Religious Marriages in Greece
Information on the various religious marriage options and requirements in Greece...
It is advised to consult with the chosen officiating religious establishment to confirm the exact requirements and process for a religious marriage. All required documents in any language other than Greek must be officially translated into Greek.
Greek Orthodox Church
To organise a Greek Orthodox ceremony the documents required for a marriage licence should be taken, in person, to the presiding priest to apply for and obtain the licence. A waiting period is mandatory after the priest receives these documents, and there are a number of conditions that must be fulfilled:
- At least one of the parties must be of the Greek Orthodox religion
- A non-Greek Orthodox bride or groom must be resident in Greece for at least 21 days before applying for the Certificate of No Impediment
- Baptism certificates are required for both parties; these must be signed by the parish priest and confirmed and stamped by the Bishop where they were issued
- A church certificate providing consent and the freedom to marry may also be required
- A Certificate of Faith, vowing that the bride and groom will raise their children within the Orthodox religion, must be completed
As regulations vary, it is advisable to check with the appropriate church before applying.
As well as producing the above-mentioned documents for a marriage licence, the following are required:
- At least one of the parties must be Protestant; proof of baptism is required
- The couple must meet with the church pastor for a series of premarital counselling sessions, or must have written proof that they have received counselling before coming to Greece
- Two witnesses must attend the wedding ceremony
More detailed information can be obtained from the appropriate Protestant church.
Roman Catholic Church
As well as producing the necessary documents for a marriage licence, the following are required for each party:
- Proof of baptism (from the church where performed), signed by the parish priest where the baptism occurred
- Proof of confirmation, signed by the parish priest where the confirmation occurred
- Freedom to Marry Certificate for both bride and groom, obtained from the parish priest where baptism took place
- Written permission to marry, issued from the bride's bishop as well as the groom's bishop
The posting of Banns is not required in the case of non-residents marrying in Greece.
Special permission is required in the case of marriage between a Catholic and non-Catholic. The non-Catholic party must produce certificates of birth, baptism, and freedom to marry.
More detailed information can be obtained from the appropriate Roman Catholic Church.
Church of England marriages in one of the Anglican churches in Greece are not legally recognised. Therefore, a civil marriage must first take place. The marrying couple should contact the Anglican church in Greece directly for additional information.
- For a list of Anglican churches in Greece: Click here
As well as producing the necessary documents for a marriage licence, the following is required for a Jewish marriage in Greece:
- A certificate of freedom to marry, issued by the senior Rabbinate of the area of residence of the bride and groom
A Jewish marriage ceremony may be performed only if both parties are of the Jewish faith. A Jewish wedding in Greece not performed in a synagogue will be recognised only as a civil marriage; a Jewish marriage certificate will not be issued. More detailed information can be obtained from the appropriate Jewish Synagogue.