Apr 13, 2016

Santorini weddings - mistakes that should avoid

Apr 13, 2016

Santorini destination weddings – mistakes that you should avoid
Santorini wedding 
Even the most clever, even the most detailed brides can make mistakes while they are planning their Santorini wedding. There are certain things you have to watch , keep an eye before you tight the knot in Santorini.

1. Set a budget and work around it
It is wise to have a local Santorini wedding planner , and speak with her and see if it is realistic. If the answer is yes thing very carefully what exactly you need.
Try to avoid the trap by been excited and start booking vendors and suddenly they are surprised that you spend already a lot of money. Think about simple things do you need a band or it is better to have a DJ?? Do you need to book an expensive photographer or I can be happy with a less expensive?? You can ask your Santorini wedding planner to either suggest some or you can do your own research.
The ideal is to create a wedding budget and keep tracking all the expenditure or we can prepare a Santorini wedding budget for you after you finalize the venues and the services.
Santorini weddings

There are certain requirements set by the authorities for  a civil or religious wedding in Santorini. Since you are having a destination wedding , we will be giving you the instructions in writing and follow them carefully. In case you have questions we can always make a skype appointment and give you more explanations. For every nationality are different rules and we try to make as smooth as possible. Greece is not having more difficult rules than other European countries. We check your papers one month prior to the wedding and then we take care of them in order to avoid any issues the day of the wedding. All you have to do is to be present for your Santorini wedding and enjoy the date.

3. Wedding dress – must be ordered on time
It is wise to book your wedding dress at least 6 months prior to the wedding date. Some of the dresses may need alterations, some are custom made and some times are made overseas. It is better to have plenty of time instead of running the last moment. If you have bride maids , again choose the dresses the color of your choice and avoid last minute suprises for your Santorini wedding

4. Book the hotel rooms the earliest you can
Contact your Santorini wedding planner and decide about the hotel or hotels that you need to book rooms.  Sometimes the couples are leaving this for the last moment . Since you have a wedding abroad  and your wedding is a destination wedding in Santorini to block the rooms is a must before you sent out the invitations. The hotels are not keeping the rooms for ever. A date is set until your guests and relatives can book the rooms and then they are released.
It is important for you guests to know what are the hotels you have chosen and may be you got a better price too. This does not mean that you will be paying for the rooms, your guests will and they are usually asked to pay by credit card
Santorini wedding planner 

5. Think seriously how many persons you will be inviting
Since you have decided for a Santorini wedding  make sure  that the guest  list and the Santorini ceremony and reception match the capacity . It is wise to have a guest list before contacting your santorini wedding planner as she will be looking for Santorini ceremony and reception venues according to the given number. Since you book your Santorini wedding venue, you pay a deposit which is not refundable. So it is important the numbers to be right. Most Santorini wedding venues they cannot just add 10 extra tables
6. Santorini bride’s beauty
Many brides are taking facial and other treatments prior to their wedding day in Santorini. Please do not do that. If you want to have some treatments do it before your destination wedding in Santorini. We need your face nice and clean and we can provide the hair and make up and possibly the manicure and pedicure at your hotel the day of the wedding date. An experienced and dedicated hairdresser and make up artist will arrive in your hotel and will take care of you

7. Postage .
When the time comes to sent out the invitations, please do not choose the cheapest one.  Get one invitation weight at your local post office and ask them what is the price for this.  This way , you will avoid to have returned invitations due to insufficient postage . Especially for those ones are having a wedding in Santorini and everything have to be scheduled on time you cannot afford this type of mistake

8. For religious church  weddings in Santorini.
If you are having a Greek Orthodox wedding or Catholic  you must take into consideration regulations of the church such as attire for the church, paperwork needed it from the church, Pre Cana. Take the religious details very seriously and to avoid disasters you will need to ask your wedding planner to make an appointment with the local priest prior to your Santorini wedding upon your arrival.

9. Do not try to do everything on your own.
Even the most organized brides cannot plan the whole wedding on their own. Ask your family, mom, sister, cousin , any one that you know and you trust, to help you.
You need to be calm and free of worries the day of the wedding. Those people can help you while in your country. Since you have decided for a Santorini wedding  your wedding planer will he assisting you and will create the wedding you need during your stay in the island.

10.Keep focused on what is important and trust your santoriniwedding planner to organize, plan and design  your wedding .

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Feb 24, 2016

Is Santorini wedding right for us???

Feb 24, 2016

We want to have a destination wedding In Santorini, it this right for us?
For a lot of couples, getting married abroad adds an extra magic for their special life time event. For your guests, your wedding will be unique and different from any other wedding they attended. Usually in a  Santorini  destination weddings, we get guests from all over the world, travelling from different countries than Greece,  they find in Santorini  a different environment and excitement.
However to get married in Santorini there are advantages and disadvantagesHow would I know that a destination wedding in Santorini  is right for me and my fiancé?
If you want to be honest to yourself you should find the pros and cons and make a list. After that you can decide with your fiancé if a destination wedding in Santorini, is right for you and you make the decision to get married abroad.
By creating  your own list, you will   feel more confident whether , you have made the right decision or not .

How to prepare your list.
1 Take a piece of paper and a pen
2 Devide the paper into 2 sections
3 On the top  write the reasons why, you would like to get married in Santorini
4. On the bottom write what will be a reason of not having a wedding abroad
Talk with your partner and start discussing the pros and cons.
1.  Reasons that I would like to get married Abroad
a.   I want to be different from my friends
b.   I like traveling and that is way I want to have a destination wedding in Santorini
c.   I want to have only family and close friend in my wedding
d.   A destination wedding in Greece can be cheaper from a wedding in my country
e.   I will have more fun as it will be relaxing
f.   I prefer to have a Santorini wedding planner than planning everything on my own 
2.  Reasons why I shouldn’t have a wedding in Santorini
a.   My family want a wedding here as they do not like much travelling
b.   We have elderly people in the family
c.   We have people with special needs
d.   Is it a lot to ask people to travel abroad for our destination wedding in Santorini?
e.   Will the Santorini wedding planner cost me more, than hiring a wedding planner in my country?
f.   Do I have to pay any extra for my guests except the wedding reception in Santorini? 

