Weddings in Crete



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  4 stunning locations for your wedding ceremony:- the terrace and gardens of your Pure Crete villa with stunning sea or mountain views, the Dourakis Winery set in the Foothills of the White Mountains, the charming tiny Cretan chapel of St Lazaros in the old town of Rethymnon or exclusive hire of Villa Athermigo in Gavalochori. 


Below – a selection of photographs above and below taken at weddings  organised by Pure Crete based at  properties in North West Crete and in Rethymnon town







  Perfect Pure Crete traditional houses with gardens venues  for our Cretan Weddings 



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” We used Pure Crete for planning our wedding and stayed in the beautiful Athermigo Villa. Nothing was too much effort and our thoughts and ideas were listened to. The contacts, the wedding planners (Lyn and Helen) were fantastic and everything from the food, photographer, hair and make up, decoration and paperwork was expertly organised. Thank you for making our day so special” Rebecca Raven August 2018





Maza terrace and pool October 2014

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Katerinas Penthouse by the sea for beach side weddings

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The Dourakis Winery, Alikambos wedding venue

(Photos courtesy of  The Dourakis Winery)

A beautiful setting in the foothills of the White Mountains at the family owned Dourakis vineyard. 

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Wedding leaflet and Accommodation brochure available please ask for details 


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    

‘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 

‘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

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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 

“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 

‘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 

 Wedding 2013 Rethymnon

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 (excluding your Pure Crete Villa) 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 40 guests or more, 55-60 euros per person for fewer than 30 guests.

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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, beautican or hairdresser.
Flights from UK and Pure Crete accommodation for the bride and groom -please call us to decide on your preferred villa or group of apartments. You must stay in Pure Crete accommodation listed on our website if you would like us to organise your wedding

All of the above can be organised by your wedding planner,  prices on request, and accommodation and flights can be organised by Pure Crete. Please contact us for recommendations and availability  of traditional houses, apartments, villas or wedding-night Boutique hotels for you and your guests.

Pure Crete’s wedding tips

The Venue

Our wedding ceremonies in Crete can be arranged at the following venues:-

  • Your Pure Crete Villa
  • The small chapel of St.Lazaros in Rethymnon Old Town
  • Exclusive hire of Villa Athermigo in Gavalchori
  • For something different – Dourakis winery. We can arrange your wedding at a local winery amongst the vineyards and beautiful countryside.
St Lazaros Chapel Interior 2013

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.

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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)

Avli Hotel 2013



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.

Legal Requirements

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 01444 881402  or email a message to: 

Boutique Hotel and Restaurant Avli, Rethymnon for your wedding night or wedding reception or meal

Avli resturant from website 2014
photo courtesey of Hotel Avli


 Boutique Hotel Alcanea – Chania   for your wedding night

Alcanea Room 6

Alcanea Room 8 Bed