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We added a lot of personal touches to everything. Everything had our wedding date and ‘Mr and Mrs Parker’ on. My friend did our stationary and they were just beautiful. Everyone had a little pack with their menu, a card saying ‘Tonight’s drinks are free, tomorrow’s stories will be priceless’ and another card on the top that said ‘Thank you for sharing our first meal as Mr and Mrs Parker’.
We didn’t really do favours as such but everyone had a personalised fan, a wooden place name and we did the free bar instead of buying traditional favours.
We had a mirror seating plan and light up letters that said ‘Mr and Mrs Parker’ from Illuminography. I have to say these were probably our favourite decor on the day, everyone commented on them and they just looked amazing!
I didn’t want a cake but my mum ordered us one anyway and it was just a simple two tier, one was lemon, the other was kinder bueno and it was the nicest cake I’ve ever tasted. My mum got us the most special cake topper and I think it stole the limelight as no one had seen one like it before!
Our menu was just amazing! The food at Le Ciel was just out of this world!
My little sister sang while we went for our location pictures and we were told there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We also had plate smashing which was definitely a hit with all of our guests.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
It was honestly the most amazing experience! I loved every second and Lisa and Matt just made the whole experience run so smoothly. I’m such a perfectionist and I felt so calm knowing our day was in good hands. When we got to Santorini the team out there were just as professional and made us so relaxed. Even with 2 guests dropping out 3 days before we flew I was a mess, Sam rang Lisa and within 5 minutes I was fine.
What’s your best memory from the day?
I can’t choose one so I’ll pick my top three!
Cliché, but the moment I walked down the aisle, our little daughter and son walking in front of me and I came round the corner and saw Sam standing on his own, I can’t even put in to words that feeling.
The view and sunset! So this actually is a few moments throughout the day. When we went for our location shoot, just married and thinking we are so, so lucky to be able to get married in a place like this. Just before our sunset pictures the staff opened the curtains inside the venue to reveal the view as the sun was setting and the gasps from guests! I honestly wish we would have recorded that moment. Finally, the sunset on our first dance, I just can’t explain it, we barely danced as we just kept staring. Only people that have been to Santorini and seen that view and sunset will get it. A picture or video doesn’t even show just how beautiful it really is.
My 3rd best memory is staring at our guests on the balcony while cutting our cake and doing our first dance. Knowing all of those people travelled to spend our day with us and seeing everyone just as amazed as us at the venue and to all watch that sunset together will honestly stay with us forever.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
It’s not just one day, we had people come and go over 2 weeks. We did a boat trip, big group meals out and mini stag and hen dos before the wedding. We didn’t feel like it was a massive build up for one day it was 2 weeks of celebrations. Also you relax as soon as you get on that plane and just enjoy the build up without any stresses!
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Remember, it’s your day! I know people say it but don’t get caught up with other people’s opinions. I think going abroad people think they have more of a say as it’s their holiday but stay strong!
Also, don’t be upset when people don’t come or take forever to book! I didn’t get stressed once wedding related but the holiday and travel side of things was a different story. There were a few people that let us down and looking back it upset me more than it should have. We had the most amazing day and really it’s you and your groom’s day, so just remember what’s important and why you’re doing it.
My biggest piece of advice is book a videographer! You won’t regret it, the day goes by so fast and there are bits you miss or bits you just want to relive over and over again. I can’t tell you the amount of times we’ve watched ours. It just takes you right back to how you feel in that moment.
We hope you enjoyed reading about Mia and Sam’s Luxury Le Ciel wedding in Santorini, here are some of the suppliers involved in the day.
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