As soon as you finish the list, do you get the answer? Do you get the confirmation that this is the right decision for you?
Get some feedback from immediate family, and if you get a positive feedback then you can start planning your wedding in Santorini..
If you are still unsure ask  some questions again. E.g is the Greek wedding planner will cost me more than hiring a wedding planner in my country?
Then do some research, contact Greek islands wedding planner and find out their prices as well as basic costs of a Santorini wedding,. Ask the wedding planner, to sent you previous Santorini weddings organized, and have an initial consultation with them. 
If you are not able to create your own list or you do not have the time to do it, you can find below some examples
Advantages of having a destination wedding in Santorini
·      The biggest advantage of getting married in Santorini can be that your family, friends as well as you have a relaxing time in a romantic atmosphere and a perfect weather.
·      Your self, family and friends will have a holiday and we will do the rest for you
·      Your wedding will be unique and different than your friends, as we design each Santorini  wedding as per the bride’s dreams and ideas
·      You will have the people that they are nearest to you and dearest as well and you do not have to shake hands with 100 people that you do not know.
·      Things are different than a wedding in USA OR UK, as you will have better weather in Santorini, the wedding is usually outdoors, a wedding venue overlooking the caldera and amazing photos with the whitewashed villages and the blue domed chapels
·      Amazing local Santorini food and nice wine
·      An amazing opportunity for family and friends to get to know each other and have fun
·      .
Disadvantages of getting in Santorini
·      May be some loved ones will  not be able to attend your Santorini wedding
·      May be some extra cost arises that you have not count them in your initial budget, but that will not be the norm as Santorini has most of the wedding  services available on the island
·      It takes some time until you trust your Santorini wedding planner. So we suggest to set telephone appointments like at least one per month and discuss how things are going.
·      If you do not use a wedding planner, who knows the local suppliers and you find them by your self, this can be  even harder as your decision is based   on what you have read on the internet. It can be done but the risk of choosing the right supplier
·      If some loved-ones cannot attend that might hearts
 Please visit our site http://www.marryme.com.gr  and check our Santorini wedding packages http://www.marryme.com.gr/marryme/package/santorini_civil_wedding_packages

Nov 25, 2015

Simply Elegant Santorini Wedding

Nov 25, 2015

destination wedding Santorini  http://www.marryme.com.g r

Mariela and Adam  were always dreaming to have her wedding abroad and when I proposed Santorini in our initial meeting both of them they were delighted to hear that. When they saw pictures from previous Santorini weddings,wedding ceremonies and reception locations overlooking the caldera, they felt, that was the place for their destination wedding. Santorini and Greece was the place for them. As the bride has routes from Bulgaria, it was very convenient for the bride’s relatives to attend the wedding. Santorini island with its whitewashed villages , the blue domes, the breathtaking caldera  and the beautiful sunsets was place to have their  wedding. The couple start dreaming their wedding in Santorini
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The wedding ceremony took place in a hotel gazebo in romantic Imerovigli followed by the wedding reception. The couple was extremely happy from the hotel services  as they could accommodate the cocktail hour, the ceremony and the reception in private in the same place. The Hotel villa was just right on top of the caldera overlooking Thirasia and the volcano. The hotel staff was very helpful and the hotel owners made the process organizing the wedding very easy. 

my Santorini wedding http://www.marrye.com.gr

The flowers were ordered in a local florist and the wedding  decoration colors  were purple and green nicely matching with the rest of the decoration, the gazebo decoration and the table setting design. The wish book table was the most photographed in this wedding designed in pure white colors and had a contract withe the rest of the decoration. Also other details such as funs, small bottles of water with couple's monogram on, the wedding cake, the pearl napkins rings(handmade by Olympia), the table set up , which was around the swimming pool with the view in the caldera,  the name tags on  corks and the printed menus all added together they created a stylish wedding in Santorini designed  Olympia
say I do in Santorini http://www.marryme.com.gr 

As per Mariela The décor was beautiful, very elegant and stylish. Favourite part was when everyone went back to take pictures with the sunset, DJ was playing music loud, everyone was in a rush to get the perfect picture of the sunset with us.

wedding in Santorini http://www.marryme.com.gr 

The reason we chose Olympia and Marry me in Greece was her way of approaching the bride as well as the reasonable prices.

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Now few words about the couple itself.
They met through a mutual friend and Adam proposed the day they bought a house. Mariela felt that he was the one in her life and they were to tie the knot after they took an extended tour in Europe and they knew we will be inseparable after we return. The length of their engagement was 8 moths. Our photographer Nathan was great , very reasonably priced and was recommended by Olympia. Our wedding theme was dark purple, silver and light green. Olympia was just great and we trust her to do everything, from recommending venues, to finding bakers. Flower, hair and make up for everyone. We had 2 bridesmaid and one maid of honour and their dresses were matching the color theme , purple dresses- in tone with the colors of the wedding. Greece was itself a honey moon and we want to thank Olympia for our lovely marriage in Santorini as well as all the Santorini suppliers for the success of it. For more information you can contact us at info@marryme.com.gr  or visit our site to see our santorini wedding packages http://www.marryme.com.gr/marryme/package/santorini_civil_wedding_packages

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