or groom is Catholic and that
both have been baptized. They must inform the Catholic priest of their local
parish of their intent to marry abroad. He will then need to view both parties’ Birth
Certificate and Baptism Certificate and confirm to them what further documentation
is required. After they obtain all the necessary documents they must forward
them to our office. We will then give the documents to the Catholic priest
of the Church where the ceremony will be performed.
ORTHODOX CHURCH WEDDINGS IN
Orthodox Church weddings can only be arranged if either the bride or groom
is Orthodox and that both have been baptized. The couple must inform the Orthodox
priest of their local parish of their intention to marry abroad. He will then
need to view both parties’ Birth Certificate and Baptism Certificate
and confirm to them what further documentation is required. After they obtain
all the necessary documents they must forward them to our office. We will than
give the documents to the Orthodox priest of the Church where the ceremony
will be performed.
Two witnesses are required for all types of weddings. If the groom and bride
travel on their own, our Wedding Coordinators will be glad to act as witnesses
OF THE CEREMONY
- Registry Office Ceremony
(Fira Town Hall or other Community Office): Monday to Sunday, any time
- Civil Ceremony at Hotel: Monday to Sunday, any time
- Catholic Church Ceremony (Fira): Monday to Saturday, any time
- Orthodox Church Ceremony (Fira or other village): Monday to Sunday, any time.
LANGUAGE OF THE CEREMONY
Civil ceremony in Greek or English, Catholic Church Ceremony in Greek or French,
Orthodox Church Ceremony in Greek.
CIVIL MARRIAGE VALIDITY
In order for the marriage to be valid, after the wedding the couple must declare,
at the Registry Office of Thira Community within forty days that the wedding
has been performed.
OFFICIAL WEDDING CERTIFICATE
The official certificate is issued within 3 working days after the wedding
and forwarded to the married couple’s home address by the Wedding coordinator.