Due to the non-spiritual nature and commercialization of island wedding packages, a Greek Catholic bishop said that tourists could no longer be married on the islands of Santorini, Syros and Crete.
Hundreds of couples from the United States, Canada, UK and Australia come to Greece each year to be married at sunset with Oia, old forts and emerald seas as their backdrop. Travel operators are cashing in, rather than respecting the church’s holy sacrament and examining the legality of documents, with some taking bribes in exchange for ceremonies that would otherwise not be performed. Bishop Frangiskos Papamanolis decided to put a stop to that.
Wedding packages run upwards of 4,000 euros, some of which include clichè additions such as donkeys for transportation and wedding crowns (stefana) made of olive branches.
Original source is “No more big, fat Greek wedding” from Agence France-Presse (AFP) — article removed.