Necessary Documents for the Wedding Ceremony
Christian Orthodox Wedding
1. Wedding Application - The application is accompanied with a fee which differs according to the area that you have selected for your marriage.
2. Wedding Announcement in a local newspaper (Greek one).
A copy of the newspaper in which the wedding notice was published is required. Wedding notices should be published in one of the local newspapers in the Greek language (the names should be phonetically written in Greek and not in latin characters) before the application for a marriage license is submitted. Most newspapers have a form that you fill in with all information required for the announcement.
3. Full Birth Certificates (with both parents' names inside) with an APOSTILLE stamp.
4. Christening Certificates (that he/she is a Christian) – only if spouse is a foreigner
5. Single Status Letter or Letter of No Impediment (one for each spouse) with an APOSTILLE stamp. "Single Status" is a document issued from your local Registrar and guarantees that you are free to get married.
6. Marriage Fee From The IRS
7. Divorce Certificate (if you have been married previously)
8. Death Certificate, Deed Poll Certificate or Adoption Certificate (if appropriate)
9. Photocopies of your Passports
All documents must be translated into Greek. Having all above mentioned documents, we then apply for the MARRIAGE LICENSE which will be forwarded to the priest who will perform the ceremony. After the wedding ceremony, the marriage has to be registered to the Vital Statistics Office (Lixiarcheio) of the city here it was performed. This has to be done within 40 days following the ceremony.
Mixed religious wedding
(between an Orthodox & a Catholic).
The non-orthodox party of the spouse must obtain certificates of birth, baptism, and single status letter or letter of no impediment from his or her church, translated into Greek, as well as an official statement that the children from that marriage will be baptised in the Orthodox Church.
1. A Passport or other Travel Document
2. A certified copy of the Birth Certificate, along with an Official Translation.
3. If applicable, Documentary Evidence (Death Certificate or Final/Irrevocable Divorce Decree) of the termination of all previous marriages along with an official translation.
Note: All documents (birth, death, divorce, etc.,) must be endorsed with an APOSTILLE Certification.
4. Letter of No Impediment or single status, one for each spouse.
Please note that the Certificates of Non-Impediment are issued by your local Registrars after a 15-day notice and are valid for 3 months only. Therefore, you must make sure that their date of issue is less than 3 months before your wedding date.
5. A copy of the newspaper in which the wedding notice is published.
Wedding notices should be published in one of the local newspapers in the Greek language (the names should be phonetically written in Greek and not in Latin Characters) before the application of a marriage license is submitted. In small towns, where newspapers are not published, notices are posted by the mayor or the president of the community at the City Hall or the Community Office.