Can you tell us about the smaller details, the cake, the menu favours etc?
We’re not too traditional, so decided not to have a wedding cake… We weren’t really that fussed and we also felt that in the Santorini heat it maybe a little much.
Our menu was a traditional Greek menu, as we LOVE Greek food!! And definitely in keeping with the setting. The food was delicious and our guests also loved it.
Favours- we did a couple of little things- my Maid of Honour and I hand made some silver and Rose Quartz napkin rings. I’m really into my crystals and Rose quartz represents unconditional love. We also did Ouzo on the table in Santorini shaped bottles, with a note saying “We’ve tied the knot, so take a shot” which we used to toast when Mike and I did our speech. And last but not least; we used polaroid’s of our guests making funny faces as place names. We found the Ouzo and the polaroid’s were good ice breakers!
We had one long table, with mirrors dotted along the centre and large succulents (to match my bouquet and the guys button holes) with little candle votives. Mike and I had a silver freestanding MR &MRS sign in front of our places, with some pebbles. Again very simple.
As our wedding was so small, we had a sound system for some dancing in the evening; which was perfect for our party size!
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
The planning experience was fabulous! Lisa in the UK was extremely accommodating and dealt with all of our questions and queries superbly. Always there to support our needs! Matt that dealt with the legal side of things was also great- took the stress away with all the serious stuff.
Our planners in Santorini Michael & Georgia were exceptional. We had a couple of last minute requests which Michael welcomed and delivered perfectly! On the day Georgia was there from my prep to when the celebrations came to a close; ensuring everything was on point! They both made the whole process very easy and relaxing! My mum and Maid of honour kept saying how they had never seen me so chilled. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!
What’s your best memory from the day?
If I had to pick; I would say walking with my Dad down to the ceremony terrace and down the aisle. And the ceremony was just amazing, we loved every minute of it! However the entire day was simply perfect – I know this is cliché (so is saying that) but it was everything we had wished for.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
Personally, the setting. Almost guaranteed sunshine! Stunning scenery which a photo (frankly) can’t do justice, And we will never forget how that view made us feel in that moment on our wedding day.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Relax and enjoy the planning process and experience with your planners! It will go by in a flash, so don’t sweat the small stuff.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Charlie and Michael’s Santorini Wedding at Dana Villas, for a list of suppliers please see below.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Charlie and Michael’s Santorini Wedding At Dana Villas, here are the wonderful suppliers that helped create this amazing wedding day in Santorini.
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