As you may know,
people who work at embassies are typically
moody, rude individuals who seem to care less
about their job. When I called the
Chicago, Illinois consulate, whose territory
includes Kansas and Missouri (my hometown),
their basic answer to any question about
marriage in Greece is to ask for my fax number
so they can send a form (see attached).
Since they do not translate documents, I looked
on the web for translators. I found a
website and called the company. They said
they only handle. This is where I
contacted (name removed) and (name removed),
whose office is located in a 10 miles radius
from my office. They do translations for
companies as well as private individuals seeking
marriage in foreign countries. The price
structure is basically the same everywhere in
the states...$65 dollars a document (approx. 52
Euros). I had six documents.
hindsight, I should have just sent them to you.
The price you quoted me was about the same, but
money wasn't the issue.
I just was a
little hesitant at the time to send important
documents across the ocean as opposed to just
sending them a few hundred miles away.
Attached to this
email is my letter to them that I sent with my
documents, asking for certification from the
Greek Embassy, per your instructions.
This is when I was
told that it wasn't necessary for them to carry
my documents to the Embassy for the stamps, and
that leaves us where we are at now. I must
of asked ……… at least three times whether the
services they provided would be satisfactory to
get married in Greece and they assured me that
they would, and that they have done this many
times with other couples.
I don't believe
they are lying, but that they have been misled.
As I stated earlier, I got the same answer from
other consulate employees in Houston, Texas and
California. I called the Washington, D.C.
office, which is the main consulate, and they
gave me the runaround. I couldn't get
anybody there to answer my questions yesterday.
expect that at least the the Greek Embassies
that do not handle translations, would know the
Greek laws and authenticate my documents.
Please publish my
email, if I can help one person, my Odyssey will
Many times our Embassies or our
Consultants and even your public services in
your country are not correctly informed or
updated regarding the legal papers that are
required to get married in Santorini as each
Greek territory has different laws and as
a result many weddings almost get cancelled!
Please always stay in touch with your wedding
planner and don't take actions with out
consulting your wedding planner first!
Our client who's email you read
above, not only paid money for translations that
where invalid but he was also in the middle of a
circle of people who had no idea of what they
where talking about and they also insist that
they where right and as a result, precious time,
loss of money and lot's of stress was all he