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Elopement vs Micro wedding in Crete

With the threat of  COVID-19 present in everyone’s lives,  there has understandably been a lot of talk about SMALL Weddings. While small weddings have always been popular,  they have become more important than ever due to social distancing and restrictions on the size of public gatherings.  If you are considering a smaller wedding in Crete, then have no fear!

Recently, I read a very interesting article about the differences between Micro wedding and Εlopement and I wanted to share this information, in case you are preparing for a wedding in Crete in the coming months.

Here are a few key differences between a micro wedding and an elopement!



Elopements are between you and your partner! The only guests would be an officiant, a witness, and whoever is there to document the day. Your photographer or videographer can normally serve as your marriage witness.

Micro-weddings are smaller-scale celebrations that have a guest list under 25-30 people. These are your VIPs!

photo: Antonis Kelaidis



Elopements have a casual, loose timeline and are normally between 3-4 hours so that your intimate moments and private vows can be documented. If you’re hiring an officiant, hair & makeup artists, the only official times scheduled would be your hair & makeup end time, and ceremony start time.

Micro-Weddings on the other hand, while still having that casual timeline and a shorter ceremony, are structured more like a wedding! You’ll likely have more vendors, including catering and musicians, so will need to have more solid timing in place.

photo: Oxana Smargiannaki



Elopements can essentially happen in any location you choose! While you will need a permit to be married in most public locations, there is more freedom in choosing your backdrop since you won’t be setting up an altar, chairs or a gathering space.

For micro-weddings, you can’t set up an altar, chairs and a dining area anywhere you want, so you’ll need a definitive wedding venue, hotel, villa or you will need a permit for getting married in a public place.

photo: Christos Tsoumplekas



Elopement planning includes filing marriage license documents, choosing a location, filing location permit paperwork, and hiring your chosen vendors. You’re normally looking for at least 3 out of this list: officiant, photographer, videographer, florist, hair & makeup.

Micro-Wedding planning has all of the above, plus inviting your guests, setting up a ceremony and seated dining area, adding catering to the list and any additional entertainment your heart desires. You likely also will want a wedding planner to help you gather your vendors and set things up day-of!

In any case, whatever you decide, Crete is the ideal destination whether you choose an elopement or a micro wedding. We can help you choose the location and leave everything else to us!