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Best places to elope in Crete

I would titled Crete “the Island of Elopements”. There are many picturesque spots with breathtaking views, and I am always confused to choose the one when a new couple order an elopement.   Most of these locations are hard to access:  it would be expensive to organize a big wedding сeremony there. If you are not up for the planning of a big wedding in Greece, head to a stunning location for an intimate affair for just the two of you. Here we elope!

Off season is great time to enjoy empty beaches in Crete!

Elopement at the beach

Choosing where to tie the knot can be a fun and exciting part of wedding planning, but it can be hard to narrow down a location. Maybe you’ve dreamt of a wedding in the mountains, or maybe you’ve hoped to recite your vows to one another overlooking a beautiful lake. But there’s one location in particular that many couples simply can’t get enough of: the beach. Having a small beach wedding is always in style: listening to the waves crash against the shore and feeling the sand between your toes all while being surrounded by close friends and family sounds like a dream come true. And for many couples who choose to have a small beach wedding, it is.

I would recommend to move to the Сretan South Cost, far away from busy tourist resorts.

All Saint’s beach. No one is around.

Here is a list of the wild South beaches you might be fall in love with: Ammoudi, Ligres , Agios Pavlos, Agiofaraggo, Kserokambos, Kedrodasos, Aspri Limni. I don’t mention Balos bay or Elafonisi beach on purpose. I would considered these popular spots only for the off-season elopement. There are too many visitors during the summer.

The Agios Pavlos dune by the evening sun.
Couple at the South cost

Another amazing location for elopement in Crete is a tiny island of Chrissi South to Crete. Probably it’s the only one cretan white sand beach with the Caribbean blue. The journey will be a nice adventure.  Go to Ierapetra to take a boat to Chrissi. It leaves around 9am – 10 am and back at 5pm-6pm.  Note: the best time to visit Chrissi is in May or October.

the island of Chrissi: Crete view
Zero photoshop

Elopement at the mountains

Cretans mountains are connected to the Greek mythology. You might have heard that the god of gods, Zeus, was born and raised in Crete. The island has such a powerful energy that you could easily believe in it. Travel to the Lefka Ori or to the Psiloritis, take a walk at the mountain valleys, breath deep and enjoy the smell of the wild herbs.

The Central Crete mountains

To reach the best spots with the stunning view you have to take cart-tracks. Don’t be scared. The local drivers know perfectly how to deal with that. For those who love extreme I offer to elope at the highest point of Crete, mount Ida. After 6 hours of climbing, you will be rewarded by the stunning 360 view.

View from the Ida top to the South
A stone chapel at the top of a mountain

My favorite destinations are the Aradena gorge (Western Crete) and the Kapetaniana village (East-South Crete).

Remote village of Kapetaniana
Kapetaniana. Sea view.

The cave monasteries are dotted around the wild rocky slopes. Ancient myths, Christianity and mysticism, mixed in a delightful cocktail. That is Crete.

Cave monastery of Saint John
Murals on the monastery wall
Inside of a cave chapel

I stubbornly promote the idea of the Full Moon Elopement at the mountains. The thing is that the full moon is super bright in July and August. It lights every detail, even small rocks and flowers. It creates a unique ambience that can’t be compared with anything else. I believe it’s one of the most romantic gift Crete can offer you.

The Full Moon over the mountains

Elopements in the olive groves

Olive tree cultivation in Crete goes back to ancient times. Even since the Roman Age, olive cultivation spread to the entire Mediterranean basin. This process actually begun on Crete.

The oldest olives were found in Zakros, (Eastern Crete) in a well and until today olive trees and orchards are considered the most characteristic element of Crete. Cretan olive oil has been recognized as the best quality olive oil for 5000 years. Olive trees played a very important role in mythology, being the symbol of peace and victory. A branch from an olive tree was the gift of Goddess Athena to the city, and it was the main reason why Athenians chose her as their patron Goddess, giving her name to the city.

Crete is covered by the olive groves from East to West. All of them are private, but we never had any difficulties to get the permission from owners.  Once you come to Crete we can take a ride together to find a right spot you would elope.

