Why did you choose to get married in Zante?
I chose to get married in Zante, as the price initially attracted me. Once I researched the beautiful island I fell in love with the place. It was also reasonably priced for all of our families to afford. I have always dreamed of getting married abroad and I am so glad that I did.
The ceremony I chose was private and quite secluded just for our wedding party, which is exactly what I wanted. There was a bar for the guests before the bride party arrived and breathtaking views from the venue.
How long in advance did you book your wedding?
18 month – 2 years.
How many guests did you invite to your wedding and how many accepted and attended?
It was an open invite for all family. We did not invite any friends only my bridesmaid and the best man were friends. We wanted a more intimate family wedding which is indeed what we had. We had 30 guests at our wedding.
What make was your dress and how long did it take to find the one?
I wore a Mori Lee dress, as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one and fell in love with it. I had a vision in my head what I wanted and going abroad didn’t change that at all. I went to one shop before I found the perfect dress and it was the third dress I tried on.
What about your wedding shoes?
For my wedding shoes I chose a ‘bling’ butterfly sandal as “butterflies” are very poignant to me as they were my grandmother’s favourite, so it seemed as though she was with me walking down the aisle.
Tell us about the grooms suit…
We had a vision of what we wanted it all to look like. I went for a very casual approach, shirt with rolled up sleeves, grey suit trousers, tan loafers and grey braces with a pink bow. It tied in perfectly.
Our fathers then wore linen grey trousers with an open neck white short sleeved shirt and brown loafers in soft tan material.
My two nephews wore grey shorts, white short sleeved shirts with a matching bow to the groom and best man with tan sandals.
And the bridesmaids?
They were a light grey colour in a chiffon material with a wrap over effect. I purchased them in the same place as I bought my wedding dress, as there were only two main bridesmaids I could afford to spend a fair bit on them.
My niece wore a pale pink and lace dress from monsoon and I customised and had my daughters dress made.
We’d love to know more about your bouquet…
I had my bouquet made from someone in the UK and took them out with me along with all the bridal party bouquets and buttonholes. We went for an open rose and slightly closed rose in pink and white and I had broaches pinned all over my bouquet also.
What was your wedding theme? And why did you choose this?
Pink, white and silver with bling and butterflies was my wedding theme, I’ve always wanted this. I chose fresh and clean colours, added with a bit of sparkle and delicate butterflies where I could for my grandmother.
Tell us about the smaller details of the day…
The smaller details made the venue in all honesty. I took a lot out with me such as my favour boxes which were little grey boxes with “love” on. I had wooden names made for the place names, a guest book to match the theme, a sign displayed with “wedding rules” that went on our table. I also took out little rhinestones and gems that the wedding planners placed on the tables.
We also had a MR and MRS sign, flowers with beads, mason jars hanging from the trees, fairy lights and beautiful flower arrangements on the gazebo.
The cake we chose was a traditional Greek style wedding cake in lemon and chocolate flavour.
The menu we opted for was the bbq menu and it was perfect for the laid back vibe we wanted. The guests loved the food as in the heat we didn’t want to be sat down for hours.
What’s your best memory from the day?
From start to finish. The whole day was a perfect memory.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
The setting, the photos, the sea, the weather, the calmness on your wedding day, everything is done for you, the price. It’s also a holiday as well as a wedding.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Don’t stress, it will be the best thing you ever do. Enjoy every single moment, from planning to the big day.
Did you stick to your original budget or go over/or even stay under?
I didn’t have a budget as such, we gauged everything as we went along and made a decision from the price there and then. Our budget allowed us to have a party back home and we had everything we wanted abroad and didn’t hold back.