Weddings with Pure Crete
Pure Crete arranges weddings in conjunction with flights to Chania and accommodation in beautiful Western Crete at our traditional village houses and villas, many with pools.
So as long as a selection of our property is used we can help make arrangements for different accommodation to suit the varying tastes and budgets of all your wedding guests. From boutique chic to rustic Cretan. Pure Crete’s wedding planning service includes a personal wedding coordinator to ensure your wedding is tailor made to your wishes.
Pure Crete has handpicked a choice of stunning locations for your wedding ceremony, such as the beautiful beaches at Almirida and Kalives,the terrace and gardens of your Pure Crete villa with stunning sea or mountain views or perhaps the charming Cretan chapel of St Lazaros in the old town of Rethymnon.
Below – a selection of photographs above and below taken at recent weddings organised by Pure Crete based at properties in Aptera village North West Crete and in Rethymnon town
Perfect Pure Crete traditional houses with gardens venues for our Cretan Weddings
The Dourakis Winery, Alikambos wedding venue
(Photos courtesy of The Dourkais Winery and Hannamonika Wedding photography)
A beautiful setting in the foothills of the White Mountains at the family owned Dourakis vineyard.
Recent client comments
Thank you to everyone at Pure Crete who made our wedding absolutely perfect. Lynne, our wedding planner was brilliant and we were able to have the intimate family wedding we wanted. Even the weather was perfect. Thanks again, from Mr and Mrs Evangeli xx September 2014
‘The wedding was 100 percent PERFECT!! We could not have asked for anything better, Carol looked after us throughout, and it was a pleasure to share our special day with her. She is a total credit to your company. Thanks to everyone again’ Diamond and Karen Drakopulos June 2013
‘The amazing scenery, the beautiful weather, the Cretan musicians and dancers, the wonderful hospitality at the village taverna and the professional services of the Pure Crete team, made our wedding day truly magical and memorable for us and our family. It was the happiest day of our lives. Thank you Pure Crete!’ Paul and Julie Brett 2010
‘We found the organisation first class and the friendly manner with which
Pure Crete conducted themselves was excellent, from start to finish it was
wonderful. I would say everyone deserves a well earned pat on the back. It
makes you think,, yes I would love to come back’ Mrs Denise Moralee 2008
“On the night of our “one week anniversary” Terry and i just wanted to express our huge thanks for the wonderful wedding/holiday we had in Megala Chorafia! It was totally memorable and magical: an idyllic setting (even surpassed expectations); delicious food; dancing in the village streets into the night- fabulous. All the various parts of our family had nothing but praise too” Mrs Meriam Soopee 2009
‘We have so many special memories of Megala Chorafia (Aptera), Jenny our
co-ordinator and the ladies in the Pure Crete team all did a great job
looking after us and our guests. We just wish we could do it all again!’ Mrs Nicola Moralee 2008
Pure Crete Wedding Coordinator
Our wedding coordinator will work closely with you in the months before your wedding to ensure your day is tailor-made to your wishes. The basic wedding package costs £1000 (excluding your Pure Crete Villa cost) and includes:
Greek Civil wedding ceremony & your choice the order of service and music, readings, personal vows and exchange of rings.
Bride’s bouquet & Groom’s boutonniere
Assistance with paperwork and obtaining all the necessary licences and taking care of all the legal papers in Crete.
She attends the ceremony, translates the proceedings and ensures that all legal papers are in place to issue the marriage certificate after the wedding.
Organising and obtaining licence.
Arrangement of reception at a taverna including live music and Cretan dancers as requested. The taverna reception can be as formal or informal as you like, from a village-square taverna to a 5-star hotel or luxury boutique villa. Average costs start from around 20 Euros per head for a 3-course Cretan meal at a local taverna or from 50 euros per head for on site caterers at your villa based on a wedding party of 35 people.
What is NOT included:
Cost of taverna reception or caterers, food and drink
Translation of any documents not already translated in the UK.
Any requested extras e.g. wedding cake, fireworks, photographer, flowers, transport, beautcian or hairdresser.
Flights from UK and Pure Crete accommodation for the bride and groom -please call us to decide on your preferred villa. You must stay in Pure Crete accommodation
- All of the above can be organised by your wedding planner, prices on request
For groups of neighbouring village houses suitable for larger wedding parties please click on: Groups and Parties
Pure Crete’s wedding tips
There are many options for a civil ceremony:- for example in the grounds of your beautiful traditional villa overlooking Souda Bay (below left) a local beach at sunset or in the Cretan chapel of St Lazarus in the old town of Rethymnon. (below right) A Church wedding at a Greek Orthodox church can be arranged although either the bride or groom will have to have been baptized. For something different why not have your wedding at local winery amongst the vineyards and beautiful countryside.
Day and Time of the Wedding
Weddings can be held on any day of the week, although in Crete it is customary to hold weddings on Friday or Saturday, usually in the late afternoon. The formal part of a civil ceremony is quite short which means that exchanging of vows, declarations, readings or the performance of music can be a lovely way of personalising a wedding.
Reception in a typical Greek Taverna or Boutique hotel
There are a number of venues, including some very old and wonderful traditional Cretan tavernas. A typical Cretan wedding meal would feature fresh local produce and start with mixed appetizers followed by roast lamb or pork and a desert. A traditional Greek wedding cake is made of a light sponge with butter cream. The bride and groom traditionally present sugared almonds and a rose or cinnamon liqueur to the departing guests.
More upmarket hotel based receptions can also be organised. There are many boutique hotels in the back streets of the old towns of Rethymnon and Chania where we have organised wedding receptions more recently. A hotel also provides the opportunity for the bride and groom to stay overnight in a honeymoon suite should they wish us to organise this. Recently we organised a beautiful wedding reception and over night stay at the lovely Hotel Avli – a 16th Century building in the historic centre of Rethymon with courtyard dining and romantic bedrooms. (see below left and bottom photo)
Live music including traditional Cretan players and a performance of Cretan dancing.
Flowers and Photographs
Local florists have an abundance of choice and can provide arrangements of flowers to any budget. Local photographers can be hired to produce traditional wedding albums and videos.
Documents required for marriage in Crete include birth certificates and photocopies of passports. Detailed instructions regarding these requirements will be confirmed when required.
Mamma Mia Weddings and Pure Crete
Mamma Mia the movie musical has inspired renewed interest amongst many cinema and theatre goers to consider a holiday or wedding Mamma Mia style in the romantic setting of the Greek Islands, the largest of which is Crete. Pure Crete provide locally owned village houses with the scenic backdrop of the White Mountains and blue sea to help inspire holiday romance and arrange your special day.
If you would like more information about getting married on Western Crete please call 0845 070 1571/01444 881402 or email a message to:
Hotel and Restaurant Avli Rethymnon