Athens Wedding Photography
Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, has a population of nearly 4 million people. It’s got some of the most incredible and historical architecture on the planet, and its interesting culture and history have caused many to consider it the place where western civilization began. As a result, it’s a pretty interesting and incredible place for a wedding. Photography opportunities abound in Athens, thanks to the varied terrain and super cool old architecture.
Athens is a huge, sprawling, totally crazy city. If you’re getting married in the city itself, it might be best to find a place that is near to your ceremony site, and then venture out on day trips with your family and friends, just exploring on foot. There are tons of cool bistros and bars tucked away on narrow, winding streets or, in some districts, streets that have no cars.
I’m kind of smitten with Athens, as a wedding photographer The horizon is dotted with many of the oldest and most historical buildings in the world. Near to the center of the city is the Acropolis, perched on a hill with a 360 degree view of everything. The districts surrounding it – Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio – are all interesting historic districts with lots of streets without any cars.
Getting to Athens is pretty easy, as its airport is one of the busiest in the world. There’s a well developed bus transport system bringing people into the city itself.
Wedding venues in Athens
If you want to have a civil ceremony in Athens, it can only happen in a town hall. Also, the interesting old churches that have religious ceremonies are extremely popular – and rightfully so you probably will want to schedule the date more than a year in advance. Check out the 12th Centurty Church of St. Demetrius Loumbardiaris, as well as this in credible old church of Koimisi Theotokou.
Many of Athens’ most popular wedding venues are not in the town itself, but on the outskirts, in the surrounding mountains and beaches. Be sure to check out Lagonissi for a great nearby venue, and the Posiedon Hotel on the waterfront. Also consider the Island, on the outskirts of town..
What to do in Athens
Explore. That’s my suggestion – just start walking, and see what you can see. Take your wedding party to the Acropolis, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as to the Ancient Agora and the Tower of the Winds. If your friends and family have time, visit the beaches – and if they have more time, hitch a ferry out to the Greek Isles.
One thing that’s super special about Greece is the abundance of outdoor movies theaters, and you might consider renting one out for an incredible wedding rehearsal dinner. The cinemas are often on the penthouse level of the buildings in the historic district, so you can see the movie playing in front of you, and turn your head to the left and look right over to the Acropolis.
Dreamtime Verdict: Athens
Athens is a great place for couples who want a wedding in Europe and who want vibrant nightlife, a big city, and an awesome cultural experience. It’s easy to get to from the rest of Europe and, importantly, you don’t need to take extra internal flights or ferry and bus trps within Greece, which is great if you have a bigger wedding or if you have older relatives or people who are not used to traveling coming to your wedding.