Planning of an Amalfi Coast Wedding

The wedding of Hannah and James took place in a beautiful old town, nestled high on a cliff, overlooking the dramatic views of the stunning amalfi coast.

The minute they saw the pictures of the venue, they knew it was the perfect place for them.

Myself and the bridal party arrived on location two days before the wedding. The appointment for the declaration of marriage was booked for the next morning and the hair trials and manicures were arranged for the afternoon. The couple had booked a beautiful, traditional villa with terraces for eating alfresco and incredible views. It was set away from the bustle of the town and gave them all a chance to relax and unwind. This was for themselves and their close family to stay in for the lead up to the wedding day and the families would continue their holiday here after the wedding, while the couple had arranged a mini moon in a different location.

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Prequel Weddings

How to have your wedding before your marriage

What is a prequel wedding? And is it OK to have your wedding ceremony before you actually get married at the register office? Read on to find out how to make the absolute best of both your marriage and your wedding - how to have your wedding cake and eat it!

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Can your wedding be before your marriage?

A marriage is the legal contract between two people made in front of two witnesses and a person authorised to make an entry into the marriage register which is then signed.

A wedding is the ceremonial celebration, religious or otherwise. It is as simple as that.

You can have your wedding before, during or after you legally contract your marriage.

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Is a wedding ceremony legal?

Your wedding is the ceremonial celebration of your marriage – it is not the legal part.

But here’s the thing, it IS your …

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10 top tips for planning a destination wedding in Greece

by Sarah Hatjipavlis, Grecian Ceremonies Photography by Katerina Tsavari Giallouraki

Chosen Greece for your special day? Here are just ten top tips to help you before you start wedding planning!

Venue choice – Greece has great weather, fantastic views, so much history and of course there is an almost endless choice of places to choose from. Mainland venues or Island venues, this is where you need to start, bearing in mind, the more popular the Island, the more pricey the wedding will be. If you are planning a destination wedding on a budget, choose an Island a little less well known, not one where the A listers hang out, there are in fact about 200 inhabited Islands in Greece, so there are plenty of options

Type of venue – Are you thinking of a beach wedding? It sounds so romantic, and what great photos, but you must consider a couple of things. Firstly, most beaches in Greece are not privately owned, meaning that there will be other people aro…

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Top 3 reasons why you should renew your vows

There is a growing trend for couples who are already married to make a new commitment to each other and renew their vows, often spending much more on their vow renewal ceremony than their original wedding! One award winning celebrant looks at the main reasons for the increase in vow renewal ceremonies.

⦁ Your first wedding was out of your hands Whilst the term “arranged marriage” usually applies to two partners being chosen for each other by their families, an “arranged wedding” describes families taking over the organisation of the ceremony from the couple – both can be very good reasons for a vow renewal further down the line. Arranged weddings How many couples have had the organisation of their wedding taken out of their hands by well-meaning parents who are often footing the bill? Perhaps the guest list included distant family members and friends of the couple’s parents with a “traditional” ceremony at a “traditional” venue. Sound familiar?!?

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Say Yes to Madeira!

Elopements and Destination Weddings – What is so great about them? In October last year I married the man of my dreams… in Madeira, Portugal. Neither of us is Portuguese, and we do not live in Portugal. I did not want to elope, since I did want my closest family and friends to be present, but I did want a destination wedding in a great location. The more I think about it, the more I know that I would do it again - we never regretted our decision to get married in Portugal. I do hope that me and my husband get old together, so I hope that that wedding in Madeira was my first and last… So since I am not able to plan any more weddings for myself, I turned very passionate about promoting destination weddings, to make sure that more people can have the time of their lives, just like we did. Soon after seeing what great option destination weddings are, I started my website https://sayyestomadeira.com/en/ with which, next to sharing my travel tips about Madeira, I would lik…
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