Should You Get Married in Greece?

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Wedding in GreeceSo, you’ve decided to get married. Now, it’s time to make the plans. There are all kinds of arrangements to be made including where the wedding will be. You have two basic choices. You can have the wedding in the United States or you can have it in Greece. How do you decide if you should get married in Greece or not? Well, here are some things you may want to consider before making your choice.

Family in Greece
Do you have friends and family in Greece who will want to attend the wedding? If the answer is yes and the number is fairly large, it may be worth it to have it in Greece. In fact, some couples choose to have one ceremony in Greece and one in the United States so no one will feel left out.

Controlling Your Guest List
Having a destination wedding can be a good way to control the guest list. If most of your guests will be coming from the United States, then only the people who really want to be there will make the effort to fly to Greece in order to attend. Not only that, but you’ll be able to spend quality time with the people who are there. It’s the perfect excuse to control the size of the guest list.

Get Back to Your Roots
Being a Greek American has always given you a lot of pride. Having your wedding in your ancestors’ homeland is a great way be closer to your cultural roots. To make this kind of wedding even more meaningful, you may want to consider having the ceremony in a church fairly close to where your family came from. If you are unsure of where your family lived, you may want to interview some of your family members to gain some clarity on where you should have it.

Weddings Can Be Expensive
Weddings are expensive no matter where they are held. According to Carley Roney, cofounder of, couples spent an average of $30,000 a year on their weddings in 2013. That is a lot of money. Some argue that the money is better spent on having a destination wedding in Greece. Before deciding where the wedding should be held, come up with a budget and estimate the cost of both options.

Wedding and Honeymoon in One
Another thing to consider is that having a wedding in Greece gives you an instant honeymoon. So, when making a decision by comparing the expenses for both options, be sure to factor in the cost of a honeymoon. Being in Greece for the ceremony itself will likely put you in the vacation mindset which could help you avoid any pre-wedding nerves.

Are you trying to decide if you should have your wedding in Greece? There are pros and cons for both options. Also remember that if you can’t quite decide on one or the other, you could always have a ceremony in both places.

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