An aristocratic wedding in Greece
The storybook backdrop of grand seaside mansions, horse-drawn carriages, lush pine-forest landscapes, and chic lifestyle make Spetses the ultimate setting for your dream wedding in Greece. Its idyllic Greek island scenery with views extending across the Saronic Gulf and easy access from Athens provide for a romantic wedding on a Greek island making Spetses one of the top destinations to get married in, in Europe and the Mediterranean.
Spetses proposes romantic destination wedding ideas and delivers on its promise for excellent service at a variety of venues. Whether you search for the best luxurious wedding venues on Greek islands or prefer alternative styles, Spetses has it all.
Among the best wedding destinations on the island are luxury cosmopolitan style resorts, amazing boutique hotels, chapels for a wedding on a hill overlooking the sea reached by horse carriages or caiques, wonderful crystal clear water and cozy beach bars for the perfect wedding on the beach or even a bachelor party by the sea.
Plan your wedding on a private yacht, your bachelor party on a sailing boat or enjoy a special wedding at the privacy of a luxurious mansion and villa.
From quaint jasmine-scented alleys and elegant boutiques to wine bars, fashionable nightclubs, trendy cafes and fine restaurants, you and your guests will be spoiled by choice.
Let your guests indulge in wedding catering with the finest quality of Mediterranean gourmet and traditional cuisine of fresh fish and Spetsiot almond cakes.
The charming neighboring islands of Hydra, Poros and the jetsetters getaway Portho Heli make for exciting day trips. The culture lovers will be amazed by a tour around the island in the traditional boat “kaiki”.
You will find various local wedding vendors in Spetses. As for the accommodation, they range from luxurious 5-star hotels with one-of-a-kind spa facilities and honeymoon suites to charming small boutique hotels.
Tips for your Wedding Calendar in Spetses
The best time to organise your wedding in Spetses is in spring, autumn or summer. If you want to avoid the high season choose June or September. An autumn wedding would be ideal if you are a history enthusiast as the “Armata”, an impressive performance of a naval battle, takes place in September and the island is crowded. In May check the dates of the "Spetsathlon", a special athletic event with thousands of fans.
What to see and do in Spetses
The Old Harbour with its imposing mansions and trendy bars, restaurants and tavernas, Dapia, the island's hub, the Bouboulina Laskarina's Museum, the Spetses Museum, the Anargyros Mansion. Don’t miss the beaches of Ligoneri, Agia Marina, Xylokeriza, Agia Paraskevi and Agioi Anargyri. Visit old churches and monasteries and explore the island by caique; stop to swim in one of the many isolated coves around the island. Go for hiking through pinewoods, ravines or along the coast.
Get Inspired by the traditional wedding in Spetses
The groom sets off to meet his best man followed by violinists playing Greek island wedding music, "patinada", along with the father of the bride, friends and family. The best man with the young ring-bearer and two boys holding candles accompany the groom to his bride-to-be.
Meanwhile, the bride's mother, family and friends help the bride to get ready and when they're done, they shower her with rice and sugared almonds. Her father-in-law, the first to arrive, places a golden coin in her shoe and only then does she agree to arise from her couch.
Once the groom arrives, the bride's mother treats him to “belde”, the official spoon sweet of Spetses with quince, the symbol fruit of prosperity since Homeric years. The two parties depart for the church and once they meet the groom takes the bride from his father. After the ceremony, the newlyweds return to their house-to-be where the mother of the groom or bride welcomes them by pulling them in with her scarf.
How to get to Spetses
By Ferry from Piraeus Port in 4 1⁄2 hours.
By Flying Dolphins from Piraeus Port in 2 1⁄2 hours.
By car in 2 1/2 hours from Athens to Kosta, Peloponnese and then by sea taxi, or ferry in 15 minutes.
How to move around in Spetses
Cars are not allowed in the central areas. Popular ways to move around are: taxi, sea taxi, horse-drawn carriage, 4-wheel motorbikes and bicycles.
The Weather in Spetses
A mild Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and a sunny autumn and spring. During winter there are some rainfalls and the average temperature is around 10-15°C.
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