Your bouquet is gorgeous! Were you happy with your choice?
I was debating for a while between a brooch bouquet and a real bouquet. In the end I decided on a real bouquet as I wanted it quite big. The main flower at the wedding was my favorite flower – white rose. My Bouquet was a large white rose with some green tied by lace. It was beautiful. It matched my husband’s double rose button hole.
How did you decide the theme of your wedding at the Santorini Gem?
With the venue being so beautiful it didn’t need much decoration, very plain and modern. A lot of white and neutral colours so I tied in my flowers to the venue, mainly white flowers. The theme was champagne. Each table was the name of a champagne with the top table being ‘dom perignon’. Each table number was an old vintage champagne advertisement post card in a frame with a bottle of that champagne on the table for the toast. The name plates were in champagne corks, the men’s favours were bottle openers and the main course was ‘champagne chicken’. We chose this because of our love for champagne!
What about the smaller details of your wedding at the Santorini Gem.
I loved our wedding cake! Again I wanted something a little different as I had seen a cake on pinterest I fell in love with, It was a 4 tire replica of a Santorini blue domed church. I have never seen a cake like it and the majority of the cake was actually made by pasta! So we had a second cake to serve to our guests.
We had a mix of canapés for cocktail hour, along with champagne, beer and chocolate strawberries which went down a treat.
We went for a sit down menu choice, Greek salad for starter, champagne chicken for main and chocolate cake for dessert all served to the table. There was a buffet option but through our own preference we decided to have a sit down meal so everyone could relax. We had a mix of white, red and rose wine throughout dinner. The food was delicious! All of our guests commented on how nice it was. We then went onto a free bar for everyone to enjoy after dinner.
When it came to favours there are so many to choose from! I wanted them all! I wanted to do the favours myself so bringing them from the UK they had to be small. As a massive fan of smelly candles, I chose a little white bag with a Yankee ‘ wedding day ‘ candle inside for the ladies and a Mr & Mrs bottle opener for the men. Everyone also got a scratch card and a few people won!
Our tables looked beautiful, decorated by wedding wish. I had large vase center pieces with a large display of white roses at the top, surrounded by candles. I had silver chargers, silver table runners and napkins tied with blue ribbon and a white rose.
The entertainment was brilliant, for when the guest arrived and for cocktail hour we had a saxophone and guitar player. Before, during and after dinner we had a singer, he was absolutely brilliant and the whole wedding party enjoyed his performance. My father in law even got up for a song with him during dinner! After this we had a DJ take over for party time. And to make our first dance that little bit more special we had fireworks which was a complete surprise for our guests! The day was fantastic.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
I absolutely loved planning our wedding. At times it can be a little stressful making sure you are catering for everyone and everyone including yourselves are happy especially coming all that way, but it was all worth it in the end. I’m happy that I can say I wouldn’t change anything about the day it was perfect. Lisa and The Bridal Consultant team were just brilliant. Emails were answered very quickly, no question was a silly question, everything we needed was catered for. Finding amazing entertainment, the best photographer, the exact cake I wanted.. especially when our town hall messed up the paperwork the team were there to advise exactly what we needed to do. I’m so sad the planning is over, I need a new project!
What’s your best memory from your wedding at the Santorini Gem?
The whole day was just perfect, from beginning to end! My best memory is probably getting to the end of my huge aisle and seeing my husband waiting in the beautiful gazebo with the most amazing view, but there are so many great memories from the day. Going with the photographers to get some pictures with a blue dome church and getting out of the car to a coach full of Chinese tourists who cheered and took pictures! My father in law getting up with the wedding singer for some dinner entertainment giving us his version of ‘sweet Caroline ‘. Our first dance and the beautiful fireworks going off behind us. Dancing the night away without closest friends and family. It was magical I wish we could do it all again!
Was your wedding on budget or over budget?
Not too sure on the overall cost but I’m sure it was a little over budget, ‘You only get married once’ came up a few times!
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
I would 100% recommend a wedding abroad to anyone, not only do you have the most beautiful weather and venue you also get a holiday instead of just 1 day! We started our wedding 2 days before with a pre wedding meal in Sphinx restaurant in Fira, with the whole wedding party getting a chance to mingle, watch the sunset and even have a dance with some Greek dancers! 2 Days after the wedding we hired a private large boat to take us on a 3 hours sail to the hot springs and around the island, we had a meal and wine on board and jumped off for a swim! A wedding abroad is not just the one day the whole week was special!
I would also 100% recommend The Bridal Consultant for your wedding, we couldn’t of done it without them. They have the best recommendations and great ideas, nothing is too much trouble.
Thank you all so much. Love from the Barretts.
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Photographer – Ben Wyatt | Bride’s Dress – Essence of Australia | Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mishka | Bride’s Earrings – Goldsmiths | Bride’s Perfume – Hot Couture by Givenchy | Bridesmaids Dresses – Coast | Flower Girl Dresses – Monsoon
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