We’d love to hear more about the smaller details of the day….
We did not have a wedding cake due to having a 4-course meal, we didn’t think that anybody would want to eat cake. We decided to pay for a full open bar for our wedding guests as we thought it would be a nice touch as they had all travelled so far to be with us. Within our package there was 4 hours of alcohol included but we extended this to 6 hours so that whilst we were off having pictures, we knew our guests would be happy having drinks and taking in the views.
Originally, I had wanted to pick and mix with the menus and make a custom menu but because of Brexit I was unable to do this so we decided on the menu which had the Chicken main as we knew that everybody would like this. The food was amazing and even the fussy eaters in the party said it was very tasty.
One of the most important things I wanted for our wedding was to honour my dad. My dad died when I was 15 so I always knew that I wanted to involve him throughout the day. I did this by having charity pins from the British heart foundation and these were pinned on cards made by The Paper Doll and these included a picture of my dad. I also honoured my dad by having an LFC pin inside my dress as he loved Liverpool FC and I knew he would love this, plus he would have loved that Adam supports Man United and he had said no LFC to be included in the wedding. So, I had to get that in there just for my Dad.
We didn’t have any entertainment as we wanted to spend our budget elsewhere, so I made Spotify playlists for the ceremony, cocktail hour, meal and party, we found that this worked out perfectly and we didn’t need any entertainment. We did have floor sparklers for our first dance, and these were a surprise to a lot of our guests, and they look fabulous in our pictures and video.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
I found it all straightforward and easy to do, I think that is because I like having things to plan and love looking at things on the internet. I did find it stressful at the beginning as I wanted to get it all booked and sorted asap and in Greece, they are very relaxed.
Once we got into the planning and it was our time to sort things, I found it easy to pick the suppliers as I had already decided on who I wanted and what I wanted to pay. Lisa explains everything in detail and explains the processes, so it was easy to understand and plan. I think that without the help of Lisa and the team, I would have been much more stressed. Lisa and the team took charge of organising the meetings for us on the island and we only spent one day before the wedding going to the venue and meeting all the suppliers. This was a very special day and we instantly fell in love with venue as we had never been to Dana Villas before.
We knew that it was going to be the best day ever when it came to our big day. The planners who we met on the island had everything under control and they talked us through everything and made sure that we knew what was going to happen and we both felt calm and excited. Our wedding planner was a god send on the wedding day as she helped to make sure it all ran smoothly and was just the nicest person, she also collected us after our wedding and took us to the Town Hall to collect our marriage certificate, this was needed as we would have struggled with the language barrier and knowing what we needed to do.
What’s your best memory from the day?
I can’t pick one memory, so I have listed a couple below:
I had so many special memories and these started from the moment I woke up on my wedding day, my mum had booked a suite for me at our hotel El Greco in Thira and we spent the morning getting ready and relaxing. All my bridesmaids came, and we got ready together before our photographers came – Ben and Vesna Wyatt. I loved that Ben and Vesna both took pictures and I loved their style of work. The pictures are now one of my most treasured memories and I find myself looking at them nearly every day. I loved spending time with my mum and sister once the girls had gone to the venue and we were waiting for the wedding car to come for us. I found that this was such a special time and I will always treasure these memories.
Of course, the walk down the aisle was nerve wrecking but I knew that I would get to Adam and we would be getting married. Ben and Vesna captured this perfectly and our emotions were clear to see, we were so happy to be back together and getting married. Once we had tied the knot, I loved that we left our guests and went on a location photo shoot with Ben and Vesna, we knew we wanted a picture with a blue dome. Ben and Vesna had told us that we would have to walk to get these, but we didn’t care, off we trekked to get the pictures but oh my, they are out of this world! They are now all over our home and my Instagram.
We also had a dance with our mums as we are both so close to them and we wanted to show them how much they meant to us and how much they had helped us with the wedding.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
The weather is the major factor as you are guaranteed the sunshine, and, on the 24th August 2019, we had glorious weather all day. I think that another thing which makes it stand out is that we had a wedding week and not just one day and we had the best time with all our friends and family. We did so much and had the best holiday, if we had got married in the UK it would have only lasted a day. I feel that you spend so much time planning everything, why only have 1 day when you can have a full week.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Don’t stress about the small things, everything will be perfect on the day and this is all down to Lisa and the team. If there is something that you want in your wedding, you will find a way to get it. Don’t get so hung up on making others happy, it’s your wedding and you decide what happens.
We hope you enjoyed reading about about Rebecca and Adam’s Silver and Blush Pink Dana Villas wedding in Santorini, here are some of the suppliers involved in the day.
Venue Dana Villas | Photographer Ben Wyatt | Brides Dress Dracme by Pronovias | Brides Dress Shop Brides of Liverpool | Brides Shoes Jimmy Choo | Brides Veil Lisa Carrington Couture | Brides Head Piece Rocks for Frocks | Grooms Suit Groom | Bridesmaids Dresses Kirsty Doyle | Flowers Paper Flowers | Stationery The Paper Doll
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