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CIVIL WEDDING - YOUR LEGAL REQUIREMENTS 

 Passports for the Bride and Groom ( copies of them at first ).

Original Full Length Birth Certificate for both Bride and Groom showing:

Couple’s Name & Surname, Father’s & Mother’s Name & Surname, Mother’s Maiden Surname, Date & Place of Birth, and Nationality

Letter of no impediment or single status for both Bride and Groom

All documents require to be translated ONLY by Greek authorities, such as the Greek Consulate or Embassy (in your city or country) , the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or the Local Lawyers Association (at destination ) . An independent translator with notary stamp IS  NOT accepted by the municipality. All translators should be approved by the Greek Consulate or Embassy.

Two more informations (not official) : a) The religion of Bride and Groom and b) what jobs they are doing for living.

* Translation Services can as well be provided by us, all you need to do is obtain your documents from the relevant offices, Legalize them with the Apostile Stamp (for foreigners only), and then leave everything else to us!

 The Apostille stamp must be present at all official documents will send us exept the passports.

Certificate of No Impediment Form 268 (for K. citizens) from your Local Registry Office (not joint certificate)

(Please note that this takes 1 month to process and in most cases is valid for 3 months only. It is important to ensure this certificate is valid at the time of your wedding)

Original Decree Absolute carrying a black or red sealed court stamp, if either person has been previously married and now divorced. Also any former Marriage Certificates.

Original Deed Poll is required if either party has had a name change due to any reason, g. marriage of a parent.

If previously married and have been reverted back to your maiden name, this constitutes a name change and therefore proof is required in the form of a deed poll or an affidavit. This document must be stamped and signed by a solicitor. It must be drafted on letter headed paper or have a compliment slip or business card attached

Original Death and Marriage Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse, if either party is widowed.

Original Adoption Papers, if either party has been adopted.

A certified Letter of Consent from both parents or legal guardians, confirmed by a solicitor, is required if either party is less than 18 years of age.

If either party is a non E.U. citizen and does not hold a British passport, then they must contact their own Consulate, to find out if any further documentation is required. Please note that it is your responsibility to make sure that all the extra paper work is correct.

 * All your Original Documents that have been legalised by the Commonwealth Office and your Translations in Greek *, that have been legalised by the Greek Consulate, plus photocopies of your Passports, must be hand carried to resort, where you will be required to register with Local Authorities.

 * Upon return to the U.K./Hometown and in order to ensure that your marriage is legally recognised in the U.K. /your country you need to lodge a copy of your wedding certificate with your local Registrar.

Translations in Greek *

 All documents require to be translated ONLY by Greek authorities, such as the Greek Consulate or Embassy (in your city or country) , the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or the Local Lawyers Association (at destination ) . An independent translator with notary stamp IS NOT accepted by the municipality. All translators should be approved by the Greek Consulate or Embassy.

* Translation Services can as well be provided by us, all you need to do is obtain your documents from the relevant offices, Legalize them with the Apostile Stamp (for foreigners only), and then leave everything else to us!

 The Apostille stamp must be present at all official documents will send us exept the passports.

Greek Orthodox Wedding

* All applicable documents require to be translated ONLY by Greek authorities, such as a Greek Consulate or Embassy (in your city or country) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens. An independent translator with notary stamp IS NOT accepted by the church.
* All translators should be approved by the Greek Consulate or Embassy.

* All applicable documents need to carry an APOSTILE / HAGUE Stamp in order to accepted in Greece

1) Birth Certificates for both of you, from your local Registry Office/ Town Hall
2) From the Greek Orthodox Church, a certificate to give consent and the freedom to marry (Otherwise known as the Letter of Celibacy).

  • This document should be given in Greek and is signed & stamped from the priest of your parish thus there should be no need for translation.
  • Validation of this document for the authenticity of the priests' signature MUST be obtained from the Bishop of the local church.
3) Baptismal Certificates for both of you.

  • Signed & stamped by the parish priest. If not given in Greek, must be translated to Greek (Valid only if translated by a Greek Consulate/Embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens).
  • Validation of this document for the authenticity of the priests' signature MUST be obtained from the Bishop of the local church.
4)   Divorce certificate/decree if any.

