White washed buildings, incredible views and spectacular sunsets, who doesn’t love a Santorini wedding?! Today I’m catching up with our lovely May bride Emma to talk all about her cliff top wedding day in Santorini, and share with you, some exclusive sneak peek pictures of her day.
Why did you choose to get married in Santorini, The Santorini Princess Hotel in particular?
We wanted to get married in Santorini as we had visited the island 2 years before for my cousins wedding. It was the first time we had been there and we just fell in love with the island. Amazing food, gorgeous wine and the best sunsets I had ever seen.
How long in advance did you book your wedding?
We booked our wedding in July 2013 around 10 months before the wedding day.
How many guests did you invite to your wedding and how many accepted and attended?
We invited around 100 people and in the end we had 43 guests along with a new born baby.
The bride’s dress, what make was your dress and how long did it take to find the perfect one?!
My dress was from the first shop I went into and was the 3rd gown I tried on, it was by designer Benjamin Roberts. It was such a simple process and not stressful at all. Ollie couldn’t quite believe I had chosen my dress in less than 2 hours. I am terrible at making decisions so had I tried on more dresses it would have made it an impossible decision.
Can you tell us about your shoes and accessories where were they from?
As I had a very detailed dress I didn’t want to overpower it with accessories so therefore I tried to keep them simple. I chose a simple pearl necklace and earrings from Debenhams and a bracelet which was my wedding gift from Ollie. My shoes came from BHS and were just simple peep toe.
The Grooms suit did the groom purchase or hire a suit?
Ollie bought his suit (again from Debenhams) and it was the first one he tried on, another very quick decision.
What about the bridesmaid dresses? What colour were they and where did you find them?
I wanted a dress that would complement the beautiful blue sea and the lovely sunny weather of Santorini, so I went for Hot Pink. Again these were end of season buys from Debenhams and I managed to get them in the sale. One of my bridesmaids lives in Adelaide, so I had to send it over to her. Luckily her dress fitted perfectly because the dresses went out of stock not long after I’d bought them!
Your bouquet, what flowers did you choose and why?
My bouquet was made up of white and pink roses. I had always wanted roses and I think they really complimented my dress and the overall feel of the wedding.
What was your wedding theme? And why did you choose this?
I’m not really sure that we had a theme. I just wanted to incorporate all the colours and ideas that I had in my head and I loved it, I thought all the pieces tied in really nicely together.
What was your menu choice and did the food live up to your expectations?
We chose a traditional menu made up of chicken souvlaki and lamb. As my sister and I have intolerances the hotel made sure our meals were dealt with separately. The four course meal was more than enough! I couldn’t finish each sitting as I wanted to make sure that I sampled everything. We had a lot of full, happy people.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
The planning experience was brilliant throughout, I did not feel stressed in the slightest, and it felt like I only had to make a couple of decisions and the rest was taken care of. Even when I met the planner in Santorini a few days before the big day, we went through every detail and I was confident everything was going to go to plan.
What’s your best memory from the day?
There were so many individual moments which made me smile and well up! But the most amazing thing was the best men had written a song for Ollie and they played it on the Ukelele’s – it was absolutely hilarious!
How much did you spend overall on your big day? Was it on budget or over budget?
Our wedding itself cost us around £9,000 if you include all the table decorations, bouquets, suits, dresses and meals etc. We also had a two week holiday and a party back home with everyone who couldnt fly out to Santorini to make the big day so in total we think we’ve spent around £14,000!
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
For me personally, I always wanted a small intimate wedding with close friends and family. Booking our wedding in Santorini gave us all this and some spectacular views which you just can’t get in the UK!
We love the idea of guests providing entertainment to add a personal touch to the day.
Let us know what entertainment you had at your wedding in the comments below and remember to share this gorgeous real life wedding with anyone that may enjoy it too!
Venue – Santorini Princess | Wedding Planner – The Bridal Consultant | Photographer – Kosta Savva Photography | Brides dress – Benjamin Roberts | Brides shoes – Debenhams | Grooms suit – Debenhams | Bridesmaid dresses – Debenhams |