Spotlight on Santorini
Today’s post is a destination wedding one, focused on the stunning island of Santorini.
Santorini is a place that will always be close to my heart. I got married in Santorini back in 2013 and it really was the most amazing day of my life. The whole island is pure magic, i am absolutely in love with it. I know it can be quite a daunting prospect planning a destination wedding so i’m hoping this post will be able to provide some help for anyone looking at weddings in Santorini.
Santorini is a Greek island. Its one of the Cyclades islands located in the Aegean Sea. It’s really small with a population of about 16,000. You can actually drive from the tip of the island to the bottom in around 45 minutes. The capital of Santorini is Fira (sometimes spelt Thira). The other main tourists towns are Oia, Kamari, Perissa Prygos and Imerovigli. Santorini is a very popular island and is buzzing with tourists in the summer months. Oia, Fira and Imerovgli are amazing towns to go and watch the world-famous sunset in Santorini, it isn’t uncommon for streets to be lined with people watching it.
Photo from: Santorini Dave
On the whole i found Santorini to be a little more pricey than other Greek Islands, this isn’t surprising due to its popularity and its more upmarket and romantic feel. Oia is typically the most expensive area on the Island. There are some outstanding boutique hotels in this area of the Island, not to mention brilliant restaurants. You will find that caldera view restaurants can be highly expensive, the sunset tables are so popular and people will really pay a lot for them. It’s not all bad though as there are other areas of the island which are probably a little cheaper, such as Kamari and Perissa.
I stayed in Kamari. This is popular tourist town on the south-east of the Island. It has a lovely black pebble beach and is a very flat resort as Santorini goes, so would be a great pick for families with young children as well as disabled and elderly travellers. The majority of hotels are B&B and are all very lovely. There are restaurants and bars galore in Santorini so plenty of places to eat. Seafood is very popular in Santorini as well as more traditional dishes. You will of course find steaks, pasta and chicken dishes to satisfy all different tastes. As far as pricing goes in Kamari you will find pasta dishes from around €7-€10, while steak meals will cost around €18-€25. Cocktails are roughly priced around €7-€12. Mythos beer is the local beer and well priced at around €3-€4. Wine in Santorini is gorgeous! There are a few wineries on the Island and definitely well worth a visit.
The village of Imerovigli is one of the traditional villages on the Island and is noted as the most romantic spot on the island. It is a smaller village with only about 470 people living there. It is very popular with tourists, especially for viewing the sunset.
As far as weddings in Santorini go it is a very popular choice and venues can be booked years in advance. There are so many stunning venues on the Island – it can actually be so difficult to pick somewhere! A few of the most popular venues on Santorini are, Danas Villas, Theros Wave Bar, Le Ciel, Pyrgos Restaurant and Santo Winery.
There are however so many other gorgeous choices – i got married at Villa Irini, i absolutely loved it. Stunning views. Check out Santorini Gem, Suites of the Gods, Rocabella, Andromeda Villas and Sky Lounge just to name a few others.
Based on my experience of getting married in Santorini my advice would be to think about the time of your ceremony. Mine was at 5:15 and it was still very very hot, i took fans with me to hand out to all my guests and they really appreciated this. You also may want to recommend to your guests to wear sunglasses during the ceremony so they aren’t blinded by the sunshine. Many of the reception venues will have different options for catering, sit down meals, buffet and BBQ, so don’t worry if you are still wanting more of a formal wedding breakfast as this will still be an option. Buffets and BBQ are a good choice if you have a lot of guests and are wanting to keep costs a little lower. You will also find that there tends to be more choice. It can be quite stressful planning a wedding abroad as you feel as though you don’t have as much control as you would with a UK wedding, but please try not to let it stress you. Using a wedding planner is usually the best way to plan your Santorini wedding and believe everyone is professional. There are many amazing suppliers on Santorini and you can literally get pretty much everything you can at UK weddings. When it comes to transporting your dress, take it as hand luggage. My bridal shop packed mine for me into a hand luggage case and i had no problem getting it there. You will also find many hotels will be able to steam your dress for you – although top tip, as soon as you arrive hang your dress on the door in the bathroom and run the shower. The steam will drop the creases from your dress.! You can take any decorations you want for your wedding over with you – i took my table bubbles, favours, silk flowers, table decor etc.
Photos by: Vangelis Photography
I also recommend taking a few days after the wedding, just the two of you to be alone. Maybe look at booking a couple of days in one of the gorgeous hotels on offer in a different area of the island for the two of you. This would be great if your wedding in Santorini is your wedding and honeymoon in one. It gives you that private time to enjoy together away from all the other guests.
Well i hope this post has given you some insight into Santorini and what it has to offer for your wedding. I also hope my wedding tips help! I know what its like gathering information for a destination wedding, i spent countless hours researching every small detail about Santorini and getting married there. If you have any other questions on Santorini or getting married there please feel free to comment with your questions or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and i will do my best to assist you in any way i can.
Thanks for reading!!