Legal civil ceremonies are only organised through the town halls so the local town hall (Dimos) in the area where you want your wedding ( i.e. where your rental villa is located) is the place to start. Usually a Vice Mayor will officiate at the service, but I’m not sure that all Dimos’ will organise this outside of the town hall, I think it is up to the local Dimos.
I know that it is possible in the Apokoronas area, (Kalyves. Almirida etc) and Vrisses town hall covers this area.
You’d need to check with the local Dimos first and then book your date. Then at least 8 days before (you’d need to check this) the wedding they need all the paperwork (legalised, certified, translations) to issue the Marriage Licence.
The town hall charge around 200 to 300 euros extra for an official to officiate at a wedding taking place outside of the town hall, this may vary according to the area as the charge is up to the local council.
In addition, you may need someone to translate the ceremony on the day, if you want it in decent English, and you can organise an order of service with the town hall if you wish e.g. there are no vows in a Greek service, so if you wish you could say them at the end of the service, or add readings etc. but it’s important you communicate this . A wedding planner would usually take care of all this.
The legal wedding could also take place at the town hall and then organise a ceremony at the villa with a celebrant. Try searching on google just for a celebrant in Crete.
€2000 is a lot just for the service, this is something they would normally charge to organise & oversee everything for a wedding.
For paperwork you need, for each partner:
- Full birth certificate (including father & mother’s names)
- Divorce Absolut if divorced or a Death certificate if a previous partner deceased.
These need to be legalised in the UK with the Hague Convention Apostille stamp, at the legalisation office. (serach online)
Then officially translated into Greek and certified – best done in Crete & a translator will do both e.g. Chryssoulla Jemanakis in Chania http://www.cjtranslations.gr/main_eng.html