Key Takeaways

  • Greece is a wonderful place to renew your wedding vows. Once you have settled on a location, there are just a few simple logistics to put in place.
  • You don’t need any legal paperwork for vow renewal in Greece, but there are some charming local traditions you might want to incorporate.
  • You can have a wonderful ceremony any time of year, but the late spring and early fall will give you the most pleasant weather.
  • Renew your vows on idyllic Greek islands or on the diverse landscapes of the Greek mainland.

Celebrating love is a novel act, and what better place to renew your wedding vows than Greece?

So if you and your spouse are thinking of your wedding vows renewal, and you’re looking for the perfect place to host the ceremony, look no further than Greece.

You deserve to visit the exotic destination that attracts millions of people yearly due to its stunning beauty, rich culture, and ideal way of life, whether you’re celebrating your 1st, 20th, or even 50th year of marriage. 

Before booking your tickets, however, you might want to make an educated decision on the details of the ceremony and the best place for you for it to take place.

After all, vow renewal has a symbolic character, and therefore, you can do with it what you want without having to stick to tired customs and traditions. It should be a meaningful and touching process for just the two of you, so your needs and desires are all you have to consider.

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Wedding certificate – credits: Tumisu/Pixabay.com

Thankfully, no. As its character is mainly symbolic, no legal paperwork is necessary for your wedding vows renewal in Greece, eliminating all the stress that would bring. If you were planning to elope in Greece for your first marriage, it would be a different story.

Specifically, a vow renewal ceremony in Greece can be administered by an official registrar if held in an authorized venue or by a professional celebrant. All the paperwork you might need is your vows, which you should write and rehearse as many times as possible.

What symbolic elements do I need to incorporate into a wedding vows renewal ceremony in Greece? 

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Jordan almonds- credits: betsisman/Pixabay.com

There are no hard ‘musts’ regarding your vow renewal, so technically, there are no symbolic elements you have to include in your ceremony. However, since you’ll be in Greece, you might want to consider taking advantage of the rich cultural infrastructure of the country and incorporate some of its customs and traditions into your celebration.

There are hundreds of wedding traditions in Greece, depending on the region of the country. However, you can stick to the most basic and universal ones. One is the wedding crowns, which are placed on both of the couple’s heads. Another one is the wedding guest pins, a small lapel pin given to the wedding guests, or the Jordan almonds guests receive as they exit the church.

What is the best time to renew my vows in Greece?

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A couple enjoying the view in Santorini – credits: NadyaEugene/Shutterstock.com.

As Greece is famous for its perfect mild weather, no time of the year doesn’t allow for a beautiful vow renewal ceremony. Regardless, it would be best for the event to take place when the temperatures are neither too cold not nor too hot, which is most likely the problem you’re going to face.

For that reason, choosing the end of Spring or the beginning of fall should be the safest option. It also provides a great base to wrap up your renewal celebrations with a Greek island-hopping honeymoon.

If, however, you’re set on holding the ceremony during the hot summer months, you can do so in the afternoon and evening. Ideally, it would be best to do it during sunset to have the most idyllic setting.

On the other hand, if you plan on renewing your vows in winter, you’ll have to steer clear of the Greek island and choose the mainland of Greece or one of its ski resorts instead. 

Does the wedding vow renewal ceremony in Greece need to take place in a specific establishment?

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Wedding ceremony – credits: Pexels/Pixabay.com

Absolutely not, which is why it is so much fun. A vow renewal can occur anywhere from a secluded beach to a 5-star hotel, an olive grove, or even your accommodation. There are no strict rules that apply, so make sure to opt for a place that holds the most meaning to you, one that you can look back to after years and hold no regrets over. 

Read on: Greece Honeymoon Villas: The Best Places to Stay for Your Honeymoon and Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Greece for Couples: Luxury Retreats

Where in Greece is the best place for a vow renewal ceremony? 

The sheer beauty of Greece gives endless options regarding where you could have your vow renewal transpire. Below are our top suggestions. 

Wedding vows renewal in the Greek Mainland

Vows renewal in Sounio

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Cape Sounio – credits: Aerial motion/Shutterstock.com.