  • Certificate to be obtained from the judge AND from the Church if you had a previous Greek Orthodox wedding.
  • The divorce decree requires translation to Greek. Translation in Greek is only required for the page(s) that carry the court decision and not for the whole divorce settlement. (Valid only if translated by a Greek Consulate/Embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens).
5) You will both have to sign a paper in a notary office that your children will become Greek Orthodox. (Certificate of Faith).

  • Document must be in Greek. (Valid only if translated by a Greek Consulate/Embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens).
6) Single status letter/Letter of No Impediment (from your local registrar's office/town hall) for each of you or marriage license.

  • The letters or marriage license requires translation to Greek (Valid only if translated by a Greek Consulate/Embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens).
IMPORTANT NOTES

I) The Greek Authorities require that ALL Documents requested above (except Divorce decree) must be issued NO more than 3 months prior to the wedding date.

II) All Documents MUST be faxed to us at least 60 days prior to your arrival. At that time we will review the faxed papers with the priest in order to assess whether or not all documents are in order.

III) Upon confirmation from the priest that all documents are in order, then you will need to courier/FedEx all original documents (in English & Greek) to us. For your safety, please send all documents by courier or registered mail ONLY.

IV) Please note that for ALL Greek Orthodox weddings, the couple must be on the island at least 5 working days prior to the wedding date (to meet with priest) and stay at least 5 working day after the wedding date . No other stay requirements.

Please also keep in mind that:

  1. The sacrament of marriage must be celebrated by an Orthodox priest according to the liturgical tradition of the Church.
  2. The priest must belong to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. A marriage performed by a priest of another Orthodox jurisdiction in communion with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is also recognized as valid by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.
  3. Before requesting permission from the Bishop for the marriage the priest must verify:
    *that the parties in question are not already married either in this country or elsewhere;
    *that the party or parties who are members of another parish obtain a certificate of membership from the parish to which they belong;
    *that if either or both parties are widowed, that he or she present the death certificate of the deceased spouse;
    *and that if either or both of the parties have been divorced and/or have remarried, whether or not the remarriage was recognized by the Church, that they present the appropriate certificates.
  4. No more than a total of three marriages will be allowed by the Church.
  5. When one or both of the parties are divorced, they must obtain an ecclesiastical divorce as well in order to marry again in the Church.
  6. In the case of a mixed marriage, the non-Orthodox partner must be a Christian who has been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity. A marriage cannot take place in the Orthodox Church between an Orthodox Christian and a non-Christian.
  7. In the case of mixed marriages between an Orthodox Christian and a non-Orthodox Christian, the marriage must be celebrated by an Orthodox priest in the Orthodox Church according to the Orthodox tradition.
  8. The Sponsor (Koumbaros or Koumbara) must be an Orthodox Christian in good standing with the Church. A person who does not belong to a parish, or who belongs to a parish which is not in communion with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, or who if married is not married in the Orthodox Church cannot be a Sponsor. Non-Orthodox persons may be members of the rest of the wedding party.
  9. No invitations should be printed until the date is cleared with the parish priest.
  10. If the bride and/or groom have come from Greece after their 16th birthday, they must present, when they apply for their church license, a Certificate of Eligibility for marriage from the Bishop of their town or province in Greece.
  11. Should you desire the services of the church organist, arrangements may be made with the organist by first contacting the Church Office to obtain the names and telephone numbers.
  12. The singing or playing of Orthodox or non-Orthodox hymns and other secular songs before or after the service must be cleared through the parish priest.
  13. If the priest is expected to attend the reception a formal invitation must be sent as is done in the case of other guests.
  14. If a guest priest is to be invited to participate in the service, it must first be approved of by the parish priest.
  15. If the bride is under 18 years of age, and if the groom is under 21 years of age, a letter of consent from the parents must be presented at the time they apply for the Ecclesiastical Marriage License.

 
Days when marriage is not permitted

January 5-6
Great Lent and Holy Week
August 1-15
August 29 (Beheading of St. John the Baptist)

September 14 (Elevation of the Holy Cross)
December 13-25

The day before feast days and all Holy Days of our Lord

The following are necessary for the ceremony

*Rings for the bride and groom.

*Stefana (crowns)

*2 white candles.

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