1000 years old olive tree

 

Elopement at the olive grove

Elopement by the ancient basilica

The Cretans converted Christianity in 1 century AD when Apostle Paul came to Crete. Since then there are countless basilicas and chapels all over the island. Some became ruins, some are in perfect conditions. When I say “perfect’ , it doesn’t mean it was renovated and freshly painted. No. You can feel the trace of passed centuries. And that makes these places strong and perfect.

Basilica of St. Paraskevi, 12 AD   
A couple in front of St. Paraskevi Basilica

Here you can see more ideas and images of elopement.

If you are interested in having elopement in Crete, please, don’t hesitate to contact me by email: info@cretewithinweddings.com or WhatsApp/Viber +306980871621

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  • This pic that I found going through the CWW archives, illustrates perfectly the current state of the wedding industry in Greece 😊⠀
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"Hey, where's everyone?" Wedding planners and vendors are steady and waiting for the July, 1 when the tourist hotels will be open. Then we can see how it will go. I believe September&October 2020 will be 👌⠀
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Meanwhile I use this "pause" to prepare a new documentary. If you follow this account you might know that I am also documentary filmmaker 😎. So far we are doing a film about Santorini, the number 1 wedding destination in Greece, for the TV-channel ARTE. The date of release is 12/08/2020 ⠀
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Soon I ll flood the stories with Santorini's pictures. Normally this island is overcrowded by tourists and the prices for everything are crazy. But not in 2020 😉 #weddingingreece #weddinginsantorini #cretewithinweddings #wedding2020
  • Salt, sea, sun and NO filters! ⠀
I don't want a couple from far away to trust me blindly and usually do videos while scouting the venues. Then I send my findings to a couple to check. ⠀
Finally, making video is helpful. Specially for those brides and grooms who can't travel to Crete in advance. I believe a video gives presence. It seems to me a video helps to feel the vibes of a place a lot stronger then photos. Please share with me what impress you most - 📸 or 📹? ⠀
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  • If I were planning my own wedding, guys, I'd choose the Thalori 🌅 ⠀
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  • I liked to cross paths with the @tatiana.iplgi and Cyril's gang last summer 😎 They were very natural, groovy and wanted to get MAX from their Big Day. ⠀
They didn't give any chance for the celebrant to perform a solemn ceremony, because they were laughing all way long. The party got started early in the morning and went late September 2019 night 🤩⠀. Pics by @smitfoto ⠀
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  • Isn't it beautiful to get this gorgeous backdrop as a part of your wedding decoration? 🌸⠀
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The wedding ceremonies  with views of the mountain tops,  covered with snow, are available in Crete till end of May. ⠀
Then the sun is getting strong and makes snow melt. ⠀
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  • Would you like to experience a Cretan wedding? Bet you would! It's amazing event in a frame of a touristic or anthropological research. ⠀
For Cretans this is a routine. Every summer every Cretan gets an average of 10 wedding invitations. Meanwhile the Cretan wedding differs a lot for the destination weddings we perform in Crete. Some facts about the Cretan wedding:⠀
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🌸 There's no goal to create smth signature. No, on the contrary, each couple follows the strict rules, established for centuries.⠀
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🌸 Ceremony takes place at the church. A couple sign papers after and gets a legal Marriage Certificate.⠀
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🌸 Number of guests is 500-2000 persons. The Cretan families are huge. They are connected even with those family members who live in the other part of the Earth. ⠀
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🌸 The family and close friends attend the church ceremony (100-200 pers). Other guests join the event at the reception.⠀
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🌸 Cretans celebrate weddings at the large venues, called "kentro". Sometimes they prefer to do it indoors (!!!) -  it's too hot outside, inside there s the A/C. ⠀
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🌸 Some couples support the "old school" celebration: setting tables and the musicians in the village square.  It means the whole village is invited and no one will sleep that night.⠀
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🌸 Each wedding serves a traditional set of dishes: gamopilafo first (rice with boiled lamb), Greek salad, fava, taramasalata, dolmadakia etc (Sure, you had tried these dishes in Greek taverna) The Cretans would be surprised to meet a salad with mozzarella or sushi rolls at the wedding reception. Meanwhile there's a lot of meat dishes. ⠀
