What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and why?
I choose white roses for my bouquet as I wanted to keep it simple yet elegant.
What was your theme and why did you choose this?
Our colour theme was white and rose gold with greenery for a modern and classy look. We chose this theme as it was quite rare at the time and we had never been to a wedding with this theme before so we could really make it our own. Also we thought it would go so well with our venue as Sunset View Terrace is a really modern venue.
Tell us how you chose the finer detail for your very Elegant Wedding in Santorini
We did buy and make a lot of our own decorations to make the wedding more personal and put our own stamp on the venue. We made table numbers with photographs of us at each age and ceremony fans with the order of service and a thank you message for our guests. We also made our seating plan from scratch using glass and paint and chalk ink which I was really pleased with.
We had rose gold tea lights on the tables and geometric rose gold candle holders and sequin runners on the top table.
Instead of favours, we donated money to two charities which are close to our hearts on behalf of our guests. We also had a polaroid guestbook where the guests took photos with a polaroid camera and create an album with their own messages. It was beautiful and something we will treasure forever.
We had a saxophonist playing deep house music during the cocktail hour and then a DJ later on for the disco.
We had a three course menu and an open bar for our guests which they all made the most of! The food was exceptional and many of our guests said it was the best wedding food they had ever had. The staff were so attentive and friendly.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
Generally, the whole planning experience was very straightforward and easy. From the moment we spoke to Lisa, our wedding planner, we were reassured that we had made the right choice to go with The Bridal consultant as she was always very professional and answered any questions we had promptly. It made the whole process a lot less stressful knowing there was always someone at the end of the phone or email to help you. We had ups and downs that come with planning any wedding day and found frustrations with some of the limitations that come with planning a wedding abroad but we always managed to find ways around them to ensure we had our perfect day.
When we arrived in Santorini, we met with the wedding planners on the island. They were superb. From the moment we arrived to the day we left they were attentive, organised and so friendly. They made sure our wedding was exactly how we wanted it and no request was too much trouble. Thank you so much!
What’s your favourite memory from the day?
It is so hard to pick just one! The whole day was incredible for both of us and we loved every single minute of it. We wouldn’t have changed one thing except make it last longer!
‘My best memories from the day were when I first saw Laura walking down the aisle to ‘A Thousand Years’. She looked absolutely stunning and I struggled to hold in my emotions as she walked towards me. It was one of the best moments of my life so far. I also loved our last song at the end of the night when all of our guests came together in group hug and singalong on the dance floor. It felt very special and moving.’ Sam, Groom
‘There are so many but if I had to pick a favourite moment it was during our first dance to ‘You and I’ by John Legend when Sam dipped me in our dance and the floor sparklers went off at the perfect moment thanks to our wedding planner. It was one of those moments that wasn’t planned but was so perfect it should have been! Also all of the speeches from my dad, Sam and our best man Joe which were the perfect mix of hilarious, emotional and loving.’ Laura, Bride
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
For us, it guaranteed a more intimate wedding with people who want to be there with you. As all of our guests were on holiday out there before, they got to know each other and build bonds and great relationships in the lead up to the wedding, which made the wedding so much fun for everyone. Also the obvious advantage of fantastic weather and breathtaking scenery that you just can’t get in the UK.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Try not to worry too much about the small stuff. It will all come together in the end and on the day you won’t notice it anyway! Trust in your wedding planners, they are amazing and will do all the worrying for you! For me it was difficult when close friends or family were not able to make it to the wedding but try not to let it get you down as you will have so many friends and family there with you and on the day the most important thing is you and your partner. Lots of chat rooms and online articles put you off bringing your own personalised decorations but we bought a suitcase full with no problems and it made a huge difference to the overall look of the wedding and kept costs of suppliers down. So I would recommend it! The last bit of advice is to fully embrace every moment of your day as it goes so quickly! We wish we could do it all over again!
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