4. Q : Any advice for future couples planning a destination wedding?
A: If we could give some advice to other couples planning a destination wedding, we would highly suggest doing scheduled FaceTime calls with your wedding planner and having a structured outline of when you would like to get things done with your planner so they dont take their time or procrastinate leading to stress on the future newlyweds when it gets closer to date. Etsy was a great website to order table decor, wedding presents, and other wedding related things as they ship worldwide, but you will incur some hefty tax and shipping charges. Finding the Amazon or other websites that the locals in your destination area purchase from can help save on some of these costs, and having the items for your wedding shipped to your wedding planner directly so you don’t have to fly all of your decor out there with you. Communicating with all of your guests to make sure everyone is on the same page is really important as well, not only so things go as planned but also so everyone is included in all your festivities leading up to the wedding. Last suggestion is to do everything in your power to not check bags when you fly out there. Work with your family members to see how many of them will let you use their carry-on for your items to help you keep your stuff with you, and most importantly, your dress with you! We had the inevitable happen with half of our guests loosing their luggage on their flight out, so its just best, you have all items with you during your transportation to your wedding venue.
A: Anyone can have a destination wedding, but for it to be legal, you must make sure to do the research for the area you plan to wed. Every city, state and country has different rules for your wedding to be legal both in their country and yours. Such things as going to city hall to request the certificate a certain amount of days prior to the wedding, having your wedding published in their local paper, being properly wed by a local officiant, and a certain time frame of getting your license back to city hall and then back to your country. There can be many many hoops to jump through for it to be legal in both countries and therefor, some couples choose to wed in the states prior to their destination ceremony. Its all up to personal preference.
A: Kyle and I had loved the idea of jumping in the water after the wedding. There was a little hesitation on how the Mothers would feel about the so called “trash the dress”, but after a little persuasion, we were back on board! Not only did our pictures come out completely amazing and breathtaking, but it was an experience we really enjoyed with each other as a freshly married couple. You spend so much time being poise and wearing your smile throughout the night, that after some dancing and partying with everyone, it was a great way to really let loose and have some FUN with just each other! If anyone doubts the thoughts of having such an experience and ruining their dress… you have to think of two things; 1. After spending all that money on a dress, are you really ever going to be able to wear it again? Will it just sit in a box at the top of your closet for many years to come, or will you get some amazing pictures to add to your already incredible wedding album? 2. Even if you plan to wear it again, or keeping the dress in the slim hopes that your future daughters or granddaughters would not find it out dated and want to wear it, you can simply take the dress straight to the cleaners and they can clean the dress for you almost to brand new! Your dress already gets so dirty from the ground and the train dragging behind you, and the dirty dance floor, taking a little dip is not going to damage the dress anymore than it already is. I suggest squeezing every ounce of joy out of your expensive dress that you can, and underwater pictures are totally worth it!!
A: For our honeymoon, we really wanted to get the most out of Greece, so we toured the local islands after our big day. We took a big boat taxi to Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini. We were told these were the best islands to visit and we were not disappointed! After seeing the mainland and the 3 islands, we are convinced that any of the Greece islands would have been just as gorgeous. Greece was an incredible place to visit and with some of the most friendly, sweet, and caring people we have come across in our travels. Greece has left a lasting impression on our hearts and we cant wait to go back!
8. Q: Any tips/ must sees when in Greece?
A: To share some tips on traveling to Greece, we highly suggest taking some cash with you and using it more than your credit card as the VAT (Greece Tax) is currently at 24% and can really end up being a costly trip when paying with your credit card every where. If you pay in cash, in some cases, you can avoid the VAT saving you some dough. We also suggest doing your research and knowing where you’re going and how much it cost as there are few taxis and sometimes they can just charge you a flat rate to their liking. If you negotiate or agree ahead of time, it can save you a hefty bill at the end of the ride. They do have their own Uber type app called BEAT that you can download that will charge you by the mile like Uber does, but if you go to the remote islands, you will not be able to use BEAT, that only works on the mainland. If you feel comfortable enough, renting a quad, vespa, or a car is the best option to getting yourself around! Just be aware the roads are very narrow and buses do not pay attention to on coming traffic, so be aware of your surroundings and be smart with your rental choices that you know how to operate. Last piece of advice would be to pay for excursions and fun activities prior to traveling and by reaching out to the companies yourself. There is always a mark up if you use a travel agent, or book through your hotels, etc. Taking a private sailing boat tour on any of the islands is a must! You wont be disappointed with any of the boat tours on any of the islands. Greece is beautiful in all areas and waters!
A: Many family and friends had questions about traveling, especially ones that have never traveled before! Best way to get information out to everyone was to have a website where people could go for information and that would be available to them in case they forgot, they could always revert back to the website. Its helpful to guests when you list all of your activities, places that you will be at, addresses and phone numbers, and all wedding details. People will continue to text or call you, but having a website definitely cuts down those calls and texts leaving you with more time to enjoy everything vs being on the phone the whole time.
10. When Kyle and I started looking into destination weddings, we researched all over the globe for the perfect wedding spot and this beautiful picture popped up on pinterest and we fell in love! We priced out a few other places that were in the running and Greece was not only one of the more affordable options to make sure our families could be able to attend, but we just kept going back to that picture that had our hearts. That’s when we knew, Greece was where we were meant to be and to start our lives as Mr. and Mrs.