You just got engaged and are not sure if a destination wedding in Greece is the right option for you?
Perhaps you don’t even know if Greece is a suitable destination for you. One thing is certain: More and more couples are deciding on a destination wedding in Greece, and there are numerous reasons that have led to this, the main being the warm Greek climate and unique nature with crystal blue, refreshing waters.
☆ How to decide if Greece is the right destination for you?
It is simple. Put down all the things you like about Greece then correlate these things with what you want for your wedding. Does the style of the Greek islands sound appealing? Are you looking for a relaxed and laid-back wedding? If Greece checks all the boxes, then you know this is your wedding destination. Make sure you do not focus solely on islands and the whole white and blue theme. Do your research beforehand. Greece is versatile and can cater to many different styles and themes. It all depends on what you really want for your wedding. You can read more about different wedding styles on our blog here.
☆ How to tell your friends that you are getting married in Greece?
Parties are always a good way to go! No-one can turn down good company, laughter and supportive hugs with food and drinks. Still, you need not worry. Your family and friends will be happy to hear that they have a good excuse for fabulous vacations. Even if it’s only for few days. However, if you are having a big wedding party, a good way is to send out invitations way ahead of your date, including all the information needed for the trip and reservations. Are you the conventional kind of bride, wanting to send out traditional invitations or are you a tech bride thinking of digital invitations? You might also want to consider making a website or blog to keep your guests directly up to date with potential changes, news, tips and details about the trip.
Photos by Karina Papadopoulos for Ellwed Summer2018 Cover Shoot
☆ Who’s invited?
Have you decided on your budget and guest list? Some couples “elope” to Greece by themselves, others come with very selective groups of people (just the closest family members and/or friends) and some decide to make a big party with 50 or more of their friends and family. Once you know your budget and what you wish and/or can cover financially for your guests, then you can start making your guest list. Think of people you really want to spend time with. Remember, destination weddings are a good excuse for not having to invite that third cousin of your cousin who you met once or twice in your life! If you still feel like you need to wine and dine your friends or coworkers, which can’t make it to your destination wedding, you can always host an event upon your return home. Check real life advice from Natalie Wingrove in our Spring2018 Issue of Ellwed magazine on page 94.
☆ Should you get a wedding planner?
Yes. Even if you know more about Greece than other brides, you should really consider hiring outside help. Don’t push all the work and responsibilities on your friends and family, who have travelled far to be with you on that special day. Don’t underestimate the importance of planning your event, which will take a lot of time and energy. Always do your research and speak to a few planners before you decide. Make sure this is the person for you, understands your vision and what type of a couple you are. Once you have made your final selection, try to express your ideas as clearly as possible. Share your Pinterest boards and ideas with your planner and use examples you like from their portfolio of past weddings.