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Greece One of Top Wedding Destinations in the World

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Sarah Hatjipavlis acts as celebrant for a wedding at the Sheraton Rhodes Resort. Photo courtesy Sarah Hatjipavlis.

Greece has long been favored by couples who want to get married in a destination wedding with particularly beautiful and memorable surroundings. Now, the number of couples who choose Greece can be substantiated with data from a report released on May 24 based on data from the social network Pinterest.

For many engaged couples, planning a wedding takes careful consideration for months on end; often they end up choosing Greece and its many stunning locales for the site for the big day.

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On the image-based site Pinterest, brides and grooms-to-be can create “boards” to “pin” their favorite images from other weddings and wedding planners in order to gain inspiration for their own weddings. Using the data from these boards, analysts were able to determine the figures behind Greece’s popularity as a wedding destination.

In the new report from Money.co.uk, Greece emerged as the second most sought-after country in which to get married, according to Pinterest. Surpassed only by Morocco, the newly affianced are most likely to spend hours swooning over Greece’s cliffside beach weddings.

Although the last year has been difficult for many engaged couples, with many being forced to cancel or postpone their weddings, nothing could stop couples from imagining what their wedding could look like in dream destinations like Greece.

The top five global destinations for weddings, according to the report, are Morocco, Greece, France, Italy, and Mexico. Closely following those destinations are Bali, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.

Admittedly, the report is likely more accurate in recording which countries people wish to become married, rather than necessarily where these weddings end up actually occurring in real life. But the numbers are impressive.

Why is Greece such a popular destination?

In an exclusive interview with Greek Reporter, Sarah Hatjipavlis of Grecian Ceremonies spoke about why people travel from abroad and choose to get married in Greece.

A multiple award-nominated wedding celebrant who resides on the island of Rhodes but who has traveled across Greece officiating unique and beautiful ceremonies, Hatjipavlis has accumulated a great deal of expertise on destination weddings in Greece over the years.

“The experience of traveling to Greece, the culture, the food, the beautiful country, the islands, the blue waters — those are the number one reasons,” Hatjipavlis explains, making it obvious why Greece has almost universal appeal for engaged couples.

“So yes, they choose it for the weather, they choose it for the beautiful sea, and also some of them choose it because it’s cheaper to get married abroad than it is to get married in their own country.

“It’s very expensive to have a wedding in the UK, so some couples choose Greece because they can have a nicer experience. They come to Greece and have their wedding so it often does work out cheaper, even with the flights,” she continues.

There are multiple reasons why just about anyone would love to get married in such a breathtaking country. However, individuals may also specifically choose Greece because it holds sentimental and familial value for them.

“Another reason is that they have heritage in Greece. The couple may come from the States, but they may have a Yiayia in a village in Northern Greece, and they want to come back to the country of their descent and enjoy their wedding there,” says Hatjipavlis.

It is clear to see that Greece has earned its top-two spot for dream destination wedding locations around the world, as it seems to have something for everyone to enjoy!

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