So, you have decided to tie the knot in Greece. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. A destination wedding allows you the freedom to have it your way. Anyone who knows they are on the upcoming guest list is already bursting with excitement to come to this memorable wedding experience.
Although I have plenty of topics that go on endlessly, I will try to summarize a few of the most common tips I know you will find helpful in planning a wedding abroad. Here are a few :
The Perfect Spot. Choosing your location is one of the most important elements of your initial planning steps. Very inspirational-styled photo shoots can be misleading and there are many questions you need to ask in order to uncover all the pros and cons of a specific location. Do your research and explore all your options. With over 6000 islands to choose from, the magnificent Athenian Riviera and Peloponnese, there is so much more to uncover. Don’t allow yourself to be driven by popular images and locations. This alone can save you a couple of thousand euros.
Getting there. Speak to a travel agent. I can not stress this enough. When booking flights to a location you know nothing about and often might require connecting flights, a trusted agent will find the best way and is accountable for taking care of any turbulence that may cause issues along the way. Sometimes you can get a group rate or special package for you and your bridal party. Your travel agent is your best travel buddy who will guide you out of the traps and give you important information that you will need saving you hours searching the web. This type of customer service is crucial when unplanned situations may create obstacles for you.
How will your guests get around? You don’t want everyone couped up in a hotel unable to visit and explore the breathtaking scenery. Discuss your guest accommodations with your wedding planner and check to see what is available within walking distance. During high season it is difficult to book rentals and you might need to pre-book a few to be safe. Maybe you could spare a small bit of the budget to hire a shuttle bus for a day and take everyone on an island tour or to some of the more distant beaches. Perhaps your bridal party would want to split the cost making a shuttle bus one of the cheapest ways to get around without the hassle of getting lost, driving on narrow roads, or finding parking.
Pre/Post Wedding Day, what will they do? Some of us like to explore the unknown and love to travel trying out new flavors and discovering new places. However, some of your guests might feel a bit uncomfortable or a bit anxious to go about in a place they have never been to with a language that they don’t understand. Consider preparing a weekly itinerary with your planner of suggestions and maybe even some pre-booked events that are optional. This way they can save precious time searching and spend time doing. A boat excursion, trekking, cultural activities, experience tours, cocktail party, luncheon, or beach BBQ are some of the multiple options available
I am delighted to share my insights and offer advice. Are you concerned about something? Is there a specific topic you would like me to explore? Share it with me. I will gladly consider it in my next blog post. I would love to hear your comments, suggestions, or inquiries.