Lesbos - wedding, weddings with Nassosguesthouse on Lesbos Island - Lesvos, Greece
Lesbos Island is a great option for weddings
The Nassos Guest House will be the perfect place because it will be like getting maried from your family's house.
We will take care to accommodate you and all of your guests and can assist you with choice of restaurant, party location if you like.
Most women dream of getting married and want their wedding day to be the most memorable one of their lives and so it should be. Sometimes though it becomes memorable not because of the right reason – to join in matrimony with the one they love but for reasons they rather forget and there are enough to ruin an occasion.
Here you wil find some usefull information what you will need to do
Full Birth Certificate
Both parties must obtain a ‘full’ Birth Certificate, as the ‘shorter’ version of the Birth Certificate will not be acceptable.
Certificate of Impediments to Marriage or Single Status
This document certifies that both parties are free to get married and for Civil Ceremonies can be obtained from their local Superintendent Registrar Office. It may take up to 1 month to obtain and the certificate must not be issued more than 3 months before the wedding day.
Please note that for Greek Orthodox Marriages the Single Status Document must be obtained from the Greek Orthodox parish priest of the bride and groom or the Greek Orthodox Bishop of the country of origin. In the case of a Greek Orthodox person marrying a Catholic person, the Greek Orthodox parish priest or Bishop will issue the document for both, provided the Birth Certificate of the Catholic person is presented to him.
Without the Single Status documents, a Greek Orthodox Marriage License will not be issued. Nothing can substitute this document, not even a Civil Marriage Certificate, of the same two people if it has preceded the church wedding.
If any of the parties is divorced, a Certified Copy of the Decree Absolute must be obtained.
If any of the parties is a widower, a Death Certificate must be obtained
Deed Poll Certificate
If any of the parties has changed his/her name by Deed Poll, written proof must be obtained
This certificate is necessary if any of the parties was adopted
This certificate is necessary for Catholic Church & Orthodox Church weddings.
Translation of documents
All the above documents have to be translated in Greek at the Greek Embassy or Consulate and sent to our office four weeks before the wedding. If you unable to translate the documents in your home country, we can arrange for the translation to be done at Lesvos. The originals need to be sending to eight weeks before the ceremony and there will be an extra cost for the official translation.
The documents listed above must be obtained by the bride and groom then translated and forwarded least five weeks before the wedding. We can’t arrange for the translation.
CATHOLIC CHURCH WEDDINGS
Catholic Church wedding can only be arranged:
if the bride and groom have not been previously married
if either the bride or groom is Catholic and
if both have been baptized .
They must inform the Catholic priest of their local parish of their intent to marry abroad. He will then need to view both parties’ Birth Certificate and Baptism Certificate and confirm the further documentation required. When all the necessary documents are obtained they must be forwarded translated to the Catholic priest of the Church where the ceremony will be performed.
GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH WEDDINGS
Greek Orthodox Church weddings can only be arranged
If the bride and groom are both Greek Orthodox and baptized
If one partner is Greek Orthodox and the other Catholic and both are baptized in their respective faiths
If one partner is Greek Orthodox and the other Church of England or Scotland (Presbytarian, Episcopalian etc), the later must be baptized in the Greek Orthodox faith. This requires lengthy preparation (catechism with a Greek Orthodox priest, before baptismal), which is more practical to be conducted at home. However once this is done, the baptismal can be conducted before the Greek Orthodox Wedding.
They must inform the Orthodox priest of their local parish of their intent to marry abroad. He will then need to view both parties’ Birth Certificate and Baptism Certificate and confirm to them the further documentation required (Single Status Document). When all the necessary documents are obtained they must be forwarded translated for the marriage license to be issued and forward it to the Orthodox priest of the Church where the ceremony will be performed.
WITNESSES AT CEREMONY
Two witnesses are required for all the types of the weddings. In the case of Greek Orthodox weddings they are called Koumbaros and Maid of Honor.
DAY/TIME OF THE CEREMONY
- Civil Ceremony at Town Hall or other Community Office: Monday to Friday, office hours
- Civil Ceremony at Hotel: Monday to Sunday, any time
- Catholic Church Ceremony: Monday to Saturday, any time
- Orthodox Church Ceremony: Monday to Sunday, any time
CIVIL MARRIAGE VALIDITY
In order for the marriage to be valid, after the wedding the couple must declare that the wedding has been performed at the Registry Office of the Community within forty days.
OFFICIAL WEDDING CERTIFICATE
Civil marriage: the official certificate is issued within 3 working days after the wedding. It is sent for official translation and then forwarded to the married couple’s home address.
Catholic & Orthodox Church marriage: the priest who performed the ceremony issues the wedding certificate, which needs to be recorded at the Town Hall, by the Town Hall Recorder. Both documents are send for official translation and then forwarded to the married couple’s home address.