Your bouquet, what flowers did you choose? Were you happy with your choice?
I didn’t have a specific request on the type of flower, but I did provide inspiration from Bridal magazines. I knew I wanted elegant with greenery, ivory and a touch of pink – the florist did an amazing job seeing my vision and I was so happy with the bouquet on the day!
What was your wedding theme and how did you incorporate this into your day?
Elegant, informal, travel and fun was our theme! We love to travel and given it was a destination wedding we knew we wanted to incorporate that but also tied with our family and friends. At every stage of the planning we thought about how everyone could have fun and enjoy the day, given they had all made such an effort to get to Zakynthos!
We would love to hear about the smaller details you added to your private villa wedding.
Again, we were always thinking about what we actually cared about and learnt from previous weddings we had been to. So, one of the big things was ensuring there was enough alcohol and that our personalities came through in everything.
We had a cocktail hour where we had three cocktails that were tailored to us and where we had been or travelled to. During cocktail hour Sasha found a fantastic violinist and pianist who were simply amazing – I could hear them from inside the villa before the ceremony and it brought a tear to my eye.
We themed the tables with countries or places we had visited and put people on those tables that we’d shared that travel with, creating poems that would make people chuckle.
The menu was served family style, on platters, and we went for a good amount of Greek traditions; lamb, soulvaki, cheese pie, it all went down a storm!
The cake was also a vision we had and was amazing, we love salted caramel and I found a photo on Pinterest that provided the inspiration.
We didn’t bother with a guest book as it’s one of those things people never tend to do at weddings and we didn’t do favours on the day, instead we had a boat trip before the wedding and personally handed out welcome bags which included essentials (hangover tablets, energy bar, ouzo, water, koozie, gum and sweets) plus a personal welcome note from the Bride & Groom.
Finally, we had a basket of flip flops for the tired feet which went down very well with everyone when the DJ started!
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
The hardest thing was understanding how relaxed the Greeks are, as I work in events it’s always hard to relinquish control, but Sasha did a great job of helping us navigate that and reassuring us throughout the process. Everyone was telling me that wedding planning is so stressful, but I didn’t find that at all, thanks to Sasha! The planners on the day were fantastic too, there was a warning for thunderstorms, so everyone worked calmly to put plans in place but in the end the sun shone all day and it was totally fine!
What’s your best memory from the day?
There are so many, but the best was probably the fireworks at the end – we didn’t tell anyone that we were having them, so everyone was shocked, and it really ended the night on a high.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
I had thought the weather, but that was stressful in the run up with the threat of thunderstorms! Aside from the weather, it’s the relaxed nature of the wedding. Everyone was on holiday and enjoying their time, so naturally it was a completely different atmosphere. That and the fact we made it a three-day event (boat trip before, wedding day, and pool party the day after) which was so lovely to ensure you could talk to everyone and make your money go further – rather than it just being one day in the UK!
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Worry about the things that you and your guests will care about – ignore traditions and spend money on what you think is important to ensure you have a day to remember with your loved ones! Also, accept that the cultures are very different and so it may not move at the pace you would expect of the UK!
For a list of suppliers mentioned in this Picturesque Private Villa Wedding story, please see below.
We hope you enjoyed reading about this Private Villa Wedding in Zante, here are a list of the wonderful suppliers involved.
Photography – Story Studios | Bride’s Dress – Matthew Christopher – Say Yes to the Dress | Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka | Bride’s Accessories – Givenchy and Pandora | Groom’s Suit – Debenhams – Racing Green | Bridesmaids Dresses – Dessy
Budget Key | £ – 10k and under | ££ – between 10k and 20k | £££ – over 20k.