Read 10 tips from a top wedding planning and honeymoon company in Greece
Check below the top 10 tips for getting married in Greece. Here is what we have to say:
- Bookings should be made between 10 months to a year before the wedding date. Nearly all venues in Greece don’t give out prices or allow bookings more than 14 to 18 months in advance. Asking prices 2 years ahead means that it’s extremely likely that the price will change between now and your wedding date. As Greece is a popular destination many venues and town halls can get booked up to 10 months before. It is for this reason that the best time to make your booking is 10 months to a year in advance.
- Gather information on the area of Greece you would like to get married such as the geography, temperature, infrastructure, etc – Many people make requests for venues which show they do not know the area where they would like to get married.
- Transparency with prices – if you’re using a wedding planner make sure they are willing to show you in a transparent way the break-down of costs. It’s difficult to compare overall package prices which include all services such as reception, hairdresser, DJ, etc. By getting the breakdown of each item you can be sure to see where you are getting value for money.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of bureaucratic issues – if you’re looking at a last-minute wedding you need to be aware that with the paperwork procedure you need at least 4 months before the wedding date to do everything. Also be aware of unusual laws such as the 300 days waiting period for divorced women, paperwork requirements for the British Consulate, and also the Greek town hall. It’s important to note that in Greece it’s possible to get married in a venue which is managed or owned by the town hall, but this doesn’t mean grimy depressing buildings, this can mean, castles, lakeside villas, sea view terraces, the choice is endless.
- Comparing prices – It’s not possible to compare prices between UK and Greece because many services differ, the Greek wedding market is slightly different to the UK, for example, to get your hair done at a salon in the UK with a trial can start at £50 (depending on your relationship with your hairdresser), in Greece the same service can start at Euro 150. These prices can also vary from region to region in Greece, in Santorini for example prices to get your hair done at a salon with a trial starting at Euro 200!
- Try to get away from the stereotype of Greek locations – Greece has so much to offer and many couples are attracted to well-known destinations such as Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete. Greece offers some absolutely spectacular venues which are a little off the beaten tourist track and for this reason are excellent value for money. You won’t be compromising on scenery or quality of food but you will be discovering a completely new side to Greece.
- Think of your guests – it’s your big day but to ensure your loved ones make it, it’s important to consider their needs, for example, if your grandmother has problems walking then consider an easily accessible location, as steep steps up dramatic cliff edges can be a challenge for even the fittest people! If you have lots of young children in your group a venue with a pool or close to attractions is important to keep the children happy then also their parents! How close is the venue to the airport or other cities?
- Budgeting – get your wedding planner to assist you with this. By knowing your overall budget a wedding planner (who already knows the general costs) can advise you of the right venues and services. Make sure that when budgeting you prioritize what are the most important elements – amazing scenery, amount/quality of food, many decorations at the town hall and wedding reception, type of wedding car, etc. You are looking to have your dream day but be ready to compromise some elements because of budget constraints.
- Try not to replicate a UK wedding in Greece – get to know Greek traditions and customs and mix and match them with British/Irish ones to make your day that extra special and personalized. For example, Greeks don’t do speeches so maybe save the best man from that duty; the top table in Italy is laid out differently or what’s becoming fashionable in Italy now is to have the bride and groom on their own table and in between courses they go to their guests to chat. In Greece only the groom wears the full suit and waistcoat as it’s important for him to stand out from the other guests, you could compromise by having the groom in one color of waistcoat and tie and the groomsmen and father of the bride in another.
- Get the help of a wedding planner – choose a wedding planner who is based locally. It’s important for the wedding planner to be based in the country where you plan to get married as they will be able to advise you on everything from logistics to bureaucracy, they know the area and the right questions to ask you to get the most out of your day, your venue and your budget. Also, the timeline for wedding events in Greece is very important. A reputable company will be registered with that country’s Chamber of Commerce. Also, make sure your wedding planner uses a contract. A contract is a great way to protect your rights and ensure that the services which are delivered are done so in a professional and reliable way. Any reputable wedding planning company will not only use a contract for their own protection but also committing to certain responsibilities to their clients. Listen to your wedding planner, they have all the knowledge and experience to make your day run smoothly and ensure your guests don’t pass out from heat exhaustion or get lost trying to find the venue.