Let me take you to an intimate olive grove wedding in Lefkada filled with Mediterranean touches and the alfresco flair of a wedding in Greece.
Under cloudless blue skies, rolling olive groves with their ancient trees have been a staple of island life in Lefkada for hundreds of years. Choosing a shady olive grove as your ceremony or reception decor will let the essence of the Ionian Islands shine out from your photos and will delight your guests with its rustic touch. Let nature provide the backdrop for your amazing alfresco wedding under the sun with beautiful details that will guarantee your big day is truly unforgettable.
Our elegant olive grove wedding inspiration setting is at a private villa estate in Sivota bay, Lefkada. Such a place is a perfect option for those who dream of a truly authentic Greek ceremony surrounded by the symbolism of the olive tree.
Olive grove weddings in Lefkada and Meganisi are always some of our favourites! If you have a dream of saying I do surrounded by these ancient and legendary trees, contact me to find out more.
Alex asked us to arrange a surprise boho beach proposal in Lefkada for his girlfriend on their holiday. He loved the west coast of Lefkada so we suggested Avali beach which has a beautiful sunset and is much quieter than Lefkada’s most famous beaches. We set up a cosy spot with cushions, candles, boho florals and a chilled bottle of champagne and waited for the couple. Madalina thought she was going to the beach for a sunset cocktail with Alex and their friends and did not expect the proposal at all!
Micro weddings, elopements, and creative postponement plans were some of 2020’s unexpected top destination wedding trends. It is nearly the start of the 2021 wedding season and as we all know, the Covid situation is not completely back to normal.
Remaining positive right now is key for me and my brides, so we continue with planning as usual, especially as the main summer period looks promising for everyone. If the situation arises with their wedding date that postponing their destination wedding is the best path for them, then I am always available to chat and explain what options are available.
For me personally, I am looking forward to seeing each day we are planning come to life and have the couple and the guests add those final two ingredients for a fabulous day; love and laughter. Moments like Connie & Rich’s beach wedding ceremony [above] are what makes being a Lefkada wedding planner such a rewarding job.
If you and your partner are in the middle of postponing your destination wedding or on your second or third reschedule, and wondering how to proceed with your wedding in Greece then read on to find out how one of my UK couples made the journey from postponement to ‘I Do’.
What is it like to postpone a wedding?
Connie & Rich offered to share their personal experience with you of what it felt like to postpone their wedding in Meganisi from May to September 2020.
How did you feel when you realised that your original date in May would need to be postponed?
Devastated! For us, postponing our destination wedding was a decision we had to make just six weeks before the wedding date. So much preparation, strict dieting etc all felt like a wasted effort!
Why did you choose to move from May to September over a 2021 date?
We wanted to marry as soon as possible, especially hearing that a second spike in the virus was a possibility. We initially considered the end of June but decided to wait until September and went with the first available date we could and we are so glad we did!
Did you ever consider cancelling the Greek plans altogether?
Never! It was Greece and Meganisi in particular, or not at all.
How easy was it to rearrange travel and wedding plans?
Rearranging the wedding plans was fairly easy for us as Claire, our wedding planner, did all of the hard work for us! It was harder however trying to get our guests to RSVP to a new date with all of the virus uncertainty, and we understood that and that some of them were still waiting on refunds from their original accommodation and flights before they rebooked. Completing the passenger locator form each time a flight changed was definitely not a highlight but we did it!
Did the postponement impact with the guest list?
We were originally having 51 guests and we ended up with 18. Our best man (my brother), who was going to give me away could no longer make the new date which was devastating. Nevertheless, we had a beautifully intimate day and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Did you have to make any changes to your plans because of Covid?
We promoted our maid of honour to “best woman” to make a speech as our best man couldn’t be there and I asked my mum to give me away in place of my brother. Aside from that, we were very lucky that little else had to change.
How did you stay positive throughout?
It was difficult but the minuscule number of cases in Lefkas (and Greece as a whole) certainly kept us hopeful and keeping in touch with Claire our wedding planner who arrived in Greece in June from the UK also kept hopes up.
Were you nervous to travel and did you feel safe in Greece with the measures?
We weren’t nervous at all to travel, especially not to Greecewhere cases were so much lower than in the UK. It felt like a relief to be leaving the bad news for a couple of weeks, to be honest. We felt very safe in Greece with the measures in place; all restaurant staff wore masks and you needed to wear masks in the shops etc but it felt less scary than at home. On the island, everybody ate outside anyway, and the weather was so much warmer so it just felt like a better place to be.
Any advice for another couple thinking to plan a wedding in Greece in the current world situation?
Do it! For us, it felt much more likely that we would get married in Greece than we would have at home in the UK.When I arrived at the beach I felt so content! I wasn’t at all nervous, just happy to see Rich waiting at the arch (with our family and friends around him) and the surrounding beauty of Zorbas beach.
Connie & Rich
More details and photographs from Connie & Rich’s beautiful Meganisi wedding day coming soon on the blog!
From picking the right hairstyle to figuring out when to touch-up your roots, I asked one of my Lefkas Weddings hair stylists, Effie Katsabiri, for the best bridal prep advice to give your hair some extra love in the months leading up to your Greek island wedding.
