What was your wedding theme? And why did you choose this?
We always knew the wedding would be modern, romantic, effortless and elegant. The views and Santorini itself are so beautiful, we didn’t want to take anything away from that. The colour scheme was all about greys and whites in a marble effect with hints of rose gold, which matched our invitations.
Tell us about the smaller details you added to personalised your elegant, romantic Le Ciel wedding in Santorini?
The details were my favourite thing to plan. Everything aligned back to our marble and rose gold colour scheme and the elegant and effortless feel. We had lots of candles lit throughout the day to remember my mum and other loved ones we’ve lost, with a poem in a marble floor frame to let our guests know the significance of them. Following on from the candles, we had sparklers for our first dance and floor fireworks. This really made it for us, and the guests were all surprised when the floor fireworks went off!
We had the guest’s names written in rose gold on acrylic hexagons at each of their table places which people loved and took home with them. Our favours were “worry dolls” attached to marble and rose gold cards that matched our invitations. It explained how Josh and I were given a worry doll on one of our first dates and why we were giving them to our guests on our wedding day.
We had a two-tier wedding cake with marble effect icing and gold foil details. One layer was vanilla with fresh cream and fresh strawberries and the other layer was chocolate with vanilla cream.
Everyone loved the food at Le Ciel! It was delicious! We went along the Greek theme and it went down incredibly well with everyone.
Did you stick to your original budget or go over/or even stay under?
We went slightly over budget, but this was to be expected! The best decision I think we made was to add videography about a month before the wedding. We had originally decided we weren’t going to, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it and in the end, we decided to make it happen. We’ve not once regretted it!
What’s your best memory from the day?
It was honestly all so magical, I couldn’t pick one specific memory.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
For us, it was so amazing to have all our friends and family on this beautiful island for a long weekend, rather than just celebrate for one day. We organised a welcome drinks reception at a wonderful cocktail bar called PK in Thira on the Saturday night and everyone loved being able to meet each other before the wedding. We also met up the day after the wedding to nurse our hangovers! The guaranteed sunshine, stunning views and holiday vibe made it all feel so special.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Go and familiarise yourself with your venue before the wedding if you’re able to. It really puts your mind at ease and helps enormously to meet the suppliers. It will allow you to truly envisage your day and help you with every element of the planning process.
Any time the planning process feels stressful rather than fun, leave it for the day and pick it up again another time with a glass of wine! All of those little things you worry about, will come right, so relax and enjoy the process.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this romantic Le Ciel Wedding in Santorini, for a list of suppliers the bride mentions please scroll down.
We hope you enjoy reading about Alana and Josh’s romantic Le Ciel Wedding in Santorini, here are some of the suppliers involved in the day.
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