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Legal papers for a Greek Orthodox wedding in Greece

Legal papers for and Greek Orthodox wedding in Greece

From the civil

  • Copies of bride and groom’s passports (no apostille is required or translation)
  • Bride’s and groom’s full birth certificates that means both parents names should be in the birth certificate  (shorter versions are not acceptable) apostille and translation in Greek is required
  • Marriage license or a letter of No Impediment to Marriage  for both of you must be provided for both the bride and groom. This document confirms that you have never been married and are free to marry. It can be obtained at your local Registry or Statistics Office, and must be issued within three months of the wedding date. Apostille and Greek translation is required.
  • Divorce Certificate(s) / Decree(s), for divorced parties. Certified copies of each divorce is required, and  apostille and  Greek translation is required
  • Deed poll / name change / adoption papers are required for each party (if applicable) in certified copies. Apostille and Greek translations are required.

From the church

  • Baptismal certificates of both parties. These must be signed and stamped by the parish priest. If not given in Greek, they will need to be provided in Greek translation (valid only if translated and stamped  by the Greek Embassy or Consulate, or by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The Bishop / Metropolis of your local church must also validate the authenticity of the priest’s  signature.
  • The Greek Orthodox Church must provide each party with a certificate giving consent to your freedom to marry (also known as a Letter of Eleftherogamias). This document should be given to you in Greek, signed and stamped by your parish priest, and so no translation will be required. The Bishop / Metropolis of your local church must also validate the authenticity of your priest’s signature.Also in this letter must mentioned that you are a member of the local church.
  • Certificate of Faith. This is a letter stating that you both agree to baptize any children of your union produces in the Orthodox Faith. This can be done in Greece.

All of the above documents (with the exception of passport copies), and including their apostille stamps, must also be provided in Greek translation and certified  by the Greek  Embassy / Consulate in your country.
All documents must be sent six weeks electronically to us, prior to your wedding in Greece, to allow us to confirm that all paperwork is in order.

Please bring all the originals with you and they remain at the church marriage office

You must remain in Greece for at least one  business day after your wedding, as you will need to sign your Marriage Certificate at the local town hall.

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