Tell us about the finer details of your wedding day.
We chose a naked wedding cake with fresh flowers to match my bouquet.
We created our own menu from the standard menus the venue offered and everyone loved it!
Our favours were a small bottle of ouzo, it was accompanied with a personalised shot glass saying “we’ve tied the knot, so take a shot. Simon & Lianne 18.09.19) which Simon made
We also made some tags to attach to the bottles to thank our guests for travelling to Santorini to celebrate with us. Additionally, our name cards were also favours, these were small hexagon pieces of acrylic with our guests names written on in gold vinyl (also made by Simon).
For the 4 children- we created gift bags which included toys, bubbles, paper, colouring, wedding activity packs etc.
Simon also made larger hexagon pieces of acrylic with our table numbers written on in gold vinyl and we displayed these on white easels.
Our centrepieces were 3 vases in varying heights with floating candles and diamantes in them.
Simon also made several signs also in acrylic saying ” let the love sparkle” and “please sign our guestbook”. We had a sign on the bar which said “open bar- the hangover only lasts a day, but the memories last a lifetime”. He also made our table plan on a large piece of acrylic and our cake topper .
We kept our entertainment simple and created our own playlists for the different parts of the wedding and this was played through the sound system. We hired a DJ for the evening party.
What’s your best memory.
It is hard to choose one best memory from the day as our whole wedding was truly magical and perfect and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
The weather was amazing and we’re huge sunshine loves. The views in Santorini are truly spectacular. For us having our wedding abroad meant we also got to have a holiday with our closest family and friends, meaning we’ve created so many special memories.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
We didn’t visit our venue until 3 days before the wedding and this was a great surprise for us, as although we knew what to expect from pictures it was nice that we hadn’t seen this before as it gave us something else to look forward to.
However, we had done extensive research on our venue. I think it is important to do research and make sure that the venue you choose is exactly what you want, especially if you don’t visit it beforehand. I would also strongly advise that you use a wedding planner as it can be very stressful planning a wedding and without the Bridal Consultant’s helping and supporting us, I don’t think we would ever have been able to create such a perfect day for us and our guests.
Our whole group booked our holiday together and this removed any pressure our guests may have felt having to arrange their own holidays. We all travelled together and stayed in the same hotel which worked brilliantly, we made so many memories everyday of the holiday and not only on the wedding day.
We hope you enjoyed reading about Lianne and Simon’s breathtaking wedding at Dana Villas Santorini, here are some of the suppliers involved in the day.
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