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🌸 Celebration lasts till early morning, under accompaniment of Cretan music.⠀
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Take a look at the pictures I did last time I was at the Cretan wedding. It's quite unusal  comparing to what you can see at the wedding blogs 🤪 But I like this mess, I do like it! BTW Do you think the Cretan couples need a wedding planner? 😎  #crete #cretanwedding #weddingincrete #weddingingreece #myfatgreekwedding #greekfamily #cretantradition #greekislandwedding #greekisland #orthodoxwedding #weddingcelebration
  • I don't think the Church organization is needed to connect us to God.  People can do it directly by themselves. However the idea of Easter (Pascha as we say it in Greece) is beautiful 🌿⠀
It's the only religious holiday when I go for a mass. 2020 is an exception. ⠀
And you, do you celebrate  Easter and why?⠀
At this pic you may see the most popular chapel of Crete - Agios Nikolaos in Georgoupoli . Many, many couples chose this place for a wedding ceremony 🌸🌸🌸
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  • Recently I was reading some wedding blogs that shared the ideas on how to adopt a wedding to online format while quarantine. ⠀
Well, it all sounds interesting... ⠀
Many fields of our lives go online. But don't we perform weddings to get together with our dearests? Could a zoom conference replace a real life format? What do you think? 🙂 ⠀
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Photo by @natalia.petraki 
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  • Hey there! It's me, Sveta, your wedding planner 🌸🌸🌸 Last month was all about decisions. Due to the COVID-19 our weddings are mostly postponed to autumn 2020-spring 2021.⠀
Now I have time to tell you more about myself and wedding planning in Crete, the island I ❤️⠀ ⠀
Some facts about me that help me to be a great wedding planner:⠀
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• I am international: speak 4 languages and lived at 4 different, really different countries (important to understand people needs and respect the difference of mentalities)⠀
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• Born and raised in Moscow, being 1/8 Cretan (perfect mix for the service provider)⠀
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• Studied event management in the Moscow State University (business approach)⠀
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• Studied filmmaking 🎥 (yeah!) in the New York Film Academy (highly artistic approach)⠀
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•  Was involved in wedding business as a videographer since 2005 (That's why I pay a lot of attention to the artistic approach when it's about photography and videography)⠀
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•  Moved to Crete in 2008 (I planed to spend one year max here🤣🤣🤣)⠀
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• Started Crete Within Weddings in 2010 after visiting the island of santorini (that was fun. Should write a book about it 🤪)
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•  Made 4 documentary feature films and got nomination for the Best National film in Russia 🌟 Google it: Cardiopolitika (That's what I am doing in winter time)
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•  Did 164 weddings. In Crete 😍 aaand... never been married 😆
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It's a big National Greek Holiday today 🇬🇷- 25th of March- and you didn't let people get together... Ok, we got your lessons, it's enough 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻⠀
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Here at this video you may see a traditional Cretan war dance Pentozalis, it symbolizes revolution, heroism and hope. It was performed by men only. Now even me I like to dance it together with the dancers at the weddings. I call it a Cretan hardcore 💥🔥🌪⠀
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These days I was writing different articles about wedding in Crete specialities. ➡️Check our blog at www.cretewithinweddings.com to learn more about the Cretan dances which can be a great part of the entertaining program at your wedding 🌟 ⠀
and be well🤗 ⠀
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  • Don’t want to make fun of the coronavirus threat that interfered that much into our realities, but I would like to warn you - in Crete we also have a virus ‼️My statistics says that 10% of the couples who got married here, they were infected. I call it this “cretomania” 🤓 Symptoms: ☑️visit Crete every year ☑️ sometimes even in winter ☑️love Cretan food and take liters of the olive oil back home ☑️celebrate important family dates in taverns ☑️strong desire to baptize their kids and make anniversary parties in Crete only. Keep it in mind 😍 photos by @irini_koronaki_photography #baptismincrete #kidsbaptism #vowrenewals #familyanniversary #orthodoxchurch #christianity #crete #weddingincrete #weddingingreece #destinationweddinggreece #destinationweddingcrete #weddingplannercrete #happilyeverafter #couplegoals #православноекрещение #крещениенакрите #критвнутри #организациясвадьбывгреции

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