Being an undeniable showstopper, Santorini is the queen of all Greek island wedding destinations. Santorini’s allure comes from its volcanic history and the ancient eruption that formed its current crescent shape. The spectacular cliffs that soar above the sea offer stunning vistas over the Aegean Sea and some of the most mesmerizing sunsets. Santorini is the epitome of romance, so it is no wonder that it has emerged as one of the most prominent spots for a destination wedding. Boutique hotels, villas, and wineries are some of the options when searching for Santorini wedding venues, and the selection of the ideal location can quickly become overwhelming. Having extensive knowledge of the island as a Santorini wedding photographer and having shot weddings in the vast majority of the venues, you can find a list of my absolute favorite Santorini wedding venues below.
1. AENAON VILLAS
Aenaon Villas is a brilliant example of Santorini’s architecture blending whitewashed surfaces with volcanic stones and evoking a sense of minimalism and luxury at the same time. A place where modernity co-exists with tradition creating a delicate balance of harmony. Consisting of six amazing villas, which offer stunning vistas, this villa complex is certainly one of the most elegant locations to host a wedding in Santorini. To be able to host a private event, all six villas need to be booked for a minimum of three nights, while there is also a location fee, the cost of which depends on the number of people that will be attending the wedding.
View the Aenaon Villas Santorini wedding inspiration shoot HERE
2. CAVO VENTUS
Cavo Ventus is a villa where luxury intertwines with unmatched natural beauty. Built around a 200-year-old windmill, Cavo Ventus provides panoramic views of Santorini that take your breath away. As a wedding location, it offers stunning outdoor areas for ceremonies and receptions as well as complete privacy. Furthermore, the villa can be rented for the couple’s accommodation. Apart from the outdoor areas, we particularly like the villa’s indoor space and its warm-toned walls and minimalist Cycladic interior design.
View Karolina & Oscar’s Cavo Ventus Santorini wedding HERE
Imagine yourself exchanging your vows amid sheer magnificence, overlooking the Aegean Sea from Santorini’s awe-inspiring caldera. Rocabella‘s cycladic minimalism, understated luxury, and sweeping views make one of Santorini’s top wedding venue choices. Located in Imerovigli village, Rocabella offers three outdoor areas, the Infinity Kiosk, the Infinity Pool, and the Exclusive Pool, for wedding ceremonies and al fresco dining, which promise to transform your special day to the most memorable experience. Of course, since Rocabella is first and foremost a hotel, accommodation options are offered as part of the ceremony and reception packages, while there is always the possibility to book additional rooms for wedding guests.
View Essie & Jordan’s Rocabella Santorini wedding HERE
4. VENETSANOS WINERY
Located on Megalochori village cliffside, Venetsanos Winery is just the place you are looking for, if you are searching for a Santorini wedding venue with a unique personality. The multilevel areas blend effortlessly with the surroundings making you feel one with nature, and the earthy colors are blending in harmony with Santorini’s volcanic rocks. Be it an intimate gathering or a slightly large one, the Upper Terrace, the designated venue area for all celebrations in the winery, offers divine panoramic views and overall an unforgettable wedding experience.
View the Venetsanos Winery Santorini wedding inspiration shoot HERE
5. CANAVES OIA
Being now the quintessential backdrop of Santorini you see in postcards, Oia has come a long way from being a flourishing mariners’ town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. So, if your heart is set on this picturesque village as your wedding location in Santorini and you are looking to host an intimate wedding, then look no further than the Panorama Balcony of Canaves Oia Suites. What makes it special is the panoramic views, as the name suggests, and the feeling that you are floating on air over the sea. For reception dinners, a separate covered area opposite the Panorama Balcony, which is named the Caldera Arch area, promises to offer a cozy dinner location to enjoy the delicious menus served by Canaves Oia.
6. EROSANTORINI ESTATE
Consisting of 5 suites with a maximum occupancy of up to 10 adults, Erosantorini Estate is the epitome of elegance, laid-back luxury, and sophistication, while combining unparalleled views with superlative privacy. Far from the crowds and soaring at 1000 feet above the sea level, this stunning hideaway’s expansive two-acre outdoor area is an ideal location for both intimate and large scale celebrations. Offering authentic Greek gastronomy as well as an abundance of activities onsite and offsite, Erosantorini promises to create indelible destination wedding experiences for discerning couples.
View Maria & Vasileios’s Erosantorini wedding HERE
7. NAFSIKA ESTATE
Known for its style perception and minimalistic beauty, Nafsika Estate is a breathtaking villa that epitomizes luxurious relaxation. Expanded across a large stretch of land on Megalochori’s caldera, the property brings to life unmatched splendor and sophistication. The Estate can accommodate up to 10 guests, while a 3-night minimum stay is required to host a wedding there. The tranquil atmosphere, the splendid views over Santorini’s caldera from the spacious outdoor space, as well as the top-notch services are what make Nafsika Estate an idea Santorini wedding venue option for commemorating the day that will redefine your life.