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Getting Married in Crete
If you are thinking of having a wedding in Crete you can choose between a church wedding and a civil
ceremony, although in order to get married in a Greek Orthodox church in Crete at least one of the partners
must have been baptised into that faith.
Marriage in A Greek Registry Office
Application should be made with all the relevant documentation (with certified translations into Greek - see
below) to the local Town Hall for a Marriage Licence to be issued - this normally takes approximately 8 days
after which a date for the ceremony can be set.
A British national resident in Greece should apply to the British Consular authorities in Greece for a CNI. This
certificate may be issued on the 22nd day after he/she has sworn an affidavit or signed a declaration at the
nearest British Consular Office (in Crete, Heraklion ) to the effect that no impediment to the proposed
marriage exists. He/she must be resident in the relevant Consular district for at least 21 days before making
such a declaration.
Alternatively on production of a CNI issued in the UK the Consular Office will issue the equivalent in Greek.
In the United Kingdom a CNI may be obtained from a local Superintendent Registrar after 15 days notice has
Marriage in A Greek Orthodox Church
In the case of a church marriage advice should be obtained from the priest or minister of the church where
the marriage is to be celebrated.
If the marriage is to be celebrated in a Greek Orthodox Church a certificate from an Ecclesiastical Authority to
the effect that there is no impediment to the marriage will be necessary. Advice on this should be obtained by
your Greek partner from the authorities of the church where you intend to marry. St. Paul’s Anglican Church
in Athens will sign a CNI for use in a Greek Church where the interested party is of the Anglican faith.
The documents required by the Greek authorities for both church and civil weddings are:
- a Certificate of Non Impediment (CNI)
- a certified translation into Greek of the full birth certificate of a British national who intends to marry in
- evidence that any previous marriage has been dissolved for example a Decree Absolute or Death
Legalisation (Apostille stamp) and Certified Translations
Documents emanating from a foreign country which are to be used in Greece must be officially legalised with
the Hague Convention 'Apostille' (available for UK public documents from the Legalisation Office in London;
contact tel no: 0044 20 70081111) and then officially translated at a Greek Consulate abroad or when in
Greece via a certified translator or the Translations Bureau of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs at: 10
Arionos Street, Psiri., 105 64 Athens, tel: +30 210 3244036.
If you need help in planning your Cretan wedding, check out the following websites for information on
accommodation and wedding co-ordination. A wedding coordinator can take care of all the paperwork in
Greece, book and arrange all the details and leave you free to relax and really enjoy your wedding in Crete:
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