The Greek capital is not the first place that comes to mind as a romantic destination. And even more so as a destination that is ideal for hosting your vow-renewal ceremony. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. ‘

Let’s travel to the far end of the picturesque Athens’ Riviera. There, Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon offers one of the most idyllic backdrops to your vow renewal ceremony you can find. From the rock of Sounio, Aegeas, the mythical king of Athens, threw himself into the sea and committed suicide.

That happened after seeing the ship that had transported his son, Theseus, to Crete return with black sails and thought that Theseus was dead. Since then, the sea took the name ‘Aegean Sea.’

Today, Sounio is mainly famous for the Temple of Poseidon that rests on its peak. A visit here is a romantic activity for couples in Greece. However, the sanctity of the place dates back to a much earlier era. It seems that the rock that dominated the end of Attica, 73 meters above sea level, was made for the worship of Poseidon.

It was devoted to Poseidon because the Acropolis worshiped the goddess Athena, who won the competition for the naming of the city. This historic place offers one of the most magical sunsets in Greece. Therefore, it is ideal for hosting your wedding vow renewal ceremony in Greece.

Vows renewal in Nafplio 

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Nafplio streets – credits: Olena Z/Shutterstock.com

The most romantic city in all of Greece, Nafplio, is the obvious choice for anything couple-related. This Peloponnesian gem is one of the most popular Greek destinations for Valentine’s Day. The flawless architecture of the town, where the influences of the Venetian rule are evident, makes the whole region seem like it has come out of a fairytale.

The cobblestone streets, the small shops, the imposing castles, and the striking waters of the Argolic Gulf. All these make Nafplio a powerful competitor for hosting your romantic ceremony. Not only this, it also has some of the prettiest beaches in mainland Greece.

Choose the beach of Arvanitia during the summer or the peak of the impressive Fortress of Palamidi. Both will host the ritual of your dreams and tie you with this beautiful region of Greece forever. 

Vows renewal in Meteora

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Meteora – credits: Feel good studio/Shutterstock.com

Love is a miracle of humanity, much like Meteora is a miracle of nature. Therefore choosing this enigmatic region of the Greek mainland for your vow renewal ceremony seems fitting. What impresses all visitors of Meteora are the enormous dark rocks that emerge from the plain just above the town of Kalampaka. Additionally, the picturesque town of Kastraki is a sight for sore eyes.

Despite the region’s magnificence, it is strange that any ancient historian has not mentioned this special place. It has;t even been mentioned in Greek Mythology. However, the spectacle, whether you are under the rocks in the city of Kalambaka or you are on them, is breathtaking, as some of the peaks exceed 400 meters above the plain. Meteora has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1988. If it’s good enough for UNESCO, it should be good enough for your vow renewal ceremony. 

Delphi

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Delphi – credits: elgreko/Shutterstock.com

The “navel of the earth” as described, the historical region of Delphi, which hosts one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece, is perfect for hosting your vow renewal ceremony. The luscious greenery surrounding the region creates an atmosphere of freedom and happiness no one can stay unaffected from.

As it used to be the spiritual center of ancient Greece, Delphi will allow you to celebrate your never-ending love in a unique way you won’t be able to experience in any other part of the world. So get in touch with your spirituality and celebrate the years of marriage that have passed and the ones that are yet to come.   

Wedding vows renewal in the Greek islands

Vows renewal in Santorini

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Couple in Fira, Santorini – credits: Mariia Boiko/Shutterstock.com.

It is no coincidence that many think Santorini to be one of the best Greek islands for couples. The Cycladic aesthetic that dominates the island is a sight to behold, with the whitewashed houses,  flowered gardens, and blue domes making for a heart-stopping setting that exudes true romance. In the days leading up to your ceremony, you can spend time together as a couple on the stunning beaches or try some of the Greek island’s snorkeling, and taste the best Santorini wines to have at your ceremony.

Host your vow renewal ceremony at the famous caldera overlooking one of the island’s world-renowned sunsets. That way, you can exchange promises of love and prosperity while marveling at the explosion of colors. It is a true miracle what a lovely picture the sun creates as it melts into the sea. You’ll even be able to wrap up the festivities with a dreamy Santorini honeymoon.

