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Orthodox Weddings in Greece

Legal papers for and Greek Orthodox wedding in Greece

1.Copies of bride and groom's passports.
2.Bride and groom's full certificates (shorter versions are not acceptable). Certificates must be validated within six months of the wedding date.  Greek  translations are required.
3.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 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. 
4.The Greek Orthodox Church must provide each party with a certificate giving consent to your freedom to marry (also known as a Letter of Celibacy). 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.
5.Divorce Certificate(s) / Decree(s), for divorced parties. These must be obtained from the presiding judge (for previous civil marriages) and from the Church (for previous Greek Orthodox marriages). Civil and Church divorce  decrees must be translated into Greek (valid only if translated by the Greek Embassy or Consulate, or by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and stamped with an apostille. The entire divorce document need not be translated - only the pages concerning the court's decision need to be provided in Greek.
6.Certificate of Faith. This is a letter stating that you both agree to baptise any children your union produces in the Orthodox Faith. This document can be obtained from your local Public Notary Office. This document will need to be provided in Greek translation (valid only if translated by the Greek Embassy or Consulate, or by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
7.Letter of No Impediment to Marriage / Letter of Single Status / Affidavit of Single Status and No Impediment to Marriage This can be obtained from your local Town Hall / Registrar’s Office / Statistics Office. One is required for each party. The letter states that you have no impediments preventing you from getting married. The affidavit of Single Status and No Impediment to Marriage applies only to US Citizens.This letter requires an apostile stamp prior to translation (see www.apostille.com).
8.Deed pol / name change / adoption  papers  are required  for each party (if applicable) in certified copies. Greek translations are required.
9.Non European Union, Non American or  non Australian citizens also required the following additional documents:

a photocopy of your visa

passport

“dilosi tou nonou #1599 (declaration under the law 1599)

An apostille stamp is the seal of the State / Country / Commonwealth office in accordance with  the Hague Convention;it allows the stamped  document to be used officially in a foreign country. The stamp refers to the relevant legislation and indicated the validity of international use.

All  documents must have an apostille stamp

All documents must be translated  and certified in Greek Embassy / Consulate in your country.

All documents must be sent to us eight  weeks  prior to your wedding in Greece, to allow us to confirm that all paper work is in order.

 

 

 

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