Here are Effie’s 5 Top Tips for gorgeous destination wedding hair:
1. It’s all in the Prep
Around 3 months before, start with hair masks to get your hair in great condition for your big day. “From experience, I can say that hairstyles hold longer in hot and humid weather when hair is healthier. A hair mask will deeply hydrate your hair, making it look healthy and feel silky”
2. Highlights and Colour
Finalise your hair colour goals at least 6-weeks prior to your departure. “This allows time for things to settle in and makes sure this is the hair colour you truly want for your wedding day. It will also give you time to try on your dress or suit with that hair colour to make sure it’s right.”
3. Cut and Trim
If you have been growing your hair or need a trim, book this is for around one month before the wedding. “This gives your haircut a chance to settle down and enough room to grow a tiny bit if you aren’t totally happy with the cut… and don’t do any drastic changes!
4. Curl Control
“I would recommend that brides or grooms with curly and textured hair should prep their hair with leave-in conditioners, and products that aid against frizz and humidity.”
4. On The Beach
When you arrive in Greece for your wedding you’ll be enjoying lazy beach days and fun in the pool which means washing all the sand and seawater out of your hair. For this reason, it’s tempting to shampoo daily on holiday however Effie recommends “Try to simply rinse chlorine or salt water out of your hair with water and try not to shampoo more than 3 times a week because washing your hair every day, if it is not used to it, will strip your hair of its natural oils and leave it feeling dry, brittle and damaged.”
What About Choosing The Perfect Wedding Hairstyle?
Effie advises “First you want to think about the neckline of the dress to make sure your hairstyle compliments it. I like to know what time of day and where the wedding will be; maybe you are travelling on a boat, you will be in the sun or the shade? These details can be important because I want you to have a style that will last all day.
For the trial, if you are wearing one, you should bring your veil or headpiece so we can try it in the hair. And the last thing I find very helpful is to have some inspiration pictures to show me what is in your mind. I work with Claire’s brides from many countries and languages so a picture can say many words!”
As a destination wedding planner, I almost always suggest a trial for hair and makeup so there aren’t any surprises and miscommunications the day. This is your opportunity to express exactly what you want and receive their expert opinion, so you can relax and focus on other things the morning of your wedding.
… and Effie’s top wedding day tip?
Put a few hairpins, mini hairspray and mini brush in your bride or bridesmaid bag for touch-ups!
BIO: Effie has been a freelance hairstylist for over ten years and styles both local and destination brides. She speaks both Greek and English and has been part of my Lefkas Weddings team for over four years styling my beautiful brides and bridesmaids on Lefkas and Meganisi.
Pantone, the authority on colour, have selected not just one colour for their 2021 colour of the year but two: Pantone Ultimate Grey and Pantone Illuminating yellow.
According to Pantone, this combination of a soft grey and a bold and bright yellow is a pairing of colours which convey a message of strength and hopefulness. By choosing two standalone shades Pantone aims to highlight how different elements come together to support one another.
“As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colours of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Grey quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.”
How I suggest to add these Pantone Colours 2021 to your wedding in Greece
This combination of two shades makes for a true standout palette for your wedding day. We love the idea of using these colours against the crisp white background of the table linen or your bridal gown. Use the grey as your anchor shade then accent with pops of yellow in your florals and stationery to bring energy and fun to your celebration because that’s absolutely what 2021 needs!
Ultimate grey is a flattering choice for your bridesmaid dresses and suits many skin tones. As the bride, you can add a whisp of grey in several ways for instance:
Pop this feathery bübish topper over your gown for a cool weather ceremony or whimsical reception look.
How we styled our table
We had great fun one afternoon creating this beautiful table for our festive celebration in Lefkada. We used decor items from our own collection and a crisp white tablecloth as the base. Then we added Ultimate grey notes with pewter candelabra decorated with local foliage, a fabric runner and opaque grey glassware. For a pop of Illuminating yellow, we used pieces of solidago flower and incorporated yellow details on our table stationery.
Table Styled for Lefkas Weddings by Claire Salisbury and Jane Flinders.
There is all sorts of stationery for your wedding day in the Greek islands, from the invitations to the place setting cards. But one perhaps that is not the most obvious — is a pair of wedding vow books, so that you and your partner can get down those vows in a special way.
What is a wedding vow book?
It is a stylish way to have your vows ready to read at your ceremony instead of a crumpled piece of paper or post-it note (oh yes we have seen everything!) and looks very elegant in your photographs.
You can use the book for notes, first drafts, and ultimately, the harmonious blend of words you say on the actual day. Or simply print your finished vows and stick them inside in a clear, easy to read font.
Whether your style is classic, romantic, rustic, or something in between, the options are endless when it comes to choosing vow books that fit your wedding aesthetic and budget. And the best bit is that they act as excellent keepsakes for years to come after your big day, which is the ultimate win.
Why should we write our vows down?
When you are excitedly (and nervously!) standing at the ceremony, even the most rehearsed wedding vows can suddenly vanish from your mind in the emotion of the moment so I always recommend my couples to write them down and myself or the officiant also has a copy on the day too, just in case!
Taking the time to write down your vows in a journal might seem old-fashioned, but that’s exactly what I love about this tradition. Your wedding vow books will become keepsakes that you can store with your wedding photo album, invitations, and other mementos from the day — not to mention that you’ll get a wave of nostalgia whenever you open the books and re-read your vows.
Here are some elegant and pretty vow books and cards from my destination wedding couples in Lefkada at Sivota Thesprotias.