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Firms tie the knot for Greek island weddings

- by Dabs Banner

Expect to find it easier to hold your wedding on one of the Greek islands soon.

A deal agreed by holiday giant TUI UK and the website BookYourWeddingDay should make it relatively straightforward to exchange vows on the Greek island of your choice.

The most popular destinations for weddings in Greece are the islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Skiathos, Corfu.

The deal should make it quicker and easier to arrange a Greek wedding and help couples negotiate their way through the relatively tricky procedures.

If all goes well, it should trigger an increase in Greek Islands weddings over the lifetime of the three-year deal.

The Greek Islands are proving a big draw for young couples looking for the most romantic setting to stage their wedding celebration.

Specialist staff from BookYourWeddingDay are training TUI UK holiday representatives so that everything will be ready for this summer's tourist season.

Expect to see adverts by both companies promoting the venture over the spring and summer.

Up until now, Greek Island wedding packages have been the preserve of businesses at the luxury travel end of the market.

Many are based on the islands themselves and offer complete wedding packages with all the trimmings. Others spread the net wider and offer weddings in exotic locations all over the world.

Tripadvisor recently published its top ten wedding resorts in Greece, based on reviews by website visitors.

The top was Tragaki beach on Corfu, followed by Megalohori on Santorini and Agios Nikolaos on Mykonos. Other favourite destinations were Lindos, Kallithea and Kiotari on Rhodes.

Getting married in Greece is not always a straightforward affair. Couples can face difficulties with the stringent requirements for personal documents.

If you do fancy a Greek island wedding you will need a full birth certificate and in relevant cases adoption certificates, divorce certificate and even death certificates if a previous spouse has died.

Document need to be legalised for use abroad through the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and translated into Greek by a recognised translator authorised and certified by the Greek Embassy in London.

Many couples like the idea of getting married in a Greek Orthodox Church or chapel, but this may require even more paperwork.