Vows renewal in Mykonos

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Mykonos’ windmills – credits: No Tracers/Shutterstock.com

Cosmopolitan, beautiful, and versatile, Mykonos holds a world of romance. Despite being famous for being the ideal island to party in Greece, that is true.

This island, with its romantic Mykonos beaches and beautiful towns, is one of the most popular destinations globally and can also serve as the optimal host to your vow renewal.

Specifically, in the region of Little Venice, where the waves crash on the shore and every corner smells of sea salt, there are houses with wooden balconies that seem to have emerged from the water creating the most magical context to the most romantic trip of your lives.

Little Venice has not been unjustly described as a jewel of Mykonos. Whoever is there is enchanted by the landscape. When the sun goes down, the light embraces the colored houses, and the images leave no one unmoved. Linger after the ceremony for an incredible Mykonos honeymoon.

Relax before your big day in some of the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Greece for Couples and The Best Adult-Only Resorts in Greece.

Renew your wedding vows in Naxos

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Portara, Naxos – credits: Stamatios Manousis/Shutterstock.com

Another Cycladic island that exudes romance and luxury is the stunning island of Naxos, known for its lush nature, immaculate beaches, and of course, Portara. The impressive Portara is the first image you will see as soon as you arrive in the port of Naxos.

Probably the most photographed part of the beautiful island, a favorite stop of all visitors, and on of the most beautiful places to enjoy the sunset in Greece, Portara is perfect for becoming the spot where you’ll renew your vows of love with your significant other.

It is the marble temple gate of the 6th century BC, probably in honor of Apollo. Legend has it that at this point, Theseus abandoned Ariadne after her abduction from Crete.

Here, Dionysus saw Ariadne, fell in love with her, and took her to make her his wife. Therefore, this archaeological remnant that holds a story of romance itself will give a historical flair to your romantic experience.

You could then island-hop over to Paros for your honeymoon. For other island destinations in the area, use our guide to Greek island vacations.

Crete

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Elafonisi, Crete – credits: DaLiu/Shutterstock.com

The biggest Greek island could not miss from the list of destinations that can host your wedding vow renewal ceremony. However, due to its sheer size, the island is highly versatile.

As a result, you will find what you’re looking for. Whether you want your ceremony to take place on a secluded beach or a high-fashion establishment, that stands true. 

After all, Crete has been credited as one of the top 10 romantic places in the whole of Europe. So whether you choose Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania, or Lasithi, you’ll fall in love with the island.

During your preparations, alleviate some of the stress by staying at some of the best all-inclusive resorts for couples.

Read also: Crete Honeymoon; The Ultimate Guide

Folegandros

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Folegandros – credits: enizo71/Shutterstock.com

For those who prefer an offbeat experience and would like to find an alternative to the destinations that get swamped by tourists, Folegandros is a dream come true.

Staying true to its Cycladic character, the beautifully secluded Greek island features all elements that make the Cyclades the most famous island complex in Greece with the addition of tranquility and quiet couples will highly appreciate. 

Milos

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Firiplaka beach, Milos – credits: siete_vidas/Shutterstock.com

When it comes to photos, nothing can surpass the excellence of the beach of Sarakiniko, with its massive white volcanic rocks that resemble the surface of the moon as the background.

Milos is known for being a serene island. It is most favored by couples looking to enjoy intimacy and repose.

As a result, there is no better place to rekindle the flame of your love with your partner with a discrete -or even an extravagant- ceremony that will mark the beginning of even more years filled with happiness and affection.

Pick the location and scenery that best suits you and your style, and we make the ceremony as touching, as impressive, and as luxurious you want.

No matter where you choose to host your wedding vows renewal ceremony, with Greece as your destination, there is no way the experience will be anything short of flawless.

To make your entire experience flawless, why not enlist the help of our luxury travel planners?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you need witnesses for vows renewal?

    There is no need for official witnesses for renewing your vows, since it isn’t a legal ceremony.

  • What color dress should you wear to a vows renewal?

    You can wear whatever you want to renew your wedding vows. Many people opt for white or something similar to their first wedding dress, but you can wear something more casual if you prefer.

  • Do you have a bouquet for vow renewal?

    It’s up to you whether you want a bouquet at a wedding vows renewal or not.

    The most important thing is to make every aspect of the day unique and special to you as a couple.


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