Intertwining ancient history with contemporary sophistication, the capital city of Greece promises to offer the most memorable wedding experience to couples looking to host their wedding in Athens. The wedding venues in Athens and its Riviera range from gorgeous beachfront resorts to stunning estates and serve as the perfect picturesque backdrops for an exquisite, refined wedding celebration. Imagine a beach wedding ceremony or a luxurious al fresco banquet under a sweet, crimson sunset. Athens and the Athens Riviera are sure to satisfy your desires with their unique amalgamation of historical treasures, natural beauty, and contemporary opulence. Based on my experience as an Athens wedding photographer, below you can find a curated list of the best Athens wedding venues:
1. FOUR SEASONS ASTIR PALACE
Boasting of a rich past, during which it has hosted international personalities of the arts and letters, politicians, Hollywood stars, and famous athletes, Astir Palace is located in a private 30-hectare peninsula in the Athenian suburb of Vouliagmeni and ever since its opening in 1958, it has been the place to be, as well as the landmark and gem of Greek hospitality. In 2018 there was a multi-million revamp of the historic resort transforming it into a contemporary world-class destination with a cosmopolitan aura, promising to please the most discerning visitors. As a wedding location, the resort offers plenty of venue options, both indoors (ballrooms) and outdoors (terraces), which can be viewed in detail here, with their executive chef creating a mixture of greek delicacies fusing Mediterranean elements with flavors from all around the world.
2. ISLAND ART & TASTE
Island Art & Taste is an event facility complex located in the Athens Riviera and has become one of the most popular venue options for a wedding in Greece’s capital. Offering six different spaces and combining elegance and quality service, Island Art & Taste will certainly have you spoilt for choice.
Starting from the Gallery, this is a one-bedroom villa with vintage, country-style interiors, and a stunning outdoor garden area, offering amazing views of the sea and a capacity of 400 seated guests. The picturesque St. Dionysios chapel, located on-site, is the ideal location for wedding ceremonies and its Greek island vibes will have you mentally transported to the Cyclades, even though you will be only 30 minutes away from the bustling Athens city center.
Moving to the second option, those that are dreaming of hosting their wedding in a gorgeous garden by the sea, but also wish for a bigger wedding, the Residence is the option to go. With a capacity of 1000 guests and an authentic Mediterranean landscape brimming with ancient olive trees, this venue will exhilarate you.
Similar to The Gallery, but with a villa featuring a modern, minimalist design and top-notch sound and image equipment, the Private House offers a wooden deck area by the pool as well as a garden area with amazing sea views for up to 400 seated guests and promises a unique wedding experience to you and your guests.
The C Lounge is a modern space with rare ethnic decor and a wooden deck offering the same stunning views of the Aegean Sea, like the other Island Art & Taste venues. It is ideal for smaller events with up to 100 guests or cocktail parties with up to 200 guests.
The Prive with its modern white elements can be transformed into a wedding reception area with a capacity of 120 guests. The veranda’s sea views and the direct access to the Island Club are some of the venue’s highlights.
Last but certainly not least, the Grand Ciel, is the way to go for large wedding events, since it has a capacity of up to 2000 seated guests. With its remarkable views of the surroundings and its own private beach, offering an alternative bridal entrance by the sea, it is certainly a splendid location to begin your happily-ever-after.
3. KTIMA 48
Ktima 48 is an exquisite estate with beautiful sea views in the area of Anavyssos of the Athenian Riviera. The venue features an expansive outdoor area that is suitable for al fresco wedding receptions of up to 300 guests, with the cooperating catering company offering menus that can be adapted to your preferences and needs. In case of inclement weather, there is an indoor area with a capacity of 150 guests, while a honeymoon suite is available for the newlyweds’ first night. Last but certainly not least, ceremonies take place at the small chapel located on the venue’s premises. Alternatively, the picturesque, stone-built church of St. Nicholas of Anavyssos is less than 5 min away by car.
View Eleni & Vasilis’ Ktima 48 Athens wedding HERE
4. GRAND RESORT LAGONISSI
Nestled in a 72-acre peninsula of the Athenian Riviera and offering amazing views of the Saronic Gulf, the 5-star Grand Resort Lagonissi is a true escape to tranquility and a luxurious haven. A great variety of spaces are available, with menus that appeal to the most sophisticated palates, and a capacity ranging from 60 guests for a buffet menu at the Captain’s House Bay up to 700 guests for a set menu at the Uranus and Cosmos Ballroom. Furthermore, the accommodation options for you and your guests range from uniquely decorated villas and residences to bungalows and suites with a pool, garden, or terrace and simpler but still beautiful rooms in the main building.
View Hadiel & Marcel’s Grand Resort Lagonissi wedding HERE
5. BLE AZURE
Ble Azure is an idyllic, green peninsula surrounded by the sea of Alimos in the southern suburbs of Athens. What makes it special is the remarkable natural setting and the infinite possibilities to transform it into a fairytale ceremony and reception setting. In terms of seating capacity, large fêtes of up to 1200 seated guests can enjoy the experience of al fresco dining, savoring delectable flavors prepared by the venue’s catering company. Feeling the soft breeze of the sea on warm summer nights amidst the lush greenery of this magical place is certainly not to be missed.
6. LAKE VOULIAGMENI
Lake Vouliagmeni is a hidden gem in the heart of the Athenian Riviera with a history of 2000 years. Known among the Greek people for the extraordinary thermal spa experience if offers, as the lake is continuously replenished by both the sea and underground thermal springs, it also constitutes a location of unique natural beauty, a small paradise available to be transformed into a magical wedding venue. Immersed in the pine shade right on the lakeshore, the Privé area of Lake Vouliagmeni is an ideal location for unforgettable events of up to 500 seated guests.
7. MELISSOURGOS CASTLE
Melissourgos Castle is a remarkable estate within 15 acres of private land in the Lagonissi area of the Athens Riviera, which takes the concept of a fairytale wedding to a whole different level. While exuding an aura from the past, due to its 350-year-old castle onsite, this is also a wedding venue that offers modern amenities that promise a memorable wedding experience. A charming stone-built church in the heart of the property can be used to conduct ceremonies, while the grass area next to the 30-meter swimming pool in the shape of a natural lake can be transformed into an enchanting reception area that can accommodate up to 500 guests with a dance floor and a stone bar also available in the venue’s premises. In case of rain or strong sun, the tent option offered will be able to create a protected space for up to 320 guests. Last but certainly not least, the independent Garden Suite is at the disposal of the couple to use throughout the wedding day.
8. HATZI MANSION
Hatzi Mansion is an imposing estate within a seven-acre land on the top of a hill overlooking Anavissos bay. Merging Byzantine elements in the mansion’s architecture with features from the grand villas in Italy’s Tuscany region, the estate can be transformed into a dreamy wedding venue offering panoramic views, maximum privacy, and services tailed to each couple’s needs. Two suites of the mansion are available to be used for the couple’s preparation, while ceremonies can be performed either at the Entrance of the Knights or the Olive Grove, among sculpture-like olive trees over 250 years old, with the latter also being an ideal location for wedding banquets. Apart from being an idyllic backdrop, Hatzi Mansion offers savory dishes cooked in a traditional wooden oven and created with exquisite olive oil and herbs, which are organically produced in the estate.