Beautiful white washed buildings and the most stunning sea views from every corner….you guessed it! Today’s wedding is on the breathtaking Greek Island of Santorini.
Our lovely couple Anne and Adam tied the knot on the 3rd of June 2017 after falling in love with Santorini and the gorgeous Dana Villas!
Now we’re catching up with the bride to find out all about her dream wedding day! Enjoy x
Why did you choose to get married in Santorini, Dana Villas in particular?
Our daughter showed us pictures of Dana Villas and we fell in love with it, mainly for its amazing views and the promise of the best sunset I could imagine. I had spoken to people who had been to Santorini and each one of them had told me it was a special island and they were so right.
How long in advance did you book your wedding?
We booked our wedding about a year in advance.
How many guests did you invite to your wedding and how many accepted and attended?
We invited 26 people who all came, so there were 28 including us at the wedding.
Your dress is beautiful! Where was this from and why did you choose this particular style?
My wedding dress was from a local wedding shop and was called Camille by Anna Sorrano. It was an intricately decorated, lace back, mermaid style dress. I originally bought a totally different style dress but kept seeing this particular dress in pictures and adverts and had to try it. I bought it as soon as I tried it on and had it tailored to fit me.
What accessories did you choose to wear to compliment your dress?
I wore a teardrop necklace and earrings, a mixture of pearls and gems, which one of my daughters brought for me as a gift.
Having forgotten something blue I bought a pretty blue anklet from a man running a stall on my way back from a day at the beach.
The hair accessory I wore was from a Debenhams store and was made of pearls and gems and I knew it would compliment my dress perfectly when I saw it.
What about Adam’s attire, what did he wear and where was this purchased?
Adam wore morning trousers from Moss Bros and a silver grey waist coat, pink cravat and white shirt from Marks and Spencer’s. He wore Silver cufflinks which I bought from Etsy with the time and date of the wedding on each one which were shaped like small clock faces.
Tell us about your bridesmaids dresses and page boy’s outfit! What did they wear and where were their outfits from?
I had 5 bridesmaids and they wore pale grey dresses adorned with gems, with silver hair accessories and pearl vines. I found them in a House of Fraser store.
My sister was the best woman so wore a black decorated chiffon evening gown.
Also our 7 year old son was a page boy and wore black trousers, a pale silver waistcoat, white shirt and pink cravat, all from Marks and Spencer’s. He carried the rings and handed out the cones of specially ordered dried flower confetti, chosen in order to fit in with the islands environmental rules.
Your bouquet, what flowers did you choose and why?
I chose pink flowers as I felt they would compliment the pale grey and my mum and dad’s garden always had roses in it as I was growing up. My dad passed away 13 years ago so it was a nice connection. Having sent an idea of what I like to Lisa, she sent me a picture to see if she was on the right track and she was. I loved the loose rustic bouquet of pink roses and white flowers. The bouquet had sprigs of olive leaves in it which I particularly loved as we have our own olive tree we had been nurturing at home and it reminds me of my beautiful wedding flowers every time I sit on the decking at home and look at it.
Can you tell us about the smaller details of the day? Who gave you away? Did you have a cake? What about your menu? Did you have any entertainment?
My mum gave me away on behalf of my dad.
The wedding cake was lovely with a rough white iced finish. It was one tier of chocolate and one tier of vanilla, decorated delicately with fresh flowers and it was also delicious.
We had a huge choice of menu initially and we went for Spinach pie to begin (which our guests loved) followed by green salad, Kleftico as our main dish, and for desert Kataifi, which is a Greek desert made of shredded pastry, syrup and pistachios and topped with cream and summer fruits.
My sister is a singer by profession and Lisa was able to arrange for me to have a microphone on the ceremony terrace for her to sing one of mine and Adam’s songs after the ceremony was completed so we could add a personal touch.
We also hired a DJ who played songs we requested in advance, adding in some of his own choices which worked well.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
The planning experience was simple and stress free. Lisa answered all of my questions quickly and the legal team were also great, going the extra mile with some specific questions I had. It felt at times I did not have enough running around to do.
The lovely staff at Dana villas were friendly, helpful and made it really special for us. Also not forgetting the officiator who married us, who was warm, friendly and set us at ease.
What’s your best memory from the day?
My best memories (more than one!) would be walking down the winding white and grey stone steps of the unique venue, which is made up of small winding stairways, wooden doors with flowers growing over them, and seeing Adam waiting for me with the most stunning views of the sea dotted with sailing boats behind him.
Another moment which will stay with me forever is Adam and I taking a moment out by ourselves around 8pm whilst our guests were busy chatting and drinking, watching the most amazing sunset and spending a bit of time thinking of my dad who passed away 13 years ago and knowing he would agree that we made the right choice to get married on this wonderful island.
How much did you spend overall on your big day? Was it on budget or over budget?
We spent around £9000 on the wedding for the venue, catering, DJ, photos etc which considering the quality of everything was probably a lot less than we would have spent on the same thing in the UK. There was however the accommodation, flights, dresses, suits etc which I would estimate we spent around £18,000 in total which was on budget for us. You could reduce that spend but we did not scrimp on the accommodation, which was a 17th century restored winery around 25 minutes from Dana villas.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
The obvious benefit of a wedding abroad as opposed to the UK is the weather, which was sunny with a slight breeze which Santorini is known for and is very welcome.
There is also the clean white stone buildings, blue domed rooftops, brightly coloured flowers and emerald sea, which seemed to wrap themselves around Dana Villas and provide the most stunning location for photos and added that special feel to our wedding.
Every guest without exception said they had an amazing time. We danced the night away under the stars and we definitely left a little bit of our hearts in Santorini.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
It is the best decision we made. We have absolutely no regrets that we chose to get married abroad and just wish we could do it all over again.
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Wedding Venue – Dana Villas | Wedding Planner – The Bridal Consultant | Bride’s Dress – Camille by Anna Sorrano | Bride’s Hair Piece – Debenhams | Groom’s Trousers – Moss Bros | Groom’s Waistcoat, Cravat & Shirt – Mark’s and Spencer | Groom’s Cufflinks – Etsy | Bridesmaid’s Dresses – House of Fraser | Page Boy’s Outfit – Mark’s and Spencer