Engagement season is well and truly upon us! It is common knowledge that most proposals occur between the months of November and February. 25 December, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s day are the most popular days to get engaged. So, now it’s your turn! The question has been ‘popped’ and you have said ‘yes’ and it was all so romantic! Now you find yourselves engaged and ready to start planning a wedding in Greece, the cradle of western civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. However, you have chosen Greece for your wedding because it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world!
How to start planning a wedding in Greece?
Time to answer the following questions
- Where would you like to get married in Greece?
- What type of wedding are you planning?
*Official Civil wedding
*For a civil or religious wedding in Greece, you must contact a local wedding planner. They will be able to give you all the paperwork requirements for an official marriage in Greece and at which specific venues your ceremony can be legally held.
- What is your budget?
Perhaps the most important question of all and my advice here would be to stick to your budget where you can, it is there for a reason. There are options of venues and suppliers in Greece for all budgets. TOP TIP Research some of the smaller Greek Islands, where time stands still! They will be more budget-friendly than some of the more well-known ‘wedding’ Islands. See the List_of_islands_of_Greece
- What style of wedding are you planning?
Elopement-Just the 2 of you
Elopement-With a few close family or friends
Wedding with more than 10 guests
Once you have made these decisions you are well on your way to making a start!
The next step is to research wedding planners and venues on offer in your area of choice. Then finally it will be time to confirm your date, venue and suppliers. You will then be able to book flights and accommodation and give all the information to any family and friends joining you for your special day. Finally, it will be the time to send out your save the dates to all your loved ones’.
My 3 Top Tips when planning a destination wedding in Greece
Time of day for the ceremony
You may be surprised when your wedding planner suggests that your wedding ceremony in Greece takes place late afternoon or even early evening. The reason will be the intense heat. Now, temperatures are at their highest during the summer months of July and August. Think of any kids or elderly guests attending your ceremony when planning the time of day.
Shade for you and your guests
Wherever you choose as the venue for your destination wedding in Greece, do ensure that your family and friends do have some way of getting out of the sun. At some weddings this will be with handheld parasols, other venues will have a covered area where your family and friends can enjoy some shade. All weddings should have plentiful supplies of chilled bottled water on hand.
What to wear
A dress code is wise. Your family and friends will thank you for this information. Do warn them if it is a beach wedding, with the ceremony on the sands. In this case flat footwear really is a must. Tell your guests to save the Jimmy Choo’s for the evening do!
For any destination wedding in Greece advise the men to wear linen or cotton suits and women light, breathable fabrics. For a relaxed vibe and a high season wedding, smart-fitted Bermuda shorts can be a great choice for men. Tell them to forget the socks, and they will be truly grateful!
Greece offers so much choice for any couple planning a destination wedding. Not every area and venue requires ‘top dollars’. There are suppliers and options for every couple. What all weddings in Greece have in common are gorgeous views, fabulous weather, and tasty flavors, but more than that every couple choosing Greece for their special day, will have the love and support of the local Greeks to help them on their way. Nothing could be better than that!
Hopefully, these tips are helpful for any couple engaged and ready to start planning a wedding in Greece. Happy planning!
List of credits of this shoot:
Concept, Styling and Planning: Kiss from Fleur
Hair and Makeup: Michalis Tsotras
Wedding Dresses: Mairi Mparola
Grooms Suit: Sur Mesure
Bridal Shoes: Once Upon a Shoe
Earring: Vivienne Westwood
Florals: Petridis LV
Furniture Rentals: Rakor Ceremonies
Location: Ag. Nikolaos
Photography: Alexandra Eleftheraki
Video: Your White Moments
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